Randoms: The IHL Reading Challenge Update Ep. 103

The IHL Reading Challenge runs January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

A book must fit one of the 50 categories that have been chosen for this year’s challenge and will only be counted once, even if it fits several categories. To find out more about the challenge, read about it in my kickoff blog here.

2. POC Character: One of the main characters is a person of color.

2A
2B
3. Slow Burn Romance: Where the characters develop romantic feelings at a slow pace.
3A

4. Magical Realism: A story depicting a realistic version of the present-day world but has added magical elements to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.

4A

5. Love After 50: Where one of the main characters falls in love at the age of 50 or older.

5A

6. Fake Relationship: Where the pairing in the novel starts off faking a relationship but end up falling in love.

6A

7. Fantasy Romance: A fantasy story with a romantic subplot.

green, nature
7A

9. Girl Next Door: One of the main characters has the qualities of the “girl next door”—sweet, wholesome, and everyone’s friend.

9A
9B
10. Toaster Oven: A story when one of the mains comes out later in life (after the age of 29), because they either didn’t know or didn’t want to confront their identity.
10A

11. Fantasy: A story with a fantasy plot. It can have a romantic subplot, but it doesn’t have to.

11A

12. Medical Character: One of the main characters is in the medical profession (doctor, nurse, dentist, etc.).

12A
12B
13. Cute Animal / Pet / Wild Animal: A story where an animal plays a small role in the story.
13A

16. Celebrity: A story where one of the main characters is a celebrity (movies, television, social media, etc.).

Yellow, Film
16A

18. Character with a Disease or Mental Illness: One of the main characters has a disease or mental illness.

18A
18B
19. Romantic Suspense: A story with suspense but also has a romantic plot or subplot.
19A
20. Enemies to Lovers: The main characters who fall in love start off hating each other or are rivals (political, sports, work, etc.).
20A
22. Historical Fiction: A story that is set in the past by at least 30 years.
22A

23. Neurodiverse Character: A story where one of the main characters is on the autistic spectrum or has dyslexia, ADHD, etc.

23A
23B
24. Sweet Romance: A romance that doesn’t have sex on the page.
24A
24B
26. Hot & Steamy: Stories that include all the juicy elements of physical intimacy.
26A

27. BDSM: Stories that involve BDSM, which typically includes elements of roleplaying, dominance, submission, etc.

27A

28. Historical Romance: A story that takes place at least 30 years in the past that has a romance or romantic subplot.

28A

29. Forced Proximity / Stranded Together: A story where the two main characters are forced to be around the other, such as by being stranded in a cabin in the woods, or they end up working together.

29A
green
29B
30. Friends to Lovers: A story where the two mains start off as friends and end up falling in love.
30A
Pink, Disco
30B
31. Grumpy / Sunshine: A story where one of the mains is the grumpy sort and the other is cheery.
green, dinner plate
31B

32. One Night to Forever: When the two characters share one night together thinking it won’t lead to anything, but it ends up with a HEA.

32A

33. Return to Hometown: One of the main characters returns to their hometown after spending years away.

33A
33B
34. Young Adult / New Adult: YA stories feature characters between the ages of 12 and 18, and NA has characters who are just entering adulthood, usually 18-25, although some think this goes up to 30.
34A or 24
34B
35. Paranormal Romance: Stories that usually lack scientific explanation (witches, werewolves, psychics, etc.) with a romance or romantic subplot.
35A
36. Mystery: Stories around an unsolved element that attempts to solve the mystery.
36A

37. Sci-Fi Romance: A science fiction story with a romance or romantic subplot.

37A
37B
37C
38. Musician: One of the main characters is a musician of some type (singer, drummer, celloist, etc.).
38A

40. Coming Out: A story that involves one of the main characters coming out as LGBTQIA.

40A

43. Holiday Romance: A story revolving around a holiday, such as Christmas, Passover, Hannukah, etc.

43A

46. Sports: One of the main characters is a sports player, such as soccer, softball, archer, etc.

46A
46B or 40, 34, 24
47. Sci-Fi: A science fiction story that doesn’t have romance or a romantic subplot, but it can.
47A
47B
48. Speculative Fiction: A story set in a world entirely different from reality with fantastical, supernatural, or futuristic elements. Some refer to them as what-if stories that involve changing the laws of what’s possible and/or real and what that outcome would look like.
48A

50. Erotic Romance: A story centered on the romantic nature of a relationship through sexual intimacy. Sex plays a strong role in the romance and character development.

The 50 categories

Now for the 50 categories. We’ve listed them below, but you can also download a PDF right here. Fill in the title for each category and hold on to your title sheet until the end of the year.

