Monday, 17 December 2018

2018 Reading Challenges WrapUp

How I did in my 2018 Challenges

March: IndieAthon encouraged the reading of as many independently published books as possible during March and there was a bingo card of different categories to add to the difficulty. The challenge was hosted at Lost In A Story. You can see exactly how I did on my IndieAthon post. I didn't manage to get a bingo line, but did read the following 14 books for this challenge:

I also did the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge in March, hosted at The Caffeinated Reviewer. This one was to read books published prior to the 1st March 2018 and with an emphasis on those that had been languishing for a while. Several of my reads counted for both March challenges and I finished with the 15 here:

Craving by Esther Gerritsen
Threadwalkers by Joanna Volavka
Far Cry From The Turquoise Room by Kate Rigby
Waking Isabella by Melissa Muldoon
The Yellow Sun by Stiofán Ó Nualláin 
The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey
Walk With Me by Debra Schoenberger
Patient Zero by Terry Tyler
Full Circle by Regina Timothy
The Prince Of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Spider And The Stone by Glen Craney
From Liberty To Magnolia by Janice S Ellis
Free Country by George Mahood

August: My own 2017-18 Decade Challenge ran from the 1st September 2017 to the 31st August 2018 and I managed to complete it just in time! The idea is to read one book from each decade from 1900 until the present day.

1903 - The Souls Of Black Folk by W E B du Bois
1910 - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
1923 - The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
1930s - Collected Stories by Bruno Schulz
1943 - Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
1956 - The World Jones Made by Philip K Dick
1969 - Heroes And Villains by Angela Carter
1978-9 - Territory Of Light by Yuko Tsushima
1988 - A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
1998 - Havana Black by Leonardo Padura
2007 - The Running Man by Gilbert Tuhabonye
2017 - Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

I had two fun month-long reading challenges throughout August. The first was August Authorfest hosted at Chuckles Book Cave. The aim of this challenge was to read new-to-me authors and I managed 15 so I am very happy with this.

We Only Saw Happiness by Gregoire Delacourt
Resin by Ane Riel
How To Love A Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Revolutions by Mateusz Skutnik
The Danes by Clarke
The Path To Change by Pope Francis
Of Faith And Fidelity by Evan Ostryniuk
The Tale Of The Missing Man by Manzoor Ahtesham
Desirable Body by Hubert Haddad
The Gravediggers' Bread by Frederic Dard
Angelica Stone by Susi Osborne
Waiting For Monsieur Bellivier by Britta Rostlund
Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira
Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers

Also in August I joined in for the first time with Bookish Bingo which is hosted each month at Chapter Break. There are 25 Bingo squares to fill, each with its own topic to match. Books can be put into more than one square - as long as they meet the criterion of course! Click this Bookish Bingo link to see my monthly wrap-up posts. (December's will be published early in January)

State Of The ARC is hosted at Avalinah's Books and is a monthly meme focused on keeping track of ARCs. I had lost track of many of mine this time last year, but thanks to this challenge I am now completely up to date! 
I completed my State Of The ARC Bingo grid at the end of September:

ARC with your favourite colour cover
ARC of a debut book
Your oldest ARC
#ownvoices ARC
A nonfiction ARC
An overdue ARC
ARC with sensitive social issues
A fluffy and happy ARC
A new-to-me genre ARC

I set my Goodreads 2018 Challenge at 180 books this year and reached my target in mid-November. Click through this graphic to see all the books I read within the year:

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits) has completed her goal of reading 180 books in 2018!

WorldReads is an ongoing challenge for me, now in its third year I think. Each month, on the 5th, I post a list of five books I have read from a particular country, choosing a different country each month. It is getting trickier to find enough books as the list of unposted countries gets shorter, but I love searching them out! In 2018 I posted these WorldReads:

Also n an international theme, I challenged myself to read books in my second-best language, French, this year. I hoped to read 6 and actually achieved 3 Books In French with 1 DNF after 60 pages (Chicklit just isn't my thing in any language!).

La Perle by John Steinbeck
Lettre à Zohra D by Danielle Michel-Chich
Quatre Moi En Mer by Said
A la folie ... pas du tout by Valerie-Anne Baglietto (DNF)

Classics Club is another ongoing challenge. The idea is to read 50 classic novels within 5 years. The challenge ends in June 2023 and I already have 12 books read.

Finally, I'm also showing off my 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge list. This challenge was hosted at fuonlyknew and I completed it on the 11th December.

A Dip In My Ocean by A G Stranger
Breathe Breathe by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi
Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
Dilemma by Baheya Zeitoun
Elza: The Girl by Sergio Rodrigues
Frankenstein In Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
Giant by Richard Georges
Hero by Boyd Taylor
Ibn Fadlan And The Land Of Darkness
Just Simple Little Cruelties by Osman Welela
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Lies Of Silence by Brian Moore
My Name Is Salma by Fadia Faqir
Necessities by Boyd Taylor
On The Cold Coasts by Vilborg Davidsdottir
Pigeon Street by Mark Fieldsend
Quatre Moi En Mer by Said
Resin by Ane Riel
Stray by Bernard Farai Matambo
The Souls Of Black Folk by W E B Du Bois
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Venetia by Georgette Heyer
Whispers Of The Beloved by Rumi
Xingu by Edith Wharton
Yellow Sun by Stiofan O Nuallain
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

I think that's all of them!
Feeling pretty pleased with myself right now!

I'm choosing and signing up for 2019 challenges through December and plan to soon post my list of those I'll be taking part in.


  1. You've done really well with your challenges this year, well done!

  2. Wow, you read so many books for each challenge! The Decade Challenge must have been really difficult, at least for me it would be. You've convinced me to change one of my themes into a World Reads month next year. I'm very excited by my choices!

    1. Oh, I'll be interested to see your WorldReads choices! Drop me a link :-)

  3. You did such a great job with all of these challenges! I must say that I am really impressed by the alphabet challenge.

    1. The alphabet challenge was great fun. I'm going to try it again this year

  4. You did a great job this year on all of your challenges. Go you!

    1. Thank you Kimberly! Gearing up for 2019 now :-)