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What is Romanceopoly?

Romaceopoly is a yearly reading challenge where you throw some dice and travel around the Romanceopoly board. What romance book you read next is decided by which square you land on as each square has a reading challenge associated to it. You complete the Romanceopoly yearly reading challenge when you have completed every challenge on the Romanceopoly board within the year (01 January – 31 December).

How Do I Play Romanceopoly?

So, you know what Romanceopoly is, you have your printables ready. Now it’s time to play! Welcome to the fictional city of Romanceopolis, where meet cutes abound and there’s romance and libraries around every corner.  

Each neighbourhood in Romanceopolis offers up a new genre to explore and each street has a unique challenge for you to tackle within that genre.  

A full explanation of what each square requires will be The Challenges section.  

To play, you move round the board (as described below) and where you land, you pick up the card for that street. On each card will be a reading challenge, you then read a book matching that challenge. Once you’ve done that you’ve completed that square and you can cross if off on your progress tracker.  

There are number of different options, which we talk about below which will help you customise this challenge to your comfort levels, including of how much time you have and how much flexibility you want with your challenges. The options explained below are: 

  • How you move around the Romanceopoly board 
  • Challenge difficulty 
  • Number of challenges 

How to Move Around the Romanceopoly Board

Movement is always in a clockwise direction, but there are two ways you can move around the Romanceopoly board: 

The Direct route 

There are no dice required to play Romanceopoly this way.   

Starting at Go, you explore Romanceopolis one street at a time, never skipping a square and coming back to it. Instead, you go around the board in order, one street at a time. 

The Scenic route 

This is the more traditional route that will require dice – or die, it’s up to you! 

Starting at Go, roll the dice and move yourself forward the number of squares you have rolled. Wherever you land is the challenge you will be facing.  

If you’re using two dice and roll a double (both die show the same number) you have a choice: roll again and take a chance on what your next challenge will be or stick to the square you have landed on.  

Using this method you are likely to go round the board a few times so: 

  • If you land on a square you have already completed, go to the next unread square 

Number of Challenges

You will notice that there are two types of challenge cards:  

  • Coloured neighbourhood cards – there are 22 of these 
  • Non-neighbourhood cards: Around Town, Corner and Seasonal cards – there are 14 of these 
  • All challenge cards – 36 in total 

If you want to reduce the number of book books you want to do for this challenge rather than doing both types of cards, just to one type of the other. If you find you have more time, you can always come back and start on the other cards! 

Ready to take a look at the challenges?

How Do I Track my Progress

Whether you are doing all the challenges or Neighbourhood challenges only, you want to be able to track your progress around Romanceopolis.  

You can track this however you fancy; however, we have created some progress trackers you can use: 

  • On Storygraph
  • A digital tracker
  • A Romanceopoly tracking board – you can write in the book you read on each square. If you’re feeling creative you can doodle, use stickers, draw, colour…whatever you want to do to make it look pretty. Or not, it’s up to you! 

Download the digital tracker and all printables including the 2023 Romanceopoly board

Display Your Participation in Romanceopoly

If you have a blog or website and want to display the Romanceopoly Participant button, here it is!  Right click on the image below, save and upload to your own site to use (and link back to https://www.romanceopoly.com) or use the code provided below.

Romanceopoly 2023 Participant
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