2018 Challenges

The ending dates for each challenge are about a month earlier than shown below. I added an extra month because the UBB Reading Challenge widget doesn’t show or count the books until the review is posted, which is sometimes after the challenge officially ends.


Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Lark of The Bookwyrm’s Hoard has
read 1 book toward
her goal of
200 books.

My goal is 200 books for the year. 


The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018

Host: The Bookwyrm\'s Hoard
Progress: 8/30 (27%)
1 January, 2018 — 4 January, 2019

  1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
  2. With This Ring by Amanda Quick
  3. The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
  4. Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
  5. Rendezvous by Amanda Quick
  6. Affair by Amanda Quick
  7. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  8. East by Edith Pattou

The Backlist Reader Challenge is hosted by me, right here on The Bookwyrm’s Hoard. The focus is on reading older books that have been on your TBR list for quite a while. (They must have been published in 2016 or earlier.) You can find the rules and sign-up link here, and participants can link their reviews here.

My personal goal is 30 qualifying books. Titles I’ve already reviewed are listed above. Below are the titles I haven’t reviewed yet (and may not get around to reviewing):

  1. Hearts and Swords: Four Original Stories of Celta by Robin D. Owens (Celta’s Heartmates series)
  2. Things I Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To or Not) by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  3. Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn (Daisy Dalrymple #4) Note: I first read it over a decade ago but forgot the plot and characters entirely, so I’m counting it for the challenge.
  4. Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis (Animal Magnetism #1)
  5. Animal Attraction by Jill Shalvis (Animal Magnetism #2)
  6. Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis (Animal Magnetism #3)
  7. Vision in White by Nora Roberts (Brides Quartet #1)
  8. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)
  9. The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (audiobook)
  10. Captivated by Nora Roberts (The Donovan Legacy #1)
  11. Entranced by Nora Roberts (The Donovan Legacy #2)
  12. Charmed by Nora Roberts (The Donovan Legacy #3)
  13. Enchanted by Nora Roberts (The Donovan Legacy #4)
  14. The River Knows by Amanda Quick
  15. Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh (Inspector Alleyn #12) Note: I read it about 30 years ago but had forgotten the plot and characters entirely, so I’m counting it for the challenge.
  16. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  Note: I read it over 30 years ago but had forgotten much of the writing and details, so I’m counting it for the challenge.


Blogger Shame Challenge 2018

Blogger Shame Challenge 2018

Host: The Herd Presents
Progress: 3/10 (30%)
1 January, 2018 — 1 February, 2019

  1. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
  2. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  3. Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey

The 2018 Blogger Shame Challenge is hosted by Anna of Herding Cats, Burning Soup. It’s for all those ARCS you should have reviewed, but didn’t. (Maybe you didn’t even read them!) They must be at least 4 months past due to count for the challenge. You can find the rules and sign-up link here.

My goal is 10 qualifying books. I didn’t list specific titles, since I have more than enough ARCs to meet that goal. Books I’ve already reviewed are listed above. Below are the titles I haven’t reviewed yet:

  1. Heart Sight by Robin D. Owens (Celta Heartmates #15)
  2. ... and a bunch more that I’ve read but not yet reviewed


COYER Winter 2018-2019

COYER Winter 2018-2019

Host: Michelle & Berls @ Because Challenges
Progress: 7/8 (88%)
1 December, 2018 — 3 March, 2019

  1. Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
  2. Santa Puppy by Lynn Cahoon
  3. Once Upon a Winter's Eve by Tessa Dare
  4. Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
  5. Rendezvous by Amanda Quick
  6. The Clairvoyant Countess by Dorothy Gilman
  7. Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

The COYER Winter 2018-2019 Challenge is hosted by Michelle and Berls of Because Reading and Because Challenges. It runs from Dec. 1, 2018 through March 2, 2019. The rules are both easy and strict: Read digital books (ebooks or audiobooks) that cost less you less than $1.99 ($5 for audiobooks.) No borrowed books or subscription services, but review copies or gifted ebooks are OK. Books must be at least 100 pages to count.

