Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Blog Features, Blogging, Reading Challenges

My Reading Challenges for 2018

A new year is upon us and you know what that means?? Oooh yeah reading challenges!!!!! Ahhh who doesn’t love the promise of panic towards the end of the reading year when you are cramming books to meet those challenge deadlines? Can you tell I totally did that last year? Haha…I seriously do love this time of year where I get to pick my reading challenges for the new year and anticipate my reading. Last year (2017) was the first year I did the challenges properly i.e tracking and documenting the books and reviewing most of them and I loved it!

Here are the challenges I’m participating in this year…..Very exciting :D

1) Good Reads Reading Challenge 2018 – Hosted by Goodreads.com
2) Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2018 – Hosted by Passagestothepast.com
3) Try Something New Challenge 2018 – Hosted by Herdingcats-burningsoup.com
4) Blogger Shame Challenge 2018 – Hosted by Herdingcats-burningsoup.com
5) Literary Pickers Reading Challenge 2018 Hosted by Delightedreader.com
6) Library Love Challenge 2018 Hosted by Angelsguiltypleasures.com
7) Read Harder Reading Challenge 2018 – Hosted by Bookriot.com
8 ) Oldie but a Goodie Reading Challenge 2018- Hosted by Addictedtoromance.org
9) Out Of This World Reading Challenge 2018- Hosted by Addictedtoromance.org
10) Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018 – Hosted by Bookishthingsandmore.com

Good Reads Reading Challenge 2018


I have decided to aim for 60 books overall.

Here’s what I have read so far:

1) The Trouble with True Love – Laura Lee Gurhke

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2018

I’ve been wanting to do a historical genre reading challenge for some time as I really wanted to challenge myself to read some historical mysteries that are becoming popular, especially those written by authors from the romance genre.

I’m aiming for the “Ancient History – 25 books”.

1) The Trouble With True Love – Laura Lee Gurhke

Try Something New Challenge 2018

I haven’t read a Steampunk romance before and have been thinking of trying this but never got around to it. I’m aiming for Level 1 which is 1-10 books. I’m just aiming to read  2 books just to test the waters of this genre.



Blogger Shame Reading Challenge 2018

Yeap definitely need to get onto some reviews on my NetGalley TBR pile! I haven’t even read some of the books, so this will definitely motivate me to get some books read and reviewed :D I’ll be aiming to finish 10 books that need to be reviewed.

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge 2018

This is such a fun challenge! I love the idea of a scavenger hunt of items/places within the books!I have decided to aim for Level 2: 25 items/25 places but also going to try to find extras if I can! I’ll never be able to manage 100 books per year (that would be a dream!) so I’ll just try my best to achieve my original aim first and keep going ;)

Around the House

Patio Furniture
Walk-In Closet
Dust or Cobwebs
Gaming System
Grandmother’s China/any dishes past down
Porch light
Area Rug
Pots and Pans
Fruit Trees/Orchard
Rocking Chair
Bathroom Mirror
Toy Chest/bin
Mixing bowl

Around the World

New Zealand

It Goes Zoom Zoom

Navy Ship
Roller blades/skateboard
Carriage  The Trouble With True Love by Laura Lee Ghurke
Riding Horse
Shuttle/small space ship
Classic Car

Elements to Factor

Friends to lovers/Bestfriend
Love at First Sight
Arranged Marriage/Marriage of Convenience
Threesome/Love Triangle
Gender bender/Role Reversal
Office Romance
Enemies to Lovers
Small Town
Rocker Romance
A Murder
Secret baby/accidental baby
Another dimension/fantasy world
First time author/narrator
On your TBR stack for more than a Year

All Terrain

Volcano/Hot Spring
Blizzard or Polar Region
City streets
Bon Appetit
Vegetarian/Vegan fare
Campfire Cooking
Saute it (veggie or meat)
Fresh Catch (fish/seafood)
Tortilla/flat bread
Tropical Fruit
Specialty Tea or Coffee

Tools of the Trade

Fire hose
Gas can/pump
Scuba gear
Oven Tempest by Beverly Jenkins
Laptop Computer


Space suit
Uniform Hammer
High Heels
Engagement Ring

Cover Clues

A number in the title
Mostly Yellow
No people
A season in the title
No face/hidden features
Holiday theme
A hat
Just a guy
Just a gal
A paranormal or sci-fi element

Library Love Challenge 2018

This is great! I borrow loads of ebooks from libraries to save money. I love the idea of libraries. Where else can you have so much knowledge and reading pleasures for free?! I wanted to keep borrowing my ebooks and document how many I actually borrow from the library! The goal  (as dictated by the challenge) is to read 12 books from the library!


Read Harder Challenge 2018

This was such an amazing challenge to participate in last year…It made me read a few books I’ve been wanting to read for ages but just never prioritized them and also made me discover new authors! This

was also a challenge I didn’t think I would prioritize and finish but I did and I was REALLY proud of my achievement, so I’m challenging myself again this year!

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

Oldie but a Goodie Reading Challenge 2018

I love this challenge because it makes me pick up books that are lounging around my TBR pile just begging to be read! I was hoping to get 10 books read last year but only managed 5…this year I will aim for 5 “The Newbie Looking For Swoon Worthy Adventure”, as it’s more realistic especially with all the other challenges I have to do!


Out of This World Reading Challenge 2018

I loveeee Sci-fiction and futuristic romance! I always go through a phase where I miss reading them and have to read all of them in a row! Think Dara Joy, Ruby Dixon, Susan Kearney, Robin D. Owens….Yeap so many good books! Aiming for 5 reads “Beam Your Way Into Outer Space” level.


Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2018

This challenge is sooo great… I surpassed my original aim last year and read 34 books last year! I will still aim for “Bronze – 10 Books” this year as I’m not sure how I’m going to go with the other challenges…so anything above this is a bonus!

I’m a Reading Challenges Addict!

I have entered 10 Reading Challenges for 2018 and hopefully will finish them all…Yeah I thought I was insane last year but surely have totally lost it this year haha….

So my aim is to complete my challenges and the level I’m going for is “On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered)

So that’s it for 2018! Good luck if you are doing challenges yourself and looking forward to hearing all about them and the great books you discover :D

Edited: 1st January 2018

  • Great challenges and I am so glad to see that you will be doing the Oldie but a goodie and Out of the this world!!I love sci fi romance as well, its so unique!!

    Hope you do great with these goals for the year.

  • Ooo lots of good looking challenges. Good luck with them all!

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