Read 52 books in 2018 with this reading challenge

Do you set a reading goal during the new year? I’ve done the 100 Books Challenge every year since 2012 (although for 2018, I’m increasing that to 120 books), and I know a lot of others set goals for the year as well.

But without some prompts or suggestions, it can be hard to decide which ones to go for. With that in mind, here’s a reading challenge with some suggested titles to help you get through 52 books this year. (And since many of these are part of a series, you might even get through a lot more by reading the rest!)

Several books on the list are part of a series, so if you’re aiming even higher than a book a week (like I am), pick up the rest of the series to flesh out your list!

You can find the full challenge at Unbound Worlds.

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Keladry of Mindelan prepared me to be a woman in 2017

I swear, I really am capable of writing about topics other than Protector of the Small (despite recent evidence to the contrary), but the series is far more timely than I wish it were.

I was only twelve or so when I read the book for the first time. This is a little ridiculous, I thought to myself when I read it, and again a year or so later when I read the scene in the conclusion to the quartet when a man displeased with Kel’s command style implies she’s a whoreGrown adults can’t possibly act like that. It’s almost as cartoonish as when the coyote in Looney Toons doesn’t fall right away when he walks off a cliff.

Twelve-year-old me has eaten those words for breakfast after the evolution of the social internet. And as an adult, I’ve reflected on these books far more often than I wish I needed to when encountering men who think I’m unable to do a job because of my gender.

You can read the full essay, including me comparing Senator Gillebrand to the eponymous Protector of the Small, at Unbound Worlds.

I would definitely binge a CITY OF BRASS streaming series

I have to admit I’ve never really been a fan of Lord of the Rings, so the recent announcement that Amazon’s making a streaming series left me… unimpressed. So I wrote up a list for Unbound Worlds.

Fantasy TV series are having an absolute heyday right now, from the ongoing popularity of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead to the relative newcomer Stranger Things, so it’s understandable why Amazon’s looking for the next streaming hit – but for studios looking to create a new hit rather than just riding along on an existing franchise’s steam, here are a few fantasy novels to pick up that would make excellent series.

Find out what 7 books I recommend over at Unbound Worlds.