The Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges

Reading challenges are so much fun. If you want to join in, you’ll find below a list of all the 2018 year long reading challenges hosted by #bookbloggers – so far. It will be continually updated through the end of this year to give you a comprehensive resource.

The Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges


  • 52 Books in 52 Weeks. In the graphic (free printable) there are 52 different book categories – find a book that meets the criteria and check it off! The goal is to stretch ourselves to beyond our regular reading.
  • 2017 Throwback Reading Challenge. Reading a different book every month that was published in 2017
  • Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. The goal is to read 52 books this year. How you get there is up to you, but there will be a variety of challenges to assist with our reading voyage this year including another round of 52 Books Bingo with bonus 18 mystery squares.
  • The 2018 Reading Challenge. Choose wither the 26 or 52 book challenge, and complete a book for each prompt on the checklist.


  • A to Z Reading Challenge. Read at least one book for each letter of the alphabet. There’s a kidlit and Adult version, plus throughout the year, there will be mini challenges, read-a-thons, Twitter parties, and giveaways.
  • All About the Trope. Basically pick a trope…and read it as much as you can.
  • Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. Fill your bowls with one book for each letter of the Alphabet (the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title).
  • Aussie Author Challenge. The objective of this challenge is to showcase the quality and diversity of the books being produced by Australian authors.
  • Aussies Rule. This list is designed to help you to move outside your comfort zone when choosing Aussie books.
  • The Audiobook Challenge. The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2018 than you did in 2017.
  • Author Love Reading Challenge. Pick an author that you love and wish you’d read more of their books and set a goal to read a certain number of books by that author by the end of the year.


  • Back to the Classics. To encourage readers to discover and enjoy classic books they might not have tried, or just never got around to reading. Check out the different categories.
  • Backlist Reader Challenge. Read books that have been published before 2017 AND are already on your TBR list or pile.
  • The Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge. Read books that feature a bad boy hero: Rock stars, MC members, street fighters, assassins, mafia, loners, geeks, etc. Only romance series are accepted.
  • 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge. Read more broadly by selecting books from the fun categories on the checklist.
  • Beat the Backlist. This challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases.
  • Birth Year Reading Challenge. What books were published the year you were born? This challenge encourages you to find out, and then read some of them.
  • Blydyn Square Books Reading Challenge. Read at least 18 books and there is a list of suggested categories to choose from. Anyone who manages to read 18 books will entered in a random drawing to win a Blydyn Squares published title PLUS an Amazon gift card.
  • Blogger Shame. All those review books that somehow slipped through the cracks and just didn’t get reviewed when they should have – it’s time!
  • Book Bingo 2018. It’s up to you as the reader whether you want to try for just one bingo or to black out the board…or something in between. Or…just chose your favorite spaces and read for fun with the board as a guide. This is not meant to be stressful, but to be a fun game to enhance your reading.
  • Book Blogger Discussion Challenge. To encourage our fellow book bloggers to not only read more (since there are already lots of challenges for that), but talk more too!
  • Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge. There are 24 tasks that will invite new genres, new authors, and new worlds, both real and imaginary, into your reading life.
  • Book to Movie Reading Challenge. Read books being made into movies or tv series during 2017. Choose from the list on the site or add you’re own if it’s not there yet.
  • Books N’ Tunes Challenge . This challenge is just a fun way to match music to books and share what you have with other readers.
  • Booked2018: A Seasonal Reading Challenge. There will be six prompts for each season for a total of 24 prompts spread across the year.
  • Bookish’s 2018 Reading Challenge. To ensure that your 2018 is packed with diverse new books, we’ve put together our biggest reading challenge yet! This year we’ve listed 52 individual challenges, one for each week of the year.
  • Bookish Resolutions Challenge. This challenge is about setting New Year’s Resolutions for books, book blogging and writing.
  • British Books Challenge. The main focus of the challenge is reading and reviewing books by British authors.



