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2018 Reading Challenges

This challenge is being hosted by Book Dragon's Lair.
Strictly Print Reading Challenge
#StrictlyPrintRC

I "read" more audiobooks than printed books, and that's simply because I lack the sit-down time. I like audio because I can multi-task and listen on my work commute.

I'm aiming for: 


Picture Books: 26



This challenge is being hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Review books must be at least 4 months past due to count!

There are no set levels, so I'm aiming for:

Read 12 review books from my Blogger Shame pile.



This challenge is being hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. There is also a Goodreads group HERE.

I'm aiming for:

Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s


This challenge is being hosted by Adam @ Roof Beam Reader.
#TBR2018RBR

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).

Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2017 or later (any book published in the year 2016 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

My 2018 TBR Pile Challenge List:



This challenge is being hosted by Berls & Michelle @ Because Reading.

  • Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in January – June. This is one of our changes… rather than committing for a year, you’re just picking the books for the first half of the year. You’ll make a new list and commit to a new number of books per month in June for July – December. So 2 books a month works for January – June, but only 1 for July – December? That’s fine!

By committing to read specific books at certain times, it will do either one of two things for me: Kill the joy of reading for pleasure OR make me determined to knock that book off my TBR list! I'm hoping it's the latter.

Here's the level that I'm aiming for, which still leaves room for me to read what I'm in the mood for:

Reading Level 2:
24 books (2 books/month)

January
February
March
April
May
June

This challenge is being hosted by Austine @ NovelKnight.
@BeatTheBacklist on Twitter
#BeatTheBacklist

Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge. Although we love new releases too, this isn’t the challenge for them.

Every person who joins the challenge is assigned to a team/house, and this is mine:

WHY SHOULD I CARE WHAT TEAM I’M ON?
Your team will be competing against the other teams to see who can get the most points by the end of each month. One person will be drawn as a winner from the team with the most points to receive a book of their choice (open internationally).

Each team has their own Rafflecopter that you can submit points to. Make sure to submit your points to YOUR team.

Goodreads group is HERE.
My 2017 goal was to read 12 backlist books, and I'm currently at 63! Therefore, my goal for 2018 will be to beat that, so to read at least 64 backlist books.



This challenge is being hosted by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Book Views. I'm aiming for:

1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie


This challenge is being hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.
#DebutAuthorChallenge

  • To challenge readers to read 12 or more (or less! It’s up to you!) middle grade, young adult, and new adult debuts this year.
Helpful Links:
I'm aiming for reading 1 MG/YA/NA debut for 2018.


This challenge is being hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup

It's all about trying something new and is fairly flexible.


Examples:

First book in a series
Debut book
A new genre or trope.
A new to you author or series.
An author switching genres
A new book format or unique storyline element.

Here is the level that I'm aiming for:

Level 2: 11- 20 books



This challenge is being hosted by Celebrity Readers.
#FinishingTheSeries2018 
  • Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published.  
  • We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2018 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.
This is constantly a goal of mine. Here is the level that I'm aiming for:


Here are some of the books in series that I need to finish:
  1. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden, Book #3)
  2. Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, Book #4)
  3. Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (Everneath, Book #3)
  4. Abandon by Elana Johnson (Possession, Book #3)
  5. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book #3)
  6. The Last Mission of the Living by Rhiannon Frater (Last Bastion, Book #2)
  7. Ensnared by A.G. Howard (Splintered, Book #3)

This challenge is hosted by POPSUGAR, and they have a Goodreads group HERE if you need suggestions for challenge prompts.

  1. A BOOK MADE INTO A MOVIE YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN:
  2. TRUE CRIME:
  3. THE NEXT BOOK IN A SERIES YOU STARTED:
  4. A BOOK INVOLVING A HEIST:
  5. NORDIC NOIR:
  6. A NOVEL BASED ON A REAL PERSON:
  7. A BOOK SET IN A COUNTRY THAT FASCINATES YOU:
  8. A BOOK WITH A TIME OF DAY IN THE TITLE:
  9. A BOOK ABOUT A VILLAIN OR ANTI-HERO:
  10. A BOOK ABOUT DEATH OR GRIEF:
  11. A BOOK WITH A FEMALE AUTHOR WHO USES A MALE PSEUDONYM:
  12. A BOOK WITH AN LGBTQ+ PROTAGONIST:
  13. A BOOK THAT IS ALSO A STAGE PLAY OR MUSICAL:
  14. A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR OF A DIFFERENT ETHNICITY THAN YOU:
  15. A BOOK ABOUT FEMINISM:
  16. A BOOK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH:
  17. A BOOK YOU BORROWED OR THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU AS A GIFT:
  18. A BOOK BY TWO AUTHORS:
  19. A BOOK ABOUT OR INVOLVING A SPORT:
  20. A BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR:
  21. A BOOK WITH YOUR FAVOURITE COLOR IN THE TITLE:
  22. A BOOK WITH ALLITERATION IN THE TITLE:
  23. A BOOK ABOUT TIME TRAVEL:
  24. A BOOK WITH A WEATHER ELEMENT IN THE TITLE:
  25. A BOOK SET AT SEA:
  26. A BOOK WITH AN ANIMAL IN THE TITLE:
  27. A BOOK SET ON A DIFFERENT PLANET:
  28. A BOOK WITH SONG LYRICS IN THE TITLE:
  29. A BOOK ABOUT OR SET ON HALLOWEEN:
  30. A BOOK WITH CHARACTERS WHO ARE TWINS:
  31. A BOOK MENTIONED IN ANOTHER BOOK:
  32. A BOOK FROM A CELEBRITY BOOK CLUB:
  33. A CHILDHOOD CLASSIC YOU'VE NEVER READ:
  34. A BOOK THAT'S PUBLISHED IN 2018:
  35. A PAST GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER:
  36. A BOOK SET IN THE DECADE YOU WERE BORN:
  37. A BOOK YOU MEANT TO READ IN 2017 BUT DIDN'T GET TO:
  38. A BOOK WITH AN UGLY COVER:
  39. A BOOK THAT INVOLVES A BOOKSTORE OR LIBRARY:
  40. YOUR FAVOURITE PROMPT FROM THE 2015, 2016, OR 2017 READING  CHALLENGES:



ADVANCED:
  1. A BESTSELLER FROM THE YEAR YOU GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:
  2. A CYBERPUNK BOOK:
  3. A BOOK THAT WAS BEING READ BY A STRANGER IN A PUBLIC PLACE:
  4. A BOOK TIED TO YOUR ANCESTRY:
  5. A BOOK WITH A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE IN THE TITLE:
  6. AN ALLEGORY:
  7. A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR WITH THE SAME FIRST OR LAST NAME AS YOU:
  8. A MICROHISTORY:
  9. A BOOK ABOUT A PROBLEM FACING SOCIETY TODAY:
  10. A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY SOMEONE ELSE TAKING THE POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE:





This challenge is being hosted by Blydyn Square Books.

Starting January 1 and ending December 31, 2018, we challenge you to read at least 18 books. The list below is only for suggestion–we’ll be thrilled if we can get most people to read ANY 18 books!

Blydyn Square Books 2018 (18 for 2018) Reading Challenge
1. A book with a number in the title
2. A book with a person’s name in the title
3. A book based on a myth or fairy tale
4. A book with an animal name in the title
5. A book taken out of the library (or am I the only one who still does that?)
6. A classic novel
7. A biography
8. A book you loved as a kid
9. A book written in the present tense
10. A book written in the first person
11. A story told from more than one character’s perspective
12. A book that mentions a holiday
13. A book about siblings
14. A book that features a divorce
15. A book by a writer from a country that’s not your own
16. A book with a character of an ethnicity different from yours
17. A book with a season, month, or day of the week in the title
18. A book that has a movie based on it (and you haven’t seen it yet)


This challenge is being hosted by Natalya @ The Island Reader.

Read one book for each challenge prompt.

  1. An 'old school' romance - published before 1990.
  2. An interracial romance
  3. A single parent romance
  4. A debut novel by a romance author
  5. A collection of poetry by an author of color
  6. Fiction novel during the jazz age
  7. Novel by a Caribbean author
  8. A book you read last year
  9. A book by an LGBTQ author
  10. A childhood favorite
  11. A book by an author currently under 25 years old
  12. A book published by an indie press
  13. A political memoir
  14. A book recommended by your BFF


This challenge is being hosted by Melissa @ Melissa Hawkins Badass By Design.

reading books


This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

Read a book for each square!

  1. Mystery or thriller
  2. Historical
  3. Over 500 pages
  4. Setting in library or  bookshop
  5. 4 word title
  6. Last book added to your TBR (as of the time you fulfil this one)
  7. Classic
  8. Fantasy
  9. Coming of Age theme
  10. Adapted to a Movie
  11. Holiday season
  12. Has big plot twist
  13. Humor
  14. Book to improve your life
  15. Redemption theme
  16. Has a number in the title
  17. Under 250 pages
  18. New to you author from another country
  19. From a favorite series of yours
  20. Dual time line
  21. Non fiction hobby book
  22. Children's book ( could be a picture book if wished)
  23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf. You might like to do it with your eyes closed from an actual shelf. Or check your TBR on Goodreads, see how many there are and put that number into random.org. Or whatever method you think of.
  24. Memoir or Autobiography
  25. Reread




This challenge is being hosted by Suzanne @ The Grand World of Books.

Read a book for each square!



  1. A LIBRARY BOOK:
  2. A GRAPHIC NOVEL:
  3. A BOOK THAT IS BECOMING A MOVIE IN 2018:
  4. A POPULAR AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK:
  5. A BRAND NEW BOOK:
  6. READ AN OWN-VOICES BOOK:
  7. A BOOK OVER 500 PAGES:
  8. A BOOK WITH A ONE-WORD TITLE:
  9. A BOOK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS:
  10. A BOOK ABOUT ANOTHER CULTURE:
  11. A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY:
  12. A BOOK THAT BROUGHT YOU JOY:
  13. A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT WORLD:
  14. A NONFICTION BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE:
  15. THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR TBR LIST:
  16. A BOOK YOU HEARD ABOUT ON YOUTUBE:
  17. A BOOK THAT WAS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH:
  18. A USED BOOK:
  19. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY:
  20. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU ANGRY:
  21. A CLASSIC:
  22. A BOOK PUBLISHED IN 2018:
  23. A BOOK A FRIEND RECOMMENDS:
  24. A BOOK OF SHORT STORIES:

This challenge is being hosted by Linz @ Linz The Bookworm.

This challenge is actually several challenges in one. The way it is designed is that you work through one level and then move on to the next. It's comprised of five different challenges of 12 books each, or 60 books total. We tried to arrange it in a way that shows what we thought would be the easiest in the first few levels, and then gradually gets harder. We also wanted to spread it out a bit, so the same types of challenges aren't in each level. Ultimately, I think we both wanted a challenge that's going to really make us have to think ahead and plan to complete it.

I'm going to aim for Level 1, but I'll keep going and do as much as I can! Lindsey also said that you can even skip around if you wanted to, so I'll probably do that and try to do as much as I can.


2018 Reading Challenge
NumberChallengeBookAuthor
Level 1: Book of the Month Club
1A book from Project Gutenberg
2A book that costs less than $5
3A Cozy Mystery
4A comedy or a satire book
5Read a book by Nora Roberts
6A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show
7A book on a best seller list
8A book under 300 pages
9A book that takes place around a holiday
10A book with a one word title
11A book you first read when you were a teenager
12A children's book
level 2: Casual Reader Club
13A book by a new author
14Reread a favorite book
15A book with a cover that's in your favorite color
16A book published in 1993
17A book recommended to you on social media or by a friend
18A book with a number in the title
19A book with pictures in it
20A retelling of a fairy tale
21A book that involves a mythical creature
22A book about witches
23A book by an author named Chris or Christopher
24A book you got from a used bookshop or site
Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
25A book about space travel, aliens, or other planets
26A book with an animal in the title
27First in a series you've wanted to start
28A book with music or song in the title
29A book with a purple cover
30A cult classic
31A book about a Teacher
32An action adventure book
33A book that takes place before 1900
34A book about friendship
35A book by Michael Crichton
36A book about a Queen
Level 4: Speed Reader Club
37A book by Agatha Christie
38A book that takes place in Australia
39A book that has a title starting with the letter Y
40Read a compilation of short stories
41Read a book from the Guardian's 100 greatest Novel list
42A book with the word thief in the title
43A banned book
44A book published in 1968
45A book about a doctor
46A book involving food
47A book with a male main character
48A book by two or more authors
Level 5: Overachiever Club
49A book published the year one of your parents was born
50A book over 500 pages
51A book about traveling
52A book with a flower on the cover
53A Non-Fiction book
54A book that takes place during a war
55A book involving a culture different than your own
56A book that takes place in Canada
57A book that was originally published in a foreign language
58A book about a character who has your dream job
59A book with woman or girl in the title
60A book about a main character that has the same hair color as you





This challenge is being hosted by Kimberly @ Girlxoxo.
#monthlymotifgxo

Just before the first of each month we’ll be checking in with you and putting up a new linky for you to link your reviews for that month to. You will have until the 10th of the next month to add your link. After that the linky will be closed. You can still link up after that, you’ll just need to message me.


JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.
FEBRUARY – One WordRead a book with a one word title.
MARCH – Travel the World
Read a book set in a different country than your own, written by an author from another country than your own, or a book in which the characters travel.
APRIL – Read Locally
Read a book set in your country, state, town, village (or has a main character from your home town, country, etc)
MAY- Book to Screen
Read a book that’s been made into a movie or a TV show.
JUNE- Crack the Case
Mysteries, True Crime, Who Dunnit’s.
JULY – Vacation Reads
Read a book you think is a perfect vacation read and tell us why.
AUGUST- Award WinnersRead a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels.
OCTOBER- New or Old
Choose a new release from 2018 or a book known as a classic.
NOVEMBER- Family
Books where family dynamics play a big role in the story

DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up
Winter or holiday themed books or books with snow, ice, etc in the title or books set in winter OR read a book with a theme from any of the months in this challenge (could be a theme you didn’t do, or one you want to do again).

This challenge is being hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. Here are the details:

Your task is to read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. For instance, in January you might read Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon. The key words are listed below.

GUIDELINES  

* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word 'icicle'
 or 'icing' even though the key word is 'ice.'

*Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read a book with "Bowler" or "Bonnet" for the key word 'Hat' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'Family' then your title could include the word 'Sister' or 'Father.'If the key word is 'Food' then your title could include the word 'Cake.' 



This challenge is being hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. Here are the details:

Once again the categories will be more open--the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book. For "implies color" the image implying color should dominate the cover--for instance a large rainbow, a field of flowers, or the image of a painter. Get ready for a rainbow of reading in 2018.

Here are the rules:

*Read nine books in the following categories.


1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.

2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.

3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.

4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.

5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Beige, Sand etc) in the title/on the cover.

6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.

7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover.

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).

9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).




This challenge is being hosted by Charlie @ The Worm Hole.
#whatsinaname2018

Read a book for each category:

  • The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time)
  • A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake)
  • A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends)
  • A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda)
  • A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood)
  • A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne)


This challenge is being hosted by Dollycas @ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.


