2018 Reading Challenge

I love challenges (even if I don’t finish them). And even if I don’t complete reading challenges, at the very least I learn about a lot of books I otherwise would not have. So, for 2018, here is a pretty demanding reading challenge I found on PopSugar (with a couple of alterations). I’ll be updating this post as I finish books that fit into one or more of these categories.

  • A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
    • My pick: Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King (completed)
  • True crime
    • My pick: *Murder of Innocence by Joel Kaplan (completed)
  • The next book in a series you’ve started
    • My pick: Authority by Jeff Vandermeer (completed)
  • A book involving a heist
    • My pick: The Taking of Pelham 123 by John Godey (completed)
  • Nordic Noir (had no idea this was even a thing!)
    • My pick: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  • A novel based on a real person
    • My pic: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (completed)
  • A book set in a country that fascinates you
    • My pick: Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (completed)
  • A book with a time of day in the title
    • My pick: **Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  • A book about a villain or anti-hero
    • My pick: *Vicious by V. E. Schwab
  • A book about death or grief
    • My pick: **The Pagan Book of Living and Dying by Starhawk
  • A book by a female author who uses a male pseudonym
    • My pick: **The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
    • My pick: **Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas (completed)
  • A book that is also a stage play or musical
    • My pick: **The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
    • My pick: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (completed)
  • A book about feminism
    • My pick: *You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano
  • A book about mental health
    • My pick: **The Alienist by Caleb Carr (completed)
  • A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
    • My pick: Gerald’s Game by Stephen King (I borrowed it from the library) (completed)
  • A book by two authors
    • My pick: **Dracula: Prince of Many Faces by Radu R. Florescu & Raymond T. McNally
  • A book about or involving a sport
    • My pick: **Winterdance by Gary Paulsen
  • A book by a local author
    • My pick: The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • A book with your favorite color in the title
    • My pick: **Fast Ships, Black Sails edited by Ann VanderMeer
  • A book with alliteration in the title
    • My pick: Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty (completed)
  • A book about time travel
    • My pick: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  • A book with a weather element in the title
    • My pick: **The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (completed)
  • A book set by the sea
    • My pick: *The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne (completed)
  • A book with an animal in the title
    • My pick: *Lionheart by Thea Harrison
  • A book set on a different planet
    • My pick: *Provenance by Ann Leckie (completed)
  • A book with song lyrics in the title
    • My pick: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (completed)
  • A book about or set on Halloween
    • My pick: His Darkest Craving by Tiffany Roberts (completed)
  • A book with characters who are twins
    • My pick: **The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani
  • A book mentioned in another book
    • My pick: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (completed)
  • A book from a celebrity book club
    • My pick: **A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (included in Florence Welch’s book club)
  • A childhood classic you’ve never read
    • My pick: **The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • A book published in 2018
    • My pick: *Circe by Madeline Miller
  • A past Goodreads Choice Award Winner(I’ve changed this to a Pulitzer Prize Winner – more of a challenge since I rarely read anything from that list)
    • My pick: *Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • A book set in the decade you were born
    • My pick:
  • A book you MEANT to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
    • My pick: **Vampires are Us by Margot Adler
  • A book with an ugly cover
    • My pick: **Story Engineering by Larry Brooks
  • A book that involves a bookstore or library
    • My pick: Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence (completed)
  • Steampunk
    • My pick: *Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
  • A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
    • My pick: **The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
  • Cyberpunk
    • My pick: Slow River by Nicola Griffith
  • A book being read by a stranger in a public place
    • My pick: *The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • A book tied to your ancestry
    • My pick: **Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn (completed)
  • A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
    • My pick: **The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories by Michel Faber
  • An allegory
    • My pick: **Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • A book by an author with the same first name as you
    • My pick: **The Inheritance by Robin Hobb
  • Microhistory
    • My pick: **The Witches of Warboys by Phillip C. Almond (completed)
  • A book about a problem facing society today
    • My pick: **The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • A book that’s been on your TRB list for WAY too long
    • My pick: **Black Pearls: A Faerie Strand by Louise Hawes

What’s on your reading lists for this year?

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