  • Deal Me In Short Story Challenge. To read 52 short stories in 2018.
  • Debut Author Challenge. Read books by first time authors. Books must be classified as a middle grade, young adult, or new adult title.
  • 2018 Diversity Reading Challenge. Each month there is a different challenge to read books authored (or featuring) different minority groups.
  • Dread and Read. This challenge sweetens the deal for list readers who have books they’d rather not read–but have to finish to accomplish their goal of reading all the books on their list. Books must come from your TBR list or another list you’re working on.



  • Family Tree Reading Challenge. Read a book from the birth year of  selected family members with a minimum of 3 books (and three family members).
  • Fanfiction Reading Challenge. Read fanfiction – simple enough. Level 1 starts at 20 chapters.
  • Finish the Series Reading Challenge. Finally finish those series that you’ve started but not yet completed.
  • The Frankenslam. Read the three books that made Frankenstein’s monster so literate.
  • Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge. Your goal? To follow a set of clues furnished by the mystery books you read to create a body of evidence to support a book court case. Each book clue should lead you to your next read.
  • Foodies Read. Do you read books about food?  There are books about food in so many different genres, so link up with us each month that you read and write about a “foodie” book.
  • Full House Reading Challenge. Complete the Bingo card of challenges with fiction or non-fiction books.


  • The Good Rule Reading Challenge. Set your reading goals and make sure to include a balance of reading new and old books (that’s the inspiration for this challenge after all). So decide if you want to set a monthly, quarterly, or a yearly goal for this challenge. Set your goal and then decide if you want your balance to be 50% new to 50% old OR if you want your balance to be 75% new to 25% old.
  • The Grand World of Books Bingo. Complete the Bingo – horizontally, vertically, diagonally … or the entire card!
  • Graphic Novel and Manga Reading Challenge. (now a Facebook Group) Write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Generally, if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.


  • Historical Fiction. Read historical fiction books from sub-genres like 20th Century, Victorian Reader, Renaissance Reader, Medieval, Ancient History and Prehistoric fiction.
  • Humor Reading Challenge. Read books that you consider funny or humorous. Books can be fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, plays or picture books.


  • Indie Reading Challenge. Pledge to buy more independently published books than you currently do in 2018. We’ll be issuing monthly prompts throughout 2018 to get everyone thinking about the greatness of indie publishers.
  • The Island Reader’s 2018 Reading Challenge. Read books from the 14 categories on the list, e.g. a debut novel from a romance author, novel by a Caribbean author.
  • Ivyclad Bingo Reading Challenge. A fun reading challenge where the categories include superhero, set in space and wolves.



  • LGBTQIA. Read one book of at least 100 pages that features a main character or significant secondary character that fits one of the LGBTQIA requirements.
  • Language Learning Challenge. Tackle one book per month covering a topic related to language from the checklist.
  • Lets Read Indie Reading Challenge. Read as many Indie authors as you’d like, i.e. books by self-published authors or published by small indie publishers.
  • Library Love Challenge. The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library.
  • Linz the Bookworm: 2018 Reading Challenge. This challenge is actually several challenges in one. The way it is designed is that you work through one level and then move on to the next. It’s comprised of five different challenges of 12 books each, or 60 books total.
  • Literary Escapes Challenge. Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia.
  • Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2017. Read books featuring a character identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert AND / OR read works written by writers known to have been lonersor recluses.
  • Literary Pickers Reading Challenge. How keen of an observer are you? This challenge is just a fun way to see if you can find a list of items as you read no matter what romance style you pick up. Qualifying books must be romance or have strong romance element.
  • Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge. Read books either set in, or whose authors are from different countries around the World.




  • The ONTD Reading Challenge. Each month, read a book that corresponds to the category.
  • Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge. Read and review more children’s books of the past. In general, a book will be considered “old school”  if it was published in the decade of your birth or before. Each month, the challenge will focus on a different category. Choose a book that fits the category, read it, and then post a review.
  • Oldie But A Goodie. To read books that were published before 2008. This challenge is to be centered around historical romance.
  • Once Upon A … It’s all about reading fairytale retellings.
  • Operation Deepen Faith. Read the Bible and / or read some Christian Non-Fiction books.
  • Out of this World. Read more romance that has sci fi elements.



