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2018 Reading Challenges


Today’s post is my list of reading challenges this year. Last year, I did not do as well on completing them but here I go again (and this year, I am hosting a couple of challenges as well so hoping you will join me in those as well). This also goes towards day 3 of UBC – a fun way to keep myself motivated to blog and to meet wonderful bloggers.

Reading challenges do inspire you to read (well, of course!) – over the past few years, joining these challenges meant I discovered new genres, widened my scope by reading out of my comfort zone and enjoyed great new books from around the world.

Here is my list of challenges

  1. Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018– From last year’s signup post – I love reading short stories for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite authors include O’ Henry, H.H.Munro, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Hawthorne, as well as  Rabindranath Tagore and Munshi Premchand. My love of short stories will make this challenge a breeze, hopefully! — this challenge was gliding along smoothly for a while until at one point, it was like a brake was applied…This year, however, I am trying again – I am reusing my list from last year, only replacing the stories I read already with newer ones.  In the cases where I have picked an author, I will select a different short story by the same author if I had completed it last year.
  2. What’s in a Name 2018– This is a challenge I have participated in the past (failed at last year however:( ). Looking for books that satisfy this challenge is half the fun  And I hope to get a diverse set of books this year to read for the same.
  3. Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge – Kidlit is another of my evergreen favorites (since the time I was a kid!) and with my kids reading classics as part of their school reading, I am re-reading old favorites and discovering new ones so this challenge was one I definitely wanted to add to my list. And retrying this year after failing last time. There are no themes this time around just a goal for number of books. I am going to use the themes from last year as a guideline but with no specific month assigned to them and my goal is 6 books.
  4. 2018 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge –  Redoing this one as well with hopes for success because I am still lagging behind in reviewing my NetGalley and Edelweiss books. Will aim for the Gold here this time – 50 books.
  5. Now, this challenge might be the challenging one for me to do and I will try to see how best I can work on this -my plan for this is currently at least pick two of the five choices provided per month. But it is definitely going to help broaden my reading – Strategic Reading Challenge.
  6. Book Blog Discussion Challenge – Having signed up for so many challenges, I decided this would be a good place to find others like me … so here is looking forward to this challenge as well. I will aim for the Discussion Dabbler Level for now.
  7. And last but not the least, my own challenges : Continental Reading Challenge
  8. And Reading by the Month Reading Challenge

You can also join in and read along in any or all of these reading challenges, just click on the links above for more information on the challenges themselves and to sign up.

2018 Reading Challenges, Here I come! And my list of books as well as progress will be tracked in this google spreadsheet.


12 thoughts on “2018 Reading Challenges

  1. Thanks for joining in again with Deal Me In 2018! I am going to try to be a better – i.e. more active – host of the challenge this year. (Last year kind of got away from me as far as the blogging world goes.) I look forward to following your progress!
    -Jay

  2. Wow, you are an avid reader indeed! I used to be, still love reading, and do, but my time is limited to 24h per day and I make other choices. Not as many books right now in other words.

  3. It’s a funny thing. As a youth, teen, and young adult (I’m 65) I voraciously read books. Now, I seem to prefer magazines and online reading – I wonder why? Have computers changed me? I get impatient at a lot of books I read. For a while, I was into YA but so many of those books now seem to be based on three different plot lines – I’ve lost my taste for these books, too.

    1. I know what you are saying about YA books 🙂 I do find books that I love away from those plot lines every once in a while …
      and I do seem to take longer to read so am figuring out ways to get back to reading more efficiently now.. (even fiction!)

  4. My reading has slowed down lately but l’m hoping to ramp it back up. I am starting off by rereading old favorites. Not ready for a challenge yet, but hopefully will be soon :-).

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