2018 Reading Goals & Challenges

‘Tis the season for making promises I won’t be able to keep! I mean, let’s start the new year off on a positive note! I’m not very good at sticking to reading challenges for an entire year, but I always get excited in the beginning of the year anyway. This year is no exception. I’m actually adding an extra reading challenge that I found, so we’ll see how it goes.

1. Goodreads Challenge

First up, the Goodreads challenge, which I’ve joined every year since 2012. In 2017 I met (and exceeded!) my goal:

I’m keeping the same goal of 75 books for 2018, which seems to be doable for me, considering my busy schedule.

2. WWE Women of Genre Fiction Challenge

I was panicking for a few days because I didn’t see this challenge up on the Worlds Without End website, but today it was added, and I’m so relieved! They actually have a “Men of Genre Fiction” challenge this year, which HAS to be a spoof! But in any case, the idea is read novels that are in the WWE database written by women authors who are “new to you.” This year they added a twist. If you sign up for the Pathfinder level, the challenge is to read twelve books by new-to-you women authors, and twelve books by previously read authors. I love that because I had a hard time last year fitting in 24 “new to me” books.

Here is how I did in 2017. I read 16 out of 24 books, but I cheated a bit as I’ve read some of these authors before. If you’d like to join, click here! You need to create a user name/login, but it’s easy to sign up.

3. 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge #monthlymotifgxo

I’ve been loving the Girl XOXO blog (we seem to have a lot of books in common), and this year I’m going to sign up for their Monthly MotifΒ Reading Challenge which offers readers a chance each month to read a book based on a theme. I’m hoping this fits in nicely with my review books, since the themes aren’t super specific. You can find out more about the challenge here, and sign up as well! Should be fun. January’s theme, just in case you’re interested, is to read a diverse book:

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.

And I’ve already completed the January challenge with my last read, Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (review coming soon!)

And those are my planned reading challenges for 2018! Let me know if you’re planning on joining any reading challenges this year:-D

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Posted January 4, 2018 by Tammy in Reading Challenges / 26 Comments

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26 responses to “2018 Reading Goals & Challenges

  1. Fee Roberts

    These challenges are pretty awesome. I might join one or two. Good luck with all your challenges.

    • Tammy

      I like Monthly Motif because you don’t necessarily have to do it each month. You can choose to skip a month if it’s just not your thing. I like the low pressure of that:-)

    • Tammy

      They have some good challenges! If I didn’t already have a couple that I’ve committed to, I might even try another one of theirs.

    • Tammy

      Thanks, I’m glad they are doing it again! When I first checked out the site, all I saw was the “Men” challenge, and I was worried.

    • Tammy

      Usually I get stressed out too – I mean it’s bad enough when Goodreads is telling you you’re “3 books behind!” But I think these will be fun.

    • Tammy

      That’s what I was going for, doable! I don’t want to stress myself out. But I do feel it’s important to read more women writers, and that’s why I love that WWE challenge.

  2. I need to consider whether to join some reading challenges – I haven’t been part of any before, other than the Goodreads one. You have done really well with yours during 2017, Tammy, and it looks like great fun:)

    • Tammy

      I don’t usually do challenges, because I start out strong and then forget all about them! But I feel these are manageable.

    • Tammy

      It is great, and it makes you think about how many books out there are written by male writers, and how many books by male writers I end up reading. I like to be aware of that:-)

  3. All the best on your goals and challenges. I’m joining a few that’ll encourage me to spend less and read more of my own books, like the TBR Pile Challenge and the Library Love Challenge. Hopefully we’ll both stick to our challenges throughout the year. I tend to go off track after a while too.

  4. Good luck with your challenges. I did join the WWE challenge one year and it was good fun – I should maybe take part again.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

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