2018 Reading Challenge

The years are definitely passing a lot faster these days because I swear I wrote last year’s reading challenge just yesterday. I have just closed off that challenge from 2017, and let’s be real it did have a little bit of room for improvement. Thankfully, there’s a whole new year stretching out in front of me with some brand new prompts to tick off.

This year, I’m going to do my very best to make sure I don’t fall behind. I’ll be keeping track of the challenges in my reading journal, so I can be certain I have checked a prompt off.

With so many books out there that I really want to read, and a whole 365 days in which to read them, I am really hoping that this year, I’ll be finishing up with a majority of books ticked off from the two prompt challenges, and again have surpassed my Goodreads challenge. Do we be realistic, or head out with dreams of glory? Time to find out what’s in store.

If you have a reading challenge for this year too, I’d love to see your progress. Let me know what you’re doing in the comment section, and let’s keep our progress updated together.

Goodreads Challenge

Each year since I started doing the Goodreads Challenge properly, I’ve been upping my target by ten books. Since last year was such a huge success, I almost considered going up by more. But, I didn’t want to tempt fate, or let last year’s success get to my head. So, for this year’s Goodreads Challenge I will be aiming for 70 books. That number seems very doable for someone with a full time job and a commute to work to help tide me over.

Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge

Last year Anne really upped her game and added in an extra set of prompts to check off. While I didn’t do too badly, I am glad that she’s scaled it back again this year to just the 12 prompts. An average of one a month, so this time I’m going to make a conscious effort to actually tick off one a month. Famous last words, huh?

A book you’ve been meaning to read

A book recommended by someone with great taste

A book in translation

A book nominated for an award in 2018

A book of poetry, play, or an essay collection

A book you can read in a day

A book that’s more than 500 pages

A book by a favourite author

A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller

A banned book

A memoir, biography, or book of creative non fiction

A book by an author of a different race, religion or ethnicity to you



POPSUGAR Challenge

POPSUGAR added on to their challenge last year to bring it up from 30 to 52 books (yep, one a week. Guess who did not tick off one a week.) This year we have the same amount of reading prompts and the same amount of time to tackle them. Ready for the challenge?

Basic prompts

A book made into a movie you’ve already seen

True crime

The next book in a series you started

A book involving a heist

Nordic noir

A novel based on a real person

A book set in a country that fascinates you

A book with a time of day in the title

A book about a villain or antihero

A book about death or grief

A book with your favourite colour in the title

A book with alliteration in the title

A book about time travel



A book with a weather element in the title

A book set at sea

A book with an animal in the title

A book set on a different planet

A book with song lyrics in the title

A book about or set on Halloween

A book with characters who are twins

A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym

A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist

A book that is also a stage play or musical

A book by an author of a different ethnicity to you

A book about feminism



A book about mental health

A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift

A book by two authors

A book about/involving a sport

A book by a local author

A book mentioned in another book

A book from a celebrity book club

A childhood classic you’ve never read

A book that’s published in 2018

A past Goodreads Choice Award winner

A book set in the decade you were born (so for me, a book set in the 1990s)

A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to

A book with an ugly cover

A book that involves a book store or library

Your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenges (so for me, a book with a cat on the cover – taken from the 2017 Challenge)



Advanced prompts

A bestseller from the year you graduated high school (so for me, a bestseller from 2011)

A cyberpunk book

A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place

A book tied to your ancestry

A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title

An allegory

A book by an author with the same first or last name as you (so for me, a book by someone named Aoife or Bennett)

A microhistory

A book about a problem facing society today

A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

5 thoughts on “2018 Reading Challenge

  1. I’ve not been involved in a book challenge before but I have been looking for some challenges for 2018 in a few areas. Thank you for sharing, I will be attempting your recommended challenges this year. 😊

  2. I’m only going to do the Goodreads challenge again this year. I’ve set myself the target of 12 books, like I did last year. Last year, I read 18 books (19 if you include the one book I didn’t finish, which I don’t!) I do like your coin jar idea though – I might use that myself too, if that’s OK x

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