2018 Read Your Books Challenge

That’s right, you read that correctly, I’m challenging myself to read my own damn books!

Can you believe it’s 2018 already?!? This past year has simultaneously felt long and short, but I still can’t believe it’s over. Lately I’ve been deeply contemplating what direction I want to take my baby blog this coming year, causing a mini blogging crisis. *Hysterical laughter* It’s gonna be fine right?? IT’S GONNA BE FINE. *Runs off screaming*

Luckily for me, inspiration struck while I was over at Bookish Owlette! Her two year long TBR list has all the books she bought but didn’t read and I realized I’m in desperate need of this too. The ratio of not read to read books on my shelf is ridiculous. They’re MY books that I BOUGHT with my HARD EARNED MONEY. Get it together @ME!

I’ve gone through all the books I own and made a master list of everything I need to read. I’m actually super excited about this!! It feels like I’m really behind on my tbr list (although I think everyone feels that way???) and this seems like a great way to catch myself up. I’m going to stick this post to my homepage and keep it updated all year as I finish each book.


  • I am NOT allowed to purchase ANY new books (THE HORROR)
    EXCEPTIONS (I’m already making excuses for myself):
    —Books for my book club
    —Sequels to any of the books I read that are part of a series (for my own sanity)
  • ARCs are still allowed. I never really get any because I’m still too new, but you never know…
  • The books I read must have been previously purchased/gifted before this post was put up. No last minute additions (why do I hate myself).
  • Audiobooks I listen to at work are still freebies, since I can’t really control what Overdrive or Hoopla has available. But if I DO happen to find an audiobook version of something on this list, it TOTALLY counts.


Word to the wise, if you do this challenge proceed with caution.

Since I decided to do this back at the beginning of December, I’ve been gearing up for it. For the last month I’ve been buying even more books than I normally would in anticipation of not buying ANY for the next year. If you’re a sane, reasonable person you’re probably thinking “Doesn’t that kind of defeat the whole purpose?” Yes reader. Yes it does. Has that stopped me? Nope.

Master List

Hard Copies

» The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
» And I darken (Conqueror’s Saga 1), Kiersten White
» As Old As Time, Liz Braswell
» The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare
» Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
» The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
» The Diviners (Diviners 1), Libba Bray
» Dracula, Bram Stoker
» Everything is Awful, Matt Bellassai
» Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
» Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
» The Glass Spare, Lauren DeStefano
» Illuminae (Illuminae Files 1), Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
» Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
» Lady Midnight (TDA 1), Cassandra Clare
» Lord of Shadows (TDA 2), Cassandra Clare
» Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
» National Velvet, Enid Bagnold
» The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
» Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
» Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle 2), Libba Bray
» The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle 3), Libba Bray
» The River of No Return, Bee Ridgway
» Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen
» Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick
» Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
» The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
» The Stars Never Rise
(TSNR Duology 1), Rachel Vincent
» Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, Cassandra Clare
» Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
» This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales
» The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars 1), Rob Thomas
» The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
» The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
» To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han
» The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
» Truthwitch (Witchlands 1), Susan Dennard
» What Comes After, Steve Watkins
» Wild Beauty, Anna-Marie McLemore
» The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, Anton DiSclafani

EBooks (a.k.a my pile of Bookbub freebies)

» Beautiful Wreck, Larissa Brown
» Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic 1), Melissa F. Olson
» Defiance (Defiance 1), C.J. Redwine
» Dying to Forget, Trish Marie Dawson
» Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga 1), Orson Scott Card
» Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost 1), Alicia Rades
» The Girl in Between (TGIB 1), Laekan Zea Kemp
» Girl On a Wire (Cirque Americain 1), Gwenda Bond
» Golden Blood (Time Spirit 1), Melissa Pearl
» Hidden (Marchwood Vampires 1), Shalini Boland
» The Mermaid’s Sister, Carrie Anne Noble
» The Midnight Sea (Fourth Element 1), Kat Ross
» Blood of the Prophet (Fourth Element 2), Kat Ross
» Queen of Chaos (Fourth Element 3), Kat Ross
» The Paper Magician (TPM 1), Charlie M. Holmberg
» Rippler (Ripple 1), Cidney Swanson
» Chameleon (Ripple 2), Cidney Swanson
» Unfurl (Ripple 3), Cidney Swanson
» Scythe (Arc of a Sythe 1), Neal Shusterman
» Splintered (Splintered 1), A.G. Howard
» Swept Away (Swept Away Saga 1), Kamery Solomon
» Traitor’s Masque (Andari Chronicles 1), Kenley Davidson
» The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods 1), Brinda Berry

