One of my favorite things about starting a new year is starting all of the fun bookish challenges that are floating around. Last year… I did not do so well on my challenges. I slacked off a lot, but I think that was because I picked books that I was not particularly excited to read, I picked books because they fit into that category.
I guess you could say I am technically doing the same thing now, but this time I have chosen the books I own and know I WILL read and that I actually want to read these books. But anyway, without further ado let’s get onto the books.
This is a personal challenge I started making for myself last year, I am a lists person so yeah this is due to that, but here are some that I have that I want to complete.
- Listen to 3 audiobooks, start three new series (maybe finish them), read 4 debut novels, read 5 new releases, read 5 standalone novels, read 3 books with difficult topics, read an intimidating book, read 5 fairytale retellings, read 5 historical fiction, finish 3 retellings, read 2 trilogies, read 2 duologies, read 5 diverse books, read 10 own voices, read a book to movie adaptation, read a book with a villain/anti-hero. So pretty basic but yeah, I think I can manage to accomplish things.
I also want to read more books by debut authors and I have a selection of books to choose from. I’m not going to list the books because there are a ton of debut authors this year, but I am going to aim to read 10.
My biggest goal is to eliminate my 2016 tbr. Meaning the books that I bought in 2016. Last year, I started off with 67 books. This year I am starting off with 7 books so it’s pretty achievable.
The books I have to read for this challenge and The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and the Crimson Crown all by Cinda Willaims Chima. King’s Folly by Jill Williamson, and Red Rising, Golden Son by Pierce Brown.
Since Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre’s next to Fantasy, I am joining the Historical Fiction challenge. I don’t think this will be hard to complete but there are specific historical fictions that I just NEED to get to this year and I think this will help me accomplish that.
- The books I have listed for this challenge are, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, Alexander: God of War by Christian Cameron, Mark of Thief, Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielson, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Valiant by Lesley Livingston, Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (MIGHT change this), The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
Like my 2016 challenge last year, I also want to lessen the number of books I bought in 2017 from my TBR. If that makes any sense. In order to help me do this, I have joined Beat the Backlist by novel night and my goal is to knock off 25 books from my ’17 tbr and a few from ’16. A lot of these a books I have been wanting to read forever and just for some reason, I have yet to get around to them. So here are the books I am definitely going to read.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, God of War by Christian Cameron, Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne, Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett, Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye, Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova, Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Forest of 1000 Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson, Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic, Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Peter Darling by Austin Chant, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger, Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson, The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
And then two more challenges I have for myself is to read more adult fantasy. I love YA fantasy, but there are a couple gems in adult fantasy as well and I want to find them, and I also want to read more diverse books. I realized I read a lot of the same books and I want to expand outside of my horizons.
The last goal? I want to read 100 books. I did set my Goodreads goal at 60 books because I know that is easily achievable for myself, but I want to hopefully exceed that number and read 100 books.
So those are all of my little challenges and goals for my reading life and I really hope I can accomplish them!