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
  • True crime
  • The next book in a series you’ve started
    • My pick: Authority by Jeff Vandermeer
  • A book involving a heist
  • Nordic Noir (had no idea this was even a thing!)
  • A novel based on a real person
    • My pick: The Alienist by Caleb Carr (Theodore Roosevelt is one of the 3 main protagonists)
  • A book set in a country that fascinates you
    • My pick: Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn
  • A book with a time of day in the title
  • A book about a villain or anti-hero
  • A book about death or grief
  • A book by a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  • A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
    • My pick: Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • A book that is also a stage play or musical
  • A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  • A book about feminism
  • A book about mental health
  • 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)
  • A book by two authors
  • A book about or involving a sport
  • A book by a local author
  • A book with your favorite color in the title
  • A book with alliteration in the title
  • A book about time travel
  • A book with a weather element in the title
  • A book set by the sea (In the Blood would be a great one for this!)
  • A book with an animal in the title
  • A book set on a different planet
  • A book with song lyrics in the title
  • A book about or set on Halloween
  • A book with characters who are twins (In the Blood & Beneath the Skin would fulfill this one!)
  • A book mentioned in another book
  • A book from a celebrity book club
  • A childhood classic you’ve never read
  • A book published in 2018
  • A past Goodreads Choice Award Winner
  • A book set in the decade you were born
  • A book you MEANT to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
  • A book with an ugly cover
  • A book that involves a bookstore or library
  • Steampunk
  • A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  • Cyberpunk
  • A book being read by a stranger in a public place
  • A book tied to your ancestry
  • A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  • An allegory
  • A book by an author with the same first name as you
  • Microhistory
    • My pick: The Witches of Warboys by Phillip C. Almond
  • A book about a problem facing society today
  • A book that’s been on your TRB list for WAY too long

What’s on your reading lists for this year?

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