My 2018 Reading Challenges

As some of you may know, I originally said I wasn’t going to do any challenges in 2018 besides the Goodreads challenge to read 75 books. But, I keep seeing all these fun challenges, and I can’t resist joining. Plus, I came up with two of my own challenges, which I hope people will join.

This post will be for all of my challenges. I’ll update it regularly to show what I’ve accomplished and to link to the challenges.

Challenge 1: My Goodreads Goal

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Jennifer has
read 4 books toward
her goal of
75 books.

As I said, my goal for 2018 is to review 75 books on Goodreads. I’m hoping to exceed this goal, but I decided to keep the number somewhat more realistic than I have in the past. To help me along with this goal, I created a list of seventy-five books, a shorter TBR. If you’re interested in seeing that list, please visit my post.

Challenge 2: My 2018 Read and Write Challenge

2018 Read and Write Challenge hosted by BTH ReviewsThe 2018 Read and Write Challenge is open to everyone.

You don’t have to be a good writer to take part.

The idea is to read a book, then take the first sentence and use it as a springboard for a totally new book idea.

To participate, all you have to do is add a comment at the end of your review with your idea for a different direction the story could have gone after that first line.

There is a giveaway at the end of the year for everyone who left a comment to a post that included a challenge idea.

The official challenge post, found here, includes a Misty Linky signup and a Rafflecopter to submit your links.

Challenge 3: The Backlist Reader Challenge

The Backlist Reader Challenge

The Backlist Reader Challenge is hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard.

This challenge requires I read books published before 2017 that are already on my TBR.

Given how many books are on my TBR, this will be easy for me to do, as long as I stay motivated.

My goal for this challenge is 25 books. As with the other challenges, I hope to do more, but I’m trying to keep things realistic.

For this challenge, I’m not picking specific books. I have so many that fit the criteria, so I’m just going to use what I’m doing for other challenges.

My progress so far in 2018: need to update

Challenge 4: 2018 Blogger Shame Challenge

Blogger Shame ChallengeThis challenge, hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup, is aimed at bloggers who have past-due review copies.

I really need to do this challenge. To start, I’m only including some of the review copies that are already on my short TBR. When I get through these, I’ll add more.

Here are the books I’m going to do first:

Viola Carr – The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (physical review copy from publisher)

Angie Fox – Southern Spirits (digital review copy via Netgalley)

Dani Harper – Storm Bound (physical review copy from author)

Mary Linsey – Shattered Souls (digital review copy from author)

Stephen Woodworth – Fraulein Frankenstein (digital review copy via Kindle First)

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro – Living Spectres (physical review copy via publicist)

Wendy Corsi Staub – Blood Red (digital review copy via Edelweiss)

Jamie Quaid – Giving Him Hell (digital review copy via Library Thing)

R.T. Lowe – Freshmen (physical review copy from author)

Mitchell Hogan – The Shattered Empire (physical review copy from publisher)

Challenge 5: Take a Chance Reading Challenge

Take a ChanceThe idea is to read a minimum of one book per month from an author you have never heard of before. You can’t read any reviews or see star ratings of the book before picking it. So, it’s unlikely you will be able to pick it from an online retailer, unless it’s not out yet and is unrated.

I suggest getting it as a read-now on Netgalley or Edelweiss, or you can go to the library and pick one off the shelves. Once you pick the book, you can look at it on Goodreads, but you have to read it even if the reviews are unfavorable, because you already picked it.

My pick for January is one that I already chose for a similar idea that I didn’t follow through on before. It’s Firewalk by Chris Roberson. I got it a while back on Edelweiss as a read-now. My review.

I missed February due to some family issues. I will pick one for March soon.

Rather than add another post about a challenge, I’m going to track this one on this page.

If you want to participate, please leave a comment here with the book you plan to read for the current month, then come back and leave a link in the Mister Linky when you post your review, which should include a remark somewhere in the post that it was your “Take a Chance” book for that particular month.

For now, just show your commitment to the challenge by signing up in the Mister Linky at the end of this page.

Edit 1/20/18: I decided to join one more challenge. Let’s hope I keep up with them all!

2018 Netgalley and Edelweiss Challenge

Netgalley and Edelweiss reading challenge
I’m joining this one because I have sooooo many Netgalley and Edelweiss books to read.

My goal is to reach the gold level of 50 books.

My progress: need to update

Okay, that’s enough challenges! I’m also going to try to be more active and post to other blogs more often. I just don’t want to set a numeric goal because I don’t want to have to keep track of how many comments I leave.

I hope some people join in on these challenges. I’m looking forward to them!


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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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  1. Welcome to The Backlist Reader Challenge! 3 out of 25 so far—you’re doing great! (Better than me; I’d better get busy!)
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