I’ve decided to participate in three reading challenges to increase my motivation in 2018. Click on the red hyperlinks to read my reviews:

Challenge #1



Read at least 6 of the 12 categories; books must be published by 1968.  Hosted by Books & Chocolate. (7/12)

  1. 19th century classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. 20th century classic: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  3. Classic by a woman author
  4. Classic in translation: The Trial by Franz Kafka
  5. A children’s classic: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  6. Classic crime story
  7. Classic travel/journey narrative
  8. Classic with a one-word title
  9. Classic with a color in the title: The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Classic by an author that is new to you: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  11. Classic that scares you
  12. Re-read a favorite classic: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Challenge #2



Read books that have been on the shelves too long. Hosted by Roof Beam Reader. (5/12)

  1. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
  2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  3. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  6. Carrie by Stephen King
  7. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  8. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  9. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  10. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  11. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  12. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (didn’t get to it in 2017, determined to tackle it)

Alternate Selections:

  1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Challenge #3


This is another new challenge for me this year, hosted by Rose City Reader. The idea is to “tour” Europe by reading a book set in a different country with a different author. The person with the highest number of qualifying reviews receives a gift card prize! There are different levels, so I’m signing up for the top level:

FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries. (3/5)

  1. If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino (Italy)
  2. The Trial by Franz Kafka (Czech Republic)
  3. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (United Kingdom)


In addition to the above challenges, I will continue to work on books that are on the 1001 Books list and participate in Austen in August.