Studio Ghibli Reading Challenge

I adore the Ghibli films. I have nearly a full collection of the films and I dearly wish to be able to visit the Ghibli Museum one day. I’ve wanted to make a Ghibli-themed reading challenge for a while and now I finally have the time to think of the prompts and do the graphics. The picture from the banner came from Google but the graphics in the table were done with pencil and then MS Paint. I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

So, without further ado, let me present:

simple studio ghibli reading challenge


  • Read one (or more) book(s) per month that fit the description in the table of prompts (but don’t be afraid to bend it slightly if you’re struggling – I’m not strict).
  • All formats and re-reads count.
  • If you post a review of the book, link back to this page. I’d love to know what you thought of it.
  • Make a wrap-up post when you’re finished to show how you got on.
  • The challenge takes place between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2022. You can start at any time within that period.
  • (Optional) Watch the Ghibli film associated with the prompt.
  • If you’re posting about it on social media, use the tag #GhibliReadingChallenge

The Challenge

ghibli reading challenge table

Text Prompts and Recommendations:

January: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – A book about the environment or with a strong environmental message

This could be a nonfiction book about climate change or a fiction book that deals with it. It could also be a book set in a post climate apocalypse too.

My Pick: The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada

February: The Tale of Princess Kaguya – A book with an Asian MC

Self-explanatory, really.

My Pick: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

March: Laputa: Castle in the Sky – A book set in another world

This could either be a science fiction, a fantasy book or something completely different, so long as it’s set in a world that isn’t ours.

My Pick: Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

April: Kiki’s Delivery Service – A book with magic

It’s likely that there’s some overlap between this and March’s prompt. This book doesn’t have to be set in a magical world. It can be an urban fantasy or a magical realism book. Just so long as there’s some magic in there, it’s fine.

My Pick: Magical Midlife Madness by K.F. Breene

May: Spirited Away – A book about identity

This could be a coming-of-age book about discovering one’s own identity or about finding the courage to express one’s own true self.

My Pick: George by Alex Gino

June: My Neighbour Totoro – A book with siblings

These could either be siblings working together (like Sokka and Katara) or siblings battling one another (like Zuko and Azula).

My Pick: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

July: Whisper of the Heart – A book about a craft

This doesn’t necessarily have to be traditional art. This could also be making something e.g. violins. Try to pick something that’s unique or a craft that means something to you.

My Pick: Find Your Voice by Angie Thomas

August: Princess Mononoke – A book with a kickass heroine

Another self-explanatory one.

My Pick: Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

September: The Cat Returns – A book with an animal companion/MC

This can either be an animal main character or a supporting character. Bonus points if the animal companion talks.

My Pick: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

October: Howl’s Moving Castle – A book with an old MC

‘Old’ is subjective, I know. For the sake of the challenge, I mean a main character that’s over 50. Yes, I know it’s not that old but, when you think about it, it’s old by main character standards.

My Pick: The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

November: Porco Rosso – A book set during a war

This doesn’t have to be a real war. It can also be a fictional war. It can be about a soldier, a spy or even just an ordinary citizen.

My Pick: Code Name Madeleine by Arthur J. Magida

December: When Marnie Was There – A book from your childhood

Indulge in an old childhood favourite for this one, especially if it’s one you haven’t read in a while.

My Pick: The Wind Singer by William Nicholson

I hope you like the look of it and will give it a go. I’d be delighted to read along with fellow Ghibli fans! Let me know if you’re taking part in the comments and let me know if you’ve read any of my picks.

I hope to see you again very soon.

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