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


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. Sci Fi novel w female protagonist by female author: Future Home of the Living God
  2. A book about nature: My Family and Other Animals


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)

and the Swords and Stars Challenge (#swordsnstars):


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 4 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.

  1. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  3. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  4. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  5. Greece: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  6. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  7. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  8. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  9. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  10. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  11. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  12. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  13. 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. Code Girls
  4. Killers of the Flower Moon
  5. Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  6. What Happened
  7. The Radium Girls


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. 
  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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