2018 Reading Challenges

2018: the year in which

I attempted to do three different reading challenges (PopSugar Challenge 2018, Goodreads Summer Challenge 2018, Goodreads [book count] challenge) and consequently hit the wrong kind of books when I should have been studying.

+ My Year in Books from Goodreads.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge

Progress: 251/200 books ✔

The Next Best Book Club x Goodreads 2018 Summer Reading Challenge

Progress: 23/23 books ✔

Summer-Related Reads
🗹 Into the Great Wide Open: A book that takes place out in the great wide open – Upstream
🗹 Get Your Grill On:  A book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities – Mother-Daughter Book Camp
🗹 The Colors of Summer:A book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover – Many Waters
🗹 Beach Bum: A book that that could be considered a “beach read” – Forget Me Not
🗹 Sand Between My Toes: A book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean – Who Could That Be At This Hour?
🗹 Ocean Blue: A book that takes place on the water – The Wind in the Willows
🗹 Hook ‘Em: A book that features fishing or fishermen – Shark Drunk
🗹 Sports-a-holic: A book that features a popular summer sport – Out of Nowhere
🗹 Campfire Story: A book that scares the bejesus out of you – The Girl From the Well
🗹 One and Done: A book that you can finish in one day – Rabbit Holes

To Stretch Your Comfort Zone
🗹 Let’s Get It On: A book that features falling in or out of love – My Life Next Door
🗹 Take Pride: A book that was written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character – Every Heart a Doorway
🗹 Read the World: A book that takes place in a country or focuses on a culture other than your own – Pachinko
🗹 Diversify Yourself: A book that was written by an author of color – The Bone Witch
🗹 You Have a Funny Accent: A book that was translated from another language – Secret Passages in a Hillside Town
🗹 Won’t Be Long: A collection of short stories or essays – The Bed Moved
🗹 Poet at Heart: A book of poetry – This Is How You Survive
🗹 My What Big Teeth You Have: A book that puts a spin on a well-known fairy tale – To Kill a Kingdom
🗹 High Noon: A classic or contemporary Western – Blood Meridian
🗹 TBRing It: A book from the bottom of your TBR pile – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
🗹 Unshelve It: A book that’s been sitting on your Goodreads shelves for a while – The Handmaid’s Tale
🗹 Childhood Reboot: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book – Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
🗹 Listen to Me: An audiobook – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

POPSUGAR 2018 Reading Challenge

Progress: 50/50 books ✔

🗹 A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
🗹 True crime – True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
🗹 Next book in a series you started – Never Fade (Darkest Minds #2)
🗹 A book involving a heist – Double Crossed
🗹 Nordic noir – The Keeper of Lost Causes
🗹 A novel based on a real person – The Hamilton Affair (Alexander Hamilton)
🗹 A book set in a country that fascinates you – Pachinko (Korea & Japan)
🗹 A book with a time of day in the title – Good Morning, Midnight
🗹 A book about a villain or antiheroGenuine Fraud
🗹 A book about death or grief – The Immortalists
🗹 A book with your favorite color in the title – Words in Deep Blue
🗹 A book with alliteration in the title – Love Letters to the Dead
🗹 A book about time travel – An Acceptable Time
🗹 A book with a weather element in the title – In the Days of Rain
🗹 A book set at sea – Daughter of the Siren Queen
🗹 A book with an animal in the title – Magpie Murders
🗹 A book set on a different planet – Artemis
🗹 A book with song lyrics in the title – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
🗹 A book about or set on Halloween – The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
🗹 A book with characters who are twins – Down Among the Sticks and Bones
🗹 A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot)
🗹 A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Every Heart A Doorway (multiple)
🗹 A book that is also a stage play or musical – Our Town
🗹 A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – Hillbilly Elegy (J.D. Vance)
🗹 A book about feminism – the princess saves herself in this one
🗹 A book about mental health – Unleash the Power of the Female Brain
🗹 A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift – Highly Illogical Behavior
🗹 A book by two authors – Good Omens (Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman)
🗹 A book about or involving a sport – Out of Nowhere (soccer)
🗹 A book by a local author – The Sea Wolf (Jack London)
🗹 A book mentioned in another book – A Wrinkle in Time
🗹 A book from a celebrity book club – I Am, I Am, I Am
🗹 A childhood classic you’ve never read – The Wind in the Willows
🗹 A book published in 2018 – The Hazel Wood
🗹 A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner – Before We Were Yours
🗹 A book set in the decade you were born (1990s) – Perks of Being a Wallflower
🗹 A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
🗹 A book with an ugly cover – A Wind in the Door
🗹 A book that involves a bookstore or libraryShouldn’t You Be In School?
🗹 Your favorite prompt from the 2015-2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges: A book based on a fairy tale OR mythologyPercy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

Advanced Prompts
🗹 A bestseller from the year you graduated high school (2017) – milk and honey
🗹 A cyberpunk book – Robopocalypse
🗹 A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place – The Emigrants
🗹 A book tied to your ancestry – Fresh Off the Boat
🗹 A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title – Peas and Carrots
🗹 An allegory – The City of Ember
🗹 A book by an author with your same first or last name – A Year and a Day (Isabelle Broom)
🗹 A microhistory – Consider the Fork
🗹 A book about a problem facing society today – The Lonely City
🗹 A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – The Poisonwood Bible

Notes: I may have interpreted some categories more creatively – e.g., The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland is about Halloween, the character, but the prompt doesn’t technically specify the holiday – and I definitely used some books for both prompt challenges (and not for multiple categories within a challenge), but since I’ve read so many books this year, several of which I wouldn’t have picked up and/or completed otherwise, I think it’ll be okay.


6 thoughts on “2018 Reading Challenges

  1. 234 books – that’s awesome! I’m not quite going to finish my PopSugar this year. Still trying to decide whether I want to finish it out in January or not. I think I have 5 left.

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    1. I think if you only have about 5 left, it’s totally doable to finish in January, and you’d still have plenty of time for the 2019 challenge! And PopSugar also has a lot of overlap from year to year (plus the “prompt from past years” prompt), so you could also try to get books that would work for both challenges 😉


    1. it’s kind of awkwardly specific, but if you can match up books already on your TBR it’s super satisfying 😄


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