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!

Badass Book Roundup – Fall 2017


I’ve loved a good book for as long as I can remember. I feel like I have a really special bond with my fellow bookworms so this is something I’m really excited to share on my blog.

One thing I don’t like, however, is spoilers – so much so that I often won’t even read blurbs. If I see a book that my trusted sources are raving about, I just dive in. I don’t want to know anything, I want to be unprepared and uninfluenced by preconceived notions. It’s so much more fun that way!  

And instead of starting the book portion of my blog with full-on book reviews, I thought I’d try something a little different and just do a brief round-up of what I’ve loved and what’s on my TBR list so far this year.

I read a LOT but there’s always those few that just really stand out amongst the crowd. I think that’s how you know when a book is really good. When it’s been weeks, months, even years later and that book still resonates with you. Those are the books that are featured here.

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The Ghostwriter by Allesandra Torre

This is by far the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Hands down my number one pick for 2017. That’s saying a lot since my two favorite authors released books this year both of which were outstanding. The Ghostwriter is an absolute page-turner – I could not put it down. If you’re into dark and twisty and a need a good dose of suspense, you have to read this book.




Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

I’m a Tarryn Fisher junkie. I’d read her grocery list but I bet she’s too cool to write one. Her writing can be dark but I crave her raw honesty when it comes to love and life. She’s able to put my experiences and emotions into words better than any author I’ve read. Her words will rip every deep-buried emotion from your core. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray is no exception – I feel these are her most powerful words on love to date. I highly anticipated this book for months and spent a Friday night on my couch reading the entire thing in one sitting. Then I read it again. So yeah, I think it’s pretty good.  If you’re looking for a love story that’s real – not sugar coated – give this book a chance. By the way, it’s not actually about atheists or religion. 😉                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


 Without Merit: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

Colleen tortured us for months awaiting the release of this little gem. You’ll fall in love with the colorful cast of characters that make up the family of Merit Voss and get an honest glimpse into a dynamic that’s not exactly typical but still filled with love. The subject matter isn’t light, but Colleen always knows how to put the hard topics into a perspective that leaves you feeling like it’s okay to not be okay and show us that we all fight through hard things in life.





All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Although this is a 2016 release, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things finally made it to the top of my TBR list. The subject matter of this book is understandably hard for some to accept. However, despite the less than comforting subject matter, I feel it was really beautifully written and portrays a very real element of our society. I don’t think this book or my recommendation of it is intended to condone the subject matter contained in its pages, but more so, to educate readers, to open their eyes and see things from an honest and probably unrealized perspective. Not everyone is raised in a world of wholesome families and white picket fences. Go into this with an open mind.



Bright Side by Kim Holden

This is another earlier release but I just couldn’t leave it off the list. Bright Side was just recently brought to my attention in one of my book groups. This book wins the award for inducing the worst book hangover I’ve had in years. Wow. Without giving too much away just prepare for an emotional read. And I hope you really enjoy the word “dude“.





Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires by J.R. Rogue

I’m new to J.R. Rogue’s poetry but I love what I’ve read of it so far. I’m not a huge poetry buff per se but if you like poetry along the lines of Atticus, Tyler Knott Gregson, or r.h. Sin, I’d say J.R. Rogue is their female counterpart. Real, raw views on love, depression, and life in general.






And, last but not least is my pick for the most anticipated book on my TBR list this fall:

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Like most people, I’ve loved everything I’ve read by John Green. I’m excited to see what he has in store for us with his latest novel, Turtles All the Way Down. No, I haven’t read any blurbs so I have no idea what to expect but I’m sure it will end up on my next Badass Book Roundup!






Does anyone have any thoughts to share on these titles? Have you read any of them? Drop me a line and let me know what you’ve loved, what you’ve hated or if you have any suggestions for a 2017 must-read. Leave a comment and let’s chat!