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.
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
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.
A book becoming a movie in 2019
A book written by a musician (fiction or non-fiction)
A book with at least 1,000,000 ratings on Goodreads
A re-read of a favourite book
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 set on a college or university campus
A book about someone with a superpower
A book set in space
A book with a title that contains “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter”, or “spicy”
A book set in Scandinavia
A debut novel
A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
A book featuring an amateur detective
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 novel based on a true story
A book revolving around a puzzle or game
Your favourite prompt from a past Pop Sugar Reading Challenge
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
Will you also take on a reading challenge this year? Tell me which one!