2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge

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I’m already looking forward to all that 2018 has in store. From trips I have planned to finally kicking ass on some goals I’ve set for myself, it should be a great year. One thing I’ve never done is any sort of reading challenge. I’m not a numbers person in any aspect of my life so I don’t like the idea of saying “I’m going to read 347 books this year.” I don’t even own a scale, so you get the picture. Life happens and who wants to feel like they failed over some arbitrary number?

So this reading challenge is a little more fun, and not overly ambitious. It might even help if you find yourself in a reading slump. So if you’re game, follow along with me and let’s see how many of these reads we can check off the list in 2018!

Next December I’ll come back and tell you what each of my selections was and do some quick mini-reviews. I’ve already listed the few I have in mind, others are going to take some pondering and actual research.


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The 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge

A book published in 2018.
This is obviously going to be the easiest to check off the list. There will undoubtedly be a lot of books added to everyone’s never-ending TBR list in 2018.

A book published the year you were born.
Hmmm…I wonder what Google will have on the list for books published in 1979…

A classic book or a book published over 100 years ago.
I already know which book this will be and it will likely be my first read of 2018. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, originally published in 1844. A certain special someone told me this was their all-time favorite book so naturally, the book nerd in me has to know why.

A book that you’ve started before and never finished.
This will be an easy choice as well, I’ve got several of those unfinished books sitting on my Kindle, wondering why I left them hanging.

A book you should have read in school, but didn’t.
Did people actually skip required reading in school? Haha! I suppose it’s safe to say I wasn’t one of those kids. However, there is one book I read in school that I’ve really wanted to re-read and that’s To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

A Book you’ve already read – time for a re-read!
Re-reads are often mandatory for me. If I love a book I’ll read it over and over again. I love picking up on things I missed the first time around and there are several books I’d love to pick up for a second go-round. I’m thinking it might be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

A book that you’ve put off reading.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Why do I keep putting this off? I have no idea; I know I’ll love it. But as usual, so many books, so little time, right?

A banned book.
The word ‘banned’ just makes me want to read a book even more and I don’t mind stepping out of my comfort zone. It’s time to do some research to find which books have made this list.

A book by an author you’ve never read.
Many of the books on this list will be by authors I’ve never read. So the question is, will I choose another book just for this category or make one of the other reads count here as well?

A popular author’s first book.
This is another that will take some research and decision-making. Usually, when I like an author I read everything they’ve written in chronological order. I’ll have to see what I’ve missed!

A book turned movie you’ve seen but haven’t read.
The more I thought about this one, the more books I came up with. Pet Sematary by Stephen King has been on my TBR forever. I loved the movie as a kid and have always intended to read the book. Another I may consider is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I adore that movie and would love to read the book. I’ve been told that Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a must-read. I’m going to have my work cut out for me on this one!

A book turned TV show you’ve seen but haven’t read.
Off the top of my head, I can think of 3 TV shows I love that are based on books – Justified, which is based on a book series by Elmore Leonard Raylan and Longmire which is based on a series of novels by Craig Johnson. While I love both of those TV shows, I think I’m going to go with the third on my list which is the TV show Heartland. Yes, I secretly love that warm, fuzzy Canadian family drama, which completely destroys my persona of badassery. Heartland is based on a 25-novel series by Lauren Brooke. No, I will not be attempting to read all 25 novels. I’ll start with the first book in the series, Coming Home.

A funny book.
Who doesn’t love a book that makes them laugh out loud? This will be a fun read and an interesting glimpse into what fits the description of “laugh out loud funny”.

A book that will make you smarter.
It stands to reason that if we’re going to read a funny book, we should follow it up with something that will make us smarter. Smart girls are the prettiest.

An award-winning book.
Google will have to help me with this selection as well. I don’t pay much attention to whether a book is an award winner or New York Times Best Seller so now I’ll get to see what all the hype is about.

A book based on a true story.
I am looking forward to this one – I love true crime and anything based on a true story. What’s the saying? Truth is stranger than fiction?

A book chosen for you by a friend.
My best friend from college, who lives a thousand miles away, reads probably more than I do and I’m going to let her choose this book. I can’t wait to see what she chooses for me.

And last but not least…

A book set during Christmas.
This is something I like to do every year in December to get me in the Christmas spirit. Even if it’s cheesy. See my love of Heartland above.

Do you think you’re up for this reading challenge?

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Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you’re reading and I’ll see you back here next December to celebrate our accomplishments!

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  1. I’ve always been intrigued by reading challenges but the types of book just didn’t interest me, not this time!!! I love your thoughtful list, can’t wait to get started and WAiT!!!?? WHAT!?!? Justified, my all time favorite TV show was born from a book series..MUST READ!!! Thanks again!!!

