2019 Reading Challenge

Here we are at the start of another new year. So, the first thing to say is Happy New Year! The next thing to think about is, how my reading year went in 2018 and how it’s going to look in 2019. This time, I actually spent time to think about where I wanted my reading to go in 2019. Do I want to speed through 120 books I can barely remember the plot of in December? Am I taking part in every reading challenge under the sun? Time to find out. . .

I say this every year, but it doesn’t feel like a whole year has past since I put together my reading challenge for 2018. I spent the year in a flurry of books, travelling, reading, and buying books I could barely afford or house. In terms of my reading challenges, 2018 was pretty successful. I bossed a couple of the challenges, while others needed a lot more work. That was something I took into account when I thought about my 2019 reading challenge.

I’ll be keeping track of everything I read here, as usual, and tick off every challenge as I go. I’ll also still be using my reading journal, as I found it a huge help in keeping track of what I’ve read over the year. I can also add in some more spoiler-y details about everything I’ve read than I can here.

If you’ll be taking a reading challenge in 2019 as well, let me know which one and how you fare with it. I love hearing how people’s reading goes.

Goodreads Challenge

For the first time ever, I won’t be raising my Goodreads Challenge. I struggled a little getting to 70 books in 2018, so I think I’ll break from tradition this year and keep my goal the same for this year. It doesn’t mean I’ll be taking my foot off the pedal at all. It’s more so I can read with a little less worries and stress to reach a goal that might be too high. I always say reading should be fun first and foremost, so I don’t want to spend my year stressed and reading things I don’t enjoy just because the numbers say I should.

Goodreads Target: 70 books

PopSugar Challenge

Every year until now, I took both the Modern Mrs Darcy and the PopSugar challenges throughout the year. Honestly, looking on it now I think it was asking too much of myself. Even in 2017, when I read an insane amount of books, I didn’t tick off a high majority of both challenges. This year, one has fallen to the wayside, and as the Modern Mrs Darcy had fewer challenges I decided to knock it off the list. It means I now have no excuse not to do well in the Pop Sugar Challenge.

There are 50 prompts here, spread across the basic and advanced sections. That’s just under one a week for the entire year, and plenty of diverse prompts to really drag you out of your comfort zone. I do a lot of comfort zone reading, so this is going to be a great challenge for me.

Basic Prompts

A book becoming a movie in 2019

A book that makes you nostalgic

A book written by a musician (fiction or non-fiction)

A book you think should be turned into a movie

A book with at least 1,000,000 ratings on Goodreads

A book with a plant in the title or on the cover

A re-read of a favourite book

A book about a hobby

A book you meant to read in 2018

A book with “pop”, “sugar”, or “challenge” in the title

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore

A book published posthumously

A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

A retelling of a classic

A book with a question in the title

A book set on a college or university campus

A book about someone with a superpower

A book told from multiple character POVs

A book set in space

A book by two female authors

A book with a title that contains “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter”, or “spicy”

A book set in Scandinavia

A book that takes place in a single day

A debut novel

A book published in 2019

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

A book with “love” in the title

A book featuring an amateur detective

A book about a family

A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America

A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title

A book including a wedding

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

A ghost story

A book with a two word title

A novel based on a true story

A book revolving around a puzzle or game

Your favourite prompt from a past Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Advanced Prompts

A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book

A “choose your own adventure” book

An “own voices” book

Read a book during the season it’s set in

A LitRPG book

A book with no chapters/unusual chapters/unconventionally numbered chapters

Two books that share the same title (1)

Two books that share the same title (2)

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom

A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

Beat My Backlist Challenge

Do you have hundreds (maybe thousands) of books on your shelf you’ve bought but never read? Me too. In 2018, I wrapped 12 of these and opened one a month with the stipulation that until I read this book, I couldn’t buy a new one.

In fairness to me, I read (ok, most of) them. I decided to so the same in 2019, and this time to actually keep a track of what book it was each month.

Beat the Backlist is by no means my idea, by the way. It’s offically run by Novel Knight, this is just my spin on it.

January: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

February: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

March: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

April: The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic

Will you also take on a reading challenge this year? Tell me which one!

15 thoughts on “2019 Reading Challenge

  1. I’ve blogged about the goals I have for this year – the only set challenge is my Goodreads one. I like the sound of the Pop Sugar one to get out of my comfort zone, but know I’d be setting myself up to fail to take on anything else! Good luck!

    • The Pop Sugar one is always the one that stands out to me most, and I do exactly as you do. I’m such a mood reader, so I try to work in my reading to the challenge rather than let the challenge influence my reading. I should probably stop that.

  2. Last year was the first time I did a challenge. I did Goodreads. I challenged 50 books. I was doing well until September & my life became busier with helping family & many obligations to friends. I managed to read 35. I am happy with that though. I also have many hobbies
    , scrapbooking & Genealogy that take a lot of time. I joined Goodreads again this year with 40 book to read. Good luck everyone ! I love seeing what others read for ideas.

  3. I’m reading 52 books for my Goodreads challenge, one a week. I’ll prob read more but I think it’s a solid place to start. I’m doing the Book Riot Read Harder challenge, there’s 24 prompts. And I’m trying to read my own backlist too! Not so much a challenge but I looked at my stats for 2017 and 2018 on how many of the books I read are my own books (versus library books or ARCs) and I always do sooo poorly at picking up my owns for some reason!

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