#RockMyTBR 2018 Challenge

Hi everyone! I know this seems incredibly early, but I am nearly done with my 2017 #RockMyTBR (one book to go!), so I thought I’d draw up my 2018 list. For those of you who don’t know, #RockMyTBR is a reading challenge created by Sarah K over at YA Book Traveler where she challenges you to draw up a list of books to knock off your TBR on a given year. Now I’m not sure if Sarah is actually officially running the challenge again for 2018, but I’ve had so much fun doing it over the past two years that I decided to unofficially do it again this year. The idea is that you use books that you already own and that have been on your TBR for a while. If you want to join me in unofficially doing this challenge, then you can find Sarah’s post about it here:

http://theyabooktraveler.com/index.php/2016/12/07/rockmytbr2017/

I’ve stuck with my tradition of having 12 books (though I’ve knocked one from this year’s challenge off before the year is over as I just couldn’t get through it, so I’ll be counting the challenge complete at 11 books), it’s nice and low pressure and allows me to read other stuff as well. As with last year, because it worked so well, I decided to let Twitter decided on my list. They did a pretty good job with last year’s list, so I’m hoping they will have done just as well for this year’s:

  1. Rose Under Fire-Elizabeth Wein-This was the decided winner of it’s poll, which I was quite surprised by as I had it up against Wintersong, which is a 2017 release, but I’m very glad it did as Code Name Verity is one of my favourite books (which I actually read for my first #RockMyTBR Challenge, so it’s actually kind of fitting) and this is one of only two of Wein’s books I haven’t read yet.
  2. Moxie-Jennifer Mathieu-It was an incredibly close run between this and Uprooted, and it ended up winning out by only 6% (so like one vote), but this was declared the winner. I’m so excited to read this one as I’ve heard such great things and as a feminist, I definitely want to read more books like this!
  3. Crooked Kingdom-Leigh Bardugo-This is the year of Bardugo, as every poll I had a book of hers in, it won by a considerable amount, clearly Book Twitter is telling me something. I loved Six of Crows when I read it this year, so I’m excited to read the sequel.
  4. All The Crooked Saints-Maggie Steifvater-I’ve heard vary mixed things about this book, so I’m excited and wary to try it. Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favourite authors, but I’m very aware of the problems that have been brought up by #ownvoices reviewers about the Latinx rep in this one.
  5. Language of Thorns-Leigh Bardugo-The second Leigh Bardugo entry on this list! I’m really excited for this one, simply because the cover of this book is just so beautiful. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before (basically a collection of fairytales), so I’ll be interested to see what I think of it.
  6. Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor-This one was really interesting because I put it in the same poll as ACOWAR and I was honestly expecting ACOWAR to win, but it was beaten by this by quite a way. Tips from those who’ve read the full Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, do I read this, or Days of Blood and Starlight first?
  7. Shadow and Bone-Leigh Bardugo-This was winning almost unanimously, until I think a couple of days ago? It ended up at 75% but that was still a lot more than anything else in any of the other polls! I think this is probably going to be my starter read of 2017.
  8. The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven-I’m cheating a little here, because this is a 2018 ARC, but I’ve had it on my shelf since July when I got it at YALC, it’s been sitting there for five months where I could have read it and haven’t, so I’m still counting it.
  9. Wonder Woman: Warbringer-Leigh Bardugo-The last Bardugo entry on this list, I’m glad I’ve waited to read this one, because now I’ve seen the movie and know how awesome Wonder Woman is, I’m even more excited to read it.
  10. Days of Blood and Starlight-Laini Taylor-Laini Taylor’s second appearance on this list. I’m not gonna lie, slightly terrified by the size of this book, but I’m also really excited to see where Karou’s story goes next.
  11. Vicious-VE Schwab-I’m finally doing it guys! Vicious will be read by me next year. I’m hoping to read it in the first half of the year, so that if I like it, I can get Vengeful straight away.
  12. Radio Silence-Alice Oseman-I’ve heard so much great stuff about this one, so I hope it lives up to expectations!

So that’s my list for 2018! Let me know in the comments what you think I should prioritise and why!

Thanks to the lovely people of Book Twitter who helped pick out my list for next year and I hope you enjoy hearing my thoughts on all the books you’ve chosen for me throughout 2018. I have a feeling this may be my best year yet and I’m excited to dive in when 2018 starts in a few weeks time (where did 2017 go people? Seriously, where?).

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6 thoughts on “#RockMyTBR 2018 Challenge

  1. Sionna (Books in Her Eyes) December 9, 2017 / 3:38 am

    This is a great challenge and pairs well with my personal challenge of finishing series I’ve started, but paused on or ones stuck on my TBR that I’ve never gotten to.
    Might join this one too, thanks for sharing 🙂

    You’ve got some great books on your list so looks like you’ll have some great books coming up.

    • iloveheartlandx December 9, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      Yes it’s a lovely one to do, it’s low pressure and you can basically set yourself as much or as little to do as you want. No problem! Aww thank you, I hope so!

  2. Cait @ Paper Fury December 9, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Eeep there are some AMAZING books here. 😍😍 I love your list!! I really really adore All The Crooked Saints 🙈 but obviously I wouldn’t speak out against ownvoices reviewers except to say I know Maggie Stiefvater did have sensitivity readers! So I don’t think the accusations of her appropriating the culture are fair? But then what would I know. RADIO SILENCE IS EXCELLENT. And also Language of Thorns and Wonder Woman! I actually love all the Bardugo on this list!! 😂😂

    • iloveheartlandx December 9, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Ah thank you, I’m so excited, Twitter picked some really great books for me this year. Yeah it didn’t seem fair that there were people talking about it before ARCs were even out. I guess I’ll see what I think when I read it, though obviously I wouldn’t want to step on the toes of ownvoices reviewers. I am glad to hear she had sensitivity readers though. I’ve heard so much good stuff about Radio Silence, so I’m really excited for that one. Yes, Bardugo is clearly very popular, so I’m excited to see what the hype is all about, I loved Six of Crows, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her books!

  3. Kailyn Kausen December 21, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Wow, I’ve heard of many of these authors, but hardly any of the titles. Strange! Good luck! This is a great way to cut down on that TBR casually. Might try it myself.

    • iloveheartlandx December 21, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Oh really? Interesting, quite a lot of them are quite big around the blogosphere. It really is, it’s fun and low pressure!

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