2018 Reading Challenges!

Reading Challenge! (3)

Many things happen at the beginning of a new year, and while I am not big on resolutions (I usually stick with the trusted – go into this year positive and follow the golden rule) I am always excited to set my Goodreads challenge and look for new ways to expand my reading.Β  This year, after much debate and help, I have settled on the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge.

This challenge will allow me to broaden my reading horizons, while also utilizing my own shelves and the public library more. These are two important factors for my personal reading goals this year. While I am not sure if I will hit the mark with all 50 books, I do feel that I will succeed in diversifying my reading πŸ˜‰

With that said, I came across some fantastic challenges while attempting to make my decision. I thought I would share 10 of my favorites here for anyone still looking to join in.


10 Note Worthy Reading Challenges for 2018

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge
(A wide selection of challenges for those looking to diversify their reading)

Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge
(24 tasks designed to push your reading boundaries)

52 Books in 52 Weeks
(A challenge that tackles 52 books in one year with a diverse range of tasks)

The Audiobook Challenge
(A perfect challenge for those looking to explore audiobooks)

Beat the Backlist 2018
(Designed to help you tackle the titles on your TBR that were released prior to this year)

2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge
(Have a series to finish? Here is a challenge to offer a little extra incentive)

2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
(Looking to clear out your Netgalley or Edelweiss TBR, here is the challenge for you)

Modern Mrs Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge
(A lovely challenge that offers 12 prompts, choosing quality over quantity)

Literary Voyage Around The World Reading ChallengeΒ 2018
(A fun approach to expanding your reading to include more of the world)

Mount TBR 2018
(A great way to clear out some of your current TBR that incorporates different levels)


There are literally hundreds of challenges available this year. You can also find plenty of advice and tips for creating your own, as well as groups on social media for extra support. This will be my first year at attempting a challenge outside of Goodreads. I have to admit, I am excited!

Will you be participating in any challenges? If so, which ones? If you are participating in the Popsugar Challenge, please let me know! I would love to share progress and trade book ideas.

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❀

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69 thoughts on “2018 Reading Challenges!

  1. I only ever enter the Goodreads challenge but I am going to read more books of my own readlist this year (wait didn’t I already tell this last year?). So probably all the books everyone’s read last year I’m going to read this year :-). It’ll maybe be nice to refresh the memory for some readers :-). I can maybe do the Netgalley one, will be done shortly then, I only have 2 books on my shelf :-). I look forward to seeing you tackle the Popsugar Challenge this year though! Happy reading and happy New Year Danielle!

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  2. Oooh you are seriously tempting me with these! I’ve only signed up for the Beat The Backlist and the Netgalley challenge so far (besides the Goodreads challenge and one I invented myself and is basically about adding new publish years to a list I already have), but I’m wondering if I should add another one now even though I probably shouldn’t haha.

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    1. Haha sorry. I am sticking with Popsugar and Goodreads this year because it is hard to commit. But these all look so great! Good luck with Netgalley and Beat the Backlist. I finally have my Netgalley zeroed out. I may try to keep it to one or two at a tine tops 😊 Happy new year!

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      1. Definitely sounds like a good plan! I don’t want to commit to too many challenges either… I’m actually thinking Netgalley is going to be a problem because I have only 4 titles I can count for this year and kind of don’t want to request a lot of new ones. xD Happy reading!!

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          1. Yeah I’m definitely not going to force-request just to make the challenge and see if I can reach the goal by just request those books I REALLY want to read… (Basically this is what I did last year as well haha)

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  3. I’ve seen a lot about this challenge so I look forward to seeing what you come up with to tackle it. I’m a bit of a stick in the mud withy reading these days so being forced to come out of my shell didn’t appeal much, I like my little bubble! πŸ˜‚

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    1. I totally get it. I certainly have branched out more since last year, but I go through phases for sure. So we will see how it goes. I am hoping I do not get half way and find myself looking for all fantasy titles to complete it haha πŸ˜›


  4. I don’t do resolutions much either but reading goals and challenges are always fun. The 52 Books and Literary Voyages ones look fun. Good luck with whatever challenges you do this year!

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  5. Oh good, I’m glad you decided to do this one! I decided to do it too after you first posted about which challenge you might want to do! πŸ™‚ I’ve not technically started it yet although I guess maybe one of the books I’m reading will fit one of the prompts. I’ve been in a reading slump really since being on break and have been watching Netflix more than anything, which is something I very rarely do! I think I’ve just read so much for school that my mind needed a break, lol! But I plan to read 150 books for the Goodreads Challenge this year (not sure now why I went with 150 except that I read 178 last year and thought why not!), so I’ll work the 50 from this challenge in with that! I just really want to read books that have been on my TBR for awhile or that I’ve bought and not read yet. I think I can do that with Popsugar! What I need to do is compile a list of books for each prompt now, so I’ll have it planned out! Or I can wing it…lol! Hope you’re well and doing great with the challenge!! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Haha awesome! You can always hit me up if you need suggestions πŸ’— I have a spreadsheet where I have at least 3 books listed for each prompt to choose from. I decided to lower my goodreads this year and set it for 50. So we will see. I have some larger titles I want to tackle.

      Netflix binging! I love it haha. I am watching Erased right now. Good stuff. Do you like foreign crime dramas? There are some fantastic ones! I go through spells with Netflix.

      Happy new year! Sending hugs!


      1. Oh wow! 3 for each, lol! I’m working on a spreadsheet right now..just started it, lol. I may have to hit you up! I’m trying to go through and see what books I own first that will fit the prompts; this is a research project πŸ˜‚. 50 is a great number…quality vs quantity! πŸ˜‰ I’m not sure what I’m trying to do besides really clear off my TBR lol!! And diversify my reading!

        I usually don’t binge, lol but I started at Mindhunter and kept going lol! I’ll have to check out Erased. If it’s about crime or serial killers then I generally love it. I started Luther last night, and I’m not sure why I waited so long. It’s been on my list to watch forever!

        Happy New Year to you too!! Hugs! πŸ€—β€

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        1. Erased is actually based on a manga. It is a live action adaptation of the anime. But a beautiful and interesting story. Minfhunter was brilliant! Luther was another I tore through haha. Loved it. Love him!

          Let me know if you get stuck on prompts. I am doing the same. Almost done haha.


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          1. I’ve never read any manga, but my hubby is a big reader. That’s all he reads, lol! I’ll have to tell him about Erased and check it out! Yes, I can’t wait for season 2 of Mindhunter! Luther is fantastic! I doubt I’ll finish it before Monday though πŸ˜•
            I never did get done! Almost though! I think I have 10 left. Do you have a recommendation that I can put down for the prompt “A book recommended by someone else taking the challenge”?
            We need to compare our prompts! Although mine are 95% books I already own, so they probably will be very different, lol! You might inspire me to change books or add new options. πŸ˜€

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            1. I would be happy to recommend a book! What genre would you like? Have to give me somethi g to work with here haha 😘 I will be happy to share my list as soon as I have it finished. I slacked these last two days haha. And a few prompts I habe already started or finished. So those, I only have one book set for.

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              1. I guess that would help!! Sorry for just getting to you! Classes started back yesterday, so my weekend was spent making sure my lesson plans were ready and such. Yesterday was pure chaos! I think the students that I get are more entitled and demanding every semester. And it’s a learning curve guest lecturing at the other university since they have a different server, etc than we do, but I think I have it figured out after a few kinks! But by midnight last night I was still doing things, so I was officially DONE! Put a fork in me….trying to catch up on emails, etc now. I don’t know when I will be reading or blogging, which is a shame since I need to review a book that was published today! Ugh! Maybe I can find the time, but I doubt it since I’m not going to push myself anymore than I’m already doing right now. The 1st couple of weeks are always chaos, so it should calm down. Anway, I usually read suspense or mysteries, but I love historical fiction and some fantasy depending on what it is about…I’m not big on other planets and sci-fi, so that was a tough prompt, lol! I like non-fiction too, and I think I only have 1 of those on my challenge, which is completely filled out now except for the book recommendation and one tied to my ancestry since I can’t decide what to read…a novel or a book about one of the countries my family came from. You’re doing so well with your challenge! I’ve read 1 book so far this month, lol! That is so unlike me, and I should have read at least 3 or 4 by now…I blame it all on Netflix since I NEVER binge shows, hahaha!! Much love! Back to the grind! ❀

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                1. Wow! You have a lot on your plate. Please pace yourself. I really don’t want to see you suffering flare ups from being over stressed and worked πŸ’—

                  I am going to just recommend a few favorites of mine so you can pick through them haha. They range from Historical Fiction to Fantasy. You are probably familiar with or maybe even read most but here is a list:

                  The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
                  A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
                  Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
                  Pillars if the Earth – Ken Follet
                  The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
                  The Lies of Locke Lamore – Scott Lynch
                  Sabriel – Garth Nix

                  Let me know if none of those appeal to you πŸ˜‰πŸ“š I can keep going haha.

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                  1. I know I do! I wish I could have taken the semester off in hindsight, but I have to work. I will take FMLA days (or weeks if needed) if I start to feel like it’s too much. The plus side is that I’m sleeping 8 hrs a night unlike before, so that is definitely helping me not feel like roadkill every day, lol!

                    I’ve read everything on your list except The Lies of Locke Lamore and Sabriel, LOL! A Wrinkle in Time is a childhood favorite, and I can’t wait to see the movie!! I’m debating reading the new sequel to Pillars for that prompt except it’s huge although I could tackle it over the summer, hmmm. I think I might go for The Lies of Locke Lamore; it looks intriguing! Thank you so much for the recommendations!

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  6. I think committing to a challenge would be too much for me at the moment. That said! The Popsugar list has some interesting ones there and I fully intend to get that list and explore some titles… it definitely prompts some intriguing areas for books… πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this list and I hope you’re going to have tons of fun and great reads with this challenge! πŸ™‚

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  7. I do hope that challenge will prove to be fun and not overwhelming. As I’ve probably already mentioned to you, I’ll be sticking with the Goodreads challenge again, and nothing else hahah Hope we both get to go through as many awesome books as humanly possible!! πŸ˜‰

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  8. I’m so glad you chose the Popsugar Challenge! I typically do both PopSugar and Read Harder. Read Harder requires a lot more effort from me consistently. I think the 2017 challenge was exceptionally challenging, particularly if you wanted to use a public library. Popsugar is always fun, though. I love their prompts. And it’s challenging without being mind-numbing. Are there any prompts in particular you are excited to find books for?

    I don’t know what reading challenges I’ll be doing for 2018. I haven’t made the time to sit down and do this yet. Oops! Soon, though. I’ll probably join you with Popsugar, honestly. There are so many challenges! How ever do we choose?

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    1. It was a bit of back and forth before I landed on Popsugar. But like you, I love the prompts. It was also very important that I continue to utilize my public library, so it works well πŸ™‚

      I am honestly excited about most of the prompts! Particularly ones that have me looking at other countries and LGBTQ protagonists. I feel I need to explore these more πŸ™‚

      Please let me know if you start it! ❀

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  9. Best of Luck! I tend to do my own challenges so I am continuing to attempt 1 classic per month, 1 true crime per quarter, 1 nonfiction per quarter, and participating in more buddy/group reads and read-a-thons. I’d also like to read all the books I didn’t get to last year and have some series I’d like to finish/make progress on.

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