Results of the 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge!
The results are in! Did you meet your 2018 reading goals?
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The 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge has been, by far, the most rewarding part of my first year of blogging and this post is the perfect way to bid farewell to 2018 and re-focus on all my goals for 2019.
Most importantly – a million thanks to everyone who participated! I loved seeing your comments, tweets, and updates throughout the year!
I probably won’t be able to keep this post short and sweet – I read 62 books in 2018 and many of them fell into multiple challenge categories. So feel free to skim through what interests you and then head on over to see what I have in store for the 2019 Badass Books Reading Challenge!
So, without further ado…my results for the 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge!
A book published in 2018.
I read a LOT of books published in 2018 – 30 to be exact – but the first was Hidden Seams by Alessandra Torre. It had a great plot and turned out to be one of those great HEA romances I need every once in a while.
A book published the year you were born.
This ended up being a very interesting read. So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell was not only published in 1979, but the book is set in the tiny Illinois town where I’ve lived and worked most of my life. It was almost eery to recognize every street name and know exactly which houses he was describing.
A classic book or a book published over 100 years ago.
Yes, I did manage to read all 1,200+ pages of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It was by far my most challenging read and I felt quite accomplished by the time I finally finished it!
A book that you’ve started before and never finished.
The book I chose for this category was The Edge of Always, which is the follow-up to a book I really loved, The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski. I’d started it a long, long time ago and never finished it. Mission accomplished!
A book you should have read in school, but didn’t.
Although this was a re-read for me, I chose To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, as planned. It had honestly been so long since I’d read it the first time that I was really glad I chose this one. Of course, now I’ve added Go Set a Watchman to my TBR.
A Book you’ve already read – time for a re-read!
This one was hard to choose because there are so many books I’d love to read again and I never make time for that in my reading schedule. I chose Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher because I just really needed a dose of Tarryn at the time. She’s my favorite author and I could re-read her words for the rest of my days.
A book that you’ve put off reading.
I’m going to list two books here because I was happy I finally took the time to read both of them, the first is the one I planned to finally tackle –Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and the second, which I’m almost embarrassed to admit because I absolutely love Gillian Flynn but – Sharp Objects FINALLY got marked off my TBR.
A banned book.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book was not what I was expecting. I had no idea what it was about before going into it. I’ll be honest, I spent the entire book saying “W-T-F is wrong with this kid?!” Hahaha, spoiler alert – he’s actually quite insane. I got a good laugh at myself if nothing else. And I can understand, for its time, why it was banned as a high school read although I think it would have been great for some of them to get their hands on.
A book by an author you’ve never read.
I read a lot of new-to-me authors in 2018 but my favorite, by far, was Devney Perry. I devoured every single book she’s written and can’t wait for what she’s writing in 2019. I highly recommend The Birthday List, it’s my favorite so far!
A popular author’s first book.
Carrie by Stephen King. I’ve read a few of the master’s works but when I found out Carrie was his first, I was intrigued. Of course, I’ve seen the movie. This was also my first audiobook and it was narrated by none other than Carrie herself – Sissy Spacek. The movie followed the book quite well and I loved how it was written – told through witness accounts of the tragedy. If you haven’t read King’s first book, you should definitely give it a try. He even does an intro in the audio that gives some great insight.
A book turned movie you’ve seen but haven’t read.
For this, I ultimately ended up reading Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I had the pleasure of meeting Isaac at the 3rd Annual PLN Retreat in June and got to learn so much about his process of writing the book, having it adapted for film, and publishing the subsequent novels in the series. If you need a good dose of zombies, be sure to add this to your TBR!
A book turned TV show you’ve seen but haven’t read.
As planned, I read Coming Home by Lauren Brooke which has been adapted into the TV series Heartland. The TV series follows the book well, although I’ve only read the first of a 25-book series.
A funny book.
This was by far the hardest category for me and I do not understand why. I just could not get into anything I tried to read in this category until I was given an ARC of Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre. It’s a romantic comedy that finally made me laugh and it really drew me into the character’s lives. You can check out my Badass Book Review here.
A book that will make you smarter.
For this category, I ended up stumbling across a book that did a great job of exploring the ins and outs of what it is to be an introvert. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain explores the world of introverts and it really gave me a lot of insight. More importantly, I think it would give extroverts an eye-opening explanation of how the two personalities differ.
An award-winning book.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. won the Newberry Medal in 1963, a prestigious award given to “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”. This childhood adventure that ends up becoming a bizarre work of science fiction was worth the read. I still need to see the recent movie adaptation if for no other reason than to see Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, and Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who.
A book based on a true story.
I need to mention two books here because they’re by the same author – I Like You, I Lover Her and Kiss Me Like You Mean It by J.R. Rogue are two books I read in 2018 that are based on true stories. Rogue’s stories are raw and brutal, but also honest and hopeful at the same time. They’re a dose of reality I often crave mixed with a little romance.
A book chosen for you by a friend.
Tarryn recommended this book, my book buddy Amber and several others recommended this book, and somehow it kept getting pushed further down my TBR. Just when I was about to start my final read of 2018, I got an e-mail that my library hold for You by Caroline Kepnes had become available! I’m so excited to finally get to read this book that everyone has been raving about.
And last but not least…
A book set during Christmas.
For this, I ended up with a novella which is part of a compilation entitled A Christmas to Remember. The story I read was Dream a Little Dream by Jill Shalvis. The leading lady’s name in this holiday romance was Melissa so what more could I have asked for?
Thank you again to everyone who participated, commented, tweeted, and read!
I hope to see you again in 2019!