2018 Reading Challenges

For the TBR Pile Challenge (#TBR2018RBR), you pick 14 books that have been on your TBR list for at least a year. The list for this challenge is set at the start of the year:

  1. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  2. Cross Talk by Connie Willis
  3. After Atlas by Emma Newman
  4. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (read)
  5. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami (read)
  6. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  7. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  8. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
  9. Gilead by Marianne Robinson
  10. Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  11. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  12. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  13. Alternate: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
  14. Alternate: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


The Read Harder Challenge by Book Riot (#ReadHarder) gives you 24 categories you can check off as you read: https://bookriot.com/2017/12/15/book-riots-2018-read-harder-challenge/

  1. A book of true crime: Killers of the Flower Moon
  2. A classic of genre fiction: A Wrinkle in Time
  3. A book set in one of the five BRICs countries: Girls Burn Brighter
  4. A book about nature: My Family and Other Animals
  5. A western: River of Teeth
  6. A comic written/illustrated by a person of color: Ms. Marvel
  7. A book of colonial or post-colonial literature: Pachinko
  8. A romance novel by a person of color: The Luckiest Lady in London
  9. A children’s classic published before 1980: A Wrinkle in Time
  10. A celebrity memoir: Love, Loss, and What We Ate
  11. An Oprah Book Club selection: An American Marriage
  12. A one-sitting book: All Systems Red
  13. The first book in a new-to-you YA series: Labyrinth Lost
  14. Sci Fi novel w female protagonist by female author: Future Home of the Living God
  15. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: March, Book 1
  16. A book with a female protagonist over 60: Elizabeth is Missing
  17. A book published posthumously: When Breath Becomes Air
  18. A comic written and illustrated by the same person: The Complete Persepolis
  19. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ author: The Widows of Malabar Hill
  20. A book with a cover you hate: What We Were Promised
  21. A book of genre fiction in translation: The Complete Persepolis
  22. A book of social science:
  23. An essay anthology:
  24. An assigned book you hated or never finished:


These science fiction and fantasy also let you check off books that meet specific categories: Science Fiction and Fantasy Bingo (#SFvsFBingo):

  1. Future Home of the Living God (End of the World/Dystopia)
  2. Binti: The Night Masquerade (African)
  3. The Dream of the Iron Dragon (Time Travel)
  4. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Alien Invasion)
  5. Crosstalk (This is Totally Going to Happen One Day)
  6. Sing, Unburied, Sing (Haunted)
  7. The Merry Spinster (Re-telling)
  8. The Changeling (Kings, Queens, and Long, Lost Relatives)
  9. Exit West (Portal)
  10. River of Teeth (Alternate Reality)
  11. After Atlas (Space)
  12. All Systems Red (AI)
  13. The Girl in the Tower (Asian, Re-telling)


and the Swords and Stars Challenge (#swordsnstars):

  1. Read an SFF novella: Binti: the Night Masquerade
  2. Read a Science Fiction classic: A Wrinkle in Time
  3. Read a book that has a Spaceship on the cover: The Dream of the Iron Dragon
  4. Read a book with time travel in it: The Dream of the Iron Dragon
  5. Read an SFF graphic novel: Paper Girls, Vol. 1
  6. Read a diverse SFF book: Future Home of the Living God
  7. Read a Random SFF book – your pick! Crosstalk
  8. Inspired by fairytale or myth: The Changeling, The Merry Spinster
  9. Read a book with magical realism: Sing, Unburied, Sing
  10. Read a first book in a series: River of Teeth; Amberlough
  11. Read a book with a map: Amberlough
  12. Read a sequel: The Girl in the Tower
  13. Read a book with stars on the cover: The Girl in the Tower
  14. Read a book over 500 pages: Cibola Burn
  15. Read a book that has a weapon on the cover:
  16. Read a book with dragons in it
  17. Read a fantasy classic
  18. Read a book with a title that begins with the first letter of your last name
  19. Read a book that has been adapted
  20. Read a book on your TBR shelf over 2 years


The Finishing the Series Challenge (#FinishingtheSeries2018) lets you pick the series you want to finish or catch up on in 2018.

  1. The Plainsong Trilogy by Kent Haruf (finished)
  2. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (behind 1 book)
  3. Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron (behind 1 book)
  4. Julian Kestrel by Kate Ross (behind 1 book)
  5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (behind 1 book)
  6. The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer (behind 2 books)
  7. The Expanse (behind 3 books)


Howling Frog is hosting Reading All Around the World (#readingallaround), where you choose at least 50 countries and read books set in those countries and written by people who live there.  This is a multi-year challenge I started in 2017.  My goal is to reach 50 countries by 2021, or 10 new countries a year.  Once I’ve completed a country, I’m not listing additional books I’ve read about that country.  Only new countries count.

  1. Argentina: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
  2. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  3. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  4. China: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  5. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  6. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  7. Greece: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  8. India: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  9. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  10. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  11. Jamaica: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  12. Japan: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  13. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  14. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  15. Serbia: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  16. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  17. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  18. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  19. United Kingdom: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  20. Vietnam: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen


I hope to read at least 12 nonfiction books for Doing Dewey’s Nonfiction Challenge (#nonficreads2018):

  1. Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
  2. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  3. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
  4. One Small Step Can Change Your Life
  5. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  6. Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  7. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  8. Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
  9. Code Girls by Liza Mundy
  10. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  11. March, Book 1 by John Lewis
  12. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  13. Educated by Tara Westover
  14. Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
  15. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  16. In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu
  17. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell


The Back to the Classics Challenge involves reading 6-12 classics in different categories.  The books must be at least 50 years old.  Here’s what I hope to read:

  1. A 19th century classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. A 20th century classicThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie — Muriel Spark
  3. A classic by a woman author. Death Comes for the Archbishop — Willa Cather
  4. A classic in translation. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  5. A children’s classic. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.
  7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  8. A classic with a single-word title.
  9. A classic with a color in the title.
  10. A classic by an author that’s new to you. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene or Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  11. A classic that scares you. Light in August by William Faulkner
  12. Re-read a favorite classic. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


And lastly, the Book Blog Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and involves posts that discuss topics related to blogging and reading.



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