  • Read & Go. The 2018 Read & Go Reading Challenge gives you 23 stimulating categories (and one bonus category) from which to choose your next reading adventure matchup. The list invites new genres, new authors, and new worlds, both real and imaginary, into your fictional and actual lif.
  • Read it Again, Sam Sign-ups. Re-read your favorite books.
  • Read Your Bookshelf Challenge. Pick 12 books from your shelves and read 1 a month.
  • Reading Assignment Challenge. Commit to reading 1, 2, 3 or 4 books a month and make a list of the specific books you will read each month.
  • Reading by the Month. Read at least one book each month – the title of the book should contain either a)the name of the month, b) the number/order of the month: eg: one for January, or c) the keyword you associate with the month.
  • Reading Naturally. Encouraging readers to dip their reading toes into books that will deepen their understanding of nature via excellent writing about a variety of subjects.
  • Reading the Bible As Literature. Open to Christians and non-Christians, together we will be reading the Bible cover to cover. There will be discussion posts weekly, and a schedule that you can follow along with.
  • Reading the Rainbow Challenge. Reading books each month of the year with covers that correspond to a color in the rainbow.
  • 2018 Reformation Reading Challenge. Read any book BY a reformer, ABOUT a reformer, or ABOUT the reformation.
  • Reading Women Challenge. Complete as many challenges as you can from the list by reading at least 1 book for each.
  • Review Writing Challenge. Set a goal of how many reviews you want to write in 2017. Post them on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your own blog.
  • Romance Roundabout Challenge. From each of the sub genres listed, read the number of books in the level you signed up for.
  • Royalty Reading Challenge. Read books with royalty. It can be the main character or even a little inconsequential side plot, it all counts.



  • TBR (To Be Read) Challenge. Pull out long neglected books from your “to be read” list, following the theme of the month – and read.
  • TBR Pile Reading Challenge. The goal is to finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months). Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year.
  • Tackle My TBR.  The goal is to read at least ONE book from your TBR every month. It can be an ARC, ebook, audiobook or print version – your choice.
  • Try Something New. It’s all about trying something new and is fairly flexible – e.g. First book in a series, Debut book, a new genre or trope, a new to you author or series.
  • Tsundoku Bingo. “Tsundoku” means buying books and not reading them. There will be a new Bingo posted every quarter, and your goal is to use your TBR books to complete the squares.


  • Victorian Reading Challenge. Read a minimum of four books form the Victorian era.
  • Vintage Mystery Challenge 2018: Just the Facts Ma’am. In the 2018 edition of the Vintage Mystery Challenge, participants will be playing detective. The objective will be to answer the all important questions of Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why to complete cases in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both). See the Detective Notebooks below.



If you have any to add – please leave a comment to let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.


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97 Replies to “The Master List of 2018 Reading Challenges”

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    Thanks for including the Deal Me In short story reading challenge. We’re up and running with the 2018 version here if you’d like to update the link. Thanks again!

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  6. Fantastic list.

    I am hosting two reading challenges this year as well:

    The Royalty Reading Challenge:

    Once Upon A… Reading Challenge:

  7. Laura says:

    Hi, I host #Sixtybooks, which is a reading challenge that runs every year. Would you mind adding it? Thanks so much. Here is the blog post link that goes with it.

    Laura and Melissa
    @lagnella and @mmorriswrite

  8. I am running a challenge on my IG Blog Page as well #booknerdkate2018
    Happy Reading!

  9. Vidya Tiru says:

    Thank you for this list!! I will be joining a few and am hosting one this time – for the first time…

  10. Thank you for including The Backlist Reader Challenge in your list this year!

  11. Audrey says:

    Wow! What a wonderful list! I’d love it if you’d add my new challenge. It’s a Read & Go reading challenge designed to encourage booklovers to read uniquely, but also put down the books and go explore! Here’s the post: #2018ReadnGo

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  14. Sue says:

    Hi! I’ve put up an Australian specific Reading challenge called Aussies Rule

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    My Witches & Witchcraft Challenge post for 2018:)

    2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge Sign Up Post! –

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