2018 Challenges

CHALLENGE 1: 2018 New Release Challenge

The 2018 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2018.  From this year on, I’ll be the sole host of the challenge, and I hope that won’t keep any of you away!  There is one post on the top of my homepage for all review links for the year, where the link is open for books you read and review each quarter. I will also do monthly wrap-up posts where you can link up as well.

In 2017, so far, I have read 75 books read that were released this year, and I don’t see why this should be any different next year. This is why I want to continue with the New Release Challenge. I always tend to do better when someone cheers for me, and I cheer for them. Also, trying to make sure I am held accountable both for the ARCs I receive and books I buy is important to me.

As always, I have already created a 2018 Release shelf on Goodreads, if you want to check it out to help you be inspired 

There is a Facebook Group for the 2018 New Release Challenge, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, and get to know each other better. It is also a place where we can help each other find even more new releases. For those of you who have already participated, it’s the same group as before.

The rules for the 2018 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2018.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2018, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2018.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

There are five levels  in the 2018 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
To sign up, please link your sign-up post in the linky below, and also make sure you use the quarterly linky for your reviews, as that will be the way the giveaway winner will be chosen. You can choose if you want to do monthly or quarterly challenge updates on your blog, but you will have the possibility to link up each quarter with your reviews.

1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (1/2/18)  [January]
2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (1/2/18)  [January]
3. The Sweetest Kind of Fate by Crystal Cestari (2/13/18)  [January]
4. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (3/6/18)  [January]
5. #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (8/7/18)  [January]
6. Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (2/6/18)  [January
7. Tempt by Alyssa Rose Ivy (1/23/18)  [January
8. Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout (1/30/18)  [February
9. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (2/1/18)  [February]
10. Potions & Fangs by Jennifer Snyder & Alyssa Rose Ivy (2/14/18)  [February
11. Legendary by Stephanie Garber (5/29/18)  [February
12. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (4/10/18)  [March
13. The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole (2/13/18)  [March
14. Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (3/6/18)  [March
15. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (5/1/18)  [March]
16. Warlock's Embrace by Alyssa Rose Ivy (4/5/18)  [March
17. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (2/27/18)  [April
18. Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong (5/22/18)  [April
19. Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (8/14/18)  [April
20. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson  (8/7/18)  [May
21. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (7/31/18)  [May
22. Inferno by Julie Kagawa (4/24/18)  [May
23. Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne (7/17/18)  [May
24. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (10/2/18)  [May
25. Beauty and the Beast: A Modern Retelling by Jeanne-Marie Leprince & Ill. by Pete Katz (3/22/18)  [May
26. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen & Ill. by Emilie Majarian (4/3/18)  [May
27. Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen (7/10/18)  [May]
28. Stray Magic by Kelly Meding (6/19/18)  [June
29. The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck (9/11/18)  [June
30. Campfire by Shawn Sarles (7/17/18)  [June]
31. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (6/12/18)  [June
32. Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black  (8/7/18)  [June
33. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (10/30/18)  [June
34. Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck (3/20/18)  [July
35. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (10/16/18)  [July
36. Echoes by Alice Reeds (8/7/18)  [July
37. Part of Your World by Liz Braswell (9/4/18)  [July
38. Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd (10/2/18)  [July]
39. Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout (6/26/18)  [August]
40. Fury by Rachel Vincent (10/30/18)  [August
41. Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (8/28/18)  [August
42. Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep (10/2/18)  [August
43. The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (11/13/18)  [August]
44. Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel (9/4/18)  [August
45. The Fade by Demitria Lunetta (12/11/18)  [August
46. Neverwake by Amy Plum (8/7/18)  [September
47. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (10/2/18)  [September
48. Taken by Alyssa Rose Ivy (9/27/18)  [September
49. The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine (2/13/18)  [September
50. Don't Close Your Eyes by Christie Craig (8/28/18)  [October
51. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (3/6/18)  [October
52. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (7/31/18)  [October
53. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (1/15/19)  [October
54. The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross (5/3/18)  [November
55. Slayer by Kiersten White (1/9/19)  [November]

CHALLENGE 2: Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018

January 2018 will kick off the seventh year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge (I miscounted last year!) and I don't seem to be getting those mountains moved at all. Despite the fact that I hope to have knocked 150 books off of my 2017 Mount TBR by the end of December, there are still whole mountain ranges lined up and down my hallway and in my back room waiting to be conquered. As fast as I read 'em and get them off the stacks, my bookaholic ways help me replace them. [Case in point--just returned from a long weekend in which I brought home about 20-25 new-to-me books.]