Challenge – Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia. (51 Points). If you complete the challenge you earn 50 Bonus Points. You also can earn Bonus Points for books set in Counties around the world. 1 Bonus Point for each country. (No repeats – only 1 point can be earned for each country.)
Your books can be fiction or non-fiction and can be in any format, print, digital, audio. 
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
I'll be keeping track of my books on my Google Map below:





This challenge is being hosted by Rose City Reader.

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: We stick with the same list of 50 sovereign states that fall (at least partially) within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe and/or enjoy membership in international European organizations such as the Council of Europe. This list includes the obvious (the UK, France, Germany, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

THE LIST: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

NOTE: Even after Brexit, the United Kingdom is still one country, in Europe, that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So one book from any one of these four counts as your one book for the United Kingdom. I'm not going to be a stickler about it because challenges should be about fun not about rules. However, when it comes to winning the Jet Setter prize, only one book from one of the UK countries will count.

I did really well this one in 2017, so I'm aiming for:

FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.


This challenge is being hosted by Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews.

Option 1: Read six middle grade books of your choice.


This challenge is being hosted by Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews.

I did really bad with last year's Bingo Card. I never kept track of it :(  This year, I'm keeping it simple and just going with:

Option 1: Read six picture books of your choice.


This challenge is being hosted by Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews.

Inspiration: It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones. C.S. Lewis

I have tons of "old" books on my TBR mountain, however, I do get excited about new releases and can't wait to read those! My goal is to make sure that my ratio of 2018 releases to 2017 and earlier does not exceed 50%, meaning that I hope to read more "old" than "new."


This challenge is being hosted by Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews.

Read for a good cause! Buy books at a charity shop, or, even a friends of the library book sale, or, donate a certain percentage of money for each book you read for the challenge. You can choose your own goal of how many books to read, what charity you'll be donating money towards, how much money, etc. (For example, you might want to donate $1 for each paperback you read, or, $3 for every hardback you read. You can work out the details yourself.)

My goal will be to read a minimum of 24 books that I've bought at charity book sales.


This challenge is being hosted by Dollycas @ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2018
your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.



It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 




Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z


This challenge is being hosted by Megan @ Ginger Mom & The Kindle Quest.

Read a book for every letter of the alphabet.

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z






This challenge is being hosted by Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!:

To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed.

Goodreads Memoir Book Lists
10 Famous Memoirs Everyone Should Read Once
17 Memoirs By Women
Best Celebrity Memoirs of All Time
Fictional Memoirs

Here are the reading categories:

__1. Mental Illness Memoir
__2. Other Illness Memoir
__3. Political Memoir
__4. Food Memoir
__5. Animal Memoir
__6. Music Memoir
__7. Other Arts Memoir
__8. Written by a person of color
__9. Written by a woman
__10. Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA
__11. Written by an actor or a comedian
__12.Written by an author or journalist
__12. Written by any other celebrity
__13.Written by someone under 40
__14. Written by someone over 40
__15. Written by someone from a country different from your own
__16. Memoir of high school or college events
__17. One you find thought-provoking
__18. Made into a movie
__19. Graphic novel memoir
__20. Bestselling memoir
__21. Humorous memoir
__22. Fictional memoir
__23. Published in 2018
__24. Published in 2017 or earlier
__25. Under 300 pages
__26. Over 300 pages
__27. One you want to re-read
__28. Subject of your choice
__29. Author of your choice
__30. Free choice
__31. Free choice
__32. Free choice





This challenge is being hosted by Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!:

The challenge, then, will be to read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way. Here are some links to get some reading ideas:
Goodreads Best Diary Novels
Goodreads YA Diary Novels
List of Fictional Diaries

7 Variations on the Epistolary Novel


We can choose our own goal, so mine will be to read three epistolary novels.


Here are the ones that I have on my TBR:



  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  2. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  4. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  5. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews.

I found the sub-genres for the 2017 challenge too tough and, as a result, I haven't read as many cozy mysteries this year as I did last year. I'm aiming for:

Level one (Snoop) - 
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.





This challenge is being hosted by Dollycas @ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.

This is the level that I'm aiming for:

Peckish – 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries




This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews.

It's very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples...

Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber

I'm aiming for:
Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries



This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews.

Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
 It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

I'm aiming for:
Level 1 - Read 6 books


This challenge is being hosted by Julie @ Smiling Shelves.

Each book you read is worth points. You get:
  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Book (Both Medal winners and Honor books are worth a point.)


Here is the level that I'm aiming for:
  • L'Engle: 15 - 29 points


This challenge is being hosted by Katie @ Read-At-Home Mom.
#OldSchoolKidlit2018

  • A book is considered "old school" if it was published in the decade of your birth or before. 
My goal is to read 5 "old school" children's books in 2018.



This challenge is being hosted by Andi @ Andi's ABCs.

This is not a genre that I ordinarily read, so here's the level that I'm aiming for:
1st Base: read 1 – 5 books


This challenge is being hosted by Francesca from Under the Covers Book Blog at Goodreads.

I'm aiming for:


SUB-GENRES:
» Paranormal Romance: J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark
» Urban Fantasy: Kim Harrison's The Hollows, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson, Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress, Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters
» Young Adult (fantasy or contemporary both qualify): Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars
» New Adult: Kristen Callihan's Game On, Colleen Hoover
» Erotic Romance: Lorelei James' Rough Riders, Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge, Kit Rocha's Beyond
» Sci Fi (can be romance or straight sci fi): Gini Koch's Kitty Katt, Lauren Dane's Phantom Corps
» Historical Romance: Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers and Hathaways, Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove
» Steampunk: Meljean Brooks' Iron Seas
» Contemporary Romance: Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor, Bella Andre's The Sullivans
» Romantic Suspense: Cindy Gerard's One-Eyed Jacks, Elle Kennedy's Killer Instincts
» LGBT Romance: Abigail Roux's Cut & Run, Charlie Cochet's Thirds
» Fantasy (not to be confused with paranormal romance!): C.S. Pacat's Captive Prince, Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy
» Mystery (not romance focused, can be cozy mystery or thrillers)




This challenge is hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader.

 This challenge is just a fun way to see if you can find a list of items as you read no matter what romance style you pick up.

I'm aiming for:

Level One – Treasure Hunter in Training- 10 items/10 places


2018 Literary Pickers Challenge- Scavenger List

Literary Pickers Scavenger Hunt 2018
Around the House 
  1. Patio Furniture
  2. Walk-In Closet
  3. Dust or Cobwebs
  4. Gaming System
  5. Grandmother’s China/any dishes past down
  6. Porch light
  7. Quilt
  8. Area Rug
  9. Candle
  10. Pots and Pans
  11. Fruit Trees/Orchard
  12. Keys
  13. Rocking Chair
  14. Bathroom Mirror
  15. Attic
  16. Toy Chest/bin
  17. Mixing bowl
  18. Barn
  19. Curtain/Drapes
  20. Napkin/serviette
Around the World
  1. Japan
  2. Italy
  3. Africa
  4. Caribbean
  5. New Zealand
It Goes Zoom Zoom
  1. Motorcycle
  2. Navy Ship
  3. Raft
  4. Roller blades/skateboard
  5. Carriage
  6. Riding Horse
  7. Shuttle/small space ship
  8. Classic Car
  9. Surfboard
  10. RV/Caravan/Camper
Elements to Factor
  1. Friends to lovers/Bestfriend
  2. Love at First Sight
  3. Commitophobe
  4. Arranged Marriage/Marriage of Convenience
  5. Miscommunication
  6. Threesome/Love Triangle
  7. Gender bender/Role Reversal
  8. Office Romance
  9. Enemies to Lovers
  10. Small Town
  11. Rocker Romance
  12. A Murder
  13. Secret baby/accidental baby
  14. Another dimension/fantasy world
  15. Kink/BDSM
  16. Post-apocalyptic/Dystopian/Futuristic
  17. Historical
  18. Humor/Comedy
  19. First time author/narrator
  20. On your TBR stack for more than a Year
All Terrain 
  1. Lake
  2. Volcano/Hot Spring
  3. Blizzard or Polar Region
  4. City streets
  5. Castle/Fortress
Bon Appetit 
  1. Pudding/Mousse
  2. Vegetarian/Vegan fare
  3. Ale
  4. Campfire Cooking
  5. Saute it (veggie or meat)
  6. Fresh Catch (fish/seafood)
  7. Waffles
  8. Tortilla/flat bread
  9. Tropical Fruit
  10. Specialty Tea or Coffee
Tools of the Trade
  1. Fire hose
  2. Hammer
  3. Gas can/pump
  4. Rifle
  5. Scuba gear
  6. Handcuffs
  7. Toolbox
  8. Shovel
  9. Oven
  10. Laptop Computer
Clothes                                                                                                             
  1. Space suit
  2. Uniform   Hammer
  3. Costume/Disguise
  4. High Heels
  5. Engagement Ring
  6. Belt
  7. Boots
  8. Skirt
  9. Overalls
  10. Trousers
Cover Clues

