I did a non-Goodreads reading challenge?

I’ve mostly forgotten about this and I didn’t really choose books to read that would specifically complete these prompts, but oh well. Let’s see how I did. The ones in bold are ones I’ve completed followed by the book that fits them. Italics are incomplete followed by an explanation. This is going to be a long post. To just quickly give you the stats, I completed 45 out of 52 prompts plus all 3 bonus challenges that I set myself. So I’m pretty pleased.


  1. A book you bought for the cover – The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. A book by an author you’ve met – I’ve only ever met Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas and I haven’t read a book by either of them because I cant handle their books right now 😦
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet – The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pages – Saga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration – To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher – honestly, I’m too lazy to properly look into this. I may or may not have read such a book, but meh.
  9. A book written by a PoC – The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  10. A book featuring a fictional language – A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin
  11. A novel that includes a recipe – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has lots of potion recipes. I’m counting it.
  12. A sequel – The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  13. A book about going on a quest – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited – Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A good enough chunk of it happens in London and I’m counting it because most of the books I own are set in nonexistent cities so…
  15. A book with a dust jacket – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  16. A book by two or more authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  17. Four word title – A Feast for Crows by G. R. R. Martin
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month – Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was on this as soon as it came out
  19. A book with a name in the title – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of – Graphic novels: Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. Male protagonist – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  22. A book with an asexual character – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  23. A book you were given as a gift – I almost managed this, but then I didn’t finish the book. I haven’t officially DNFed it because I like it and want to finish it, but I’m waiting for the right mood.
  24. A space opera – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  25. An award-winning graphic novel – Saga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Doesn’t get much more memorable than Aslan
  29. A book set in South America – Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Briefly. But I don’t own that many books that happen on Earth, let alone South America.
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) – The Martian by Andy Weir. I have the movie tie-in edition and I just hate it.
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before – Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. A book of short stories – The only book of short stories I own, I don’t actually really want to read so…
  33. A debut novelThe Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever – I did start reading Darkdawn, but unfortunately did not finish it. Again, waiting for the mood to strike. Being a mood reader kind of sucks sometimes. 
  35. A book about intersectional feminism – Honestly, idk why I left this one in here, I don’t really read non-fiction. I suppose it could be a fiction book that has intersectional feminism as a theme, but I don’t think I’ve read any that fit this year. 
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstore – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for – The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions – The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  40. A book signed by the author – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  41. A book set in Africa – City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I know this barely qualifies because only the beginning takes place in Egypt. But I’m counting it because I don’t think I have any books that take place in Africa on my owned TBR.
  42. A book about mental health – Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
  43. A non-fiction book – What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  44. A retelling – Alice by Christina Henry
  45. A book about incarceration – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  46. A book recommended by an author – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden was blurbed by Robin Hobb. I count that as recommendation 😀
  47. A book with a person of colour on the cover – Saga Vol 3 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  49. A book whose title includes a verb – One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A re-read – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BONUS: Read a book over 1000 pages – The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

BONUS: Finish a series you started this year – I finished THREE: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden; Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (this one is still ongoing, but I read all the published ones this year, so it counts)

BONUS: Read a contemporary – Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson


Overall, not bad I think. Considering I didn’t really pick books specifically to fit this challenge.

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