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2018.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2018.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then there may be challenges out there that do that. This one does not.

*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2018 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.  [To clarify--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around.  I will trust you all on that.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller!

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.

*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings!

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE if that's where you want to participate. At the beginning of the year, I will update the sidebar link called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for current reviews and progress updates.

1. Doll Bones by Holly Black (5/7/13)  [January]
2. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (3/3/15)  [January]
3. Until Dawn by Erin Kellison (10/1/16)  [January]
4. Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (3/8/16)  [January
5. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (3/7/17)  [January
6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (5/2/17)  [February
7. Sense of Deception by Victoria Laurie (7/7/15)  [February
8. Burned by Karen Marie Moning (1/20/15)  [February
9. Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning (1/19/16)  [February]
10. Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (1/20/17) [March
11. Four by Veronica Roth (7/8/14)  [March
12. Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout (7/19/16)  [March
13. Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout (12/11/17)  [March
14. Haven by Mary Lindsey (11/7/17)  [April
15. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (2/9/16)  [April
16. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan (2/7/17)  [April
17. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (2/10/15)  [April
18. Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter (2/2/16)  [April
19. The Shifter Romances the Writer by Kristen Painter (5/16/16)  [April
20. The Dragon Finds Forever by Kristen Painter (2/21/17)  [April
21. Titans by Victoria Scott (2/23/16)  [April
22. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (2/28/17)  [April
23. The Replaced by Kimberly Derting (4/28/15)  [May
24. The Countdown by Kimberly Derting (5/10/16)  [May
25. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (4/5/16)  [June
26. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (10/13/15)  [July
27. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch  (9/20/16)  [July]
28. The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4/25/17)  [July]
29. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey (12/8/11)  [July
30. Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey (1/23/14)  [July
31. You by Caroline Kepnes (9/25/14)  [September
32. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes (1/14/16)  [September]
33. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (2/16/16)  [September
34. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine (2/14/17)  [September
35. Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (7/22/14)  [October
36. Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (7/21/15)  [October
37. Relic by Gretchen McNeil (3/8/16)  [October
38. The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (9/27/16)  [November]

CHALLENGE 3: 2018 Discussion Challenge


Here's what you have to do:

  • The 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2018.
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There is no need to say what your discussion posts will be about – just tell us that you’re joining and let us know what your goal is. (Please note, you may do this in an update post, or a post of other challenges—you’re not required to make a completely separate post—but you can if you’d like!)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2018 on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January discussions. At the beginning of every month, a new post will go up on both blogs for that month’s links. Every month, we’ll update this 2018 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky—so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related—no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • If you forgot to leave your discussion link in the challenge month in which you posted the discussion or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates, though.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in each month!
  • Every month, we’ll feature our favorite posts from one randomly chosen participant. There will be extra options in the Rafflecopter for commenting on posts by our featured blogger.
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2018 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

