Another year, another round of reading challenges! Serious reading happened last year, and more of the same will happen this year. I have challenges to complete and TBRs to clear. I’m sure I will hit burn out before June because I will be taking the final two classes needed for my graduate degree during the spring semester. I should probably only take one class, but I really, really want to be done with it.
Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge
I have completed this challenge every year it’s been offered and have always managed to find categories completely out of my comfort zone and new books to fall in love with. Admittedly, when I first saw the list for 2018 I was a bit underwhelmed because very few of the categories felt like a stretch, but after spending time trying to find books, I warmed up to it. As with previous years, there are several categories that are a bit tricky, specifically #2 – True crime, #9 – Colonial/post-colonial, #13 – Oprah book club, and #20 – Book with a cover you hate. I really hope that reading challenges will slow down on using Oprah as a category because I’m starting to run out of books on her list I find remotely interesting. I also have an issue with “a cover you hate” because it is just so subjective.
To counteract my complaining, there are categories I am excited to read: all three comics categories (#4, #8, and #18), #3 – Genre fiction classic, #16 – first book in new to you MG/YA series, and #17 – Sci-fi with female author and protagonist.
As for reading companions, my husband has no interest in participating. Paraphrasing, he does not want to be told what to read. Sophia will be participating, but will be doing her own thing in regard to blog posts, most likely posting only when she gets to the halfway mark and then when she completes it.
PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge
Last year, I completed 55 of 56 challenges. It will most likely be the same this year given how much time I spend inside my house (advanced list, #3 – Being read by a stranger in a public place). As with last year, some of the categories are going to be tough to find books for, either because it is a genre I have no interest in (#2 – True crime, #5 – Nordic noir, #23 – Also a stage play/musical, and #38 – Ugly cover) or because the topic is somewhat obscure (advanced list, #4 – Tied to your ancestry and #6 – Allegory).
I am not planning on rushing PopSugar, and will try not to get mentally tied into completing it within a certain time frame. I will pick at it until I am finished with my degree, and then I’ll knock it out.
YALSA’s The Hub Reading Challenge
This will be my third year participating, and I am impatiently waiting for the list to come out (probably late January/early February). I would like to read between 25-35 books, as I have in previous years, but my final tally depends on what books are on the list. It was hit or miss last year in regard to books I had an interest in reading. I do like that this challenge pushes me beyond what I normally read in YA, and I have found hidden gems, but as with any challenge that pushes the comfort zone boundary some reads are rougher than others.
Emma’s Amazon TBR Challenge
I still have over 1000 books on my Amazon TBR list, but I did manage to make a small dent in it in 2017 – 127 books to be exact. I am hoping to get at least that number read this year. I didn’t add too many books to my list because I stopped reading my normal blogs and websites.