I’m still fighting to wrap up my 2017 challenge before the end of the year, but as I’m focusing on that, I’ve also been thinking about what sort of reading goals I want to strive for in the new year. For a number of reasons that will be listed in a review at the end of my 2017 Reading Challenge Wrap-up (coming next week), I’ve decided to construct my own reading challenge for 2018.
As with many reading challenges, some of the categories I’ve chosen are much more specific than others because there are some books and some types of books that I really want to push myself to get around to this year. But there are also other categories that I left more open so that I can pick up unexpected books throughout the year without sacrificing progress on my challenge.
If you want to join me in this challenge, please feel free! Just link back to this page or any of my updates throughout the year so I have a chance to follow your progress, too. 🙂 I tailored this one to fit me, but it’s absolutely acceptable if you want to adapt it to your own reading needs– change author names, titles, or genres from my list to best fit your own reading goals of 2018. Anything counts!
Here is the first set of challenges: individual books.
- A book you didn’t get around to in 2017
- A book with a blue cover
- A Stephen King book
- An illustrated Harry Potter book
- A book you’ve loved in the past
- A book at least 1000 pages long
- The last book in a series
- A book recommended by a friend
- A prize-winning book
- A non-fiction book
- A book picked up on a whim from the library
- A book at the bottom of your to-read list
- A book with a strong female lead
- A book from the staff recommendations display at a bookstore
- A book in which a beloved character dies
- A Shakespeare play
- A book that takes place in space
- A book by a new-to-you author
- A new book by an author you already love
- A book of short stories
- A memoir
- A true-crime book
- A book with a five-word title
- A book set in another country
- A book of poetry
And for the second set: the big categories. Books that count for this part of the challenge can also be counted for a category in the sets above or below.
- Twelve classics
- Twelve books within a month of their publication dates
- The rest of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series
- My backlog of Book of the Month books
- Nine books by Victoria/V. E. Schwab
Final set: some specific titles I definitely want to read in 2018. These can also count in the sets above.
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
- Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman
That’s the Literary Elephant Reading Challenge, 2018. There are 40 categories in total, and books can be used in multiple sets though not in multiple categories within the same set. If you like the structure, feel free to change titles, authors, genres, series, or whatever you like to create your own challenge list. I wanted to set goals that fit my own reading preferences, with challenges that will help me branch out of my comfort zone and work through some unread books on my shelves. Some of the categories will require reading multiple books, but I hope that allowing books to fill multiple categories will keep that from being too overwhelming. I don’t know if I will actually be able to read all of these books within 2018, but I did intend to challenge myself and I think this list will help keep me motivated and on track with what I really want to read this year. I’ll post updates on my progress every three months.
Are you taking part in any reading challenges for 2018? Which ones?
The Literary Elephant