2018 Reading Challenges

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This year, I plan on cleaning up my TBRs in a variety of ways. From reading eBooks that have been on my TBR for years to those hotly anticipated reads of the last 5 years that I just haven’t got to yet, 2018 is all about reducing the “to-read” and increasing the “read” statistics.

>> Read about my 2018 Reading Plan here!

The Challenge:

To Read 5 of my most anticipated reads for each of the last 5 years.


I first introduced this personal challenge last year and while I didn’t succeed in reading all 25 books, I did manage to complete the 2012 selections and that worked perfectly because they are now from 6 years ago.

The list totals 25 titles that were published between 2013 – 2017. Some of the titles I didn’t get to last year are returning but I’ve added in some new ones as well. As most selections are the start of a series, I plan on reading as many of the sequels as possible in order to get some reviews for this blog!

(Fun Fact: That’s a total of 59 Books and 9 Novellas!)

The Plan:

One of the reasons I let this challenge slip was not following my reading plan for the year. This year, I intend to stick with it and not deviate. I’ve also selected a few books that I own so I’m not entirely at the whim of the library for getting these titles.

My List:

1 Books of 25 Read*

*I have DNF’d 0 of the original 25 selected

0 of 5 Years Completed
  • 2017 (0/5)
    • Warcross by Marie Lu
    • When It’s Real by Erin Watt
    • The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
    • Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige
    • The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King
  • 2016 (1/5)
    • The Diabloic by S J Kincaid
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    • Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
    • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • 2015 (0/5)
    • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
    • The Bourbon Kings by J R Ward
    • The Cage by Megan Shepherd
    • Book Boyfriend by D C Renee
    • The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
  • 2014 (0/5)
    • Loop by Karen Akins
    • Solitaire by Alice Aseman
    • Queen of Someday by Sherry D Ficklin
    • Little Black Book by Tabitha Vargo
    • Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
  • 2013 (0/5)
    • Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera
    • Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
    • Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
    • At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
    • The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Grand Totals:

1 of 59 Total Books Read*

*I’ve opted not to read 0 sequels of the listed series

0 of 9 Novellas Read**

**I’ve opted not to read 0 novellas of the listed series

(Last Updated: January 7, 2018)

52 Sequel Challenge

52 Sequel Challenge

A personal challenge to read at least one sequel novel a week in 2018.


After I couldn’t find a challenge to meet my sequel needs for 2018, I decided to create my own. In a need to get some series off my plate (I had 130 Series on the go as of December 30, 2017), I wanted to read one sequel novel a week for 2018.

My Goal for 2018:

1 Books of 52 Read


I do have a few guidelines for myself:

  • They must be sequels for series started prior to 2018
    • However, the sequel novel can be published in 2018
  • One sequel a month must be from my personal eBook collection
  • DNFs do not count towards my grand total but will be listed below and specified

52 Sequel Reads:

House of Pawns



DNF’d: (1) Scorched

(Last Updated: January 8, 2018)

Tackling the TBR – The 2018 Reading Challenge

A personal challenge to read those titles I’ve bought for my eReaders over the years!


Usually I pick a generic TBR reading challenge and apply it towards my personal TBR list but I didn’t find one I really liked this year. I could have repeated one I’ve done in the past, but I like to do a different one each year for this particular challenge. So here is my own personal one!

My Goal for 2018:

3 Books of 36 Read


  • These are titles I’ve owned prior to 2018
  • Minimum of 2 titles a month drawn from my TBR jar
  • An additional 1 book a month must be a sequel I already own
  • Titles from my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge will also count
  • DNFs are marked separately and not counted towards final totals

My Books:

  • ✔ January (3):
    • House of Pawns by Keary Taylor (52 Sequels)
    • Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (5Y5BC)
    • Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E Lee
  • ✖ February (0)

(Last Updated: January 8, 2018)

Goodreads Challenge 2018

My goal is to read 190 books this year. Last year, I didn’t think I’d get to read as much as I did and so I surprisingly surpassed my goal before the fall.

For my goal this year, I looked at my previous years (I’ve managed to read at least 200 books for the last 3 years) and I also averaged out the totals from 3 months last year. With that in mind, I determined that 190 is solid goal to aim for. It’s definitely do-able but still requires me to be proactive with my reading.

My Progress:

2018 Reading Challenge
Lauren – SERIESous Books has
read 0 books toward
her goal of
190 books.

(Last Updated: January 8, 2018)

Other Challenges:

Readathons and monthly challenges to be determined.

Want to join me in these challenges?

Feel free to set up your own challenges based on mine. You can also use my images (or make your own, just please have my blog name somewhere on the image). All I ask is that you link back to me or post a comment below so I can see what you’ve chosen to do!

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