I didn’t set a goal on my sign-up sheet, but I’m aiming for a minimum of 8 qualifying books over 3 months. Books I’ve already reviewed are listed above. Below are the titles I haven’t reviewed yet:

  1. Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman


COYER Birthday Bash 2018

COYER Birthday Bash 2018

Host: Michelle & Berls @ <a href="https://www.becausereading.com/"Because Reading
Progress: 7/11 (64%)
9 June, 2018 — 31 August, 2018

  1. The Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne Thayne
  2. Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  3. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  4. The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
  5. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
  6. Rockets' Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon
  7. The Corpse at the Crystal Palace by Carola Dunn

The COYER Big Summer Birthday Bash runs from June 9, 2018 through August 31, 2018. There are a lot of side challenges, twists, and flourishes you can add, but the basic challenge is just to read books and link the reviews. You can read about all the rules and extras here.

My goal is the Spring Clean level, 11&ndash;20 books. Some of them may also count for The Backlist Reader and/or Blogger Shame Challenges. Books I’ve already reviewed are listed above. Below are the titles I haven’t reviewed yet:

    1. Island of the Mad (Laurie R. King; ARC)
    2. Bay of Sighs (Nora Roberts) – reread; never reviewed before
    3. Island of Glass (Nora Roberts) – reread; never reviewed before
    4. Herons Landing (JoAnn Ross; ARC)
    5. My Enemy, My Ally (Diane Duane) – reread; never reviewed before
    6. The Romulan Way (Diane Duane and Peter Morwood) – reread; never reviewed before
    7. Dance Upon the Air (Nora Roberts) – reread; never reviewed before
    8. Heaven and Earth (Nora Roberts) – reread; never reviewed before
    9. Face the Fire (Nora Roberts) – reread; never reviewed before
    10. The Winter Sea (Susanna Kearsley; audio)
    11. Vision in White (Nora Roberts)
    12. Heart Sight (Robin D. Owens; ARC) – reread; never reviewed before
    13. Flowers and Foul Play (Amanda Flower)
    14. The Corpse at the Crystal Palace (Carola Dunn; ARC)
    15. Once a Scoundrel (Mary Jo Putney; ARC)
    16. Tortall: A Spy’s Guide (Tamora Pierce)
    17. Pale as Death (Heather Graham)
    18. The Other Lady Vanishes (Amanda Quick; ARC) – reread; not reviewed before


Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge (March 2018)

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge (March 2018)

Host: The Caffeinated Reviewer
Progress: 5/6 (83%)
1 March, 2018 — 30 April, 2018

  1. Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
  2. The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming
  4. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
  5. Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen

The Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge took place during the month of March, 2018. It’s for anything on your TBR pile published before March 1, 2018, including old ARCs. You can see the rules here

My goal was 6 qualifying books, and I read 8. Some of them may also count for The Backlist Reader and/or Blogger Shame Challenges. Books I’ve already reviewed are listed above. Below are the titles I haven’t reviewed yet:

  1. The First Kiss of Spring (Emily March; published 2/27/2018) (my Goodreads review)
  2. A Scandal in Battersea (Mercedes Lackey)
  3. Tempests and Slaughter (Tamora Pierce)


Newbery Medal Challenge

Newbery Medal Challenge

Host: La La in the Library
Progress: 0/96 (0%)
In Progress


None yet!

The Newbery Medal Challenge is an open-ended (no time limit) challenge to read all the Newbery Medal winners. In my lifetime, I’ve read 17 of them, all of them well before I started blogging. (Most I read as a child.) This year, I’d like to read and review 3 Newbery winners that I haven’t read, and re-read and review at least 2. Here are the titles I’m most drawn to right now, though I don’t have to stick to this list:

  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  4. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (reread)
  5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg (reread)
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (reread; I want to reread it before the movie comes out)

The only two of those that I don’t already own in some format or other are The Graveyard Book and The Tale of Despereaux, and I’m sure the library has both of those.

2018: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
2016: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
2014: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by L.A. Schlitz
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
1996: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
1989: Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1983: Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
1982: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
1980: A Gathering of Days by Joan W. Blos
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by M.D. Taylor
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by R.C. O’Brien
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L.Konigsburg
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
1964: It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
1954: …And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by W. Pène du Bois
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon
1934: Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigsl
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by E. Lewis
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by E. Coatsworth
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by D.G. Mukerji
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon