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52+2 Challenge

I read about the 52+2 Challenge on the books subreddit, believe it or not – /u/nacho7258 posted about this idea they’d conceptualized, where you use a deck of cards as bookmarks and assign each book you read to a different card. You write the name of the book on the playing card you’re using as a bookmark, and that way when you’ve read 54 books (52 cards in a deck plus 2 jokers), you’ve got a personalized deck of cards showcasing your most recent reads!

Now, most people on this post apparently had a deck of cards lying around and were excited to just use those. But I collect bookmarks – the one thing I collect, really – and I didn’t want just any ol’ red diamond playing cards. So I took to Amazon and typed in my favorite things in the world until I landed upon these beautiful babies:

It looks like this company makes a deck of cards for pretty much every animal and kind of animal imaginable. Lucky for me, they had this – big cats, specifically lions, are my most favorite thing in the world, and it was a thrill for me to see these! Each number features the same animal, but in 4 different poses, so I truly do have 54 unique playing cards. How fun is that?

This is my first 52+2 challenge read:Ā The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, which I am loving so far. I don’t plan on going in any particular order – I will likely just pull random cards out when I get to new books – but this is such an interesting, refreshing way to do a challenge that I couldn’t say no!

Have you ever attempted a challenge like this before? Are you interested in this one? Tell me about it!

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7 Comments

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    Manon
    July 18, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Love this idea! Totally want to do this now..

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    Katie Rogers
    July 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I’ll just be scouring Amazon for the perfect deck of cards if you need me

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    Rachel
    July 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Oooooh I love this idea! Iā€™m really tempted.

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    lauren
    July 20, 2018 at 11:18 am

    this is super cute. though knowing me id just buy a pack and write on as i pick up a book so i dont feel constricted which kinda defeats the purpose a bit haha

    but maybe youll see me some cards soon

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    Kris
    July 20, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    This is such a cool process!! I love the deck of cards you chose šŸ˜‰

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    Sarah
    July 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    This is such a fun idea!! I’ve got a spare deck of cards so I may just do this šŸ˜Š

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    Nicola
    July 30, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    This is such a cool idea and I LOVE those cards!

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