2018 Reading Challenge + FREE PRINTABLE

Calico skirts nestled amongst whistling prairie grasses. The warm glow of a snowy lamp post beckoning from a forest of fur coats. Red sand dunes, sweet cherry cordial, and bosom buddies. These are the memories of my childhood: countless hours cozied up under blankets, the scent of ink and paper tickling nostrils, and imagination soaring within the boundless scope of an author’s world.

The books may change as we grow older but the love doesn’t.

So for 2018, I have created a reading challenge: 52 books in 52 weeks. Fifty-two weeks of diverse genres and new reads.ย And I challenge YOU, my lovely readers, to participate along with me.

In the graphic below (free printable at bottom of page!) there are fifty-two different book categories. Ranging from “a short story,” to “a book with bad reviews,” and “a book with a green spine” — find a book that meets the criteria and check it off!ย The goal is to stretch ourselves to beyond our regular reading comfortability and grab the lonely books we normally pass by; to read bigger, bolder, and more.

2018 Reading List

I am beyond excited to get started on this list. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what books will shake out of this year of reading.

So, who’s with me?

Have a specific book idea for one of the categories? Share it in the comments and follow along as we read our way through an incredible new year.


2018 Reading Challenge


PLUS, join the “2018 Reading Challenge” group on Facebook to follow along and share your book choices!


  1. Monique says:

    Going to read The Drowned World by JG Ballard. Qualifies as a book with a green spine, written before I was born and science fiction and a classic…can I check off four boxes ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Haha, it can definitely be tricky to pick just one category to fit a book under! Amazing that that one fits under four!! Most of us are putting just one book under each category – but I do know that reading a book a week isn’t manageable for everyone. So if it helps to fit them under more than one category, go for it!


      • monique says:

        I will try to do 52 books! But just in case I might have to check off an extra category! thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Greta says:

      I was wondering about the same solution! I will try to read as many books as i can but you never know.. Checking more categories at the same time can help a lot i guess ๐Ÿ™‚


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  42. Levy says:

    Hi! I’m really late to this party (12/8/18) but I just found you! This is a great challenge, and I plan to follow it for 2019.

    If you do a similar challenge for the coming new year, might I suggest you include reading a book by a Native American and a book by an African American author? And maybe reading a book that was published the year you were born. These would be fun!

    From one book lover to another, happy reading!


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