2018 Reading Challenges


Here are my 2018 reading challenges!

Aussies Rule:

  1. A biography about or a memoir by an Aboriginal Australian. (A Bastard Like Me by Charles Perkins)
  2. An Aussie classic by a woman.
  3. A book about an Aussie true crime or tragedy. (This House of Grief by Helen Garner)
  4. A mystery or thriller by a female writer. (Crimson Lake by Candice Fox)
  5. A non-fiction book by an Aboriginal author. (Dhuuluu-Yala by Dr Anita Heiss)
  6. A book which features a character with a chronic illness or disability (can be non-Fiction). (The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain)
  7. A classic by an Aboriginal author.
  8. A book from your home state. (Carpenteria by Alexis Wright)
  9. A book from a state you haven’t visited.
  10. A recent book about colonisation/white ‘exploration’. (Can be Fiction)
  11. A book that features Aboriginal spirituality (by an Aboriginal author).
  12. A book by an Aussie of colour who is an immigrant or refugee.
  13. A book by an Aussie of colour who is not Aboriginal and was born in Australia.
  14. A book of poetry released in the last 10 years. (The Agonist by Shastra Deo)
  15. A YA book with LGBT+ representation (extra points for #ownvoices).
  16. A book published by a University press.
  17. A book by an LGBT+ author (bonus points if also a person of colour).
  18. Some Aussie sci-fi. (Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman)
  19. An Aussie debut novel. (The Fish Girl by Miranda Riwoe)
  20. An Aussie author writing about a different country or culture.
  21. A book set in the outback or a small country town.
  22. A winner of the David Unaipon Award. (Not Just Black and White by Lesley and Tammy Williams)
  23. A book by an Aussie NY Times Bestselling author. (Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)
  24. A book that was shortlisted for the Stellas, the Ned Kellys, or the Miles Franklin award. (The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar)

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

  1. A book published posthumously. (The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain)
  2. A book of true crime (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote)
  3. A classic of genre fiction
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person.
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) (The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden)
  6. A book about nature (Lab Girl by Hope Jahren)
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of colour
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature (Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman)
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of colour (American Panda by Gloria Chao)
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir (Keep Moving – Dick van Dyke)
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection (An American Marriage by Tayari Jones)
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author (Radiance by Catherynne M Valente, The Power by Naomi Alderman)
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation (A Planet for Rent – Yoss)
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author (Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon)
  22. An essay anthology (Rebellious Daughters)
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 (Antigoddess by Kendare Blake)
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

The Reading Women Challenge

  1. A book by a woman in translation (The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar)
  2. A fantasy novel written by a woman of colour.
  3. A book set in the American South (The Dime by Kathleen Kent)
  4. A short story collection
  5. A graphic novel or memoir
  6. A book published by an independent press
  7. A book set in Russian or by a Russian author
  8. A book with a viewpoint character who is an immigrant or refugee
  9. A book by an Australian or Canadian author
  10. An essay collection
  11. A book about someone with a chronic illness (The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain)
  12. A true crime book (This House of Grief by Helen Garner)
  13. A book by an African American woman about civil rights
  14. A classic novel written by a woman (bonus points if not Austen or Bronte)
  15. A poetry collection
  16. A book where the characters are travelling somewhere
  17. A book with a food item in the title
  18. A book written by a female Nobel Prize winner.
  19. A book from the Reading Women Award 2017 shortlist.
  20. A memoir by someone who lives in a country different from yours
  21. A book inspired by a fairy tale.
  22. A book by a local author or recommended by your local bookstore.
  23. The book that has been on your TBR the longest.
  24. A book in a genre you have never read.


25. A book by Virginia Woolf

26. A book by Flannery O’Connor