2018 Reading Challenges

Here are my reading challenges for 2018!

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2018

I’ll be stepping things up this year and aiming for 240 books! That means 20 books a month–can I do it? (I honestly don’t know!). You can see all the books in my challenge here.

UPDATE: I did it, y’all.

Current progress: 291/240 🎉

That Artsy Reader Girl

2018 Debut Author Challenge

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, the 2018 Author Challenge focuses on reading the debut MG/YA/NG novel of authors. The bullets below are key points of the challenge, but click the hyperlink to go to the actual challenge page! My goal is 50 for this year! Link ups are here.

2017 Debuts (submitted in January only)

  1. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao

2018 Debuts

  1. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
  2. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  3. The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
  4. Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
  5. S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
  6. Layover by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer
  7. Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay
  8. Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
  9. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  10. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  11. Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
  12. I Stop Somewhere by T.E. Carter
  13. The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
  14. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  15. Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell
  16. Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn
  17. Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
  18. Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
  19. Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood
  20. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  21. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
  22. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  23. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  24. Sky in the Deep by Adrianne Young
  25. The Window by Amelia Brunskill
  26. Everless by Sara Holland
  27. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  28. The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
  29. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  30. Frat Girl by Kiley Roache
  31. Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson
  32. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  33. Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
  34. Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly DeVos
  35. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  36. The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs
  37. The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak
  38. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
  39. People Like Us by Dana Mele
  40. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  41. Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi
  42. Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberly
  43. The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan
  44. Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky
  45. Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
  46. Your Destination Is on the Left by Lauren Spieller
  47. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
  48. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  49. The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube
  50. I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
  51. Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu
  52. The Continent by Keira Drake
  53. Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
  54. The Future Will Be BS-Free by Will McIntosh
  55. Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
  56. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
  57. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  58. What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra
  59. Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan
  60. See All the Stars by Kit Frick
  61. Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
  62. Mirage by Somaiya Daud
  63. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
  64. The Disasters by M.K. England link up
  65. The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis link up
  66. The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom link up
  67. Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll link up
  68. White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia link up
  69. The Fandom by Anna Day link up
  70. Black Wings Beating by Alex London link up
  71. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena link up
  72. The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth link up
  73. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo link up
  74. The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana link up
  75. Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene link up
  76. Strange Days by Constantine Singer link up

2018 A to Z Reading Challenge

Hosted by Ginger Mom & The Kindle Quest, I’ll be participating in the A to Z Reading Challenge whose purpose is to read one book from each letter of the alphabet!

  1. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  2. Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  3. Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  4. Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
  6. The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
  7. Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
  8. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  9. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  10. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  11. Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  12. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  13. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  14. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
  15. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  16. Public Relations by Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini
  17. Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff
  18. Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen
  19. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  20. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  21. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  22. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  23. Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  24. X by Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
  25. Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay
  26. Zadig by Voltaire

Because I’ll be finishing this super quickly, I thought I’d do it all over again, just based on the author’s last name!

  1. Ahmed, Samira – Love, Hate & Other Filters
  2. Blogier, Alexandra – The Last Girl on Earth
  3. Chokshi, Roshani – The Star-Touched Queen
  4. Dennard, Susan – Truthwitch
  5. Ely, Lyndsay – Gunslinger Girl
  6. Finlay, Adrianne – Your One and Only
  7. Gaughen, A.C. – Reign the Earth
  8. Hartman, Rachel – Tess of the Road
  9. Iturbe, Antonio – The Librarian of Auschwitz
  10. Jae-Jones, S. – Shadowsong
  11. Kaufman & Kristoff, Amie & Jay – Obsidio
  12. Lovelace, Amanda – the witch doesn’t burn in this one
  13. Maas, Sarah – A Court of Thorns and Roses
  14. Nijkamp, Marieke – Before I Let Go
  15. Oelke, Lianne – Nice Try, Jane Sinner
  16. Penn, Farrah – Twelve Steps to Normal
  17. Quinn, Julia – The Duke and I
  18. Rebolini, Arianna – Public Relations
  19. Schwab, V.E. – A Darker Shade of Magic
  20. Thomas, Kara – Little Monsters
  21. Ukazu, Ngozi – Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1
  22. van Arsdale, Petrenelle – The Beast Is an Animal
  23. White, Kiersten – And I Darken
  24. X
  25. Young, Adrienne – Sky in the Deep
  26. Zoboi, Ibi – Pride

Beat the Backlist 2018

A yearlong competition, Beat the Backlist, hosted by Novel Knight is a challenge where you try to read as many books published before 2018 as you can! There’s a challenge between four groups, and I’m part of the Dewey Dragons. I hope to read more than 50 backlist books next year! Here’s to 2018!