Books I’d Like to Reread

» This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
» Clockwork Angel (TID 1), Cassandra Clare
» Clockwork Prince (TID 2), Cassandra Clare
» Clockwork Princess (TID 3), Cassandra Clare
» City of Bones (TMI 1), Cassandra Clare
» City of Ashes (TMI 2), Cassandra Clare
» City of Glass (TMI 3), Cassandra Clare
» City of Fallen Anges (TMI 4), Cassandra Clare
» City of Lost Souls (TMI 5), Cassandra Clare
» City of Heavenly Fire (TMI 6), Cassandra Clare
» The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson 1), Rick Riordan
» The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson 2), Rick Riordan
» The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson 3), Rick Riordan
» The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson 4), Rick Riordan
» The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson 5), Rick Riordan
» Night World, No. 1 (Books 1-3), L.J. Smith
» Night World, No. 2 (Books 4-6), L.J. Smith
» Night World, No. 3 (Books 7-9), L.J. Smith
» Tithe (Modern Faerie Tale 1), Holly Black
» Valiant (Modern Faerie Tale 2), Holly Black
» Ironside (Modern Faerie Tale 3), Holly Black
» The Golden Compass (HDM 1), Philip Pullman
» The Subtle Knife (HDM 2), Philip Pullman
» The Amber Spyglass (HDM 3), Philip Pullman

TOTAL: 86 Books

LOOK AT THAT LIST. That list is a million miles long!!! I’m so ashamed of myself right now. It doesn’t seem so bad on my bookshelf, but seeing it in list form is freaking depressing.

I need chocolate.

There’s NO WAY I’m finishing this whole thing this year. For me, it’s physically impossible, so this challenge might stretch on a while. If I get through 60% of this list I’ll be really proud of myself and that’s 50 books (I rounded down. SO SUE ME). I’m a slow reader though, so who knows. Fingers crossed.




Have you read any of these books?!? Tell me what I should read first!!
Are you good about reading the books you buy? PLEASE tell me I’m not the only book hoarder.
What are your reading goals for this year??

Holler at me in the comments!!


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10 thoughts on “2018 Read Your Books Challenge

  1. Holy crap, that is so many books! At least you probably (PROBABLY???) won’t run the risk of running out of books but like…NOT BUYING ANY BOOKS ALL YEAR?!?!?!?!? That’s by itself is a challenge!
    I’m excited about all your Cassandra Clare books to read and Rick Riordan!!!

    I was also thinking of re-reading His Dark Materials because I saw Philip Pullman had released another book in that universe recently and I’m INTRIGUED!!

    Good luck! I BELIEVE IN YOU!
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    1. I KNOOOOOOW!!! I’m so ashamed! Definitely won’t run out of books to read, but I already know that I won’t be able to stop buying books completely. I mean, A WHOLE YEAR??? But I’m hoping if I say it enough, it’ll become true?? Maybe I can publicly shame myself into not buying any books????? 😂

      And yes me too!! That’s why I wanted to reread the “His Dark Materials” series. I read them forever ago when I was younger, but I don’t really remember them now and I’m super curious about The Book of Dust!


  2. OMG I totally feel your pain the amount of books I want to read compared to the actual time I have to read them… stresses me out! I can see why your so overwhelmed, 86 books girl! Yikes! (you can do it I believe in you just remember to take deep breaths and eat lots of chocolate 🙂

    Happy Reading!
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    1. Hahahaha I know right?!? Stresses me out too. I’m glad I’m not the only one!! Yikes indeed. Thanks for the motivation though! With chocolate I CAN DO ANYTHING 😂

  3. asdag;df;’! 🙂

    I have one of these lists on my blog to try to go through and read my hardcopy books. Perhaps slightly more ambitious? I want to read them all. ADVICE on some of the books here:

    – Dracula (love it) – the Audible edition audiobook ft. Alan Cummings is fantastic.
    – Jurassic Park – Also so good. The Scott Brick audiobook narration is good.
    – Ready Player One – You must read this before the movie because it’s going to be much better. Again, Wil Wheaton narration, good.
    – His Dark Materials (all three) are full cast audio productions, like a radio play, so excellent.
    – The Lightning Thief is also good on audio and the version they have on Overdrive is great. 😛

    You have so many great books on this list! You also have a bunch of books that are on my TBR!

    Lol skip Splintered.

    I FORGOT YOU WERE READING REIGN OF THE FALLEN. What did you think of it?
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    1. AHHHHHHH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! 🙌🙌🙌 I love love LOVE these recommendations!! Thank you!! ❤️ I did NOT know Alan Cummings did an Audible version of Dracula, that sounds amazing! Also didn’t know that Wil Wheaton narrates Ready Player One. That’s just way too perfect. Full cast productions of books are the best, so now I’m super excited about the “His Dark Materials” series!! And I’m glad you mentioned The Lighting Thief because now that I think about it, I should probably listen to the audiobooks of those. I’ve already read them once and I love listening to audiobooks and comparing the experiences.

      I just took a look at your list and I’m so glad yours is ridiculously long too!! I AM NOT ALONE!!!! Lol. Also love that you called it the “list of doom” because… Fitting. Lol.

      Reign of the Fallen was awesome wasn’t it!! I’m loving it! I’m almost done. But to me, it feels like the best parts of City of Bones and Sabriel mashed together. I’m so excited for the second one in the series now!!

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