  2. My mother, brother, and I are going to tackle this challenge. I’ve got my list all set. I did get a head start and started Gone With The Wind.

    1. That’s awesome! You’ll have to tell me how GWTW goes. I started The Count if Monte Cristo too and my head hurts a little! Haha!

  3. My mother, brother, and I are going to tackle this challenge. I’ve got my list all set. I did get a head start and started Gone With The Wind.

  4. My mother, brother, and I are going to tackle this challenge. I’ve got my list all set. I did get a head start and started Gone With The Wind.

    1. Welcome Jennifer! I’m so glad to get all you ladies participating and so excited to see what all of us choose for each category!

  5. Going to give it a go. I used to read a lot but life has got in the way a bit so this will be a great way to get back into it. Have started having a think about what to read – am thinking I’ll begin with ‘a book that makes you smarter’ and start the year off hopefully learning something useful 🙂

    1. That sounds great Cheryl! Being a single mom, I definitely understand how life gets in the way sometimes! And great way to start off the new year! Smart is the new sexy, right?!

  6. I don’t need an excuse to read but it’s always hard to decide what to read next, this looks like a fun way to do just that. I’m already making my list. So excited!

  7. Happy New Year to all!! My first book of the year is CAPITAL GAINES…by Chip Gaines.. My daughter gave it to me for Christmas so I’m putting it under “Book chosen for you by a friend”; could also go under based on a true story I guess ( or a couple of other cats.) but I’ll save that category for something else. Excited to see what the NewYear has to bring as far as READING goes.Love making lists and marking off accomplishments, Love reading and love a challenge! So what could be better than this?!! ;.)

  8. Know what you mean Melissa. I finished Book chosen by a friend (Capital Gaines; quick/easy/uplifting)then decided to start at the top with book published the year you were born…ALL THE KINGS MEN, yikes! may take me a while. It’s a pretty wordy book. Now I know why I’ve never read it before.

  9. In 2017 I also tried to do a reading challenge but I started too late and so haven’t read all the books I had to read. This year i will finish the challenge I am confident.

    1. This is my first reading challenge and since it’s MY challenge I’m pretty much required to finish it aren’t I? Haha!

  10. I finally finished my second book; in the “book published the year you were born” category-All The Kings Men, published 1946. First I want to say I think all the 5 star reviews it has received are a case of MASS HYSTERIA! I am so angry that I wasted a month, yes a month of reading. I usually read a book in a week or two, this one took me a month and I had to force myself to keep at it. I love when an author gives such a description that you feel like you are there but this author is ridiculous. You do NOT have to use every color you know to describe the sky or every architectural word you have ever heard to describe a row of houses. Run on sentences abound. Imagine yourself coming home and telling your husband…guess what?! Today when I got to work there was a box on my desk…then you describe in painstaking detail everyone that walked by your desk today. Ht, wt, age, gender, marital status, family status, ethnicity, personality…etc, etc, etc. Now after an hour of this your husband with glazed over eyes says yeah, what was in the box? You say…oh, a book from Aunt Louise. Well this is what All the Kings Men is like. Every now and then there would be a few sentences that you would get excited about and think finally, then he would drone on about things that had nothing to do with what he started to say and maybe if you were lucky he would get back to the point, which by this time you have forgotten how it started. At one time the protagonist goes to sit on a park bench to think and then takes 3 pages to describe the boy and girl that come up to the tennis court to play. There are numerous, no more than numerous characters that have nothing to do with anything and are never heard of again that he takes 2 or 3 pages to describe. On the bright side, now I have finished 2 categories on the list and now moving on to “book published over 100 years ago” THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Hope I have better luck with this one.

  11. Book published over a 100 years ago DONE…Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde (127years) It was ok but not what I expected. I guess it was considered risqué for the times but for now it was pretty tame; although I did not get my hands on the original so the book I had was the censored or edited version. Even with that I don’t think anyone now would be shocked at the story in it’s pure form. Next category: Time for a Re-read

  12. Finished!!! Here are my 18 books:
    Still Me, JoJo Moyes
    A Wrinkle in Time. Madeline L’engle
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    The Vineyard by Barbara Delinsky
    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    What the F by Benjamin Bergen
    Hook’s Tale by John Leonard Pielmeier
    Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
    Lion by Saroo Brierley
    Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd
    A Dog’s Journey by Bruce Cameron
    This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein
    Bear town by Fredrick Backman
    Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman

    1. Hooray! I’m in the process of completing my post with all my 2018 reads. I read A Wrinkle in Time as well! Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  13. I’m really getting into The Count of Monte Cristo! I struggled at first, simply not being accustomed to the dialogue but I’ve adjusted and I’m loving it! Glad to have you following along as part of your Goodreads goal, this is part of my Goodreads goal as well!

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