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
  2. Truthwitch (Susan Dennard)
  3. Windwitch (Susan Dennard)
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab)
  5. The Star-Touched Queen (Roshani Chokshi)
  6. The Crown’s Game (Evelyn Skye)
  7. Given to the Sea (Mindy McGinnis)
  8. Little & Lion (Brandy Colbert)
  9. The Crown’s Fate (Evelyn Skye)
  10. Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley)
  11. Emma (Jane Austen)
  12. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Leigh Bardugo)
  13. Defy the Stars (Claudia Gray)
  14. Tash Hearts Tolstoy (Kathryn Ormsbee)
  15. And I Darken (Kiersten White)
  16. Foolish Hearts (Emma Mills)
  17. The Unexpected Everything (Morgan Matson)
  18. Hunted (Meagan Spooner)
  19. Kill the Boy Band (Goldy Moldavsky)
  20. In Other Lands (Sarah Rees Brennan)
  21. Little Monsters (Kara Thomas)
  22. Public Relations (Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini)
  23. Losing It (Cora Carmack)
  24. Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  25. The Beast Is an Animal (Petrenelle van Arsdale)
  26. City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
  27. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  28. Ruined (Amy Tintera)
  29. A Court of Mist and Fury (Sarah J. Maas)
  30. A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J. Maas)
  31. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Erika L. Sanchez)
  32. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)
  33. Invictus (Ryan Graudin)
  34. We Are Okay (Nina LaCour)
  35. You’re Welcome, Universe (Whitney Gardner)
  36. The Education of Margot Sánchez (Lilliam Rivera)
  37. The Things They Carried (Tim O’Brien)
  38. The Hating Game (Sally Thorne)
  39. Dream Soul (Laurence Yep)
  40. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
  41. Nimona (Noelle Stevenson)
  42. Renegades (Marissa Meyer)
  43. Carve the Mark (Veronica Roth)
  44. The Librarian of Auschwitz (Antonio Iturbe)
  45. When It’s Real (Erin Watt)
  46. Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
  47. Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan)
  48. China Rich Girlfriend (Kevin Kwan)
  49. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn & David Levithan)
  50. Obsidian (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  51. Onyx (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  52. The Thief (Megan Whalen Turner)
  53. Vincent and Theo (Deborah Heiligman)
  54. The Love Interest (Cale Dietrich)
  55. Until Friday Night (Abbi Glines)
  56. Stranger Than Fanfiction (Chris Colfer)
  57. Far From the Tree (Robin Benway)
  58. Saint Anything (Sarah Dessen)
  59. Every Last Word (Tamara Ireland Stone)
  60. A Madness So Discreet (Mindy McGinnis)
  61. Bet Me (Jennifer Crusie)
  62. The Duke and I (Julia Quinn)
  63. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Becky Chambers)
  64. Love Is Both a Wave and a Particle (Paul Cody)
  65. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You (Lily Anderson)
  66. The 100 (Kass Morgan)
  67. Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
  68. Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)
  69. Cress (Marissa Meyer)
  70. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
  71. Naked Economics (Charles Wheelan)
  72. 1984 (George Orwell)
  73. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han)
  74. P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han)
  75. Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Jenny Han)
  76. Wild Beauty (Anna-Marie McLemore)
  77. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  78. Medea (Euripides)
  79. Billy Budd (Herman Melville)
  80. The Sound of the World by Heart (Giacomo Bevilacqua)
  81. Benito Cereno (Herman Melville)
  82. In the Penal Colony (Franz Kafka)
  83. The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
  84. The Hunger Artist (Franz Kafka)
  85. A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Sara Barnard)
  86. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber (Ernest Hemingway)
  87. Hunters in the Snow (Tobias Wolfe)
  88. A Worn Path (Eudora Welty)
  89. A Rose for Emily (William Faulkner)
  90. A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Connor)
  91. Greenleaf (Flannery O’Connor)
  92. The Child by Tiger (Thomas Wolfe)
  93. Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly)

NOTE: I accidentally submitted Together at Midnight (a 2018 release) in the Rafflecopter for March, but to make up for it and not bother Austine, I did not submit a form for We Are Okay (#34).

2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

The 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is hosted by girlxoxo and consists of reading 1 book for each category! You can sign up here, and don’t forget to link up after each month!

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading

Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.


Read a book with a one word title.

MARCH – Travel the World

Read a book set in a different country than your own, written by an author from another country than your own, or a book in which the characters travel.

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

APRIL – Read Locally

Read a book set in your country, state, town, village (or has a main character from your home town, country, etc)

  • 😦

MAY- Book to Screen

Read a book that’s been made into a movie or a TV show.

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

JUNE- Crack the Case

Mysteries, True Crime, Who Dunnit’s.

  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

JULY – Vacation Reads

Read a book you think is a perfect vacation read and tell us why.

  • A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen Stewart because romances are the best

AUGUST- Award Winners

Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.

  • Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award Finalist (for a different book)

SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light

Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels.

  • The Fandom by Anna Day

OCTOBER- New or Old

Choose a new release from 2018 or a book known as a classic.

  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
  • Medea by Euripides


Books where family dynamics play a big role in the story.

  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up

Winter or holiday themed books or books with snow, ice, etc in the title or books set in winter OR read a book with a theme from any of the months in this challenge (could be a theme you didn’t do, or one you want to do again).

  • Frankenstein (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – October’s theme for classic)

spring bookish bingo

Spring Bookish Bingo

Oh you know, just another round of Bookish Bingo! This one is from March to May! Check out my post with my tracking of my reading here & the sign up post by Pretty Deadly Reviews here!

The Hub 2018 Reading Challenge

The challenge from YALSA’s The Hub urges readers to read 25 books from award winning lists (find the lists on their challenge page) from March to June! Technically, this is a seasonal challenge, but because the post would get buried under others, I decided to just stick it on the page. Here’s my attempted!

    1. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
    2. Invictus by Ryan Graudin
    3. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
    4. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
    5. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
    6. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

1000 beginnings reading challenge

#1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge

I ended up not making a lot of progress (aka any) on this one, but I did give it a shot and work a little way through Smoke in the Sun! It was just a bad time & I didn’t have access to some of the authors’ books.

I am very excited to read the anthology, though! You find my sign up here.



I am SO EXCITED to be participating in my first #ARCAugust ever! I’m really going to crank down on my ARC TBR and work my way through so many of those upcoming (and backlist) releases I’ve been meaning to pick up!

You can find my progress here.