Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dread & Read Challenge 2018

Are you a list reader? Are there some books on your list that you just can't seem to get around to reading? 

This challenge sweetens the deal for list readers who have books they’d rather not read--but have to finish to accomplish their goal of reading all the books on their list.

You know who you are. And we are all in this together.

Face your dread! Name the book(s) you’re going to knock off this year and what kind of treat you’d like when you’re finished. Get reading, then say when you’re done. Not only will we celebrate with you, you'l receive a surprise.


You’re determined to read all the books on a list, whether it’s the Pulitzers or the 100 Best Novels--but now that you’ve done your research, you realize you’re going to have to read some books you'd never choose otherwise. Maybe a review turned you off, or you had a bad experience with one of the writer’s other books, or the subject matter is something that repels you. Those book are sinking to the bottom of the list, and you’re dreading them, right?

This challenge encourages you to move past the avoidance by adding a sweetener. Dread steals the joy out of things, doesn’t it? You’ll feel better when you face up to that book you’re not looking forward to. Trust me on this.

Join in by leaving a comment and/or a link to your sign-up post.


1. Join anytime before December 1, 2018. The challenge ends at midnight EST on December 31, 2018.

2. Books MUST come from your TBR pile or from a list you're already working on.

3. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed and encouraged.

4. Change your books at any time.

5. Include in your sign-up comment or post what kind of sweetener you’d like for each book read. What kind of treat would suit you most? Something book-related? Something sugary? Something practical? Or something indulgent? It won't be expensive, but it will be something you'll probably like.

6. Limit of 3 sweeteners per person.

7. Reviews and reactions are encouraged, but you don’t need a blog to participate.

8. All genres and formats are eligible. If it’s a book, it counts. But to qualify for a sweetener, it must be 100 pages or more.

9. Progress can be tracked at a “Progress & Reviews page” in the sidebar.

10. After you sign up, spread the word! Please do a sign-up post on your own blog, if you have one, and borrow the button for display.


When you finish that dreaded book, shout your news to the heavens--or at least to the rafters of the Cafe. Your sweetener will arrive promptly, while you're still basking in the glow of success.

What's not to like about that?

Sign up by leaving a message in the comments, with a link or your list, and don't forget to name the kind of reward(s) you're looking forward to.

See, that dread's better already!


  1. I'm ready to take the plunge. Here's my Sign-Up.

    1. Welcome, Bev! You're all signed up and ready to go! Thanks for joining; it's good to have you along.

  2. This sounds interesting!

    My list of books I've been dreading getting around to reading (ugh, and it's not the books, it's me (heh):
    - In the Red (Elena Mauli Shapiro)
    - Becoming Marie Antoinette
    - Another Woman's Daughter
    - The Host (I started it,'s super long, heh)
    - The Wave (Hue, Strasser)

    Sweetener: True Lime Black Cherry Limemade drink mix <3

    I linked to this post in a blog post scheduled for 1/29, though it may be published before then (depends on whether I have other posts to publish on my "book" days (Mondays) before then. :D It will be @

    1. Welcome, Liz! Thanks for joining this challenge. I have you signed up with "sign-up post pending" and hope to remember to link to it when it's published. If you can give me a reminder comment that would be very helpful!

      Meanwhile, I've never heard of any of your books so it will be fun to hear what you think of them!

    2. Ahh, I published it early and meant to come back here, to let you know, the other day. :)

    3. Got it! You're all set on the Progress & Reviews page. Thanks!

  3. What a great idea!

    My three books I've been putting off or starting and not finishing are:
    - Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
    - Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    - Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    Sweetener: erasable ink pens, various colors (I'm a teacher.) :-)
    Thanks for the challenge!

    1. Welcome, Meggan! Thanks for joining this challenge. You've chosen very interesting books. Here's hoping this is the incentive you need to get 'em read this year!

  4. This is an awesome idea! I'm James, and this is my list at my shiny new blog.

    1. Welcome, James! You're all signed up! I think you'll find a snowglobe very motivating. :-)

  5. I legit have a shelf full of snowglobes, SOOO :)

  6. Here I am! You will be proud that I have already started one less exciting book! So happy you will join my themes too when you have time. If you'd like to close "Ethereal" and turn everything towards 2018, feel free! Yours Truly, Carolyn.

    1. Excellent, Carolyn, and welcome! You're all set for clearing out those "dreaded" books. (And "Ethereal" is finished at last!)

    2. Can't wait until you visit my post! I'm nearly done the basics but will keep going! I wrote a few times (messages missed, as discussed) that I am counting on you to join Gentle Spectrums too this year. A shoe-in:
      you already have colours and health and nature subjects set.

  7. I am in for another year, Jane. Here's the sign-up post:

    1. Welcome back, Neer! You're included in the progress page. I'm glad you've returned and wish you success with your reading.


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