  1. A number in the title
  2. Mostly Yellow
  3. No people
  4. A season in the title
  5. No face/hidden features
  6. Holiday theme
  7. A hat
  8. Just a guy
  9. Just a gal
  10. A paranormal or sci-fi element

This challenge is being hosted by Heather @ Based On A True Story.
#foodiesread


  • Any book where food is a main part of the plot is welcome.  They can be fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, graphic novels, audiobooks, anything about food.
  • The link up is posted on the morning of the first of each month.  There is a link to the month’s post on the right sidebar. 
  • You don’t need to sign up in advance.  Just link up when you have a review posted.

This challenge is being hosted by Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm.

What books count?

Science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative and magical realism are all OK.


  1. Space
  2. AI
  3. Wibbly Wobbly Time Travel
  4. It's the End of the World As We Know It
  5. Alien Invasion
  6. Plague
  7. Dystopia
  8. Alternate Reality
  9. Cyberpunk
  10. This is Totally Going to Happen One Day
  11. Asian
  12. African
  13. Rebellion
  14. Independent
  15. South American
  16. Portal
  17. Fantastic Beasts
  18. Haunted
  19. Undead
  20. Re-Telling
  21. Bite Me
  22. Kings, Queens and Long, Lost Relatives
  23. Demonic
  24. Immortal
  25. Epic

This challenge is being hosted by Kris @ Ms. NoseinaBook.
#SwordsnStars

The Goal of this challenge is to read one book that matches up with each one of the challenges.

1) Read a book with Dragons in it
2) Read a book over 500 pages
3) Read an SFF novella
4) Read a first book in a series
5) Read a Science Fiction classic
6) Read a Fantasy classic
7) Read a book whose title matches the first letter of your last name
8) Read a book that has a weapon on the cover
9) Read a book that has a Spaceship on the cover
10) Read a book that has been adapted
11) Read a book with time travel in it
12) Read a book that has been on your TBR shelf for over 2 years
13) Read a book whose cover has stars in it or whose title has any variation of the word star in it
14) Read a book with magical realism in it
15) Read an SFF graphic novel
16) Read a Sequel
17) Read a diverse SFF book
18) Read a Random SFF book – your pick!
19) Read a fantasy book inspired by another story, fairytale, myth etc.
20) Read a book with a map



This challenge is being hosted by Tina @ As Told By Tina.

#LetsReadIndie


I'm aiming for:
Level 1 – 1-10

Here are some Indie books on my shelf:

  1. Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen (Fallen Star, Book #1)
  2. Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen (Shattered Promises, Book #1)
  3. Ember by Jessica Sorensen (Death Collectors, Book #1)
  4. Blood Hex by Erin Butler (The Adams' Witch, Book #1)
  5. Rebel Heart by Lizzy Ford 
  6. Katie's Hellion by Lizzy Ford (Rhyn Trilogy, Book #1)
  7. Air Awakens by Elise Kova (Air Awakens, Book #1)


This challenge is being hosted by J.G. @ Hotchpot Cafe.