The Levels:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

1. Roswell Revival/Redo  [January]
2. I Remember Borders  [January
3. The Downfall of Instagram  [January]
4. Why I Will Likely Kill My Laptop This Year  [January
5. What's the Point of Oreo Thins?  [January]
6. Rocko's Modern Life Oddities  [January]
7. The Need for a Beauty and the Beast Library/Bookstore Lego Piece  [January
8. Comparing Authors  [February
9. Favorite Dessert  [March
10. Behind the Screen: A Book Blogger Tag  [March]
11. The Half Star Rating  [April
12. What Cheers You Up?  [April
13. Dogs or Cats  [April
14. Dream Holidays [April
15. Favorite Weather  [April]
16. Spending the Day In...  [April
17. Haunting Locations  [April
18. Family Ancestry  [April
19. What Are You Most Grateful For?  [April
20. Dream Jobs  [May]
21. The Decline of the Bookstore Pt 2  [May
22. Do You Believe in Aliens  [May]
23. Historical Fangirling/Boying!  [May
24. Teaching Subject?  [May
25. Perfect Days  [May
26. Describe Yourself in a Sentence  [May
27. What Makes You Laugh?  [May]
28. Choosing Superpowers  [May
29. Favorite Animals  [May
30. Cancelled Series  [May
31. How Do You Deal with Stress? [June]
32. My Favorite Genre  [June]
33. First Loves  [June]
34. Seeing Doubles  [June
35. Let's Make a Movie  [June
36. My Return to YA  [June
37. 20 Questions Book Tag  [June
38. Book Ratings  [June
39. Favorite Classics  [June
40. The Genre I Don't Read Anymore  [June]
41. Most Re-Read Books  [June
42. Favorite Read So Far in 2018  [June
43. Favorite Antagonists  [July
44. Weird Collections  [July
45. An Author I'm Dying To Meet!  [July
46. Midyear Book Freak Out Tag  [July]
47. Favorite Animal Companions  [July
48. Book Covers  [July
49. Roswell Redux  [July]
50. Friday the 13th  [July
51. A-Z Book Tag  [July
52. My Bookcases [July
53. The Movies  [July]
54. Love Letters  [July
55. Need to Know Books  [July
56. Cake Flavored Book Tag  [July
57. Reading Habits Book Tag  [July
58. Required Reading  [July
59. Summer Reading vs Fall Reading [August
60. Bookish THIS or THAT Tag (Round 2!)  [August
61. Three Bookish Wishes  [August
62. Beach Reads  [August
63. Thriller Endings  [August
64. Blogging Styles  [August
65. Nope Tag  [August]
66. 90s Book Tag  [August]
67. Ghost Books! [August]
68. Favorite Types of Romance [August
69. Kid Games  [August
70. Posting ARC Reviews  [September
71. The Cookie Book Tag  [September
72. Tamagotchis  [September
73. The New Polly Pocket  [September]
74. Binge Reading  [September
75. Harry Potter Spells Book Tag  [September
76. What's in My Bookshelf Tag  [September
77. The Dreamy Book Covers Book Tag  [September
78. Cereal Commercials  [September
79. Beauty and the Beast Book Tag Part 2  [October
80. First Date Book Tag  [October
81. Halloween  [October
82. Vampires [October
83. Disney! [October
84. Halloween Creatures Book Tag [October
85. Disney Channel Halloween Movies Book Tag  [October]
86. Funko Movie Moments  [November]

CHALLENGE 4: 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018.
  2. Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
  4. You can list your series enders ahead of time or do a singular wrap up post. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
  6. You can sign up until December 15, 2018. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
  7. On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a giveaway and a place for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th 2018, to February 25th 2018). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally.
  8. Monthly giveaway prizes will be an e-gift card of your choice up to $5 (USD) from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. We want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Sandy and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
  10. December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway. Also due to Christmas, the December wrap up will post on December 23rd and will be open until January 23rd.
  11. You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.
  12. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)
Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+ 

1. Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms)  [January]
2. Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (The Others)  [January
3. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands)  [February
4. Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (Fever)  [March
5. Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Wicked)  [March]
6. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan (Reign of Shadows)  [April
7. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (Daughter of the Pirate King)  [April
8. Inferno by Julie Kagawa (Talon)  [May
9. The Countdown by Kimberly Derting (The Taking)  [May
10. Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck (Tiger Saga)  [July
11. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes)  [July
12. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess (Kingdom on Fire)  [July
13. Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey (Souls)  [July
14. Fury by Rachel Vincent (Menagerie)  [August]
15. Neverwake by Amy Plum (Dreamfall)  [September
16. Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes (You)  [September
17. Taken by Alyssa Rose Ivy (The Pteron Chronicles)  [September
18. Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (The Dark House)  [October
19. Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson)  [October]

CHALLENGE 5: Goodreads Challenge



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