Annie’s 2018 Reading Challenge

There’s a certain freshness that I love about beginning a new year.  We may be the same people we were, but the new year gives us a reason to readjust our perspectives, to try something new, to set a new intention.  I think that’s incredibly freeing, to know that we can use this benchmark as an excuse to improve.

This year, I’m foregoing the idea of a resolution.  I don’t want to resolve any conflicts in my character, but want to build upon the trials and triumphs of last year, particularly when it comes to reading.  A plethora of obstacles prevented me from reading what I wanted and how much I wanted last year, and I’m going to change that.

In 2018, I’m prioritizing reading.  Reading is my preferred form of self-care, and we all know how much college students need self-care.  Reading more and more often gives me the opportunity to study my craft as a writer, so I can turn around and continue to produce meaningful content both here on my blog and in my creative pursuits.  The benefits are tenfold.

To help track my progress, I found a reading challenge online from Popsugar.  This challenge was originally posted in 2015 and I think it prompts readers to read a wide variety of books both in content and format.  As I’m writing this post, I’ve already read three out of fifty books and am feeling pretty accomplished already.

Here is my 2018 Reading Challenge:

1. A book with more than 500 pages
2. A classic romance
3. A book that became a movie
4. A book published this year
5. A book with a number in the title

6. A book written by someone under the age of 30
7. A book with nonhuman characters
8. A funny book
9. A book by a female author
10. A mystery or thriller

11. A book with a one-word title
12. A book of short stories
13. A book set in a different country
14. A nonfiction book
15. A popular author’s first book

16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
17. A book a friend recommended
18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
19. A book based on a true story
20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list

21. A book your mom loves
22. A book that scares you
23. A book more than 100 years old
24. A book based entirely on its cover
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

26. A memoir
27. A book you can finish in one day
28. A book with antonyms in the title
29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
30. A book that came out the year you were born

31. A book with bad reviews
32. A trilogy
33. A book from your childhood
34. A book with a love triangle
35. A book set in the future

36. A book set in high school
37. A book with a color in the title
38. A book that made you cry
39. A book with magic
40. A graphic novel

41. A book by an author you’ve never read before
42. A book that you own but have never read
43. A book that takes place in your hometown
44. A book that was originally written in a different language
45. A book set during Christmas

46. A book written by an author with your same initials
47. A play
48. A banned book
49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
50. A book you started but never finished

What are your goals and resolutions for the New Year?

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