My 2018 Reading Challenge time is into its second week already, and I have nearly read one book.

As with previous years, I have updated all my challenges on this main page, and then there are pages for each reading challenge.

Round-up of 2017’s successes and failures

Non-fiction Adventure: Completed – on the 31st December at about 10 pm!  That was the first of a ten year journey, and that will continue in 2018.

What an Animal, Colour-Coded Reading Challenge, Wild Goose Chase: All completed successfully, but will not be continued.

Alphabet Soup: Completed to my satisfaction, with the somewhat dubious inclusion of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance for X.  That’s EXtraordinary.  Yeah, I know…

Mount TBR 2017: A valiant effort, I thought, getting to 32 out of 36, which was this year’s target.  Basically I read too many ARCs and bookclub books, since those are often not on my TBR.

But I did complete my Reading Addicts’ Challenge of five Challenges completed successfully.

Reading Challenge commitments for 2018

Non-fiction Adventure continues, with a target of 5.

Alphabet Soup: yes I’m doing the 2018 version (and trying to do the MG one as well, but that’s really a sideline.)

Mount TBR 2018: I am determined to crack this and I’m signing up to Mount Vancouver level again with 36.

Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: I don’t know why it’s official, but I’m signing for this as well – and for this I have to list the books I’m going to read (with a backstop of 2 in case of accidents).  The other difference between this and Mount TBR – whereas all the books must be on my list since the start of the year for Mount TBR, for the TBR Pile, the criterion is listed since 31st December 2016, so one year longer.  I’ve made my list and you can see it on the Challenge page.

2018 Cloak and Dagger Challenge: I wanted something new, and this looked fun.  After all, I like a good mystery.  Thrillers and suspense also count, and of course, crime is at its heart.  I’ve signed up for the rank of Amateur Sleuth, at 5-15 books.

Finishing the Series Challenge: This is right up my street, since I have what seems like dozens of series to finish.  I’ve listed 6 on my challenge page, but there are many more where I’ve only read the first.  Of course, that may partly be because I’m not interested enough to read the second, but there are others that are waiting in the wings once I’ve finished these!  My current target is 4 series, for the C-list grade, but one more will put me in the B-list.

That gives me five challenges, so I’m eligible for the Reading Addicts Challenge again!

All of these allow crossovers between lists, so it isn’t as heavy as it sounds.  I’m still targeting only one book a week (52 in my Goodreads Challenge, and I usually do 60 plus) but I have crime books in series that need to come off both my TBR mountain and my TBR pile, and maybe I can make them part of my Alphabet soup letters too.  I did think I ought to have one MG focused list, but decided in the end to work those into the Alphabet Soup and Series Challenges.

So, is that enough, do you think?  Follow my progress on the challenge pages in the menu bar through the year – I’ll leave the 2017 pages up until about mid February.

PS Don’t forget to enter my Goodreads Giveaways for all the Princelings books in the run-up to the launch of Princelings of the North.  The only snag is – they are for non-US readers only.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Princelings and the Pirates by Jemima Pett

The Princelings and the Pirates

by Jemima Pett

Giveaway ends February 06, 2018.

See the giveaway details
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The 2018 Reading Challenge commitment

6 thoughts on “The 2018 Reading Challenge commitment

  • 8 January, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Good luck on your reading challenges! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  • 8 January, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I vowed to scale back the reading challenges, but I am oh, so easily sucked into them on Goodreads! Of course, one group I’m in is all challenges–the fun there is that I finish a book and then go look to see if it fits any of the categories. I’m all in for the GMGR A to Z, of course, and signed up for a mystery book A to Z as well. I won’t finish either, but I enjoy seeing how many I get without even trying, or with a little effort.

    • 8 January, 2018 at 9:27 pm

      I don’t mind the challenges as long as I get through my TBR list. Although I seem to have got stuck in my current read… mainly because I’m trying to finish the 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle that was my R&R for Christmas/New Year, and I discovered I can’t do it in artificial light!

  • 8 January, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    This was fun to read. BUT, don’t take too many challenges–leave a bit of room for serendipity books!

    • 9 January, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      You’re right, Rae (sigh). But there are a lot of those on my bookshelf and Kindle!!

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