Reading Challenge Update: Quarter 1


Today I thought I give a little update my reading challenges for the first quarter-ish of the year.

So far I’m pretty happy with my progress since I don’t have as much reading time as I’d like since I went and got myself a grown ass job with full time hours and stuff so yay for adulting.

I will break down each challenge and let you know how I’m going.


Goodreads Reading Challenge


I am making good progress on this challenge with 26 of the 75 books read this year.


Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge



Challenges crossed out have been completed

  1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
  2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
  3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
  4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth
  5. A book about or inspired by real events
  6. A book originally written in a language other than English
  7. A gothic novel
  8. An “own voices” book
  9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
  10. An author’s debut book
  11. A literary fiction
  12. A book set in Africa or South America
  13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
  14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
  15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
  16. A narrative nonfiction
  17. A book you expect to make you laugh
  18. A book with a location in the title
  19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
  20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
  21. A book written in first person perspective
  22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
  23. A medical or legal thriller
  24. A book with a map
  25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
  26. A book with a text only cover
  27. A book about surviving a hardship
  28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
  29. A book with a “Clue” weapon on the cover or title
  30. A short book
  31. A book set in a country you’d like to visit but have never been to
  32. An alternate history book
  33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word “born” in the same year as you
  34. A book with a supernatural character
  35. A book featuring a murder
  36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven’t read before
  37. A Women’s Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
  38. A science book or a science fiction book
  39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
  40. A book from Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
  41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
  42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
  43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
  44. A ghost story
  45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
  46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
  47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
  48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins
  49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
  50. A book with a warm atmosphere
  51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
  52. A book published in 2018





One of the challenges I’m enjoying most this year is Bookoploy. This challenge is hosted by Elena Reads Books & Janet of SwirlyGirlyReads over on BookTub

This challenge has been created as a way to get though your TBR, cut down your book buying and to save money.As the name suggests this challenge is modelled off  the Monopoly game. Like with a real Monopoly board each square has a monetary value assigned — the amount has been decided by me and what I can budget for. For the reading challenge you don’t need to use the dice but rather move you piece around where every you like.

I’ll break down each section of the board.

House Properties

  • Poetry — 3 houses
  • Contemporary — 1 hotel
  • Literary — 3 houses
  • Historical Fiction — 1 hotel
  • Fantasy — 2 hotel
  • Non-Fiction — 1 house
  • Classics — 1 house
  • Anthologies/Short Story Collections — 1 houses

I’ve taken part in 1 readathon – The Readathon To Rule Them All which I completed successfully so yay!

In June I’m going to take part in the Reading Women Challenge Readthon hosted by the Reading Women Podcast.  The goal will be to read all women authors in June. I’m excited to get to some of the challenges on this list including — a book inspired by a fairy tale, a classic novel written by a women and a book by a local author.

Tax Squares  
So far this year I’ve read 1 book over 500 pages. Not loving the big books this year.

Challenges crossed out have been completed

Chance Cards
The chance cards are topics that can help if I’m feeling stuck with what to read. The cards include:

  • Free pass to buy a book
  • Free pick
  • One word title
  • Get out a jail free card
  • New release
  • New to you author
  • Own Voices book
  • Stand alone
  • Book with your favourite colour on it
  • Cover buy
  • Next in a series
  • Read a Fairy loot book
  • Read a research book
  • Translated fiction
  • Debut book
  • Gothic novel

Community Chest

  1. Hope Farm by Peggy Few
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  4. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  5. The Nix by Nathan Hill
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
  8. Why Homer Matter by Adam Nicolson
  9. The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
  10. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
  11. The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon
  12. Daphnis and Chloe by Longus
  13. Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter
  14. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  15. Arcadia by Iain Pears
  16. Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton



That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know how you’re reading challenges are going so far,

Until next time, happy reading!


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