2018 Reading Challenges

I’m that person that writes crazy goals for herself, and then struggles to maintain them all year. I usually spend most of my focus on books, which is why I have multiple “reading challenges” lined up for next year. Along with doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge, I have a few other goals/lists I’ve written up for myself.

I’m desperately behind in the Star Wars Canon (the current one, I mean) and would really love to remedy that. Full confession: I made this goal last year and barely made a dent in it. So we’ll see how it goes this year. Maybe posting it online will help keep me honest.

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 

  1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen:
    Murder on the Orient Express
  2. True crime:
    American Fire (open to changing)
  3. The next book in a series you’ve started:
    Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara
  4. A book involving a heist:
    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Nordic noir:
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  6. A novel based on a real person:
    Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you:
    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  8. A book with a time of day in the title:
    Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
  9. A book about a villain or antihero:
    Lando by Charles Soule
  10. A book about death or grief:
    The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
  11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym:
    The Goddess (Guardians of the Empire #1) by M.A. Abraham
  12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist:
    Backstagers Volume 2
  13. A book that is also a stage play or musical:
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
  14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you:
    Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse
  15. A book about feminism:
    Will pull from Emma Watson’s book club pick for January, when announced.
  16. A book about mental health:
    Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk
  17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift:
    Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  18. A book by two authors:
    Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  19. A book about or involving a sport:
    Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  20. A book by a local author:
    Night Circus
  21. A book with your favorite color in the title:
    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  22. A book with alliteration in the title:
    Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
  23. A book about time travel:
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  24. A book with a weather element in the title:
    The Storm King by Brendan Duffy
  25. A book set at sea:
    Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop
  26. A book with an animal in the title:
    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  27. A book set on a different planet:
    Saga Volume 8
  28. A book with song lyrics in the title:
    I’ll Be Seeing You by Mary Higgins Clark
  29. A book about or set on Halloween:
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  30. A book with characters who are twins:
    Seer of Souls by Susan Faw
  31. A book mentioned in another book:
    Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  32. A book from a celebrity book club:
    Will pull from Emma Watson’s book club pick for January, when announced.
  33. A childhood classic you’ve never read:
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  34. A book that’s published in 2018:
    The Last Hour by Harry Sidebottom
  35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner:
    Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
  36. A book set in the decade you were born:
    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to:
    Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  38. A book with an ugly cover:
    Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  39. A book that involves a bookstore or library:
    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges: A book with a nonhuman perspective: Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop

Star Wars Canon Novels (In chronological order):

  1. Catalyst by James Luceno
  2. Dark Disciple by Christie Golden
  3. Tarkin by James Luceno
  4. Thrawn (Thrawn #1) by Timothy Zahn
  5. Alliances (Thrawn #2) by Timothy Zahn
  6. Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
  7. Twilight Company (Star Wars: Battlefront #1) by Alexander Freed
  8. Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray*
  9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Alexander Freed
  10. From A Certain Point of View by Ben Acker
  11. Inferno Squad (Star Wars: Battlefront #2) by Christie Golden
  12. Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne
  13. Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath #1) by Chuck Wendig
  14. Life Debt (Star Wars: Aftermath #2) by Chuck Wendig
  15. Empire’s End (Star Wars: Aftermath #3) by Chuck Wendig
  16. The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu*
  17. Canto Bight by Saladin Ahmed
  18. The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
  19. Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein*
  20. The Last Jedi by Jason Fry

Starred books indicate that I think they may be middle school aged books, and may or may not skip them. I’m a bit of a completionist, so I may read them anyway. It’ll depend on how I feel when I get to that point in the list.

I also made a promise to myself to get caught up with some of my favorite authors, specifically the ones I’m insanely behind on (seeing a trend here?). I’ve decided to pick a few to focus on. In particular I would love to get through all of Orson Scott Card’s novels, which I’m so behind on it’s not even funny. I’m not going to put a ton of pressure on myself about this one. Hopefully I can make a dent, but I also don’t expect myself to read them all this year.

Orson Scott Card Novels (Ender’s series in Publication Order):

  1. Children of the Mind (Ender’s Saga #4)
  2. Shadow of the Hegemon (The Shadow Series #2)
  3. Shadow Puppets (The Shadow Series #3)
  4. First Meetings in Ender’s Universe (The Ender Quintet #0.5)
  5. Shadow of the Giant (Ender’s Shadow #4)
  6. A War of Gifts (Ender’s Saga #1.1)
  7. Ender in Exile (Ender’s Saga #1.2)
  8. Shadows in Flight (Ender’s Shadow #5)
  9. Shadows Alive (Ender’s Shadow #6)
  10. Earth Unaware (The First Formic War #1)
  11. Earth Afire (The First Formic War #2)
  12. Earth Awakens (The First Formic War #3)
  13. The Swarm (The Second Formic War #1)
  14. Pathfinder (Pathfinder #1)
  15. Ruins (Pathfinder #2)
  16. Visitors (Pathfinder #3)

Despite the “no pressure” approach I’m taking to Orson Scott Card’s novels, I’m utterly determined to get caught up in Anne Bishop’s The Others series. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m actually pretty heartbroken that I’m behind on it. So my goal is to catch up before the release of the new book (Lake Silence) and then maintain that.

The Others Series by Anne Bishop

  1. Vision in Silver (The Others #3)
  2. Marked in Flesh (The Others #4)
  3. Etched in Bone (The Others #5)
  4. Lake Silence (The Others #6)

And finally, because apparently I hate myself and want no free time, I made up a list of all the books from Bookcon 2018. Basically these are all by authors that I know will be at Bookcon this year. Most are books I’ve been meaning to get, and since I’ll actually have a chance to have them signed at Bookcon, I’d like to try and read them before I spend the time tracking down the author. Starred books mean I’m ok with not getting to them in time (ideally I’m hoping to get at least the first in a series, and am not stressing after that point).

Bookcon Authors/Novels:

  1. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  2. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore*
  3. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore*
  4. She-Hulk Vol. 1 by Charles Soule
  5. She-Hulk Vol. 2 by Charles Soule
  6. Lando by Charles Soule
  7. Black Squadron: Poe Dameron #1 by Charles Soule
  8. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  9. Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik
  10. Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahnuik
  11. Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack
  12. Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack*
  13. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
  14. Pure by Jennifer Armentrout
  15. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
  16. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  17. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  18. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  19. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  20. Scarlet (Lunar #2) by Marissa Meyer
  21. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  22. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  23. Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse
  24. Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang
  25. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  26. Windwitch by Susan Dennard*
  27. The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  28. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  29. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab*
  30. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  31. The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth*
  32. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
  33. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  34. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  35. The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova