#ReadWithRD 2018 Book Challenge

Reader’s Digest has a 25 book challenge for 2018 and I’m participating. I’ve never documented how many books I read in an average year, so this should be interesting.

There are 25 categories each book you read needs to fit into and I will be acting as the Paragraph People’s Critic (summing up each book I read in a paragraph) here on this page and on my Instagram.

Feel free to follow along, comment on your favorites, disagree with my choices or join me. It’s probably going to get interesting, here’s to hoping I don’t end up trying to cram 15 books in at the end of the year.

Here are the 25 categories:

A book by your favorite author | A book with an animal on the cover

A book you read in high school | A book of poems | A non-fiction book

A book you got for free | A book set during WWII | A graphic novel

A book published before you were born | A book you found in a used bookstore

A book recommended by a reading buddy | A book that was reviewed in a magazine

A memoir | A YA novel released in 2018 | A book based on a fairy tale

An award-winning book | A book that is blue | A book with a city in the title

A book on your shelf that you haven’t read yet | A book based on spiritual beliefs

A book written by a journalist | A book that takes place where you live

A book that is challenging for you | A book with a number in the title

Any book of your choice.


Safe People by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend – A great read for someone who is looking to understand their own relationship habits. It helped me unwind some of my patterns and gave me tools to become a safer person.

**If the mention of religion is going to take away the message, find another book. I wasn’t raised in the church or with God so it had no effect on me.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan – It piqued and kept my interest for the first 100 pages, but then too many plot points flubbed over one another and the big mystery was solved anti-climatically. I didn’t care about any of the characters, either.

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur – If I were Oprah I’d give YOU a book, YOU a book and YOU a book. If I were Tom Cruise, I’d jump on top of Oprah’s couch and proclaim my love for this book in front of millions of viewers, happily embarrassing myself! I’m not usually a reader of poetry but I loved this book.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty -⭐️⭐️⭐️-rating
This is the third book I’ve read by Liane Moriarty [don’t waste your time on What Alice Forgot but do waste your time on Big Little Lies] and while I did guess who did it way before it was revealed, I’m giving it kudos for the Epilogue and its ideology. The whole basis of the book is based upon kept secrets, and how life is made up of tiny decisions that shift your life in different directions.

 Pretty Dancing Girls by Kylie Brant – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – rating! If you’re looking for a good who done it where you swear you know who does it and then when it’s revealed you’re like, “WHAT! NO WAY!!!” Then this book is for you. If you have read it, who did you think the killer was at first? Tell me in the comments and I’ll tell who I swore did it, too! 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Honestly, the last star is simply because it’s an iconic book and I’m not snobbish enough to believe I have to ability to only give it a four-star rating. Plus, I have a nasty habit of not giving ANYTHING a five star because who the hell is perfect with no room to improve?  This really was one of the few books in high school I enjoyed reading and GUESS WHAT, they’re making it into a movie that’s coming out this summer, starring Micheal B. Jordan. Anyone else going to nerd out and then complains it was nothing like the book?

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – I’ve never read a graphic novel before and only dabbled in Archie comic books for a millisecond when I was a kid, BUT I LOVED THIS STORY. 😍😍😍It is a heartbreakingly beautiful story about how children can deal with loss. I saw the movie a few months ago, loved that I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on and then caught all the feels at the end when the conclusion unfolds. 😍😍😍 I’d recommend, especially if you have no idea what to pick up for the graphic novel category, and sick of reading about superheroes. Anyone else sick of superhero stories? Or am I Satan in the flesh? 🤪