This year, I’m trying to have some set books to read, which is new for me. I’m such a mood reader, and I intend to stay that way, but I like all the reading challenges and thought it’d be fun to use them as guidelines for what to read. So I’ve outlined them below, as well as made a new page to keep me in check haha.
As always, if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
Goodreads Challenge: 20 books. I know this seems small, but it’s a lot for me. It’s hard to read during school, so I honestly generally only read during the summer and reading weeks. So 20 books seems reasonable to me, and I’ll up it if I reach it early.
Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge: I’m not going to do the whole challenge as I think that would be too much for me, but I am going to use some of their challenges as inspiration for what to read this year. I’ve also doubled up on some challenges (which I think is allowed?). Here are the ones I’m choosing as guidelines and the books I’d like to fill those ones (so far). They’re also noted with a 🌎 on other lists.
- A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list AND A book about or inspired by real events: Columbine by David Cullen ⛰️🌸📖
- A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ⛰️🌸
- A book originally written in a language other than English
- An “own voices” book AND A short book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates ⛰️🌸
- A literary fiction AND A book from Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ⛰️🌸
- A book set in Africa or South America: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi ⛰️
- A book with a location in the title
- A book set in a country you’d like to visit but have never been to
- A book featuring a murder: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ⛰️📖
- A Women’s Prize for Fiction winner or nominee: The Power by Naomi Alderman ⛰️🌸
- A science book or a science fiction book: Artemis by Andy Weir ⛰️
- A book that intimidates/ scares you: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill ⛰️
- A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (she’s a different ethnic origin and religion than me) 🌸📖
- A book published in 2018 🌸
Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge: again, I’m not doing the whole challenge but rather using these as guidelines. I really liked the prompts! They are noted with a 📖 on other challenges.
- A book of true crime: Columbine by David Cullen 🌎⛰️🌸
- A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance): Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ⛰️🌎
- A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
- A comic written or illustrated by a person of colour AND a comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 🌎🌸
- A children’s classic published before 1980: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle ⛰️🌸
- An Oprah Book Club selection 🌸
- A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
- A book with a cover you hate
- An essay anthology: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
Mount TBR: the point of Mount TBR is to read books that were on your TBR before January 2018. I’m such a mood reader, but I also like reading books from my TBR. So I’m going to try to read 12 books added to my TBR from before 2018, which is the first peak. I’ve noted these with a ⛰️ on my lists.
PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge: there were so many good prompts from this reading challenge and I’m super excited! I’ve noted the ones I already have figured out down below and marked them on my lists with a 🌸. I’ve also noted below the challenges I most want to take part in but don’t have anything for them yet.
- True Crime: Columbine by Dave Cullen ⛰️🌎
- A book involving a heist: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ⛰️
- A novel based on a real person: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 🌎📖
- A book set in a country that fascinates you
- A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
- A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
- A book that is also a stage play or musical
- A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates ⛰️🌎
- A book about feminism: The Power by Naomi Alderman ⛰️🌎
- A book about mental health AND A book by a local author: The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson
- A book by two authors
- A book with an animal in the title: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ⛰️🌎
- A book from a celebrity book club 📖
- A childhood classic you’ve never read: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle ⛰️📖
- A book that’s published in 2018 🌎
- A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ⛰️🌎
- A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
I’m super excited!!! I’ve also made a Goodreads list to help me along, if you want to add me on Goodreads to follow my progress.
Thanks for reading! Which book should I read first??