At the beginning of every year, I love to set a variety of challenges for myself across different aspects of my life. And obviously one of my favorite areas to challenge myself is reading. I always set a Goodreads goal (last year, I didn’t quite get to 100, so I had to drop it about halfway), which for 2018 will be 52 books. Basically 1 book every week. If I go over, Fantastic! I just want something that’s pretty low key and laid back.
However ‘THE LIST’ needs to be updated because I’m shifting things around. Since I didn’t read everything on the list that I wanted to last year (the first 100) I need to focus on r/Fantasy Bingo reads. I’m about halfway through my Bingo Card, but that does mean I have around 13 books to read before April 1st when it’s over.
The categories I have left to fill are:
- An Older Protagonist: A Key, An Egg and An Unfortunate Remark by Harry Connley
- Underread List: To Ride Hells Chasm by Janny Wurts
- Steampunk: Heartless by Gail Carriger
- Time Travel: Just One Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor
- 2017 Release: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
- Dystopian: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Author Appreciation: Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr
- Non-Fiction Fantasy Book: Finding Serenity edited by Jane Espenson (A collection of Essays on Firefly)
- A Book from the Book of the Month Club: Traitors Blade by Sebastion De Castell
- New Weird: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
- Award Winner: Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- Five Short Stories: Firebird Anthology
In addition to this I cruised the web at the start of this year and found some more challenges to participate in.
The first one is #SwordsNStars (https://msnoseinabook.com/2017/12/04/announcing-the-2018-swords-and-stars-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/#comment-5123) a challenge that focuses on reading 20 books across science fiction and fantasy based on different prompts. What I loved about this one is that a many of these can cross over with my bingo books and hopefully the new bingo as well. Its part of the challenge; figuring out how many challenges I can completed with the least amount of books!
- Read a book with Dragons in it: Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan
- Read a book over 500 pages: To Ride Hells Chasm by Janny Wurts
- Read an SFF novella: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
- Read a first book in a series: Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr
- Read a Science Fiction classic: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
- Read a Fantasy classic: Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
- Read a book whose title matches the first letter of your last name: Rae of Hope by WJ May
- Read a book that has a weapon on the cover: Traitors Blade by Sebastion De Castell
- Read a book that has a Spaceship on the cover: Last Colony by John Scalzi
- Read a book that has been adapted: Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell
- Read a book with time travel in it: Just One Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor
- Read a book that has been on your TBR shelf for over 2 years: Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- Read a book whose cover has stars in it or whose title has any variation of the word star in it: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Read a book with magical realism in it: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
- Read an SFF graphic novel: Chew by Jeff Layman and Rob Guillory
- Read a Sequel: Heartless by Gail Carriger
- Read a diverse SFF book: Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
- Read a Random SFF book – your pick!: I’m Keeping this one open right now for fun!
- Read a fantasy book inspired by another story, fairytale, myth etc.: Indexing by Seanen McGuire
- Read a book with a map: Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
The next challenge I’m going to try (by the way, these are going in order of likelihood to be completed) in 2018 is #IdRatherBeReading by the Modern Mrs Darcy (https://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-challenge-2018/). While this blog focus more on Lit vs SFF, I thought it would be a nice way of adding a bit of diversity to the genres I’m readings. Its also a nice short challenge that doesn’t overwhelm.
- A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
- Recommended by Someone With Great Taste: Keeping it Open at the moment
- A Book in Translation: Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Nominated for an Award in 2018: waiting on this
- Poetry, Play or Essay Collection: Finding Serenity edited by Jane Espenson (A collection of Essays on Firefly)
- A Book You Can Read in One Day: Castle of Llyr by Llyod Alexander
- A Book That’s More Than 500 Pages: To Ride Hells Chasm by Janny Wurts
- Book by a Favorite Author: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
- A Book Recommended by a Librarian or Indie Bookseller: waiting
- A Banned Book: Absolutely True Diary of A Part time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- A Memoir, Biography, or Book of Creative Nonfiction: St. Athanasius: Life of St. Anthony of Egypt
- A Book by a Different Race, Ethnicity, or Religion: Potentially NK Jemison or Karen Lord, waiting for the new bingo card in April to decide for sure
Now, I’ve got a really random challenge that I’m going to try to figure out as well. This one has potential to change quite drastically depending on what comes up on the new Bingo card in April. But for now, the #2018AtoZChallenge (https://gingermomreads.com/2018-atoz-reading-challenge/) has a very tentative plan, but I’m not going to go into it. Now I didn’t officially sign up for this one, I’m doing it more in the background, as just an added layer to try to achieve. When I read a book that checks something off the alphabet I’ll put it in my Goodreads review.
Anyway, those are the challenges I’m going to be working on throughout 2018! What are some challenges that you are participating in? Comment down below and let us know!