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 61 Books and 10 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:

25 Books of 25 Read*

*I have DNF’d 5 of the original 25 selected

5 of 5 Years Completed
  • 2017 (5*/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 — DNF’d
  • 2016 (5*/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
      • SWAP: *Heartless by Melissa Meyer — DNF’d
  • 2015 (5*/5) 
    • *The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow — DNF’d
    • The Bourbon Kings by J R Ward
    • The Cage by Megan Shepherd
    • *Book Boyfriend by D C Renee — DNF’d
    • The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
  • 2014 (5/5)
    • 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 (5*/5)
    • Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera
    • *Born of Illusion by Teri Brown — DNF’d
    • Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
    • At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
    • The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Grand Totals:

22 of 64 Total Books Read*

*I’ve opted not to read 12 sequels of the listed series

3 of 14 Novellas Read**

**I’ve opted not to read 3 novellas of the listed series

(Last Updated: December 31, 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:

52 Books of 52 Read

*I have DNF’d 10 sequel novels. They are not counted in the final total.


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

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DNF’d: (10) A Darkness Strange and Lovely (9) Isla and the Happily Ever After (8) Angel Fever (7) Be With Me (6) By Referral Only (5) Outlaw (4) Sweet Temptation (3) The Wager (2) Paper Hearts (1) Scorched 

(Last Updated: December 31, 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:

33 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 (4):
    • House of Pawns by Keary Taylor (52 Sequels)
    • Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (5Y5BC)
    • Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E Lee
    • Legacy by Cayla Kluver (DNF’d)
    • Torn Hearts by Claire Conteras
  • ✔ February (4)
    • Paper Hearts by Claire Conteras (DNF’d) (52 Sequels)
    • Elastic Hearts by Claire Conteras (52 Sequels)
    • Valentine by Samantha Young (52 Sequels)
    • Free Me by Laurelin Paige
    • The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood
  • ✖ March (2)
    • His Reverie by Monica Murphy
    • Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy (52 Sequels)
  • ✖ April (2)
    • Wrecked by Alyssa Rose Ivy (52 Sequels)
    • Aligned Volume 1 by Ella Miles
  • May (0)
  • June (3)
    • Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
    • Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
    • Hot Mess by Emily Goodwin
  • July (6)
    • At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey (5Y5BC)
    • Trust in Me by J Lynn  (52 Sequels)
    • Aligned Volume 2 by Ella Miles
    • Hitched: Volume 3 by Kendall Ryan  (52 Sequels)
    • At Any Turn by Brenna Aubrey (5Y5BC)
    • Contrite by Kathy Coopmans
  • August (3)
    • The Cage by Megan Shepherd (5Y5BC & #MakeMeRead)
    • Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklin (5Y5BC & #MakeMeRead)
    • Rush by Shae Ross (#MakeMeRead)
    • Outlaw by Amanda Lance (DNF’d) (52 Sequels)
  • September (2)
    • The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen (5Y5BC)
    • By Referral Only by Lyla Payne (DNF’d) (52 Sequels)
    • Be With Me by J Lynn (DNF’d) (52 Sequels)
    • Losing at Love by Jennifer Iacopelli (52 Sequels)
  • October (2)
    • In Too Hard by Mara Jacobs (52 Sequels)
    • Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera (5Y5BC)
  • November (0)
  • ✔ December (5)
    • Little Black Book by Tabatha Vargo (5Y5BC)
    • Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson
    • Burying Water by K A Tucker
    • Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige (started finished in Jan)
    • A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray (52 Sequels) (started finished in Jan)

(Last Updated: December 31, 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.

Goal Officially completed October 13, 2018 with In Too Hard by Mara Jacobs!

(Last Updated: October 13, 2018)

Other Challenges:

2018 Take Control

March 2018 Take Control TBR Pile Challenge

Full challenge details found here.

My Goal: Read 15 titles that are on my Goodreads “Want to Read” and “To-Read” Shelves prior to March 1, 2018 and have been published before March 2018  — ACHIEVED

15 Books of 15 Read*
  1. Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L Demeter
  2. Chase Me by Tessa Bailey
  3. The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood
  4. To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise
  5. Once She Dreamed Part One by Abbi Glines
  6. His Reverie by Monica Murphy
  7. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  8. Secret Heir by M J Prince
  9. Valentine Charms by Anne McAllister
  10. The Past Life Chronicles: Volume 1 by C K Brooke
  11. Savage Love by Ella Miles
  12. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
  13. Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy
  14. One More Round by Shelli Stevens
  15. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza — GOAL ACHIEVED!
  16. Tarnished by Kate Jarvis Birch

(Last updated: March 29th, 2018)

August 2018 #MakeMeRead It Readathon

Full challenge details found here.

My Goal: Read 3 titles with the most votes from the list of 10 titles I have selected. The others will be read by the end of the year  — ACHIEVED


4 Books of 10 Read*

*I have DNF’d 1 of the selected titles.

  • (3) Books Read During Readathon Dates
    • The Cage by Megan Shepherd (5Y5BC & TTTBR)
    • Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklin (5Y5BC & TTTBR)
    • Rush by Shae Ross (TTTTBR) — GOAL ACHIEVED! 
  • (1) Books Read After Readathon Dates
    • Outlaw by Amanda Lance (DNF’d) (TTTTBR & 52 Sequels)

(Last updated: August 25, 2018)


ARC August 2018

Full challenge details found here.

My Goal: To read 6 ARCs — ACHIEVED!

7 of 6 ARCs Read
  • War and Love by Winter Renshaw
  • From Here to You by Jamie McGuireDNF’d
  • You Promised Me Forever by Monica Murphy
  • Pretend I’m Yours by Ella Miles
  • The Emperor’s Daughter by C K Brooke
  • Captive of a Commoner by C J PastoreDNF’d
  • Heart of a Liar by Ella Miles
  • Heart of a Prick by Ella Miles — GOAL ACHIEVED!
  • The Wrong Prince by C K Brooke


(Last updated: August 30, 2018)

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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