Reading Challenges 2019

I saw the blog The Bibliophagist talk about the different reading challenges she was going to try to accomplish this year and I thought it would be fun. That kind of explains everything I do on this blog—find something that someone has done and borrow the idea. I guess I need to get more original!

Overall Reading Goals for 2019

  1. Goodreads goal: 100 books
  2. ARCs: I signed up for Netgalley and I’ve already been approved for some ARCs. I hate that Ill have to read them on my phone, but I’ll live.
  3. There are a few books that are being turned into movies in 2019—or were made in 2018—that I would love to tackle before they come out.
    • Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
    • Five-Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
    • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (the whole series)
  4. Classics that are a little intimidating:
    • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (and the sequel coming up later in the year!)
  5. Diversify the kind of books I’m reading
  6. Utilize the library, including audiobook borrowing apps
  7. Allow myself some rereads to make me happy: I got in a slump in October and the thing to pull myself out of it was to read the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and it was the perfect thing.


  • January: New to You Author (Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before.)
  • February: Cover Love (Yes. We’re giving you permission to judge a book by its cover and read a book with a cover that really caught your eye.)
  • March: Royalty, Kingdoms, Empires, Governments (Read a book in which the character is involved in a ruling or governing body in some way.)
  • April: Crack the Case (Read a mystery, detective story, true crime, cozy mystery, or book involving a puzzle to solve.)
  • May: One Sitting Reads (Read something that is short enough you could get through it in one sitting — try a graphic novel, comic book, short story, essay, or short collection of poetry.)
  • June: Diversify Your Reading (Read a book with a character — or written by an author — of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own or read about a culture you want to learn more about.)
  • July: Through the Years (Read a book involving time travel, a book with a ‘time’ setting such as The Great Gatsby, read a historical fiction/nonfiction, or choose a book published in your birth year.)
  • August: Mode of Transportation (Read a book where the mode of transportation plays a role in the story, ex. Murder on the Orient Express or The Boys in the Boat.)
  • September: Animal, Number, Color, Name (One of those things needs to be in the title you choose, ex. Water for Elephants, Red Queen, Fahrenheit 451, Rebecca, Harry Potter.)
  • October: Tricks and Trades (Read a book set in a theater, an amusement park, a circus, or a book involving magic, illusions, or characters with special powers.)
  • November: Seasons, Elements, and Weather (Embrace a winter wonderland setting, pick a beach read, or read about a natural disaster. As long as a season, element, or the weather plays a key role in the story or is part of the title, it counts, ex. Little Fires Everywhere, The Snow Child, On The Island.)
  • December: Last Chance (Finally read that one book that you’ve been meaning to get to all year long.)


  • A book you’ve been meaning to read
  • A book about a topic that fascinates you
  • A book in the backlist of a favorite author
  • A book recommended by someone with great taste
  • Three books by the same author
  • A book you chose for the cover
  • A book by an author who is new to you
  • A book in translation
  • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone
  • A book published before you were born

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