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This week, I’m hosting #BookishBloggersUnite, a tag created when several bookish friends decided we wanted to post more frequently on our blogs. Each week, we do a different tag or have a different theme. All are welcome to join!! This week, we are updating our readers on our 2018 reading goals and challenges, since we only have 2 months left to accomplish them!!

Reading Challenges

I embarked on two year-long reading challenges this year: Read Harder (via BookRiot) and Reading Women (via the Reading Women podcast/blog).

Read Harder

The Read Harder challenge is 24 tasks that are designed to broaden your reading horizons. As of today, I’ve completed 20 out of 24 prompts, using the books listed below. I would put all of the covers…but this week, I’m frankly just too lazy tonight….I may update later in the week…

Tasks Completed

  • Task 2: A book of true crime: After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry
  • Task 3: A classic of genre fiction: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  • Task 4: A comic written and illustrated by the same person: Scott Pilgrim Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Task 5: A book set in or about one of the BRICS countries: The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
  • Task 6: A book about nature: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
  • Task 7: A western: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • Task 8: A comic written or illustrated by a person of color: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
  • Task 9: A book of colonial or postcolonial literature: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Task 10: A romance novel by or about a person of color: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  • Task 11: A children’s classic published before 1980: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Task 12: A celebrity memoir: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Task 13: An Oprah Book Club Selection: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Task 14: A book of social science: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Task 15: A one-sitting book: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (I really DID read it in 1 sitting–even if it’s a huge book)
  • Task 16: The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grades series: Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  • Task 17: A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author: The Gate to Women’s Country by Shari S. Tepper
  • Task 18: A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image: Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson and Brittany Williams
  • Task 19: A book of genre fiction in translation: Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
  • Task 21: A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author: Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon
  • Task 22: An essay anthology: How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson (editor)

Tasks Remaining (and Potential TBR)

  • Task 1: A book published posthumously: I know I’ve picked one–I don’t remember what though….
  • Task 20: A book with a cover you hate: Want by Cindy Pon
  • Task 23: A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • Task 24: An assigned book you hated or never finished: A Separate Peace by John Knowles (I HATED this one)

Reading Women

I’ve done less well on the Reading Women challenge–but I’m hopeful I’ll make it before the 31st of December. So far, I’ve completed 16 out of 24 tasks. There are some overlaps with Read Harder…but here goes.

Tasks Completed

  • Task 2: A fantasy novel written by a woman of color: The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin
  • Task 3: A book set in the American South: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  • Task 4: A short story collection: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Task 5: A graphic novel or memoir: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Task 7: A book published by an independent press: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Task 8: A book with a viewpoint character who is an immigrant or refugee: The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • Task 9: A book by an Australian or Canadian author: This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell
  • Task 10: An essay collection: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
  • Task 12: A true crime book: After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry
  • Task 13: A book by an African-American woman about civil rights: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Task 16: A book where characters are traveling somewhere: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Task 17: A book with a food item in the title: The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
  • Task 19: A book from the Reading Women Awards 2017 shortlist: Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • Task 20: A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzi
  • Task 21: A book inspired by a fairy tale: City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
  • Task 24: A book in a genre you have never read: Murder in G Major by Alexia Brown (my first cozy mystery!)

Remaining Tasks & TBR

  • Task 1: A book by a woman in translation: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Task 6: A book set in Russia or by a Russian author: The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Task 11: A book about someone with a chronic illness: I’m open to suggestions on this one!!!
  • Task 14: A classic novel written by a woman: maybe I’ll finally read Emma…though I’m open to suggestions!
  • Task 15: A poetry collection: I’m already reading The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
  • Task 18: A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner: God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Task 22: A book by a local author or recommended by your local bookstore: I’m going to have to visit a local bookstore!
  • Task 23: The book that has been on your TBR the longest: The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial by Susan Eaton
  • Bonus: A book by Virginia Woolf: The Waves
  • Bonus: A book by Flannery O’Connor: Everything that Rises Must Converge 

Reading Goals

  • Read More Books by LGBTQIA+ authors and with LGBTQIA+ characters: Last year, a pitiful 6.25% of my reading was by queer authors and 16.88% of my reading had queer main characters. This year, so far, 14% of my reading is by queer authors and 27% features a queer main character. I’m still not quite where I want to be, but the increase is heartening.
  • Read More Books in Translation and/or by authors in countries other than the US, UK, & Canada: I’m not doing well with this goal. Last year, 16% of my reading was by authors of other nationalities. So far this year, only 1% of my reading has been in translation and 10% has been by authors of other nationalities. I have a huge list of books from other countries to get to….
  • Read more by authors of color: Last year, 21% of books I read were by authors of color. This year, 36% has been by authors of color, so I’ve definitely increased here.

One lesson I’ve taken away from my reading goals is that I perhaps should consider a monthly TBR, even though I’m a mood reader, I think having a list to go off of would be helpful. I do find myself actively seeking out diversity this year–just maybe not doing it as often as I think I do. Such is life.

Anyway, how are your reading challenges and/or goals going?? Let me know in the comments & feel free to leave a link if you decide to participate in #BookishBloggersUnite!



6 thoughts on “#BookishBloggersUnite: An (Almost) End of Year Update on Reading Challenges & Goals

  1. Despite the fact that you are a bit sad about some of your numbers, you should celebrate how much progress you’ve made! I’m astounded that 14% of your reading has been from queer authors and 27% features queer characters. I try to think about a decade ago– seeking out queer characters was such a challenge. It’s great that you’re able to grow so much in these categories!

    I am hosting the #ThanksgivingReadathon again this year– perhaps joining up will give you some incentive to finish your reading goals? 😉 I’d love for you to join up!

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    1. Jackie–I just saw this (because life!). I’m so sad I missed the Thanksgiving Readathon this year, but that weekend was SUPER busy for me. Thanks for the encouragement! I just posted my reading by the numbers wrap up (there’s some good stats there! and charts!) I look forward to being a more involved blogger in 2019!

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