Let the Challenges Begin for 2018!

Posted January 1, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Challenge / 25 Comments


So, here are the worthy challenges I have set forward for my 2018 reading year.  Just as last year, I thought through what I wanted to accomplish in my reading and tried to choose challenges that would reflect this.

New Release Challenge hosted by Lexxie @ Unconventional Bookviews


Goal:  Level 4 Enthusiast 101 books released this year

COYER Winter Switch 12/16/17-3/9/18 hosted by Berls, Michelle, and Stormi


Goal: 30 ebooks free or under a dollar or audiobooks free or under five dollars

Under the Covers Romance Roundabout hosted by Fran, Suzanne, Annie, and Angela


Goal: 15 categories of five books each from a created list

Delighted Reader’s Series that Never Ends hosted by Shari


Goal: first twelve books and novellas in JD Robb’s In Death series

Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Read All the Books hosted by Anna


Goal:  I am still working on Nalini Singh’s books.  There are 15 books and novellas remaining on my list.

My Reader’s Blocks’ Mt. TBR hosted by Bev


Goal:  El Toro 75 books acquired before January 1st

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile hosted by Sophia


Goal: Anne Elliot level 20 books

Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Blogger Shame hosted by Anna


Goal: 10 review books on the pile 4 months or longer (I currently have three so I might not make 10 by the end of the year and that’s a good thing.)

Delighted Reader’s Books N Tunes hosted by Shari and Sophia


Goal: Raging Rocker 50 books

Delighted Reader’s Literary Pickers hosted by Shari and Sophia


Goal: Professional Picker 50 books

Herding Cats and Burning Soup’s Blog All About It hosted by Anna


Goal:  12 Discussion posts based on one prompt a month

Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reader’s Audiobook hosted by Loupe, Melanie, and Kimberly


Goal: Marathoner 50 audiobooks

As Told by Tina’s Let’s Read Indie hosted by Tina


Goal: Level Five 41 indie/small publisher books

Addicted to Romance’s Oldie But a Goodie hosted by Renee


Goal: Newbie 5 books published before 2008

Well, there you have it.  A host of challenges that will work mostly on my older books, but still allow for me to experience what’s new and expand my horizons beyond my usual reading.  I have created GoodReads shelves for each of these challenges where Delighted Readers can see the specific books read toward the challenges.  I will update my challenge numbers each month as part of The Monthly Report.

Do you do Reading Challenges?  If so, which ones have you signed up for?  Have a personal challenge you are doing just for you?  Do Tell!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sophia Rose

LOL, and I’ve added the Library Love challenge from Angel’s Guilty Pleasures at the last minute putting me on record for finishing 12 library books this year. 😉


Oh yay!! You have some great picks. I’m going to have to join some more, I’m only in the audiobook one lol Happy New Year!!!

Sophia Rose

Haha, yes its hard to resist them (at least for me). The audiobook is a good one. I enjoy seeing my listening numbers go up each year.

Happy New Year, Lily!

Lover Of Romance

These all look so fun here!!! I am so glad that you are participating in the Oldie But A Goodie 🙂 I am actually taking a break from most reading challenges this year, except for the ones I am hosting.

Happy New Year!!

Sophia Rose

Oh yes, I’m pretty charged up to leap into these. I can see needing a break from the expectation that a challenge places on you.
Haha, yes, good idea to do the ones you’re hosting. 😉

Happy New Year, Renee!

Mary Kirkland

I really don’t participate in challenges but I’m sure others have fun with them.

Sophia Rose

Always good to have a few cheerleaders, Mary. Thanks. 🙂

Carole's Random Life

Wow! That is a lot of challenges to keep track of, Sophia Rose. I am sure that you will do well with all of them.

Sophia Rose

LOL, I have GoodReads shelves and a journal, but I don’t do much linking back to the challenge pages since there are so many. 🙂


So many challenges!! That’s awesome though – it does let you read a variety of books. I really want to focus on backlist books this year since I own so many (bought/gifted) that I just haven’t gotten around to yet.


Sophia Rose

Oh yes, the backlist is a good focus. I’ve picked several here that are working on that monster TBR pile, too. I really need to stop even when its free. LOL

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh they all sound good. Hope you have a great time with all of them 🙂

Sophia Rose

For sure! I’m eager to get cracking on these. 🙂


Good Luck Sophia! and Happy New Year <3

Sophia Rose

Hey lady! Thanks and you do the same. 🙂

Christy LoveOfBooks

Good luck with your challenges, Sophia! I don’t even try anymore because I stop keeping track after a couple months. lol

Sophia Rose

Yeah, I understand. It can be a pain to keep up the tracking. I’ve got a good and simple system in place, but there are still times I drag my feet to keep on it.

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB

You are such a go-getter. I didn’t even meet the two challenges I signed up for this year. Blogger fail for me!

Lots of luck, Sophia! 🙂

Sophia Rose

No, you did not fail. You just had a crazy life for a while with all the moving and changing around. 🙂

Thanks, Angie!


I’m challenge challenged lol so I don’t join any other than the general Goodreads one but I am going to try Anna’s Blog All About It. Sounds fun and different.

Good luck with all of yours!

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Sophia Rose

Those are good ones. And hey, that Goodreads one freaks me out when I drop behind on it. LOL

Oh cool! I’ll look forward to catching your posts for Anna’s Challenge. I’m already working on my first one. 🙂


What a great list of challenges! I also joined Coyer and the 2018 New release Challenge, that are the only two i am signing-up for I think. That romance challenge sounds like a nice one too,

Sophia Rose

COYER and New Release are a good balance of older books and new ones so they fit what you wanted to do with your reading this year. Hopefully it will go well for both of us. 🙂

Oh yes, the Romance Roundabout is a good one for getting me to read sub-genres that I don’t naturally reach for but still enjoy.

vvb reads

Quite a selection! I decided to continue to work on personal challenges previously set which include books on my tbr pile. And, wanted to keep up with a few book club picks from both face-to-face and online clubs.

Sophia Rose

That’s a good idea to finish up what you already have going on. More than a handful of these are going to help me with that, too- I hope. LOL

You do some lovely mini challenges through the year that I enjoying seeing what you are reading or watching for them. Good luck with yours, Velvet!