Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Reading Challenges

Hosted by The TBR Dare
I can't resist joining The TBR Dare. The goal of this challenge is to read books off your TBR List. I always try to limit the new releases I read until April. I currently have 402 books on my goodreads TBR. My goal is always to reduce this number throughout the year, but it always seems to grow. 

I was disappointed to see that My Soul Called Life's blog had disappeared, but I'm glad to see My Reader's Block take over the challenge. This is my sixth year joining this challenge. The first year it took me until December 31st to complete. The 2nd year I finished 6 months. The 3rd year I finished 8 months.  The 4th year I finished 8 months. The 5th year I finished 10 months. Now this year I'm back to try this challenge again. All the ideas come from my Goodreads TBR list.

white, ice, year, baby, hat, dance, top, road, if
Ideas: Snow White Sorrow by Jace Cameron, Snow White Red-Handed by Maia Chance, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, Crown of Ice by Vicki Weavil, Just One Year by Gayle Forman, The Year we Fell Apart by Emily Martin, The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn, The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz, Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas, On the Jellicoe Road by Mleina Marchetta, The Peddler's Road by Cody Matthew

pink, snow, heart, arrow, point, right, holiday, walk, and
Ideas: The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber, Angels in the Snow by Melody Carlson, Sun and Moon; Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George, Snow by Tracy Lynn, Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, Scarlet in the Snow by Sophie Masson, Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis, Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult, Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany, Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon, The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee, Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier,  Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry, A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

green, luck, great, shout, hope, wrong, rope, carry, into
Ideas: Bitter Greans by Kate Forsyth, Lucky in Love by Kasie West, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Withering Hope by Layla Hagen,  The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

clear, rain, lily, basket, out, gather, valley, all, cross
Ideas: Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst, We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

pearl, flower, clasp, pale, mountain, one, never, dog, around
Ideas: Midnight Pearls, Ai of the Mountain by Dorian Tsukioka, Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, Just One Year by Gayle Forman, The Dear One by Jacqueline Woodson, Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes, One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling, Never Ever by Sara Saedi, Never Never by Colleen Hoover, We were Never Hear by Jennifer Gilmore, Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid, Life in Neverland by Heather Myers

bell, bird, town, live, river, none, some, bride, when
Ideas: Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen, Winter Town by Stephen Emond,  Somewhere in Between by Katie Li, We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist, Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz, The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day, Sometimes we Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins, Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts, Someone Else's Summer by Rachel Bateman, The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber, The Rose Bride by Nancy Holder, When Lightning Strikes by Kristin Hannah, When by Victoria Laurie, When we Collided by Emery Lord

blue, water, desert, apple, many, wood, stay, cabin, between
Ideas: Everblue by Brenda Pandos, Nantucket Blue by Leila Howard, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy, Water Song by Suzanne Weyn, At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen, The Golden Apple by Michelle Diener, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, Into the Woods by Lyn Gardner, The Wooden Prince by John Claud Bemis, After the Woods by Kim Savage, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, Stay by Deb Caletti, Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Somewhere in Between by Katie Li, Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz, Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler, Time Between Us by Tamara Stone, Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith, In Between by Jenny B Jones

yellow, sun, beach, boat, house, few, help, camera, above
Ideas: Hello Sunshine by Leila Howland, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, The World Above by Cameron Dokey

always, fall, sleep, school, teach, call, leave, chase, below
Ideas: Always You by Missy Johnson, Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid, Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult, Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah, Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein, Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey, A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan, Sleeping Beauty's Daughters by Diane Zahler, The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, Leave Me by Gayle Forman

black, mask, ghost, witch, castle, midnight, haunt, mystery
Ideas: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, The Rose and the Mask by Victoria Leybourne, Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones, The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell, Enchanted Castle by Chrissy Pebbles, Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie, The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

brown, thanks, food, family, table, dream, laugh, town, over
Ideas: A Family for Christmas by Mona Ingram, Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber, Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall, The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst, Winter Town by Sephen Emond, Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant

red, present, Christmas, party, give, under, tree, sing, bell
Ideas: Sisters Read by Jackson Pearce, Anything with Christmas, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt Mullaly, Far from the Tree by Robin Benway, Belle by Cameron Dokey

I'm going to go for Thrifty Reader, which is 24 books.

Hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block. I'm going for Pike's Peak, which is to read 12 books off your TBR.

Hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads
The goal of this challenge is to read 1 books from your TBR a month for the year od 2018. 

Hosted by Novel Knight Backlist books are for those forgotten books. The ones that aren't new releases or arcs. This challenge is for all those books published before 2017.  I  read 38 backlist books in 2017. 

I'm going for New Relase Newbie. I don't have a whole lot of 2018 releases on my radar right now, but I'm always suprised with the ones I find throughout the year. 

Hosted by Because Reading
I'm going to go with level 1 to read 12 books over the course of the year. They are doing things differently this year and we are just choosing the first 6 monhts of the year to begin with. I'm hoping this will help me to complete the challenge as I will have new books to choose from for the 2nd half of the year.

1. By Your Side by Kasie West
2. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
3. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
4. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacy Lee
5. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
6. Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Hosted by Books and Ladders 
The goal of this challenge is to read the books that you missed from 2017. As you know I do a post every January about the releases from the previous year that I missed, so this challenge is perfect. The goal is to read 12 books published in 2017. The challenge creator has a great list of books to get you started.

Hosted by Because Reading
I totally failed this challenge last year. I chose Kristin Hannah and didn't read any books from her in 2017. I'm choosing Kristin Hannah as my author again in 2018. I hope to read at least 5 books from her this year.

Novels Read:
Firefly Lane
Fly Away
The Nightingale
Magic Hour
Night Road
True Colors
Winter Garden

Novels To Read:
Home Front
Angel Falls
Between Sisters
The Things We Do for Love
On Mystic Lake
Summer Island
Home Again
Distant Shores
The Glass Case
If You Believe
Waiting for the Moon
When Lightning Strikes
Once in Every Life
A Handful of Heaven
The Great Alone

Hosted by Andi's ABC's
I'm going to go for Third Base, which is 11-15 books. 

I'm so excited to join this challenge. The idea is to choose 5 releases per year for the past 5 years that you want to read, but didn't. For this year that would be 2013-2017. I'm so excited to have a challenge to help me complete those backlist reviews. My list will be revealed through my Top Ten Tuesday Posts of the Book Releases I Missed by Year and hopefully this will be a motivating way to complete books off those lists. 

Hosted by Literary Escapism. This is the eigth year of this challenge. I'm totally up for reading another 25 new authors. 

I will update the picture when the 2018 one comes out. I'm going for twenty topics again this year. 

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
5. A book about or inspired by real events
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
7. A gothic novel
8. An "own voices" book*
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
11. A literary fiction
12. A book set in Africa or South America
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire 
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction
17. A book you expect to make you laugh
18. A book with a location in the title
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
21. A book written in first person perspective
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
32. An alternate history book
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)
35. A book featuring a murder
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1link2)
38. A science book or a science fiction book
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
52. A book published in 2018


  1. Good luck with your challenges! So many to keep track of, but they can be so motivating. Happy Reading :)

  2. Yay! I'm glad you joined the 5 Year 5 Book Challenge! I can't wait to see what books you pick! Good luck with all your challenges this year :)


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