Reading Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge

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Hosted by: Goodreads

Goal: 75 books

Check my progress here

Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge

Hosted by: LauraZazSophieEmm and Katie

Goodreads group

Challenges crossed out have been completed

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



Hosted by Elena Reads Books & Janet of SwirlyGirlyReads over on BookTube

Information video

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 will break down the different sections of the board and let you know what the challenges are for each.

House Properties
Each house colour represents a difference genre. Each book you finish adds a house to the board. The goal is to get a hotel.

  • Brown: Poetry
  • Light Blue: Contemporary Settings
  • Pink: Literary
  • Orange: Historical Fiction
  • Red: Fantasy
  • Yellow: Non-Fiction
  • Green: Classics
  • Blue: Anthologies/Short Story Collections

To get a hotel you need get four houses on the one square; so read four books. Once you have a hotel on the square you cannot add anymore. You can still read the book but it would count to the challenge.

These will be the four readthons I will join in throughout the year. When I know which ones I’m participating in I will add them.

Tax Squares  
These mean you have to read a book over 500 pages. You can use it as many times as you’d like but they don’t count towards you’re property challenge.

Each month I’ll read one book that relates to a chance card and one that relates to the community chest cards.

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
16 books I’ve brought because of booktube/bookstagram/university

If the book fits one of the genre’s I’ve chosen they can count towards adding a house or hotel to the board

  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

Waterworks and Electric Company 
I’ve done this once slightly different than what Elena and Janet have done. For me, these two squares represent my other two reading challenges on the year; The Goodreads Reading Challenge and Around The Year in 52 Books Challenge. This way I can keep on track with my other challenges for the year.

Free Parking 
I do love buying books so this squares allows me to buy 1 new book a month. For me I know that it’s I go cold turkey on my book buying come July I will go on a book buying spree and end up with another 15 books.

So in case I go on my book buying spree that doesn’t related to free parking or a free book token from the chance cards, I go to the jail square.

To get out of jail, I’ll need to read that book I brought straight away; I buy it I read it. If it’s a book in a series that I’m not up to yet, I can read a book that someone else has picked for me. So basically if I go on the book buying spree and but 15 books, I need to read those 15 before I can get on the with the challenge. These books will not count to towards any of the above challenges