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: 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!