T5W: 2018 Reading Goals & Challenges

Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Your 2018 Reading Goals. One of my reading goals for 2018 is to complete two challenges, so I’ve included those in this post as well.


1. Read the books I own.

I have so many books sitting unread on my shelves that I am genuinely excited to read, but never get around to because I’m distracted by new and shiny releases. Thankfully books don’t come with expiration dates. In 2018 I want to read my backlist and buy less books than I read.

2. Read diversely.

In 2018 I want to continue to make it a priority to read books my marginalized voices. I also want to expand my horizon in other ways and read books from different countries, time periods and genres.

3. Reread some favorites.

With a huge backlist and lots of exciting fresh releases it’s not always easy to make time for rereading. But there are lots of books I’d like to revisit and I hope to get to a few of them this year.



Beat The Backlist is hosted by Austine @ Novel Knight. The basic premise is to read books released in 2017 or earlier. My goal for this challenge is:

  1. Reading 100 Backlist Books
  2. Reading the books I already own (So no 2018 purchases regardless of release date)

I won’t be making a tbr for this challenge, I’m just going to read whatever I’m in the mood for and pick books from my shelves on a whim. But here’s a collection of books that are currently unread on my shelves. If you’ve read any of these I’d love to hear your thoughts! Are there any I should absolutely get to this year? 

33275357-horz.jpgNew People / A Tale for the Time Being / Homegoing / The Idiot

Winter’s Tale / The Namesake / Manual for Cleaning Women / Savage Detective

Do Not Say We Have Nothing / Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia / Margareth the First

12303508-horz.jpgPerla / History of Wolves / The Blazing World /Our Endless Numbered Days

30237061 (1)-horzDaughter of the Burning City / Nevernight / Truthwitch / The Weight of Feathers

16096824-horzA Court of Thorns and Roses / The Gracekeepers / Beyond the Red / The Last Magicians

25244111-horzA Thousand Nights / The Rose and the Dagger / The Scorpio Races / The Lies of Locke Lamora

32075663-horzMidnight at the Electric / Library of Fates / A Gathering of Shadows / The Fate of the Tearling


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This challenge is hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate and as you probably already figured out, this one is all about reading the classics. Since this challenge has categories, I’ve made a tbr. This isn’t set in stone and might change, but for now these are the books I’m hoping to read.


1. A 19th century classic – Wives & Daughters
2. A 20th century classic – The Winter of our Discontent Steinbeck
3. A classic by a woman author – Night and Day
4. A classic in translation – Pnin


5. A children’s classic – The Wind in the Willows
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction – In Cold Blood
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction – Motorcycle Diaries
8. A classic with a single-word title – Cranford


9. A classic with a color in the title – The Scarlet Letter
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you – A Single Man
11. A classic that scares you – The Sound and the Fury
12. Re-read a favorite classic – Emma

So those are my goals and challenges for 2018 – what are yours? Are you participating in any of the same challenges as me? 

14 thoughts on “T5W: 2018 Reading Goals & Challenges

  1. No matter how many books I read in a year, when I look back I realize that yet again, I read only a few of the books I own and almost never reread anything. In 2017 I did manage to reread a manga because the ebook format hurt my eyes so I borrowed the physical from the library – so it was a reread but not of a favorite.

    Some day, Aurora… some day I’ll make the time 🙂


  2. Ooh, ooh, I can help (with Beat the Backlist)! You absolutely MUST read A Tale for the Time Being this year. It’s this lovely, mindbending, contemplative epic of Japanese Canadian Americanness, dislocation, and stories. It made me want to write a book over when I read it (though I never did), and it’s definitely not for everyone, but if it’s for you it’ll reward you immensely.

    If The Namesake is as good as Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland, it’s definitely worth picking up.

    I loved Oscar Wao when I read it… ooh, three years ago now, but now it’s at the back of my mind whether it deserved it that much. It’s not really like anything else I’ve ever read, a riotous blast of culture and untranslated pockets of Spanish, but there’s a good chance the title character will royally piss you off. It’s short enough though!

    You’ve read a lot of Maggie Stiefvater last year I think, so why not keep going? I liked The Scorpio Races even more than The Raven Boys, for what it’s worth.

    So I’ve read The Lies of Locke Lamora too, and I like it a lot, but something about it is holding me off. Not sure what. It’s got a very interesting world and it’s really well paced, but it does get astoundingly violent sometimes and its characters might go for angst and stubborn uncommunicativeness too often, though that might not be right. It also doesn’t have enough women to speak of, though not none, which I figured for a minute was the case. Still comes recommended, but it doesn’t have to be a priority.

    And that’s about it really! I’m not doing any challenges this year, and those are all the books from your backlist I’ve read, though there are plenty I’ve been meaning to get around to. (Wouldn’t recommend The Motorcycle Diaries, as it happens; found it disappointing. But Wind in the Willows is delightful!) Either way though, best of luck! And happy reading. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate your input Paul!

      I’ll definitely be making A Tale for the Time Being, Scorpio Races and The Namesake priorities then! I really liked Junot Díaz’s shot stories, so I think I’ll like Oscar too. And you’re right – it is short.

      I’m not that keen on The Motorcycle Diaries to be honest, it was just the only travel book published more than 50 years ago I could find that I’m even remotely interested in and hadn’t already read. I’ll try to find a better alternative 😂

      Thanks, Paul! And happy reading to you too!


      1. You’re very welcome Aurora, and thank *you*! 🙂

        OK, excellent – as always no guarantees, but if you already like his short stories then there’s a good chance you’ll like Oscar too. I read This Is How You Lose Her a year or so ago and did not find it nearly as good, not terrible but still a bit of a disappointment. Hope you end up having the opposite experience though!

        In fairness you still might like The Motorcycle Diaries, but I didn’t really. Wouldn’t say I was sympathetic to Guevara exactly but I was interested in finding out who he was, and his diaries didn’t really have much to go on at all. Very threadbare they were. Unfortunately I don’t have any more ideas for that front either, but surely there’s got to be plenty of others out there, right? 🙂

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      2. Finger’s crossed! It’s promising that you liked it more than his short stories.

        You’d be surprised how slim the pickings are. On the Road seems to be the go-to, but I’ve read that. I’ll keep looking though 🙂


  3. These are some of my goals, too – read my own damn books and reread my favourites. I always wonder why I’m keeping books on my shelf if I don’t revisit them. I’m participating in the Back to Classics challenge and a lot of the ones you listed are on my yearly classics TBR already! Good luck with your reading! 🙂

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  4. Good luck with your reading goal! I’m a Book Bard too 🙂 but I’m blocked from following blogs through the Reader 😦 and I didn’t find a sign up thingy to follow you through email.

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