Monthly Challenge Updates- January

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Hey guys! Since I am participating (or trying to) in a few different reading challenges this year, I thought it would be helpful (mostly for me) to do a monthly update. I will use these updates to highlight what I’ve read over the month, which prompts I am hoping to tackle, and any that I may have gotten to thus far. Basically this is a monthly wrap-up.

General updates

Books started this month: 9

Books completed this month: 6

Reviews?: 4

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BOTM choices (and link):

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

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Beat the Back list


  • The next book in a series you started
    • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (book #2) (mini review)
  • A book that was borrowed or that was given as a gift
    • Warcross by Marie Lu (library book) (feature)
  • A book about death or grief

BookRiot: Read Harder

  • A one-sitting book

I will reiterate that I have no plans to actually complete any of these challenges this year. Looking at these prompts, I know for a fact some of them I am absolutely uninterested in. However, some have made me excited for new books that weren’t on my radar (just what I need!). This is more or less so I can keep track of the things I am doing throughout the month. I will say that I want to work the hardest on my Beat the Back List though. And while I am organizing and keeping track of those books, I might as well tick off any challenge prompts I complete along the way, right?

I also want to try to pick up my Kindle books more going forward. Perhaps in between physical books? I need to start making a dent in my ARCs now that I have finally been approved for some!

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February TBR

These are the prompts that I can (potentially) fill this month, with back listed books that I own.


  • A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
    • The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell
    • A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • A book with a time of day in the title
    • Batman: The Nightwalker
  • A book about time travel
    • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • A book with an animal in the title
    • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
    • A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • A book with characters who are twins
    • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • A book that is also a stage play or musical
    • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • A book about feminism
    • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas*
  • A book about mental health
    • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • A book by two authors
    • The Wife Between Us by Sarah Pekkanen & Greer Hendricks*
  • A book by a local author
    • Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney
  • A book from a celebrity book club
    • Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Reese Witherspoon)
    • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Reese Witherspoon)
  • A childhood classic you’ve never read
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • A book that’s published in 2018
    • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw*
    • Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely*
  • A past Goodreads Choice winner
    • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  • A book you wanted to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
    • my whole backlist?
  • Your favorite prompt from 2015, 2016 or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
    • (from the 2017 list) A book of letters- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


BookRiot Read Harder

  • A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries
    • Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • A western
    • Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely*
  • A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
    • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi**
  • A children’s classic published before 1980
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • A celebrity memoir
    • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher


*2018 releases so not “back listed” but I either own them or will very very shortly.

**Library books I currently have at home

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How did everyone else do this month? What was your favorite read? Are any of these books on your February TBR? Let’s chat!

4 thoughts on “Monthly Challenge Updates- January

  1. Goodluck on all these challenges. But looks like a few great books coming up though: already looking forward to the reviews. Haven’t read a lot of books in january. Hopefully I can read a bit more in the upcoming month 😊😊

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