2019 READING CHALLENGES

2019

Hey guys! Hopefully you’ve had a very good year and this year has started nicely as well. I’m still on vacation from work/school but going back next week.
Kind of can’t wait to get back to work because I really enjoy working at the stables and being with the horses but then again it is nice to spend time with the kids again. I mean of course we spend time after work/daycare but now that we are all on vacation, we get to be together way more than just couple of hours before bedtime.

Anyway, today I’m here to show you all the reading challenges I’m participating this year! I’m doing 3 this time. Which means that I’ve taken one more challenge for myself than I usually do. So let’s get on with it and see what I’ve found!

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Beat the Backlist 2019 is hosted by Novelnight.

And what do I have to do to participate in this challenge?
Well I only need to start tackling down my way too long TBR list! And to be more specific, finally read the books that have been hanging on there for waaay too long. Of course those books has to be published in 2018 or earlier than that. Which is not a problem for me since almost all the books on my TBR have been published like before 2015.

There also is some extra fun in this challenge but the only other thing that I’m participating is:

HOGWARTS HOUSE MINI CHALLENGE!

This doesn’t really affect this challenge other than I have to put all my read books to this list there is and every read book gains points for my house’s point stack. And at the end of the year we can see which house has beat the most backlist books!
So what is my house that I’m “competing” in?

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BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING ON MY TBR

OKAY, there’s over 100 books on my TBR so here’s just couple examples of what’s sitting there. These have all been there since 2015 and more. 😀 So I think 2019 is the year when I finally have to stop neglecting my TBR books and finally start to read them!


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The ones who have been following my little blog from the start, knows that I’ve been taking part of Popsugar Reading Challenge every year. Not once have I completed it but every year I’ve done a little better than the one before! So maybe this will be the year when I can actually finish even half of the prompts, right?

One can always hope.

REGULAR PROMPTS

A BOOK BECOMING A MOVIE IN 2019
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness or Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU NOSTALGIC
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

A BOOK WRITTEN BY A MUSICIAN
Carrie by Stephen King

A BOOK YOU THINK SHOULD BE TURNED INTO A MOVIE
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (the whole series)

A BOOK WITH AT LEAST ONE MILLION RATINGS ON GOODREADS
Animal Farm by George Orwell

A BOOK WITH A PLANT IN THE TITLE OR ON THE COVER
Alienated by Melissa Landers or The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

A REREAD OF A FAVORITE BOOK
– Any Harry Potter

A BOOK ABOUT A HOBBY
Hunted by Meagan Spooner

A BOOK YOU MEANT TO READ IN 2018
– Basically every book on my TBR

A BOOK WITH “POP”, “SUGAR” OR “CHALLENGE” IN THE TITLE
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

A BOOK WITH AN ITEM OF CLOTHING OR ACCESSORY ON THE COVER
Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A BOOK INSPIRED BY MYTHOLOGY, LEGEND OR FOLKLORE
Circe by Madeline Miller or The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

A BOOK PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY 
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

A BOOK YOU SEE SOMEONE READING ON TV OR IN A MOVIE
Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie (Friends)

A RETELLING OF A CLASSIC
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A BOOK WITH A QUESTION IN THE TITLE
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

A BOOK SET ON A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
I Was Here by Gayle Forman

A BOOK ABOUT SOMEONE WITH A SUPERPOWER
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi or Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo or Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

A BOOK TOLD FROM MULTIPLE CHARACTER POVs
– Something from Throne of Glass series

A BOOK SET IN SPACE
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A BOOK BY TWO FEMALE AUTHORS
Unearthed by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

A BOOK WITH A TITLE THAT CONTAINS “SALTY”, “SWEET”, “BITTER” OR “SPICY”
Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

A BOOK SET IN SCANDINAVIA
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman (I NEED TO FINALLY READ THIS!)

A BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE IN A SINGLE DAY
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

A DEBUT NOVEL
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

A BOOK THAT’S PUBLISHED IN 2019
Romanov by Nadine Brandes

A BOOK FEATURING AN EXTINCT OR IMAGINARY CREATURE
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY A CELEBRITY YOU ADMIRE
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton or Warcross by Marie Lu

A BOOK WITH “LOVE” IN THE TITLE
How We Love by Michael Ryan Webb

A BOOK FEATURING AN AMATEUR DETECTIVE
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

A BOOK ABOUT A FAMILY
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

A BOOK WRITTEN BY AN AUTHOR FROM ASIA, AFRICA OR SOUTH AMERICA
Labyrinth Lost by Brooklyn Brujas

A BOOK WITH A ZODIAC SIGN OR ASTROLOGY TERM IN THE TITLE
Zodiac by Romina Russell

A BOOK THAT INCLUDES A WEDDING
Save the Date by Morgan Matson

A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR WHOSE FIRST AND LAST NAMES START WITH THE SAME LETTER
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

A GHOST STORY
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A BOOK WITH A TWO-WORD TITLE
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgings

A NOVEL BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

A BOOK REVOLVING AROUND A PUZZLE OR GAME
Warcross by Marie Lu

YOUR FAVORITE PROMPT FROM A PAST POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (A book I was meant to read in 2017)

ADVANCED PROMPTS

A “CLI-FI” (CLIMATE FICTION) BOOK
Legend by Marie Lu

A “CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE” BOOK
My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran

AN “OWN VOICES” BOOK
American Panda by Gloria Chao

READ A BOOK DURING THE SEASON IT IS SET IN
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

A LITRPG BOOK

A BOOK WITH NO CHAPTERS / UNUSUAL CHAPTER HEADINGS / UNCONVENTIONALLY NUMBERED CHAPTERS
Legend by Marie Lu

TWO BOOKS THAT SHARE THE SAME TITLE (1)
The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong

TWO BOOKS THAT SHARE THE SAME TITLE (2)
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

A BOOK THAT HAS INSPIRED A COMMON PHRASE OR IDIOM (E.G. BIG BROTHER FROM 1984)
–  Harry Potter (He Who Shall Not Be Named)

A BOOK SET IN AN ABBEY, CLOISTER, MONASTERY, VICARAGE OR CONVENT
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers


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Ivy @Ivy’s Well Used Library Card made her own reading challenge for 2019. And like I haven’t taken enough challenges already, I had to participate in this one too! It had way too many good prompts in it that I just couldn’t pass it.
But with a “twist”. I’m not going to complete every prompt she has (there’s a total of 50), I’ve chosen some of those that I think I can actually complete during this year and will also work for my other challenges. So let’s see, shall we?

A BOOK ABOUT FEMINISM
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A BOOK ABOUT RACISM / RACIAL ISSUE
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennet and Dave Zirin (Does this work)

A BOOK FEATURING A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE RELATING TO A MOOD DISORDER 
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

A BOOK BY AN LGBT+ AUTHOR
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

A BOOK FEATURING OR WRITTEN BY AN A-SEXUAL PERSON
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

A FANTASY BOOK WITH AN LGBT+ MC
–  The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

FINISH A SERIES WITH MORE THAN 3 BOOKS IN IT
– PERFECT! I need to finish TOG and this year I’m gonna do it.

FINISH A SERIES I STARTED IN 2015
– Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (like this would happen, but I try. These are part of my backlist books)

FINISH A SERIES I STARTED IN 2016
– TOG and The Selection! (Also all part of my backlist books)

A BOOK SET AT SEA
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

A BOOK ABOUT BOOKS / LIBRARIES
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A BOOK BASED ON A REAL PERSON
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

A BOOK ABOUT A VILLAIN
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

READ A NEW-TO-ME AUTHOR
– Marie Lu, Tircia Levenseller, Deborah Harkness etc…

A NON-FICTION BOOK
– I just put this here because I tend to listen to some humorous self-help books 🤷‍♀️

A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Saga has been on my TBR for too long

A BOOK FROM NON-HUMAN PERSPECTIVE
Animal Farm by George Orwell

A BOOK THAT WON A 2018 GOODREADS AWARD
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


And then there’s of course the Goodreads reading challenge. For this year I’m going to set it up to 30 at first. Then change it over the year if it looks like I’ll get more books read than that.

Are you taking part on any challenges? Please feel free to tell me if you are!

NIMIN

6 thoughts on “2019 READING CHALLENGES

  1. Woho!! Welcome to my reading challenge!! I so glad you wanted to join. And yes pick whichever prompt you want 😁 You selection of books for all the challenges makes me think you are going to have a great year! Can’t wait to see how you do 😁 Good Luck and Happy New Year!🥳

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