2018 Reading Challenges: Part One

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It’s that time of year again! We’re halfway through December, and the new year is in sight. Time to sign up for reading challenges. I like to figure out where I might focus my reading each year, but in all honesty, I don’t actually complete most of the challenges I take on. Still, the challenges make me think about what I want to accomplish in the reading year ahead. Thanks to Kim and Tanya for collecting a great list of reading challenges and updating the list each week.

The first challenge that catches my eye is the Author Love Challenge. I’m in for five of James Baldwin’s books.

I think I participated in the Back to the Classics Challenge a couple of years back, and it was a great one for helping me focus my reading. Like a lot of people, I have a list of classics I keep meaning to get to. I’m just now reading 1984, for example. I’m in for six categories, but I’m not sure which ones at the moment.

I like to do some kind of challenge involving reading books from the UK because I love British literature. This year I participated in the British Books Challenge, and I plan to participate again next year. I’m not sure what I will read. This year, I completed the challenge with ten books, but I didn’t review most of them because most of them were re-reads. I think this year, I will try to read at least five, all of which are new to me.

I’m in once again for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I have done this one many times. I don’t think I’m meeting my goal this year, but that’s fine. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, but because I’m trying to branch out, I’ll shoot for five books—Victorian Reader.

I love theme-y types of challenges, and the Monthly Motif Challenge looks like a fun way to diversify my reading selections. I’m going to try to participate each month and read a total of 12 books toward the challenge.

I can’t resist any challenge that asks me to “travel” through books. I’m signing up for the Literary Voyage Around the World Challenge, and I’m shooting for Literary Hitchhiker, 25-40 countries. I’d like to think I could branch out a bit more and do more than the minimum, but looking at my usual reading patterns, I think 25 will even be a stretch for me. It will be a good excuse to diversify my reading.

That’s it for now. I’ll write a new post for any additional challenges that I might want to do. I’m purposely not doing any challenges that require me to tackle books I already own or that are already in my TBR pile. I found those challenges limiting and hard for me to complete, especially when really good books came out that I wanted to read—those books tended to go on my TBR pile, and I wound up spinning my wheels a bit.

10 thoughts on “2018 Reading Challenges: Part One

  1. Hi Dana! I am joining the Literary Voyage Around the World challenge too. We have a whole lot in common. I am a sucker for challenges and never complete them. I love historical fiction so I might take a chance and check out the historical fiction challenge you mentioned. I like challenges but I don’t like the pressure so I will take a peek and see if it will work for me. Feel free to stop by my blog to see my announcement for LVAW and once I start reading books that meet the challenge I will post some reviews. Happy reading!

    1. Great, Belinda! Have fun. I find that I enjoy shooting for the goals of the challenges even if I’m not sure I can meet them. They give me some focus and make me try reading things I otherwise might not read.

  2. Very glad to see that you’re joining the Literary Voyage reading challenge! Awesome! I made a list of the books that I *plan* on reading as a Literary Vagabond. I am crossing my fingers that I’d manage to read at least half of them in 2018. Hehehehe.

    1. I’m not advanced enough to think about a potential list yet! I might do Purple Hibiscus at long last, but that’s as far ahead as I’ve thought so far.

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