I am planning on participating in a few challenges in the new year, and I wanted to share them with you! I am hoping that this will hold me accountable to follow through! I have never been someone who is good a sticking to challenges or resolutions. Hopefully, 2019 is the year that changes!
Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge
I have been wanting to participate in Book Riot’s challenge for awhile now and I have finally decide to commit to it! There are a series of prompts that encourage you to diversify your reading and to read outside of your comfort zone. Many people participate, so I think it will also be a great way to connect with other readers! I am really excited about the prompts this year!
I am looking for recommendations for epistolary novels, self-published novels, and books written in prison! Any suggestions you have would be awesome!
I might write a post sharing all of my recommendations for each of the prompts if that is something you would be interested in!
2019 Beat the Backlist
Beat the Backlist is a challenge hosted by Novel Knight and it is a great way to get through books that have been on your TBR for ages!
What is a “backlist” book, you may ask? This is any book that has already been released. For the purposes of this challenge, this is any book published in 2018 or earlier. If you have books on your TBR from 2018 and before, then this is the challenge for you.
I am really excited to be joining this year because there have been books sitting unread on my shelves for YEARS that I really want to get to. This challenge will give me that extra motivation that I need to finally pick them up! A few of these books include American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Opposite of Marriage by Alice Hoffman, and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!
There is also a fun Hogwarts Mini Challenge that I will be joining and of course I will be part of the Hufflepuff house! Here is a link to that mini challenge if you also want to participate.
I have been participating in the Goodreads Challenge every year since 2013, and 2019 will be no different! I always set my goal to 52 book, which is one a week! This is pretty low pressure for me and I more than doubled that this year, but I find if I set it too high it can start to stress me out. Reading should be fun and I never want to feel like I have to speed through a book just to meet a challenge. I do love the Goodreads Challenge though because it is an easy way for me to keep track of the books that I read during the year!
2019 Discussion Challenge
Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books recently mentioned that she was taking part in a Discussion Challenge which is hosted by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight and Nicole @ Feed Your Addiction! I thought this was a great idea, and if I can write discussion posts that are half as good as Marie’s I will be thrilled!
Here is a link where you can find all of the details! The basic goal is to write more discussion posts throughout the year, which is definitely something I want to work on.
Do you participate in any reading challenges? If so, which ones?! I would love to know!
31 thoughts on “2019 Reading Challenges”
Evelina by Frances Burney is a fantastic epistolary novel.
Ohh sounds great. I just added it to my TBR! Thanks!
I’m thinking of participating in the PopSugar challenge, but I’m on the fence about it. In general, I prefer to give myself some freedom to pick up what I want, when I want. Instead, I may commit myself to do a readathon every month and taking the challenges seriously as my means of expanding my reading horizons.
This isn’t a challenge in the traditional sense, but I would love to join some sort of e-book club or buddy read with people so I read books that I can discuss with others each month, but I’m not sure what format that would take, yet.
I looked at Popsugar’s challenge as well. There are so many prompts! I always mean to take part in readathons but never do. Do you have any favourites?
I know some booktubers have book clubs and there are some Facebook groups out there that have them as well. Goodreads groups too! I guess it is just a matter of finding the right fit for you, which can be a challenge!
Good luck with your challenges! The goodreads one is the most I can commit to, I change my mind too often for the rest. I sort of informally do a backlist one and I love catching up on backlist books, it’s made me really happy the last two years I’ve been doing it. Hope you have fun with them and wish you lots of luck!!
Thank you! I am very much a mood reader so we will see how well I do! I am trying to fit as many non-fiction books in to the Book Riot prompts as I can!
I am excited to do the backlist challenge!
Good luck, Kristin! These look fun.
I’m doing Goodreads and a few other challenges. My goals and challenges post will be up tomorrow. I’m actually doing fewer challenges this year.
I’m looking forward to see which challenges you are doing! I am hoping to stay on top of these ones this year!
I think Goodreads is the easiest one to keep up with.
Good luck with your challenges! I’ve actually never participated in a challenge (besides the Goodreads one, which I also usually start at 52 but will change mid-way through the year if I’m wayyyy ahead lol). Challenges are a good way to, well, obviously challenge yourself and I think I’ll check out a few you linked and see if I want to try any! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Awesome! I think challenges are good if you don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I never want to feel like reading is a chore. It is good to branch out though!
Best of luck for all of these challenges, Kristin! SO happy you’re doing the Discussion Challenge, can’t wait to read your posts 😀
Thank you! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
Good luck to you in your challenges!
These sound cool, but I think I’ll stick with my goodreads challenge as I don’t want to stress myself out by joining too many challenges
I completely understand that!
Great post! I usually just do a Goodreads challenge, since I sometimes get way too busy to do a more complicated one, but I really liked reading about all the ones you’re doing. The Hufflepuff one looks so cool! 🙂
Thank you! I like the backlist and Hufflepuff challenge because they seem pretty low key! You just have to read books published in 2018 or earlier!
I’ll be doing Beat the Backlist for Team Hufflepuff, too!
Yay! I believe in our team!
I’m also in Beat The Backlist challenge, but I’m a Gryffindor 😂 good luck on your reading and Happy New Year!
Haha we will have to see who wins then 😋 Thank you!
I usually just do the Goodreads challenge, but the ones you mentioned sound pretty fun. I would love to see some of your suggestions for the Read Harder challenge
Awesome! I think I might just do that!
Good luck with all of your challenges!
I really want to join in more readathons this year and the Backlist one looks like so much fun. I’ve got waaaay too many books that have been sitting on my shelf for years and I feel like it’s been long enough and they need to be read haha!
Good luck with these challenges!
That is the same reason the Backlist challenge appealed to me! I am really hoping to stick to it!