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My 2018 Reading Challenges

So I LOVE participating in reading challenges – the more the merrier, I always say! But in 2017, I only really stuck to my Goodreads challenge, with a few readathons here and there.

In 2018, I want to commit myself to more challenges – and I’m really hoping I manage to get through them, because otherwise, that’s just sad. 😂

Here’s my list of reading challenges and tentative (subject to change, because, let’s be honest, it probably will) TBRs:

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A book published in 2018
Down by Contact by Santino Hassell – coming out January 16.

A book published the year you were born
I low-key don’t want to put my birth year up here because then everyone will know how old I am, but, *sigh*, I guess I must … 1994. God.
The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou (poems previously published, but this full collection was published in 1994)

A classic book or a book published over 100 years ago
This category correlates with my Classics Club books, so I can read any one of them, but I’ll choose one from over 100 years ago.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

A book that you’ve started before and never finished
Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry

A book you should have read in school, but didn’t
Emma by Jane Austen – I know, I know, it’s Jane Austen and I haven’t read it! I’m ashamed. I was supposed to read this for literature class in high school, and never did!

A book you’ve already read – time for a re-read!
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

A book that you’ve put off reading
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

A banned book
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden

A book by an author you’ve never read
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

A popular author’s first book
Akarnae by Lynette Noni – an Aussie author

A book turned movie you’ve seen but haven’t read
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A book turned TV show you’ve seen but haven’t read
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Haven’t actually watched the show yet, but I intend to before I read the book.)

A funny book
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

A book that will make you smarter
The Secret History by Donna Tartt – everyone raves on about this book, and it just seems really smart … probably because it’s set in college.

An award-winning book
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – won the Inky Award for 2017

A book based on a true story
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – based on the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.

A book chosen for you by a friend
The Road by Cormac McCarthy – chosen by my sister

A book set during Christmas
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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This challenge focuses on completing series! If it’s an ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published.

I’ve chosen the A+-Series Finisher level! That means I have to read at least 9 series to complete the challenge. Here’s hoping I can achieve it! Here’s my TBR of books in a series I need to finish!


I have ONE book left in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. ONE. And it came out back in 2015. I even started The Ruby Circle, got to about page 80? 100? And for some reason stopped. So annoyed. I’ll be starting with this book for the challenge!


Gemina and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Now I Rise and Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Abroad: Book Two by Liz Jacobs
Tower of Dawn and Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas
These Vengeful Souls by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates by Mackenzi Lee
Down by Contact and Use of Hands by Santino Hassell
Gray’s Shadow by K.A. Merikan
Faking ItMaking It and Losing It by Christine d’Abo
The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril and The End by Lemony Snicket
Godsgrave and Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
North Shore and Cross Island by Santino Hassell
Instant Replay and Cyberlove #6 by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (These books should be coming out in 2018.)

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For this challenge, I’m aiming for the Bronze Level – which means I have to read 10 books from Netgalley or Edelweiss. 

So far, the ARCs I have from Netgalley are:

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I was also thinking about joining a FOURTH challenge, but I think this list is already ridiculous. Instead, I’ve made it my goal this year to prioritise #LoveOzYA novels, as I am an Australian book blogger (and future book editor).

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So I’ve kind of made my own challenge (sort of, not really) and that’s to read at least 10 #LoveOzYA books – both published in 2018 and before. Ideally, I would love to read more than 10 books (and I hope I will), but this is the list I’m including in my sort-of-mini-challenge.

Here’s my TBR:

Also, if you ever want to read more #LoveOzYA, consider joining my sort-of-not-really-challenge. You’ll discover so many great books!

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And, of course, I’m joining the Goodreads Challenge, where you get to set yourself a goal of reading a certain amount of books each year.

Usually, I set myself a goal of 50 books, but as I read 160 books last year, I set my goal at 100 books for 2018.

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Are you joining any reading challenges this year? If you are, which ones? Leave a link to your TBRs so I can check them out. Happy reading and please cheer me on!!



12 thoughts on “My 2018 Reading Challenges

  1. The only challenges I’m doing right now are Beat the Backlist and the Goodreads challenge. I’ll be participating in the Biannual Bibliothon as well, so I’ll be doing some of those reading challenges.

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