Gracefully Me’s 2018 Reading Challenge

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How many of you want to read more books in 2018? Is it a New Year’s Resolution? Over here at Gracefully Me, I’m offering up a challenge for any ambitious reader who wants to try their hand at expanding their book horizons in 2018. Plus, there’s a free download to help you track it!

What’s the Reading Challenge?

In December 2015, my aunt texted me (somewhat out of the blue) and first suggested that we hold a reading challenge together in 2016. I even wrote an article about the first reading challenge, which talks about our race to read 52 books in a year.

The next year, my aunt and I decided to target the quality of books, not the quantity. We created a checklist of items that we felt would make our year of reading more well-rounded and engaging. I don’t know about you, but I tend to stay in book ruts and remain forever trapped in epic fantasy series if I’m not prodded to try new things!

2018 marks the third annual Reading Challenge between me and my aunt, so we think we’ve worked out enough of the kinks to provide a really great list.

So what do I have to read in 2018?

The 2018 Reading Challenge checklist consists of 22 items plus a bonus challenge. It covers a wide range of topics, formats, genres, and personal touches that I hope inspire your year of reading.

  • A book published in 2018
  • A book that will be (or currently is) a movie/TV series in 2018
  • A current NYT bestseller
  • A biography/memoir
  • A classic novel
  • A book about history (nonfiction)
  • A book about theology
  • A mystery, thriller, or early detective fiction
  • A book for children or teens
  • A short format book (a novella or collection of poetry/short stories)
  • A self-help book on any subject
  • A book with at least 400 pages
  • A book in a series you haven’t finished yet
  • Reread a favorite book
  • A book from the list of 1001 Books To Read Before You Die
  • A book in a different format (audiobook, graphic novel, etc.)
  • A book you haven’t read by an author you love
  • A book recommended by a friend
  • A book about time travel
  • A book about art/museums
  • Choose two books from separate categories in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (Total: 2)
  • Read 10 other books from your “to-read” shelf

How to Succeed in the Reading Challenge

Challenge Accepted! But how do I commit to 22 books in 2018? I know some of you may be wondering how to fit this in to your busy lives, so here are a couple of tips:

    1. You can download the PDF version of the 2018 Reading Challenge here. Print it out and keep it visible – tape it to your wall or wherever you will see it often. I keep mine pinned to my bulletin board in my bedroom and check off each item once I’ve completed it.

      Download the 2018 Reading Challenge {PDF}

    2. Make time to read. I know it’s hard, but we’re not calling it a challenge because it’s easy!
    3. For those of you who are bullet journalists, I will also be sharing some of my 2018 bullet journal book spreads on Instagram, one of which will include the challenge. There’s nothing like a pretty bujo spread to get you inspired!

    Let me know what you think of this year’s Reading Challenge – do you have books already lined up for 2018? Share your reading lists below! I always love knowing what other people are reading.

    Happy reading to you all!

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