Last year was the first year in a long time that I didn’t participate in any reading challenges outside of Goodreads. I didn’t even accomplish that one since I found myself in a reading slump. So to combat that this year I’ve decided to get back to challenges to… well… challenge myself to read more. Two of the challenges will be oldies, but goodies, and one is a much-needed, new to me challenge.
The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
hosted by: The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2017 AND already be on your TBR list or pile.
(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog
(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky.
(4) On or just after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post
My one-click addiction didn’t fade along with my desire to read, so I have even more books on my TBR this year than I did last year. *GULP!* I also didn’t do much last year by way of reading my TBR, so maybe this challenge will help me read the books I own. Not to mention clearing off several much-needed bookshelves.
2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
hosted by: Passages to the Past
- Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.
- Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
- Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)
During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
20th Century Reader – 2 books
Victorian Reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books
The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2018.
This is a challenge that I began participating in 2012 but haven’t in the past two years. Since then I’ve noticed a decline in my historical fiction reading. So to get back to a genre I love, I’ve decided to return to this great challenge. I won’t pick a level at this time but will use them to guide my reading. I will post when I’ve surpassed each level.
Back to the Classics 2018
Hosted by: Books and Chocolate
- All books must be read in 2018. Books started before January 1, 2018 do not qualify. All reviews must be linked to this challenge by December 31, 2018.
- You must also post a wrap-up review and link it to the challenge no later than December 31, 2018.
- All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1968 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously. Recent translations of classics are acceptable.
- E-books and audiobooks are eligible! You may also count books that you read for other challenges.
- Books may NOT cross over within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn’t count.
- Multiple books by the same author are also acceptable.
- Children’s classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge; and please, no picture books.
- Single short stories and short poems do not count, but you may use full-length narrative poems like The Odyssey and short story collections like The Canterbury Tales, as long as it is the entire book.
- If you do not have a blog, you may link to reviews on Goodreads or any other publicly accessible online format.
- The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 1, 2018. After that, I will close the link and you’ll have to wait until the next year!
- You do NOT have to list all the books you’re going to read for the challenge in your sign-up post, but it’s more fun if you do! Of course, you can change your list any time. Books may also be read in any order.
- The winner will be announced on this blog the first week of January, 2019. All qualifying participants will receive one or more entries, depending on the number of categories completed. One winner will be selected at random for all qualifying entries.
This is another challenge I’ve participated in previously. I wasn’t successful with completing all categories the last time, so I’m motivated to do so this year. Besides, I’ve been wanting to read more classics, and this will help me do so.