2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading ChallengesSince 2018 will be my first full year of blogging, I am going to be participating in some reading challenges. I’m really excited because I’ve never done a reading challenge before, but I think that it’s a great way to read more diverse books and genres than I would normally.

I’m going to participate in three challenges (as of now) and my hope is that they will be a fun encouragement for me to keep reading throughout the year.


Mount TBR Challenge

One of the challenges that I’ll be participating in next year is the Mount TBR Challenge, hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. The goal of this challenge is to whittle away books in your TBR pile; however, only books that you own prior to January 1, 2018 will count for this challenge.

The challenge levels (or “mountains”) are as follows:
Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

I will only be attempting Pike’s Peak this year because I don’t want to burn myself out on my first year participating in challenges. However, this could change. To keep up with me on this challenge through out the year, visit my Mount TBR Challenge page.

If you’d like to participate as well, click here.

A-Z Reading Challenge

Another challenge that I’ll be participating in is the A-Z Reading Challenge, hosted by Megan at Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest.  The goal of this challenge is to read a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I’m excited about this challenge because I definitely do not have a book for each letter in my review index yet.  The neat thing about this challenge is that books that I read for other challenges can easily count for this one, too. You can keep up with my progress here.

If you’d like to participate as well, click here.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

The last challenge (as of now) that I’ll be participating in is POPSUGAR’s 2018 Reading Challenge.  Apparently they do one every year, but this is the first year that I heard about it.  There are 50 prompts such as, “a book with an ugly cover” or “a book about time travel,” and then you simply record which book you read that answers that prompt. You can see the books that I read for this challenge here.

If you’d like to participate as well, click here.


Are you participating in any challenges this year? If so, which ones?

How I Listen to Audiobooks

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Ahh, audiobooks. I know that talking about them can be a bit of a controversial topic because people either love them more than life or hate them with a burning passion. Some people think that it’s cheating to listen to an audiobook because you haven’t technically “read it.” Merphy Napier says it best on her BookTube channel in this video. You only have to watch the first minute and a half to hear her logic behind how listening to audiobooks is “real reading.” Definitely check that out because she says it better than I could have.

That being said, I love audiobooks, and I know I’m not the only one. There are three ways that I listen to my audiobooks without spending a ton of money! Not everyone knows all of the great audiobook resources out there, so I figured I’d share my favorite audiobook platforms that I use.


Audible (iOS/Android | $14.95/month)

Audible is probably the most well known audiobook website because they’ve been around the longest and have the widest variety of titles. You pay a monthly fee of $14.95, and that gets you one audiobook credit. After downloading a title, it is yours to keep forever, even if you cancel your account with Audible.

They also offer a free 30 day trial with a free audiobook when you sign up. Just for being a member, you get 30% off any additional audiobooks that you want to get after using your credit; however, the audiobooks are pretty pricey (around $30 per book).

Tip: If you sign up for the Audible Daily Deal, they will send you links to discounted Audible audiobooks that are usually only a few dollars.

Scribd (iOS/Android | $8.99/month)
This is an awesome app audiobook addicts, as well as people who like reading on their phone or tablet. For $8.99 a month, you can access thousands of books, audiobooks, newspapers & magazines, and even sheet music.

I use it exclusively for audiobooks because I personally don’t really enjoy reading on my electronic devices. Scribd has a vast variety of audiobooks that you download for one credit. You accumulate three reading credits and one audiobook credit per month and they can accumulate. Also, audiobooks are only around $8 to purchase if you’ve used up all your credits, which is a super great price.

Libby by OverDrive (iOS/Android | Free; requires library card)

This is a new find for me. It’s made by OverDrive (the more popular library digital distribution app), and so I decided to give it a try. It is much more user-friendly and atheistically pleasing than OverDrive is, in my opinion, but it’s essentially the same thing.

To use Libby, you have to have at least one library card (but you can add more than one), and that grants you access to your library’s selection of digital audiobooks and books to read on your phone or tablet.  If the book is available, you can start listening/reading right away, and you have 14 days until you have to return it. If it’s waitlisted, you can put your name on the list, but the wait can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, which is honestly the only downside to Libby to me. It’s very satisfying when you find a book that’s available because you can listen to it right then and there for free!


Are any of these apps new to you? What are some apps that you use to listen to your audiobooks? I’d love to find more options!