My goal is to read one book from my birth year (1970).

Here are some books from my birth year:

  1. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  2. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  3. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
  4. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  5. Deliverance by James Dickey
  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman
  7. Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie


This challenge is being hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate.

The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read all 12 books to participate in this challenge!
  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing


  • Children's classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge; and please, no picture books.
  • All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1968 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously. Recent translations of classics are acceptable.


My goal is to complete six categories:

And here are the categories for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.


2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications.


3.  A classic by a woman author


4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules.


5. A children's classic. Indulge your inner child and read that classic that you somehow missed years ago. Short stories are fine, but it must be a complete volume. Picture books don't count!


6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. This can be a true crime story, mystery, detective novel, spy novel, etc., as long as a crime is an integral part of the story and it was published at least 50 years ago. Examples include The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, etc.  The Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list is an excellent source for suggestions. 


7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. A journey should be a major plot point, i.e.,The Hobbit, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Kon-Tiki, Travels with Charley, etc.

8. A classic with a single-word title. No articles please! Proper names are fine -- Emma, Germinal, Middlemarch, Kidnapped, etc.).


9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White; Anne of Green Gables; The Red and the Black, and so on.


10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before.


11. A classic that scares you. Is there a classic you've been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now's the time to read it, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised!


12. Re-read a favorite classic. Like me, you probably have a lot of favorites -- choose one and read it again, then tell us why you love it so much. 


17 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining! You are the first. I'll be working on getting my other challenges posted soon.

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  2. And here's another one:
    https://www.mia-sutton.com/home/2018-read-the-rainbow-reading-challenge

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  3. I've updated the memoir challenge, adding a few more categories.

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  4. And here are the other challenges i'm hosting:
    https://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/10/literary-loners-reading-challenge-2018.html
    https://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/10/humor-reading-challenge-2018.html
    https://jannghi.blogspot.com/2017/10/creativity-reading-challenge-2018.html

    That last one was done at Whole Latte ideas this year, but was deleted. I asked the blog owner if I could take over as host and she said yes. This was the same blog that hosted the Paranormal and Parenting challenges.

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  5. Sorry to be leaving so many comments, but I wanted to let you know that Becky's Book reviews has several challenges posted:
    https://blbooks.blogspot.com/search/label/2018%20Reading%20Challenges

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  6. https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2018-44138581

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  7. Thanks for joining me on my challenges! Hope you have fun with them.

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  8. Thanks for joining us! So sorry I didn't see your comment earlier - it got marked as spam somehow. But I am glad to see that hasn't deterred you from participating :) We are so happy to have you with us for the AtoZ Challenge! It is our first year hosting a challenge so we are super pumped! And everyone seems excited about the $100 gift card prize at the end!

    :) Megan
    https://gingermomreads.com

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  9. Oh wow! That's a lot of challenges! Good luck :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  10. Thanks for joining my challenges, Darlene. Enjoy and good luck!

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  11. This is amazing! I am so overwhelmed, impressed, and inspired! Bookmarking this post!

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  12. Thanks for the mention! Best of luck on all your challenges!

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  13. Looks like you've found a ton of fun challenges! Enjoy!

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  14. Wowie!! That's a lot of reading challenges! I wish you the best of luck in all of them, and I'm so glad you added Finishing the Series Challenge to your list as well!

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  15. You find some really great challenges to participate in, Darlene. Go get 'em, Tiger. :)

    And thanks so much for participating in Delighted Reader's Literary Pickers Challenge. :)

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  16. Wow! Looks like you've got an awesome year planned. Thanks for joining the Monthly Motif challenge!

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  17. So many challenges! Best of luck on all of them! Thank you so much for joining #LetsReadIndie!

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