As 2021 comes to an end and people are thinking about 2022 (and praying it is a better year), readers are planning out their reading lists.

2021 marked the first year of our reading challenge. As a reward (not that reading so many amazing stories isn’t reward enough) I said I would purchase a print copy for the winner and mail it to them. Well, at this time, there was only one. Sherry Carsten of Michigan!🎉

Sherry said, “The challenge pulled me out of my reading slump. I read books I never would have and enjoyed many of them.”

I asked her what her favorites for the challenge were and she said, “I loved The Paris Dressmaker, The Ones We Leave Behind, & Nicholas Sparks’ Every Breath… but I think the Francine Rivers Redeeming Love is my favorite. With I Know Why The Crawdads Sing coming in toward the top as well.”

She made some amazing choices.

Congratulations 🎊

Here is what the 2021 Reading Challenge was…

On to a new year

Many wanted to do the challenge again this year so, I asked readers over on our Facebook group for some suggestions for 2022. They came up with a fantastic list.

Here is your…

2022 Back Porch Reading Challenge

January – Book set in your own state

February – Book recommend it to you by a friend

March – Book with a mode of transportation on the cover.

April – Book set in a place where you’d like to visit

May – Book with 5+ words in the title

June – Book set during WW1, WW2, or another “world event”

July – Book by a new-to-you author

August – Book you put on your TBR list a long time ago.

September – Book from a genre you have not read

October – Book that takes place in the spring

November – Book that is a literary classic

December – Book that is based in a different country than the one you live in.

Feel free to save this to your device and print for you to remember.

The “rules”

If you Will be actively taking part in this, please email me at with each months completion.

At the end of 2022, I will take a tally of who completed the challenge and select a winner. I will send that winner a book of their choice as long as it is in the continental United States. (I’ll figure something out for those that live outside of the USA)

I hope you have fun with this and it helps you out of what ever reading slump you might be in.

Happy Reading!