2018 Reading Challenges: a First Quarter Progress Check

With 2018 just over a quarter of the way through, I’ve decided to write about progress on my (too) many reading challenges.

One of my favorite challenges this year is the Read Harder Challenge by Book Riot, which has 24 categories of books that you try and cover.  These range from the easy (a book about nature) to the more difficult (genre fiction in translation) to the very unlikely (a one-sitting book).  So far I’ve read 8 of the 24 categories.

I’m doing well on the two category-based science fiction and fantasy challenges I signed up for.  I’m 12 of 25 for Science Fiction vs. Fantasy Bingo, and 11 of 20 for the Swords and Stars Challenge. Although these challenges will get tougher as the year goes on, because I’m knocking off the easy categories first.

SFF bingoThe books that have been most meaningful for me have been those about other countries, for the Reading All Around Challenge.  These include Pachinko, Here Comes the Sun, Girls Burn Brighter, and Home Fire. Right now I’m reading Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, set in Serbia.

I’ve read 5 of 12 nonfiction books for the Doing Dewey Nonfiction Reading Challenge, including the first quarter group read, Hunger by Roxane Gay.  I have tons of nonfiction on my TBR list, including Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, Liza Mundy’s Code Girls, and Padma Lakshmi’s Love, Loss, and What We Ate.

2018-Discussion-ChallengeI’ve been so-so about posting non-review discussion posts for the Book Blog Discussion Challenge, including one on graphics and formatting, one on the Women’s Prize Longlist, and one on signing up for too many ARCs.

The not-so-good: I’ve been terrible on Back to the Classics this year.  I’ve completed two, A Wrinkle in Time and My Family and Other Animals.  Both good but neither were particularly challenging.  I plan to read The End of the Affair and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

I’ve only read two books on my TBR Pile Challenge list, which is normally one of my favorite challenges.  And finally, for the Finish the Series Challenge, I’ve finished or gotten up to date on three series: the Binti trilogy, the Plainsong trilogy, and the Alpha and Omega series. I really want to go back to the October Daye series and the Expanse series.  But I’ve actually started more series than I’ve ended.2018finishseries


This year I’ve read three books for book clubs and way too many ARCs (though I’m close to digging myself out of that hole). And even though I’m not tracking it in any formal way, I feel very good about the diversity of this year’s reading (14 of 32 reads by authors of color).

One of the reasons I sign up for challenges is to push myself.  But the main reason is to interact with other bloggers, and I can’t say I’ve done very well at that this year!  I haven’t participated much in any group reads or visited other blogs participating in these challenges.

You can see my progress on 2018 Challenges here.  How are you doing on challenges so far? Which ones are you getting the most out of?

  4 comments for “2018 Reading Challenges: a First Quarter Progress Check

  1. April 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    You’re doing so good! I’m also doing terrible with the Back to the Classics and the TBR challenge but hopefully I can catch up soon!

  2. April 28, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    You need to read Just Mercy! Not to push you or anything, but you’ll be really glad when you do.

    I’m not doing challenges this year. Except the Les Miserables Readalong, and I’m doing awesome at that. Sometimes I fall a few days behind on the chapter a day schedule, but as of now I’m caught up and I love the “slow reading”. It’s a good contrast to my usual voracious style.

  3. May 4, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Nice! It seems like you’re making great progress. I’ve been doing well on all my challenges until this month – now I’m starting to fall behind on reading my own books and commenting on new blogs – but other challenges are still going well 🙂

  4. May 14, 2018 at 8:52 am

    It seems like you’re doing great! Sure, there are a couple of challenges you’re behind on, but there are more that you’re ahead on, so I’d call that a win!

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