Reading & Blog Challenges

Here are the challenges I'll be taking part in, in 2018.

2018 Debut Author Challenge Jana of That Artsy Reader Girl is hosting the 2018 Debut Author Challenge. The aim is to read at least 12 books by debut MG/YA/NA authors in 2018. I've read:

1. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
3. White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
4. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
5. By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell
6. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
7. The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan
8. The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
9. I Stop Somewhere by T. E. Carter
10. The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
11. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
12. On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott
13. The Definition of Us by Sarah Harris
14. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews
15. Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
16. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
17. Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart
18. The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge



British Books Challenge 2018Chelley of Tales of Yesterday is hosting the British Books Challenge 2018. The aim is to read at least 12 books by British authors. I've read:

1. White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
2. The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
3. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
4. On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott
5. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake
6. The Definition of Us by Sarah Harris
7. Colour Me In by Lydia Ruffles
8. Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
9. Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
10. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
11. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
16. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (re-read, not reviewed)
18. The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge
19. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (review to come)


What's In a Name? 2018Charlie of The Worm Hole is hosting the What's in a Name? Reading Challenge 2018. The aim is to read books with titles that fit into the following catagories:

1. The word 'the' used twice: The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith
2. A fruit or vegetable:
3. A shape: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
4. A title that begins with Z (can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’):
5. A nationality:
6. A season:


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Katrina of Bookish Things & More is hosting the 2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. The aim is to read the number of your NetGalley and/or Edelweiss eProofs from your chosen level. I'm choosing the Gold Level, which is 50 books.

1. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
2. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
3. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
4. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
5. The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith
6. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
7. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
8. By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell
9. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
10. The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan


201 Book Blog Discussion ChallengeNicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction & Shannon at It Starts at Midnight are hosting the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. The aim is to write the number of discussion posts on your blog from your chosen level. I'm choosing Creative Conversationalist: 11-20.

1. 20 Eagerly Anticipated 2018 Releases
2. My Thoughts on Sensitivity Readers and the Censorship Argument
3. The Little Mermaid and Its Retellings
4. In Light of the Recent Articles on Sexual Harassment in the Children's Book Industry, How We Readers React Now is Important
5. Representation Matters on Covers, Too - And the UK Doesn't Always Get It Right
6. Bookish Pet Peeves
7. Book Blog Pet Peeves
8. How Representation Made a Difference For Me
9. Who Gets to Tell Stories About Mental Illness?
10. The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan & Living With a Depressed Parent
11. On Looking For Representation in YA Novels Featuring Mental Illness
12. Challenger Deep and How Mental Illness Affects Loved Ones
13. The Responsibilites of Authors With and/or Writing About Mental Illness
14. What Do We Want More & Less of in YA Novels Featuring Mental Illness?
15. How My Imagination Takes Over When I Read
16. My Favourite Urban Fantasy Series
17. Finding Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark
18. How My Imagination Takes Over When I Read
19. My Favourite Urban Fantasy Series
20. Books That Should be Compulsory Reading in Schools
21. 10 YA Novels I'd Love to See Adapted for the Big Screen
22. Re-Reading When Older, Wiser, and More Educated
23. What Do We Want From Retellings? Part 1
24. How Do You Keep Organised as a Book Blogger?
25. 12 SFF Novels by Diverse Authors, Inspired by Non-Western Cultures
26. On Negative Reviews & Book Blogger Integrity
27. On YA Books, the Teen Audience, and Reading YA as an Adult
28. Let's Talk Bookish Swag

Hoping to read 12 Retellings in 2018. I have read:

1. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
2. The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
3. The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill
4. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
5. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
6. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

My own Read the Books You Buy Challenge. I hope to read 40-60% of the books I buy in 2018. Books Bought:

1. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
2. Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
3. Vanished by E.E. Cooper
4. When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
5. The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
6. The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
7. The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill
8. Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu
9. The Art of Being Normal by Laura Tims
10. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
11. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
12. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
13. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
14. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
15. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
16. Fathomless by Jackon Pearce
17. Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon
18. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
19. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
20. I Never by Laura Hopper
21. Cut by Hibo Wardere
22. Mysogynation by Laura Bates
23. Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Remi Eddo-Lodge
24. Life Lessons From Remarkable Women by Stylist Magazine
25. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
26. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
27. The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
28. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
29. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
30. Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
31. Alice by Christina Henry
32. The Sacred Lies of Winnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
33. Ship It by Britta Lundin
34. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
35. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
36. American Panda by Gloria Chao
37. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
38. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
39. Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim
40. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
41. The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
42. The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding
43. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
44. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
45. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
46. Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez
47. Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid by Christopher Bo Bramsen
48. Not the Girls You're Looking For by Amina Mae Safi
49. Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
50. Myth & Romance: The Art of J. W. Waterhouse
51. The Mermaid Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon
52. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh
53. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao
54. Mythos by Stephen Fry
55. The Forgotten Guide to Happiness by Sophie Jenkins
56. Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. by Lisa Lister
57. Orion Plain and Simple: Wicca by Leanna Greenaway
58. The Book of Fortune Telling by Michael Johnstone
59. A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
60. Life's a Beach by Chloe Coles
61. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, ed. by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe
62. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
63. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
64. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
65. The Elites by Natasha Ngan
66. The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan
67. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
68. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
69. Sadie by Courtney Summers
70. The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
71. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
72. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
73. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore