2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading Challenges

Hello everyone and welcome to 2018! I can’t believe 2017 is over already! Today I’m going to be talking about the reading challenges I’ve decided to participate in this year. I’ve been thinking about which challenges I’ve wanted to take part in and what to set my goals as for a little bit now and I’ve finally come to a conclusion. Keep reading to find out which 4 reading challenges I’m trying to complete in 2018. Also, keep a look out for my progress updates included in my monthly wrap up posts!


1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

As always, I’m participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. If you’re not familiar with this challenge, each year Goodreads encourages its users to set a reading goal for themselves for the year. Over the years, I’ve seen goals range from as little as 1 book to higher than 400 books. I’ve never set mine as higher than 100 because even though I wish I could read 400+ books a year, I know it’s not a reasonable expectation for me personally. This year I’ve decided to set my lowest goal yet: 50 books. Even though I really hope to read 100 books, I want to keep my official goal lower so I don’t put too much pressure on myself. I want to enjoy the books I’m reading and not worry too much about the number. Let’s see if I can actually do that!

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

Beat the Backlist 2018 Header

My Goal: Read 18 backlist books

This reading challenge (which I participated in last year as well) is all about reading backlist books – aka books published before 2018. I’m lowering my goal from last year (25 books) to 18 books since I just barely completed the challenge last year. I hope I’m able to succeed this year as well!

For more information on this reading challenge, click here.

3. Library Love Reading Challenge

2018 Library Love Challenge Header

My Goal: Read 36 library books

After going WAY over my goal last year with this challenge (I read 41 library books when my goal was only 12), I’ve decided to go with a higher goal level for this challenge in 2018. As you can probably guess, the Library Love Challenge is all about reading books from the library. I absolutely love visiting my local library and checking out books! Not only is it a fun experience, but I wouldn’t be able to read most of the books I do if it weren’t for the library. I’m pretty confident I will complete my goal for this challenge!

For more information on this reading challenge, click here.

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

When choosing the reading challenges I wanted to do in 2018, I realized I really enjoyed  challenges that had specific prompts for you to complete. However, in the past I’ve had trouble finding books for prompts and I’ve ended up reading books I’m not really interested in just because it completed a prompt. So I thought, why not just create my own? And here we are! This is not an official reading challenge by any means – I just came up with some prompts I want to complete this year and quickly slapped a name on it! Anyway, I’m really looking forward to this little challenge and I hope I’m able to complete it!

The Prompts:

  1. Read a book with more than 600 pages
  2. Read an anthology
  3. Read an anticipated 2017 release that you didn’t get the chance to read in 2017
  4. Finish a series you started before 2018
  5. Read a duology
  6. Read a book published in 2018
  7. Read a favorite author’s newest book
  8. Read a book with a pretty cover
  9. Read a book with a main character that is very different than you
  10. Read a book set in a different world
  11. Read a book that can be categorized as more than one genre
  12. Read a book with a mentally ill main character
  13. Read a book that’s been on your shelves for 2+ years
  14. Read a book about time travel
  15. Reread a book to refresh your memory before reading its sequel
  16. Read a book that has a main character with chronic pain
  17. Start a new series
  18. Read an adult novel
  19. Reread a past favorite
  20. Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time
  21. Read a middle grade novel
  22. Read a debut novel
  23. Read a SFF book with an asexual main character
  24. Read a book set in the past
  25. Read a book that features more than one queer person
  26. Read a book you bought or received in 2018
  27. Read a book that was co-written
  28. Read a book that was recommended to you
  29. Read a book about feminism
  30. Read a book with a POC on the cover by a POC author

Are you participating in any 2018 reading challenges? Are we doing any of the same ones? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your blog post on the topic!

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