Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bookish Jay & the Reading Mermaid Reading Challenge

Welcome dear bookworms! Jay from The Candle Enthusiast and I have teamed up to provide a 2018 reading challenge that you can sink your imagination into, one to prod along your reading goals and expand your novel horizons.

1. A classic, defined loosely or found on either of these sources: Modern Library 100 Best Novels or Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels

2. Adventure awaits! Choose a rather adventurous read.

3. The next one in a series, there is always another on to get to...

4. A purple hued tome, be it lilac, lavender or deep royal purple.

5. A memoir.

6. A story set in a forest or mountains, or depicting either on the cover.

7. An epistolary novel, told in letters or journal entries.

8. A collection of short stories.

9. Pick up one of those neglected TBR books you have lurking about. I know you do.

10. A story set in the Middle East or Asia.

11. Be extra naughty.... no... not that kind of book (well, unless you want)... read a banned book!

12. Art and literature, whether just a gorgeous cover or actual art is in the storyline. 

13. A heart pounding thriller!

14. Non-fiction to tickle the brain cells.

15. A book from the library.

16. Historical fiction.

17. Get your microscope and pocket protector ready... a book dealing with some aspect of science.

18. A book with a bird, on the cover or in the plot. 

19. A book with a child protagonist. 

20. It's about time this one happened: a book dealing with scent, fragrance or perfume.

21. Travelogue, a book taking place on a journey. 

22. Re-trying that Hemingway, Steinbeck, or John D. MacDonald authored book.

23. An epic tale.

24. A sensual read.

25. A candle on the cover.

26. A book title that sounds like a cool name for a band.

27.  A book that was gifted to you.

28. A book by a debuted author.

29. A story based on mythology: Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian... any.

30. Second-hand stories, a book picked up in a thrift shop.

Jay and I do hope you will join us! Feel free to shoot for ticking off all 30 boxes or even just a few. Read a traditional book, an eBook or listen to audiobooks! If you join us in the challenge and post on social media, please use the hashtag #bookishjayandreadingmermaid so we can see what you are reading and cheer you on.

Happy reading, friends!


  1. Great list, Julie! Can't wait to get started.

    I hope you guys are bundled up and staying warm in the crazy cold weather down there :)

    1. So happy to have you join me! I can't wait to see what you read. <3

      Kate. What is going on?! It is flipping freezing down here. It tain't right I say. Tain't right.

  2. I will give this a try! Lets see how many I can get done!

    1. This makes me so happy!!! And if you want to make a mini book club out of it and read and chat please let me know! Maybe we could even make a FB group with it or something? I miss Book Club. I miss you.

  3. As I just said to Jay, I'm in and I shall try - give it my level best and see if I can do better than I did at your 2017 challenge, which...well, I haven't even done my assessment post yet, that's how off I am! I love these prompts, though - there's some different stuff here I haven't seen in a lot of reading challenges, so this should be fun. :)

    1. No worries! No pressure to complete it. Just jump in here and there when you pick up something you like. <3 Jay and I had fun collaborating on this one.

  4. It has been a while since I visited my favorite blog! And the only one that’s actually saved to the home screen on my phone! Lol! And this is why I love you, Julie! Because the things you blog about are always connected to my very own interests! I was JUST looking for a way to begin my resolution to read more this year and WOW. This is totally amazing me. What an amazing idea! Do you mind if I share this with The Melt Gala for any other bookish folk? ❤️