  1. Age-Gap Romance: A story where one character is at least 7 years older than the other individual.
  2. POC Character: One of the main characters is a person of color.
  3. Slow Burn Romance: Where the characters develop romantic feelings at a slow pace.
  4. Magical Realism: A story depicting a realistic version of the present-day world but has added magical elements to blur the lines between reality and fantasy.
  5. Love After 50: Where one of the main characters falls in love at the age of 50 or older.
  6. Fake Relationship: Where the pairing in the novel starts off faking a relationship but end up falling in love.
  7. Fantasy Romance: A fantasy story with a romantic subplot.
  8. Suspense: A story with suspense and doesn’t necessarily have a romantic subplot. (It can, but there’s also a Romantic Suspense category.)
  9. Girl Next Door: One of the main characters has the qualities of the “girl next door”—sweet, wholesome, and everyone’s friend.
  10. Toaster Oven: A story when one of the mains comes out later in life (after the age of 29), because they either didn’t know or didn’t want to confront their identity.
  11. Fantasy: A story with a fantasy plot. It can have a romantic subplot, but it doesn’t have to.
  12. Medical Character: One of the main characters is in the medical profession (doctor, nurse, dentist, etc.).
  13. Cute Animal / Pet / Wild Animal: A story where an animal plays a small role in the story.
  14. Rich Girl / Poor Girl: A story where there’s a wealth discrepancy between the two mains.
  15. Second Chance Romance: Where a couple had been in a relationship and failed, but then try again later in life with an HEA.
  16. Celebrity: A story where one of the main characters is a celebrity (movies, television, social media, etc.).
  17. Single Parent: One of the main characters is a single parent.
  18. Character with a Disease or Mental Illness: One of the main characters has a disease or mental illness.
  19. Romantic Suspense: A story with suspense but also has a romantic plot or subplot.
  20. Enemies to Lovers: The main characters who fall in love start off hating each other or are rivals (political, sports, work, etc.).
  21. Loss / Grieving: One of the main characters is dealing with loss or grief.
  22. Historical Fiction: A story that is set in the past by at least 30 years.
  23. Neurodiverse Character: A story where one of the main characters is on the autistic spectrum or has dyslexia, ADHD, etc.
  24. Sweet Romance: A romance that doesn’t have sex on the page.
  25. Ice Queen: A story where one of the main characters comes across as cold, indifferent, and prickly. Usually, by the end of the story, she thaws somewhat.
  26. Hot & Steamy: Stories that include all the juicy elements of physical intimacy.
  27. BDSM: Stories that involve BDSM, which typically includes elements of roleplaying, dominance, submission, etc.
  28. Historical Romance: A story that takes place at least 30 years in the past that has a romance or romantic subplot.
  29. Forced Proximity / Stranded Together: A story where the two main characters are forced to be around the other, such as by being stranded in a cabin in the woods, or they end up working together.
  30. Friends to Lovers: A story where the two mains start off as friends and end up falling in love.
  31. Grumpy / Sunshine: A story where one of the mains is the grumpy sort and the other is cheery.
  32. One Night to Forever: When the two characters share one night together thinking it won’t lead to anything, but it ends up with a HEA.
  33. Return to Hometown: One of the main characters returns to their hometown after spending years away.
  34. Young Adult / New Adult: YA stories feature characters between the ages of 12 and 18, and NA has characters who are just entering adulthood, usually 18-25, although some think this goes up to 30.
  35. Paranormal Romance: Stories that usually lack scientific explanation (witches, werewolves, psychics, etc.) with a romance or romantic subplot.
  36. Mystery: Stories around an unsolved element that attempts to solve the mystery.
  37. Sci-Fi Romance: A science fiction story with a romance or romantic subplot.
  38. Musician: One of the main characters is a musician of some type (singer, drummer, celloist, etc.).
  39. Vampire: Someone in the book is a vampire. Think Twilight or Interview with a Vampire.
  40. Coming Out: A story that involves one of the main characters coming out as LGBTQIA.
  41. Ghosts: The story involves a ghost(s) in some fashion.
  42. Asexual / Demisexual: A story with an asexual or demisexual main character. An asexual person typically doesn’t have sexual feelings or desires for physical intimacy. A demisexual individual experiences sexual desire after developing a strong emotional connection with someone. For all the nuance types of attraction and a more thorough explanation, here’s an article to read.
  43. Holiday Romance: A story revolving around a holiday, such as Christmas, Passover, Hannukah, etc.
  44. Ladies in Uniform: One of the main characters wears a uniform, such as police, firefighter, military, etc.
  45. Dystopian / Apocalyptic: Dystopian is a futuristic and imagined story that has oppressive societal measures and seem like they’ve created a perfect society, but they are enforced via totalitarian control. Apocalyptic involves stories that show either the collapse or collapsing of civilization.
  46. Sports: One of the main characters is a sports player, such as soccer, softball, archer, etc.
  47. Sci-Fi: A science fiction story that doesn’t have romance or a romantic subplot, but it can.
  48. Speculative Fiction: A story set in a world entirely different from reality with fantastical, supernatural, or futuristic elements. Some refer to them as what-if stories that involve changing the laws of what’s possible and/or real and what that outcome would look like.
  49. Thriller: A story that is fast-paced with action scenes and is suspenseful.
  50. Erotic Romance: A story centered on the romantic nature of a relationship through sexual intimacy. Sex plays a strong role in the romance and character development.

All information taken from the 2022 IHL Reading Challenge Home Page.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s