My 2018 Reading Challenge

My reading challenge for 2018 has two components:

  1. Always be trying to read one more book than I have already read this year.

  2. Read whatever feels good to read and will make me want to keep reading.

That’s it.

More on the rationale behind these rules later.

34 responses on “My 2018 Reading Challenge”

  1. I so agree with the what makes me feel good criterion. No guilty reading for me! Also, this year I incorporated picture books into my goal because in the past I’ve felt guilty about including them because they’re so short. I decided that’s dumb and directly in contrast with what I tell kids about how all reading is good reading. So here’s to a phenomenal number in 2018!

  2. My personal challenge is a combination of Goodreads numbered challenge to encourage me to whittle down my pile of unreads and a Bookriot challenge list intended to stretch my horizons a little bit. I’m already digging it.

  3. Yeah, I thought about the Read Harder list. I think when I’m done with school that kind of challenge will be just the thing, but right now, my pleasure reading needs to be super extra pleasurable, or I’ll do something else instead.

  4. I’m not saying that isn’t a great idea, and really cool, because it is, but it’s more like a scavenger hunt than a booklist. I’d probably spend more time researching some of those questions than time I have that day to read.
    Still- I do love the idea.

  5. I want to use it as a tool to expand my horizons, not necessarily force myself to read things I dislike. I don’t read a lot of mysteries on my own, but if I pick up a recommended one to fit a list item? I might surprise myself.

  6. I made it to 36 last year, so I set a goal of 42 for this year. I copied out the Read Harder list and one other, but am giving myself permission to treat them as prompts not requirements (although, let’s be honest, I never yet met a tickybox I didn’t love…)

  7. I think one thing I’m kind of sad about as I get older is that fiction just doesn’t ‘work’ as well for me any more. I’m happy to expand my horizons and learn a bit more about the world through nonfiction, but I miss escapism! YA is the worst for this. It’s like eating what looks like ice cream and having it taste like dirt.

  8. That is awesome. What would you recommend to someone who likes adventure and female protagonists, but hates “Strong Female Characters” and “It’s a dystopian future, and I’m in love with two boys!”? I really like Rainbow Rowell and Nnedi Okorafor.

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