Here it is, FINALLY!! My reading challenge… I have been wanting to create my own tag for a while and have yet to do get it together… so when I thought about a reading challenge that would be fun for me, I wondered if others might enjoy it as well… So with a finite deadline in place (Jan 1st-ish!) I prepared to host my first ever reading challenge!!
Here are my goals for the challenge…
#1 – Target genres that I LOVE but never seem to get to.
#2 – Choose and focus on my most anticipated in those genres.
#3 – Pick older books that have been on my TBR list for a while.
#4 – Mix it up so that there will be all sorts of books to fit any mood!
#5 – Don’t feel pressured, even DNF if I’m not feeling the book…
What are your reading goals? You may want to read all the retellings you’ve never gotten to or have a list of second books in series that you want to MAKE sure to get to. You may be a fantasy lover who wants to try more contemporaries… whatever your genre or however many genres you make a list for you can have a moody list ready to go when you are in the mood for a GREAT book!
This is my most important list! I want to get to ALL of these by the end of the year if I can. It is one book per month so I think it is VERY doable…
- America Panda (Contemporary)
- Starfish (Contemporary, Mental Health #4)
- I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Contemporary)
- The Astonishing Color of After (Mental Health #5)
- The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (Paranormal #9)
- Crash Land on Kurai (Sci-Fi #5)
- Stormdancer (Steampunk #1)
- Of Metal and Wishes (Phantom of the Opera; Retelling #9, Steampunk #2)
- The Star Touched Queen (Persephone; Retelling #10)
- Shadows on the Moon (Cinderella; Retelling #11)
- Flame in the Mist (Mulan, Retelling #12)
- The Heart Forger (Series to Finish #7)
This is a genre that fascinates me and ever since I read Cinder I have been dying to read more! I tried to only pick one type of retelling but a few doubles got in for going in such different directions…
- Geekerella (Cinderella; Contemporary)
- The Forbidden Wish (Aladdin)
- Cruel Beauty (Beauty & the Beast)
- Princess of Tyrone (Sleeping Beauty; Sci-Fi #6)
- Of Beast and Beauty (Beauty & the Beast; Dystopia #4)
- Heartstone (Pride & Prejudice; Dragons #1)
- For Darkness Shows the Stars (Persuasion; Sci-Fi #7)
- Scarlet (Red Riding Hood; Series to Finish #1; Sci-Fi #8)
This is literally my favorite genre and I literally COULD NOT make a list that contains all of the different fantasy books so this is the group that didn’t make it on another list! These are hyped and indie fantasy that I’ve really been wanting to read…
- A Court of Mist and Fury (Series to Finish #2, Fae #1)
- The Rebels of Gold (Series to Finish #3, Dragons #2)
- Magpie’s Song (Dystopia #5, Dragons #3)
- The City of Brass
- Even the Darkest Star (Dragons #4)
- The Princess and the Hound
- Stolen Songbird (Fae #2)
- The Vanishing Throne (Series to Finish #6, Steampunk #3, Fae #3)
I’m not sure I’m going to get to every one of these books but I WILL get to Incarceron as this book inspired the list. I do quite enjoy these and they are good if I’m not in the mood for Asian, Retelling or Fantasy!!
- Incarceron (Dystopia #1)
- Gemina (Sci-Fi #1, Series to Finish #4)
- Tarnished City (Series to Finish #5, Dystopia #2)
- The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Sci-Fi #2)
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Sci-Fi #3)
- Red Rising (Sci-Fi #4, Dystopia #3)
- Radiant (Sci-Fi #9, Dystopia #6)
Amazingly I expected this list to be a LOT longer but every time I went to add a book to the list there was something that kept me from adding it! These were HIGHLY recommended to me and I REALLY want to get to them at the very least!
- Under Rose-Tainted Skies
- My Heart and Other Black Holes
- The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
These are my Magical Realism books that I have been wanting to try as well as a short list of books my writing partner is DYING for me to read, so hopefully I can get to them. I do love a good urban fantasy even though I’m a little Harry Pottered out.
- The Last Necromancer
- Blood of the Earth
- Grave Memory (Series to Finish #8, Fae #4)
- Jade City
- Phantom Pains (Series to Finish #9)
- Rivers of London
- The Night Circus (Magical Realism #1)
- Bone Gap (Magical Realism #2)
I have SO many great middle grade recommendations and they are normally easy to read and quite fun. So may not get to them all but it was hard to cut the list down to this many, lol. They also cross genres so would maybe cause me to want to read that genre next!
- The War That Saved My Life (Historical)
- The Graveyard Book (Paranormal)
- Restart (Contemporary)
- Dark Lord of Derkholm (Fantasy)
- The Secret Horses of Briar Hill (Magical Realism)
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Hyped)
- Breadcrumbs (Retelling)
- The Thing About Jellyfish (Mental Health)
- A Mango-Shaped Space (Diverse)
This is NOT the most original of reading challenges. I actually cobbled together aspects of challenges that didn’t totally work for me. In that sense I see this challenge as something you adapt to fit your OWN moody needs!! Feel free to make goals and lists as you need, or NOT!!
Use the hashtag #moodyreader to share your accomplishments (and review) on social media. If you post your own reading list then feel free to use my banner above in your post and please link to me so I can check out your books!!
Are you participating in a reading challenge?
You may notice one HUGE genre missing… that is contemporary! I have a guest post coming later in the month that I hope will help me pick which I should add to the 3 or 4 I already picked (under Asian)… keep you eye open for that post!!
Thanks for Reading XOXO