Sunday, 31 December 2017

Ivyclad Bingo 2017 Wrap-Up and 2018 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

Read a Classic: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Read a Book with a Male Protagonist: The 39 Steps by John Buchan
Read a Book with a Female Protagonist: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Twice.)
Read a Book with a Typo: Shaman King Volume Twenty Four by Hiroyuki Takei
Read a Retelling: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Read a 1st Person Narrative: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Read a 3rd Person Narrative: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
Read a Book with Aliens in it: Voltron Legendary Defender: Volume One by Tim Hendricks and Mitch Iverson
Read a Short Story: The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Read a Book with No Romance: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read a Book with a Love Triangle: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Read a Book from the Dreaded Adult Section: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Read a Play: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Read a Book Set in the UK: Charlotte Says by Alex Bell
Read a Book Set in a Fantasy Land: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
Read a Book Where Everyone Dies (at Least Four Deaths): His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Read a Book That is Also a Film: Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Read a Book with Less than 200 Pages: Trent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley
Read a Book with Over Five Hundred Pages: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Read a Book with Pictures (Illustrated Book/Manga/Comic/Picture Book): Black Widow: The Sting of the Widow by Stan Lee


Thank you to Shar @ Virtually Read who, I believe, was the only other person to take part. If you want to sign up for the 2018 challenge, click here.  

I'm feeling adventurous as the witching hour approaches, so I'm going to sign-up for some 2018 challenges.
Hosted by Melissa @ Melissa's Ecelectic Bookshelf
I haven't read enough witchy books this year. To count, a book simply has to include a witch as a main character or major witchcraft elements. I'm aiming for the rank of Maiden (read six to ten books).
Hosted by Patchwork Bunny @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
I like bingo challenges, so I figure I'll crash someone else's. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative and magical realism all count for this challenge. I'm aiming to read more science fiction next year and I read a lot of fantasy anyway, so this one is perfect for me.
Hosted by Ms Nose in a Book

I might be biting off more than I can chew here. 

(You're definitely biting off more than you can chew.)

Eh. That's 2018 me's problem.

The 20 challenges are as follows...
  1. Read a book with Dragons in it
  2.  Read a book over 500 pages
  3. Read an SFF novella
  4. Read a first book in a series
  5. Read a Science Fiction classic
  6. Read a Fantasy classic
  7. Read a book whose title matches the first letter of your last name
  8. Read a book that has a weapon on the cover
  9. Read a book that has a Spaceship on the cover
  10. Read a book that has been adapted
  11. Read a book with time travel in it
  12. Read a book that has been on your TBR shelf for over 2 years
  13. Read a book whose cover has stars in it or whose title has any variation of the word star in it
  14. Read a book with magical realism in it
  15. Read an SFF graphic novel
  16. Read a Sequel
  17. Read a diverse SFF book
  18. Read a Random SFF book – your pick!
  19. Read a fantasy book inspired by another story, fairytale, myth etc.
  20. Read a book with a map
Hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate
Note to self: Books started before the 1st of January 2018 are ineligible for this one. That means Middlemarch, which sucks because it's 900 pages long.

The categories are as follows...
  1. A 19th century classic
  2. A 20th century classic
  3. A classic by a woman author
  4. A classic in translation
  5. A children's classic
  6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction
  7. A classic travel of journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction
  8. A classic with a single-word title
  9. A classic with a colour in the title
  10. A classic by an author that's new to you
  11. A classic that scares you
  12. Re-read a favourite classic
I'm signing up for this one purely because of my coursebooks.
Hosted by Whole Latte Ideas
You can set your own goal for this one, so I hope to read 12 YA books next year.
Hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh my! and Barb @ Booker T's Farm
This one is for mystery, suspense, thriller, and crime novels. I have a couple of crime novels to shift from my physical TBR so this one seems like a good idea. I'm aiming for the rank of Amateur Sleuth (5-15 books).

How did you do on your 2017 reading challenges? Will you be joining any for 2018?


  1. You're so ambitious with the 2018 challenges, bravo! How did you enjoy The 39 Steps? I saw Hitchcock's film earlier this year, but I have no idea how it compares to the book.

    1. I will regret this, I just know it... There is no way I will have the time to do all this reading. :')

      I haven't seen the film, but I did enjoy The 39 Steps. It's a straight-forward action adventure.

  2. There are SO many amazing challenges out there!! Good luck with your 2018 reading goals!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Thank you! There are so many that it was hard to choose. So I didn't. :')

  3. My plate is already full, but many of these are so tempting! I am doing the Witches and Witchcraft one for the first time and am excited about it. I can't wait to see which books you read for it! Best of luck with all your challenges.

    1. I have no idea what I'm reading yet, but hopefully I'll come across some witchy novels in my TBR. (There weren't enough witches last year.)
      Good luck with it! :)