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2018 - 50 Books Reading Challenge

2018 50 Books Reading Challenge

This year, I've decided to set myself the challenge of reading 50 books - that's 1.04 a week, every week for the entire year.

But, why not 52? As a self-confessed perfectionist, I put a lot of pressure on myself to reach my goals and trying to read a book a week sounds tough. I just know I'd get behind, worry, rush through novels and try and pick the slimmest books on my shelf just to meet the big 52, which is not what I want this challenge to be about. Reading just two books less gives me some breathing room. See, 2018 is going to be a great year, I'm already growing as a person...

Why am I doing this? As it teenager, it was rare for me to be without permanent possession of a paperback. But, since graduating university I've gradually read less and less physical books and turned to audiobooks and podcasts for my literary fix. Of late I seem to be stuck in the same routine of my weekly dose of My Favorite Murder and Dear Hank and John - the two podcasts I listen to on their release date without exception - plus a good helping of that month's Audible purchase. I don't branch out and rarely pick up new paperbacks because, as far as my brain is concerned I've already checked the box next to my monthly reading duties. Sound familiar?

By starting this reading challenge, I'm actively encouraging myself to learn new things, visit new places and indulge in works from authours that would have taken me years to discover. My first step in my is to consolidate the number of books I'm reading - some started in late 2017 - into just two:

2018 Reads:
  1. The Little Book of Lykke
  2. The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a Fuck (re-read)
  3. Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
  4. Reasons to Stay Alive (re-read)
  5. They Both Die at the End
  6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
  7. Breaking Mad: The Insiders Guide to Conquering Anxiety
  8. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
  9. The Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women
  10. Get your Shit Together
  11. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  12. My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown
  13. You do You: (A No Fucks Given Guide)
  14. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  15. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  16. A Collection of Short Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper, The Rocking-Chair, Old Water
  17. The Men who Stare at Goats
  18. Short stories: The Collectors - Philip Pullman & The Ghost Walk - Matt Haig
  19. One of us is Lying
  20. Final Girls
  21. Serial Killers
  22. The One Memory of Flora Banks
  23. Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe
  24. History is All you Left Me
  25. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
  26. To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  27. P.S I Still Love You
  28. Always and Forever Lara-Jean


... I'll make sure to add to this list throughout 2018 so you can check my progress!

What books will you be reading in 2018? Are you doing a reading challenge too? I certainly need some book recommendations in the comments!
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