January 16, 2018

2018 Reading Challenges

I'm joining a few different reading challenges this year! I'm hoping that in 2018 I will read more 4- to 5-star books and fewer 3-star ones. Maybe I need to DNF more? Or perhaps I just had bad luck in 2017.

Anyway, here are the challenges:

1.) Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge - hosted by Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy

Rather than a genre-specific challenge, this one is a more holistic challenge aimed at helping readers find amazing books to read in 2018. And considering my 2017 felt a little bit lacklustre in terms of reading... maybe this will help me discover more of those take-my-breath-away reading experiences. Here's hoping! *crosses fingers*

The challenge categories are:

Anne also provides some printables when you sign up, including a bookmark to track how often you're reading.

(If anyone has any recommendations for a book in translation or a memoir, let me know!)

2.) 2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge - hosted by Curly Carla and Lenoreo at Celebrity Readers

Guys, I have a number of series that have just... stalled. I've got to either finish them up or decide for sure that I'm going to quit on them.

Series like:

- the Matched series by Ally Condie — I have Reached, I got most of the way through Reached, and then... I dunno, it really wasn't doing it for me at that moment so I put it down. It may have been my mood, though, as I was in the midst of an intense Master's program and my reading for fun just fizzled. I liked Matched and Crossed, so I feel like I should give Reached another try.

- the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers — I've read the first two. I really liked Grave Mercy but was more kinda lukewarm on Dark Triumph. I have a copy of Mortal Heart so I need to get to it!

- the Birthmarked series by Caragh O'Brien — I read the first book forever ago. I think I'd need to re-read before I started on Prized, but I do have a copy of both of those so I could do that. How I feel about Prized will probably determine if I keep going with the series.

- the Razorland series by Ann Aguirre — I read Enclave AS AN ARC, that is how long ago I read it. And I've had Outpost sitting on my TBR shelves for... an embarrassingly long time. This is another one where I think I'll need to skim the first book as a refresher first.

- the Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano — I've read and have copies of Wither and Fever, but it's not my favourite series. Still, I kinda want to know how it ends... thoughts?

- the Nevermore series by Kelly Creagh — I read Nevermore so. long. ago. But I did enjoy it and although I'd need to get the first out of the library to refresh my memory, I own the second now, so... yeah, I need to get to that already.

Huh. 4 out of the 6 I listed are dystopian series. Shows you what I was reading a ton of like....6 years ago! :P

I'm picking the lowest level "C-List Series Finisher," as I really doubt I will finish reading more than 4 series this year.

3.) Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018 - hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block 


This is a challenge for reading books that you already owned before January 1, 2018. I have so many of these that I badly need to just get read, already! I'm going to just pick the lowest level, Pike's Peak (12 books) to start with, although I'm hoping I might get to Mount Blanc (24 books).

Books I could possibly read for this challenge include:

 - Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
 - Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin
 - Stormy Petrel by Mary Stewart
 - Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
 - Sold for Endless Rue by Madeleine E. Robins
 - And Again by Jessica Chiarella
 - Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
 - Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville
 - Wrong About the Guy by Claire LaZebnik
 - Stray by Elissa Sussman
 - Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith
 - Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
 - Defiance by C.J. Redwine

...and so many more. 

What challenges are you participating in this year? Which books do you think I should read for the challenges I've signed up for? Let me know your recommendations!


  1. These looks like great challenges to participate in. I especially love the idea of the first two challenges. Good luck! I hope you have fun!

  2. These look like some fun challenges and helpful at getting to those books that are calling out to be read. Good luck!


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