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Reading Challenge 2019

New Year and crazy promises, right?

Reading 50 books sounds like a challenge even to me, and I love reading, but I will attempt it nevertheless. Last year I read 24 books without participating in this challenge, so I’m hoping that committing to this will give me the much needed boost.

Helmet reading challenge logo. Image credit to Helmet reading challenge materials.

To help with choosing the books, there is an annual reading challenge that the Finnish capital area city libraries organize and it’s called “Helmet Reading Challenge”. Oh, and don’t be confused by the word “Helmet”, it comes from
“Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries”.

The idea of the challenge is to of course encourage to read more and inspire to read a bit out of your usual comfort zone. What I really like about this challenge is that it is totally up you how you will handle it. E.g. it actually doesn’t have to be 50 different books, you could fit one book to match a couple of prompts from the challenge. It’s stress free and meant to bring joy and not anxiety which works very well for me. I will attempt to go for each of the 50 prompts with a different book, let’s see how I’ll do as the year goes by.

50 prompts for reading books in 2019

1. The book cover has a human face on it
2. Someone is looking for a missing person or an item in the book 
3. A book from a genre you don’t usually read
4. The only book written by the author
5. The book has been a nominee for a book prize in your homeland
6. A romance novel
7. A book about a place you have visited
8. A book whose reading belongs to general knowledge in your opinion
9. A book recommended by someone under 18 years old
10. A book written by a person of colour
11. A book about women’s role  in society
12. A book connected to Great Britain
13. A book for children or youth from your homeland
14. The authors last name starts with the same letter as yours
15. A taboo is dealt within the book A book about a taboo
16. A story that shifts between reality and unreality
17. There are twins in the book
18. A book written by a European writer
19. You don’t like the title of the book
20. The book deals with a culture that you are not familiar with
21. A book written by a celebrity
22. A book about climate change
23. The book title has a name of a country in it
24. Book chosen from a bookshelf with your eyes closed
25. A book from an author you have never read before
26. A book that you see someone you don’t know reading
27. The book is some way based on Nordic mythology
28. There is a moon on the book cover
29. Someone is dreaming in the book
30. The book cover has a city landscape on it
31. Someone travels by metro in the book
32. The book title has a profession in it
33. You have seen a movie based on the book
34. The book has writings by several writers in it
35. There is an entrepreneur or company in the book
36. Someone is alone in the book
37. A book published by a small publisher
38. A banned book
39. A book about the relationship between humans and animals
40. A book about mental health problems
41. A book about a time period you would like to live in
42. You like the name of the author
43. A book that follows the growth of a child to adulthood
44. A book about Berlin
45. The book title has a negative in it
46. The book has a trans or non-binary character in it
47. The book has less than 100 pages
48. The book has a hearing-impaired or visually impaired character in it
49. A book published in 2019
50. A book recommended by library personnel

Pretty inspiring list, right? I already have a couple of books in mind to fill some of the prompts, but as always those might change. I am a reader who likes to switch between books according to what I’m feeling like today. I know that’s something that some people would never do, but it works for me.

I’ll write about my first challenge book for this year in my next post and meanwhile you can read more about the challenge here.


I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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