2018 Reading Challenge: 52 Books in a Year!

Hello, Lovelies & Welcome to my 2018 Reading Challenge!

This year I have accepted Goodread’s Reading Challenge and challenged myself to read 52 books in a year. Thats one book a week, until 2019. I haven’t read that many books in one year since I worked in the school library in middle school… which was some time ago. So to help me on my journey of 52 books, I have compiled a list of criteria each of my books is required to fit. I got the idea originally from Popsugar and Mommymannegren on Pinterest. So I combined the lists and now I will be sharing it with you!

You can also follow along in this series here on my blog, and here on Pinterest. Soon I hope to expand to Youtube, so we’ll see! I will also update this post with the date and book that fills the list item! I have filled in a few of my to-read’s, but check back for links.

Without further ado, here is my 2018 Reading List.


  1. A book by a Canadian author – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
  3. A childhood favorite – Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede
  4. a novel that is considered a classic – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  5. a book involving a heist – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardguo
  6. a mystery novel
  7. a novel based on a real person
  8. a book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t got toWritten in the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt, Feb 5th, 2018
  9. a book set in a country you want to travel to
  10. a science fiction novel
  11. a book about a villain or antihero
  12. a biography
  13. a book about death or grief
  14. a book that challenges your viewpoint
  15. a book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  16. a book with an LGBTQA+ protagonist
  17. a book that is also a stage play or musical
  18. a book that has won a Pulitzer prize – any year
  19. a book chosen solely by its cover
  20. a book about feminism
  21. a book about mental health
  22. a book with a six-word title
  23. a book you read in school – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  24. a book with a green spine
  25. a book by a local author
  26. a book published in 2018
  27. a book with your favorite color in the title
  28. a book recommended by a friend
  29. a book with alliteration in the title
  30. a book recommended by a librarian
  31. a book about time travel
  32. a book written by an author under 30
  33. a book written before 1920
  34. a book with bad reviews
  35. a Young-Adults Bestseller
  36. A book set in Africa
  37. a book by Agatha Christie – Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  38. a book set in the decade you were born
  39. a historical non-fiction book
  40. a cyberpunk book
  41. a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
  42. a book that’s been on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 10 weeks
  43. a book tied to your ancestry
  44. a book by a Scandinavian author
  45. a book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  46. a book about a problem facing society today
  47. a book about a topic you’re passionate about
  48. a book set in the middle east
  49. a book already on your bookshelf
  50. a book that was once banned
  51. a foreign book translated into English
  52. a book with food on the cover

There we have it! a list of 52 criteria for 52 books to read this year. Stay tuned as I update this throughout the year!


Elizabeth Aedyn

Written by Elizabeth Aedyn
Hello and welcome! My name is Elizabeth. Twenty-something, married with a cat, Idaho Native, and chronic illness warrior. I like poetry, sword-fighting, and talking about 16th-century clothing, especially all in the same day. I believe in wearing black year round, in the soul soothing comfort of a cup of tea, and that everything is better with red lipstick. You can find me across the internet at @fieryoneco, I'd love to chat with you! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like it here.