Monday, January 01, 2018

My Guilt-Free, Get-to-Them-if-I-get-to-Them 2018 Reading Challenges

I've been absolutely horrible about completing reading challenges lately.  I still enjoy joining them, however, and planning what I'm going to read to fulfill their requirements.  Who cares if I never actually finish them?  That being said, I'm going to sign up for four this year.  Four!  I know, I'm crazy.  Keep in mind, though, that I'm going into them with a guilt-free, get-to-it-if-I-get-to-it kind of attitude.  I'm in it for fun, not stress.

So, here's what I'm signing up for:


2018 Literary Escapes Challenge—hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book

For this challenge, you try to read books set in each of the 50 United States, plus Washington, D.C.  You also get points for the different countries you "visit" through your reading.  Points earn prizes at the end of the challenge. 

Since I already keep track of the states I "visit" on the right sidebar of my blog, this one's a no-brainer.  Of course, I've never managed to actually read books from every state, but it's fun to try!

 

Full House Reading Challenge—hosted by The Book Date

For this challenge, you read books from a bingo type board.  Each square has a reading theme like: Number in the Title; Under 250 Pages; Library/Bookshop Setting; etc.  There are 25 spaces in all.  Those who score a "full house" by the end of the challenge are eligible for book/book money prizes.

Fun!  Here's what I'm planning to read:

Mystery/Thriller:  The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Historical:  I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
Over 500 Pages:  Shift by Hugh Howey
Setting—Library/Bookshop:  Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite
Four Word Title:  Between Earth and Sky by Amanda Skenandore
Last Book Added to TBR Pile:  In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira
A Classic:  Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Fantasy:  Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Coming-of-Age Theme:  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Adapted to a Movie:  The Mountains Between Us by Charles Martin
Holiday Season: Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva
Has a Plot Twist:  The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
Humor:  Drop-Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
Book to Improve Life:  Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Redemption Theme:  Redemption Road by John Hart
Number in Title:  The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds by Selina Shiak Chin Yoke
Under 250 Pages:  Left for Dead by Jane Casey
New to You Author From Another Country:  The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine
From Favorite Series:  Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer
Dual Timeline:  Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman
NF Hobby Book:  Dinner Made Easy With Six Sisters' Stuff 
Children's Book: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale
Book Randomly Chosen From TBR:  Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Memoir/Autobiography:  My Story by Elizabeth Smart
Reread:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling



Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge—hosted by My Reader's Block

This one looks super fun.  You read mystery books that are linked together by "clues" (location, characters, method of murder, etc.).  I'm going to do the "Felony" level, which requires one to read ten linked books.  Since the idea is for one book to lead to another, a reading list will be created as I go.  Exciting!


England Mystery Road Trip—hosted by Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

I don't know a lot about this one except that it has to do with reading books set in England's different counties.  It starts in February.  I'm so down!

There you have it.  Are you doing any reading challenges in 2018?  Which ones are you most excited about?

13 comments:

  1. These look fun and I like your approach. Good luck and have fun!

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    1. I used to stress a lot about completing reading challenges, but that was silly, so now I don't.

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  2. I am also doing the Literary Escapes Challenge and love mapping where I read!

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    1. I love it, too! I've been keeping track of the states for a few years now, but I've never really kept track of the countries so that will be fun.

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  3. These sound like fun challenges. I like your attitude about the challenges. I'm always stressed about finishing mine. I need to be more nonchalant so I actually enjoy them more instead of making them into a chore.

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  4. Well, I am thinking that for the states challenge, you should earn some points by visiting your sister when she moves to DC!!!

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    1. I'm not sure IRL visits count, but I would definitely love to tour D.C. I've never been there before. I'll try to come see you before you leave CA ... how's that??

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  5. Good luck with all your challenges! I cut way back on challenges this year, but might add one or two more this year. My main one, besides the Goodreads Reading Challenge, is The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018, which I'm hosting again this year.

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    1. I never actually complete any of the challenges I sign up for, but I still like planning for them. That's the fun part for me.

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  6. The literary escapes challenge sounds tough!!! I'm not sure if I could find books set in each state... for some reason I think Oklahoma might be hard? I always forget about that one ;) Good luck with your challenges and happy reading in 2018!!!

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    1. I've been tracking states for a few years and there are some that are a cinch to find (New York) and others that are tough (North Dakota). So we'll see how I do!

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  7. Good luck with these challenges! I'm just the same as you, I love challenges, but I never complete them. Well, I got this feeling 2018 is going to be great for us and that we will complete these challenges. :) Yay, hope! :)

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    1. Totally! This is OUR year. We got this!

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