I haven’t done year long reading challenges in a while. When I’ve done them previously, I’ve either not really paid attention to them and have just ended up failing miserably or I’ve found them a hindrance to reading because I feel like having something I’m supposed to be reading makes me avoid reading completely if I end up not being in the mood for it. Earlier this year, though, I took part in the Reading Quest and actually went out of my way to pick books that fitted the prompts. I had a lot of fun doing it and I read some books I wouldn’t have read otherwise so win-win. After that, I started keeping an eye out for 2018 challenges and here we are!
Science Fiction v Fantasy Bingo: Hosted by Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
I loved the idea of this as soon as I saw Ellie mention it on Twitter. There’s a bingo card full of different Science Fiction and Fantasy…themes? Things. I’ll be aiming to complete the board but given that’s 25 books and I only tend to read 52ish a year, that’s probably a bit hefty. I’ll be happy if I get a couple of lines done! I have plenty of fantasy titles but please do drop me some recommendations for science fiction because I definitely have fewer ideas for those.
The TBR Pile Challenge: Hosted by Roof Beam Reader
I currently have 453 unread books on my TBR pile. Not all phsyical (I have loads on my Kindle) but still. That’s a lot. This year, I really want to reduce that number, ideally by reading some of my own flipping books and buying less than I’m reading but I may also do a bit of a cull. I’m using the reading spreadsheet that Sophie at Portal in the Pages has posted this year (SO excited about this!) and populating it made me realise not only how many unread books I have but how long some of them have been on my shelves. With the TBR Pile challenge, you pick 12 books (plus two alternates in case there are duds) that you’ve had for at least a year and then you read them. Simple!
1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – owned since 24 September 2011
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – owned since 09 July 2012
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – owned since 16 August 2012
4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – owned since 25 December 2012
5. Among Others by Jo Walton – owned since 26 March 2013
6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – owned since 12 November 2013
7. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – owned since 22 December 2013
8. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith – owned since 30 December 2013
9. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo – owned since 16 August 2014
10. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters – owned since 23 August 2014
11. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi – owned since 04 January 2016
12. The Prestige by Christopher Priest – owned since 16 August 2016
13. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – owned since 16 August 2016
14. Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland – owned since 28 October 2016
Beat the Backlist: Hosted by Novel Knight
In a similar vein to the TBR Pile challenge, this challenge is all about reading the books that you already own. I’m absolutely not on a book buying ban because that would make me sad but I do need to start reading more of the stuff I own. That will become easier when my books are shelved (a state that is mercifully imminent) and I can see what I have. When I’ve been compiling my spreadsheet, I’ve been reminded just how much I already own that I’m excited about.
I’m going to aim for 50% of the books I read in 2018 to be books that I own as of today. Well, technically yesterday. I’m quietly hoping that I’ll do much more than that but I have a few new publisher subscriptions this year and I just know that I’ll be buying more books and I don’t want to restrict myself too much or this challenge will become a chore. Nobody wants that. So 50% it is! Or roughly 25 books.
Let’s do this, 2018!