2018 Reading Challenges

As a child, I had an incessant reading habit. Every morning and every night, without fail, I managed at least a chapter of whatever book was on my bedside table. In my final years of high school, and especially in my past year and a half of university, that habit has been effectively trodden into the dirt. It must absolutely be resurrected. Writing, thinking, and knowing are all influenced by the literature one consumes, and I’m seeing the discrepancy now in the content and quality of my own thoughts and creations. Hence, I’ve decided to motivate myself by signing onto several reading challenges this year as a means of remedy.

The Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge is the main horse I’ve hitched my cart to. I’ve set my goal for 25 books; that is, about 2 every month by year’s end. I intend to include the books I read for university (not the textbooks, of course). I’ve selected several other challenges to help me fill this quota. I’ll update this post whenever I’m mad enough to sign myself on to a new one, complete with a list of planned books (if there is one). Titles link to all posts related to the challenge!

European Reading Challenge
Level of participation: Five Star (Deluxe Entourage)
languageauthor’s origin, and setting.

1. HHhH by Laurent Binet CURRENTLY READING
French | France | Czech Republic
Note: this is a reread; I read it in English the first time
2.What I Saw by Joseph Roth
English | Austria Germany
3. Sommerboken by Tove Jansson
Norwegian | Finland | Ambiguous
4. A Disgraceful Affair by Fyodor Dostoevsky
English | Russia | Russia
5. El poeta cautivo by Alfonso Mateo-Sagasta
Spanish | Spain | Spain

Language Learning Reading Challenge

French (upper intermediate)
Norwegian (upper intermediate)
Spanish (advanced beginner)
Russian (absolute beginner)

1. January // Read an introduction to your language – if you’re an advanced learner, find an article or chapter in your coursebook that explains something that you’re struggling with in particular
Article on idiomatic verbs from Essential French Grammar by Seymour Resnick
2. February // History of the region, culture, or language that you are studying
(Not yet selected)
3. March // A book written in your target language (a translation from your native language)
(Possibly Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl in Spanish – hope to learn vocab related to uni, student life, and youth)
4. April // A book written by a language blogger
Fluent in 3 Months
by Benny Lewis (will have to pick this up when I’m back home!)
5. May // A tutorial, recipe, or lesson in your target language (if you’re up for a bigger challenge, read an entire book on the subject)
(Not yet selected)
6. June // A book on learning strategies (any learning strategy, not just language related, but it can be if you like)
(Not yet selected)
7. July // Something written by someone from a country that speaks your language (book doesn’t have to be in your target language)
A Disgraceful Affair by Fyodor Dostoevsky
8. August // A book about a language, a family of languages, a writing system, or something related to linguistics
(Not yet selected)
9. September // A memoir by someone who lives in a country that speaks your target language (can be from an expat who moved there or someone who is native to the country)
(I’m being loose with te interpretaion here and reading What I Saw by Joseph Roth)
10. October // Try out a new coursebook (can just be the first chapter or the entire book)
Teach Yourself: Complete Russian 
by Daphne West
11. November // A book written in your target language (originally, not a translation)
by Laurent Binet (first read in English, will be reading the original French now)
12. December // Read something about a language you’re not learning (it can be an article, an introduction to the language, or an entire book)
(Not yet selected)

Kitty Lit Reading Challenge
Minimum: 3 books

1. Tallstar’s Revenge by Erin Hunter
2. Felidae by Akif Prinçci
3. Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams



Swords and Stars Reading Challenge




1) Read a book with Dragons in it
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows READ
2) Read a book over 500 pages
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
3) Read an SFF novella
4) Read the first book in a series
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
5) Read a Science Fiction classic
Dune by Frank Herbert
6) Read a Fantasy classic
Beowulf (not the Tolkien version!)
7) Read a book whose title matches the first letter of your last name
8) Read a book that has a weapon on the cover
9) Read a book that has a Spaceship on the cover
10) Read a book that has been adapted
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin?
11) Read a book with time travel in it
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth
12) Read a book that has been on your TBR shelf for over 2 years
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
13) Read a book whose cover has stars in it or whose title has any variation of the word star in it
(this will undoubtedly be one of the many Star Wars novels on my TBR)
14) Read a book with magical realism in it
(possibly The Hazel Wood)

15) Read an SFF graphic novel
(possibly Piper, which I saw in the bookstore – must check author)
16) Read a Sequel
17) Read a diverse SFF book
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Ayedemi
18) Read a Random SFF book – your pick!
The Language of Thorns by Legh Bardugo
19) Read a fantasy book inspired by another story, fairytale, myth etc.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherin Arden
20) Read a book with a map