Hello, bookworms and dragons, and welcome back to my blog. Today I’m going to create the master post that I’ll update throughout 2018 for the Shelflove Reading Challenge that I’ve decided to participate in. This challenge came to me via the gorgeous planner in the December Shelflove Crate box and I’ve just kind of decided to give it a go. Instead of writing in my updates each month on a new post, I’ll simply update this post as I go and let y’all know of any changes to the post in my monthly wrap ups and TBRs.
As with the A to Z Challenge, if you’d like to give me any book recommendations for the prompts that you think I’d enjoy, please please do. I need all the book recommendations because I love when my TBR is vicious and threatening to smother me. Anyway! Here are the prompts. I’ll fill in the spaces as I complete them so anything that doesn’t have more than the heading describing the prompt isn’t complete yet. Simple enough, yeah? Let’s dig in!
1. Book over 600 pages
2. Read the book on your tbr the longest
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare sat on my tar for what feels like forever before I finally got around to reading it this year. And wow I’m still angry at myself for not reading this world changer sooner! This whole set of series has become so close to my heart and I’m so happy to have finally gotten around to scratching it off my tbr. Though honestly I’ll likely reread them all at some point.
3. A protagonist with a culture different than your own
4. A book you can read in one sitting
5. A book by a 2018 debut author
6. Read a book published before 1968 (50 years ago)
7. Reread your all-time favorite book
I listened to the Audible version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll while I had no other audiobooks to listen to on the way to work. It’s still my all-time favourite, even after all these years. 😀
8. Read a book set near your home
9. Banned book
I haven’t read this one yet, but I read a banned book each year during Banned Books Week in September. I’m including this caption here because I’ve already selected my book for this year. I’ll be reading George by Alex Gino. I didn’t realize until recently that this book is banned and why it is banned. When I read the reasoning behind it, my heart hurt. So much. I knew immediately that this is the one. This is the banned book I have to read this year. It’s a short one at only 195 pages, but that’s going to be a busy week for me this year so it’s perfect all around. I forgot to live tweet my read last year, but if you want me to live tweet this one just let me know in the comments.
I may also listen to the audiobook version of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas while driving to Maine during Banned Books Week but, as I’ll be driving, I won’t be tweeting this reread.
10. Girl power book
This one most definitely has to be When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri. This book practically oozes girl power and embracing who you are instead of changing yourself for who the world wants you to be. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story!
11. An audiobook
12. A book with an epic journey
13. Read a book to make yourself happy
14. Read a classic YA book you never picked up
15. A book that won/was nominated for an award
I read Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence three times this year. I read it at work with the school age book club I did and it was really fun! It’s a middle grade realistic fiction about a Japanese American girl who wants to make mochi with the rest of her family but is told she isn’t old enough yet. The kids loved it and so did I. This book was nominated for multiple awards, including winning a spot on Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017 list!
16. A historical fiction
17. A retelling of a classic or fairytale
The entire The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an awesome retelling mashup of a few different classic fairytales… Set. In. Space. I absolutely loved it and recommend them to anyone who likes sci-fi stories, whether they like retellings or not.
18. Read a book before the movie comes out
19. A cover buy book from 2017
I don’t really buy books because of the cover so this one is rough. I guess the closest I came to reading a 2017 cover “buy” would be Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. I initially checked it out from the library because I thought the cover was pretty and it might make a good bookstagram photo. Months later, I still haven’t taken a picture of it aside from a book stack, but I finally got around to reading it for the 2018 Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon.
20. Book under 150 pages
21. Book with illustrations
A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss quickly made its way to the top of my list of favourite picture books. I got my hands on a physical copy of it from the library just in time for Pride Month and read it quite a few times before returning it. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up purchasing a copy for my collection at some point but for now I’m happy to enjoy it and recommend it to everyone. 😀
22. Genre you don’t usually read
I don’t usually read romance. Like, at all. It’s a thing for me. Not sure why, I just have a really hard time enjoying it. So in June when I felt the need for some fluffy f/f fiction, Her Elysium by Emmy Engbert was brought to my attention. Let me sum it up for you: ownvoices f/f gamer fiction. It was exactly what I needed. 😍
23. Don’t judge a book by its cover (a book you don’t like the cover)
I’m not really at all fond of the cover of A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. I read it for the school age book club I hosted over the summer at work. I really enjoyed it, which is great because I ended up needing to read it three times. It’s a cute adventure and I’m always excited to share it with anyone who reads middle grade fantasy.
24. Read a book that won a 2017 Goodreads award
25. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
26. A book that starts with your first initial
I read Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga for a blog tour. I thought the premise was really creative and decided I needed to read it. I was not at all disappointed!
27. A book with 4+ stars on Goodreads
I was able to read a digital galley of Grim Lovelies during July. I really enjoyed reading it, though there are certain aspects of it that weigh down my rating of it. At the time I finished reading it, it had a Goodreads rating of 4.05 stars.
28. A title that starts with a verb
29. One word title
During the month of July, I listened to the audiobook of Renegades by Marissa Meyer. It’s definitely different from the other work by her I’ve read, but I really enjoyed the whole “superheroes aren’t always so great” thing presented. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel!
30. A book with a mystery you can solve before the end
31. A celebrity autobiography
I did a combination of reading the physical hardcover and listening to the audiobook of The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I was in for a special treat with the audiobook version because–and I did not know this beforehand–the book is narrated by the author. I have too many feels to go into depth here but it was an amazing story by an amazing woman.
32. A book with multiple points of view
33. A book with a dress on the cover
34. A sequel to a series you started in 2017
35. A book with an unreliable narrator
37. A book from Shelflove Crate’s most anticipated picks
38. Set outside of this world
39. A book with a flower on the cover
40. A book with a male narrator
41. A book with a yellow cover
42. A book with an epic romance
43. A friend or family member recommends
44. The final book in a series
45. Translated from a language other than your own
46. A character with extraordinary abilities
47. An LGBT+ main character
48. A book that inspired a bookish candle
49. A book with pirates
50. A 2018 Shelflove Crate book of the month
Do you have any suggestions for the challenges I haven’t completed yet? Leave your suggestion in the comments! 😀