My 2018 Reading Challenges – an update!

Haven’t been checking in much with my Reading Challenges of 2018 so far – consider myself told off!! – so it is time for me to catch up and see how I’m going – and see what is left to be read and should I be panicking already!!
This is from the GoodReads group The Book Vipers and the challenge is to read a book that fits the titles below! There are 3 levels that can be done – 9 squares, 16 squares or the full 25! I’m aiming for the 25 so we will see how we go!
Thankfully my reading choices so far in 2018 have helped me fill in a few of these squares so will add the titles of the ones I’ve already completed. Will leave the others blank as I’m still not 100% decided on what to read in these categories – any suggestions still greatfully received and welcomed of what you think I should add to the list!!



A Classic  – 
A Book About Money – 
A Book Under 100 Pages – The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski 
A Book Of Poems – Helium by Rudy Francisco
Free Choice – The Antipodeans by Greg McGee
A Book Set In Another Country –  The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi
A Translated Book – We Were The Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard / David Warriner
True Or Fictional Crime – Too Close To Breathe by  Olivia Kiernan
A Book With An Animal In The Title – The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
Book Vipers Monthly Read  – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Non Fiction Book –  The Last Wilderness by Neil Ansell
A Debut Book – The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Book From A Small Publisher  –  
A Biography – 
A Book You Have Borrowed   
Free Choice – The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
A Banned Book – 
A Book with a Food in the Title  –  
Free Choice – The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse
A Shortlisted Book – 
A Book Over 500 Pages  – 
An Award Winner – 
Second Book In A Series – 
A Book About Books  – 
Science Fiction Or Fact  – READY PLAYER ONE by ERNEST CLINE
I think I’m doing better than I thought! Still lots to hunt out though and keep me entertained for the rest of the year!

Reading Challenge 2017 – BookBuster!

Another year flies by! And thankfully in this years’ case as it all seems to have been doom and gloom from week to week!  Praise be for books to transport us to different worlds to escape the often grim goings on in the real world – there’s a topic for another day…. which book world would you like to go and live in?! I know I can think of a few!!

It has been a very successful reading year for me and I think my venture into blogging and reviewing had a major impact on that!  According to GoodReads I’ve completed 206 books this past year and I find that amazing – I’m sure they’ve miscalculated haha!!  If only that number had helped clear my shelves and decreased my TBR pile!! Seems to have just made it worse!  But I have found that the more that I read, the quicker I get at reading – not sure if others find this?!  And I do find myself staring at some rather large books still sitting on my shelves that I’ve maybe avoided this year so maybe I’ll read less in 2017 and just tackle those epic books we all have on our shelves that often scare us off!

One of the challenges I will  be taking part is from the GoodReads group The Book Vipers who are running a BookBuster challenge for next year.  Just like the TV show you can choose to read books from authors’ whose names start with the letters across the board or, like I’m going to do, complete the A-Z authors challenge. Any genre counts so I am using this a great opportunity to get reading books that have been on my shelves – in real and ebook form! – for quite a while and get me reading a few different genres.

My A-Z list

A – Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern

B – 2am at the Cats Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

C – Call of the Undertow by Linda Cracknell

D – Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan

E – Doorways by Robert Enright

F – The Somnambulist by Essie Fox

G – Little Girl Lost by Janet Gover

H – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I – The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

J – 183 times a year by Eva Jordan

K – Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

L – The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

M – The Moth Snowstorm by Michael McCarthy

N – Uprooted by Naomi Novak

O – Wesley the remarkable owl by Stacey O’Brien

P – The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Q – Exercises in Style by Raymond Queaneau

R – The bookshop on the corner by Rebecca Raisin

S – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

T – The Secret Library by Oliver Tearle

U – The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown

V – Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

W – Girl Reading by Katie Ward

X – The Good Women of China by Xinran

Y – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Z – Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

So these are the books I’m hoping to get through, although I may switch a few over the year but will see how the mood grabs me!!  Is anybody else taking part in this challenge or have they found other challenges to take part in? Would love to hear from you and if you are – good luck!!  Let’s hope we all succeed!!

Happy Reading!!