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.

I’m doing a book challenge? – Update

I’ve never really done any book challenges besides the Goodreads yearly challenge. Mainly because I’m pretty bad with fixed TBRs. But I’ve been wanting to get through my owned TBR and I feel like a challenge is the way to do it. So, I found one I liked here. It has 52 prompts and my GR goal for the year is 52 books, so that works out. I’ve changed some of them because I do want to primarily focus on my owned TBR and I don’t own books that fit all the categories. It’s obviously halfway through the year, so I’m going to count the books I’ve already read towards the challenge. Because there are only 52 prompts, I will try not to use the same book for more than one.


  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
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yetThe Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pagesSaga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born
  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
  9. A book written by a PoCThe 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
  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
  24. A space opera – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  25. An award-winning graphic novelSaga 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 – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  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
  33. A debut novel
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever
  35. A book about intersectional feminism
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstoreOnly 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
  40. A book signed by the author – The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  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
  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
  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 Work 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

BONUS: Read a contemporary


I’ve now completed 39 prompts plus one bonus prompt and read 50 books. It’s a bit frustrating, because I could fill out several more prompts if I used the same book more than once. But I said I wouldn’t do that. What I might do, however is shuffle them around. Move books that fit multiple prompts around to see if I can fit some more of the books I’ve read into the list. Cause I currently have 11 books that I’ve read and are not on the list, but some of them fulfil prompts that have already been fulfilled by other books.

I’m doing a book challenge?

I’ve never really done any book challenges besides the Goodreads yearly challenge. Mainly because I’m pretty bad with fixed TBRs. But I’ve been wanting to get through my owned TBR and I feel like a challenge is the way to do it. So, I found one I liked here. It has 52 prompts and my GR goal for the year is 52 books, so that works out. I’ve changed some of them because I do want to primarily focus on my owned TBR and I don’t own books that fit all the categories. It’s obviously halfway through the year, so I’m going to count the books I’ve already read towards the challenge. Because there are only 52 prompts, I will try not to use the same book for more than one.


  1. A book you bought for the cover
  2. A book by an author you’ve met
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yetThe Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pagesSaga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher
  9. A book written by a PoCThe 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
  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
  24. A space opera
  25. An award-winning graphic novelSaga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat
  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
  33. A debut novel
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever
  35. A book about intersectional feminism
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstoreOnly 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
  40. A book signed by the author
  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
  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
  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 Work Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year
  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

BONUS: Read a contemporary


So far, I’ve fulfilled 30 of the challenges. I’ve read 34 books this year so far, which is fine because I am probably going to read more than 52 books. So I can have a few that don’t meet any challenges. But yeah, from now on hopefully my wrap-ups will also include some completed challenges and I will update this post as I read more.