Well, we are three months gone in 2018 and I thought I would write a quick post updating on my adventure in the 2018 Reading Challenge!
I am working on both the Popsugar and Book Riot’s challenges and have definitely made more headway into the former as this point, but it is also a much longer list. I set a goal on Goodreads to read 52 books this year, which is two more than my goal for last year.
Thankfully I am staying a few books ahead of schedule right now, after a strong start in January and listening to audiobooks while I commute and perform some household chores is helping me to keep caught up.
I am lucky to be surrounded by so many avid readers, such as my co-workers, close friends and Mum.
Here are three snapshots of my progress to this point:
Are you doing a reading challenge this year? What list are you working on and how are you doing?
Building on my post from yesterday, I wanted to take a moment to share the Book Riot and Popsugar Reading Challenges for 2018. You can click these links to access the editable/printable PDFs from their websites: Book Riot , PopSugar , and PopSugar Advanced.
Personally I love doing these challenges. I don’t take them too seriously and I have never completely finished one but I think it is a fun way to push yourself to keep reading throughout the year and expand your horizons by trying books in new genres.
I have noticed that my reading has expanded through these challenges and there are a few categories of books that I love to read now that I probably would have never tried otherwise.
I hope you will join in me in at least one of these challenges this year.
Earlier this week I wrote about Book Riots’ Reader Harder Challenge 2017 that is designed to get you reading outside your comfort zone. Expanding your horizons is a great thing, but lots of people like to stay in their favourite genres for a reason. And that is okay too.
One of my coworkers, who – like me – was less than enthused by the categories in that reading challenge this year, came across the Popsugar Reading Challenge and decided to do it instead. Well you know librarian-types, the second challenge flew around the office in no time and several of us have decided to do both!
I love the Popsugar Reading Challenge because it is designed to encourage you to keep reading throughout the year, without forcing a person to go outside their normal genres. There isn’t the inherent, if unintended, guilt-trip for a person who prefers to read trashy romance novels or Victorian mysteries over and over, rather than reading “smart” novels that focus on social issues.
Even though I intend to do the Book Riots challenge too, I am still going to read and review all my favourite authors, and erotica are my fave. Thankfully, the Popsugar list lets me get “credit” for reading those books too, and romances are a heck of a lot quicker to go through than a book of feminist essays! Hopefully working on both lists at the same time will keep me enthused and moving forward.
Here’s the link for the printable Popsugar Reading List.