A Look Ahead to My 2019 Reading and Blogging Challenges
It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about what reading/blogging challenges I want to participate in during 2018. I love taking part in challenges, but I like to pick challenges that I think won’t overwhelm me and make reading suddenly feel like a chore. There are so many great challenges out there for the upcoming year though, that it’s easy to find a few that I think will be perfect for me. So, please consider this my as my sign-up post for the following challenges:
1. GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE
It’s not even time to sign up for the 2019 Goodreads Challenge yet, but I already know that I’ll be doing this one. My reading goal for 2018 was 90 books and I surpassed that by a pretty good margin, so this year I’m pretty sure I’ll be increasing that, possibly as high as 110. I love this challenge because aside from marking the books you’ve read, Goodreads keeps track of everything else. All I have to do is read. The only stress is self-imposed and that’s if I set my goal too high.
2. 2019 BEAT THE BACKLIST CHALLENGE
My TBR is always a nightmare so I love participating n the Beat the Backlist Challenge every year. This past year it helped me to knock 34 backlisted titles off my TBR so I’ve decided to increase my goal to 35 for 2019. Wish me luck! You can read about the rules for the challenge at www.novelknight.com but the basic gist is that the challenge runs all year long and all of the books you read for it must have been published in 2018 or earlier. There are lots of other fun, optional components to the challenge as well, including a Hogwarts House Mini Challenge and an Instagram Challenge. I’ll be taking part in the Hogwarts Challenge and will represent Gryffindor.
Below is my tentative TBR, but as I’m such a mood reader, this list is subject to change. It also contains quite a few books that I keep putting on my TBR and then failing to get to. Hopefully the third time is the charm for those, lol.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
- Nemesis by Anna Banks
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner
- History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
- How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
- A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
- Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
- Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Becoming by Michelle Obama After You by JoJo Moyes
- Circe by Madeline Miller
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
- Ace of Shades by Amanda Footy
- Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
Red Winter by Annette Marie
- Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
- And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee(read 1/3/2019)
3. 2019 BOOK BLOGGER DISCUSSION CHALLENGE
Writing discussion posts continues to be a fear/weakness of mine, so I’m hoping this challenge will push me to write more of them this year. So as not to stress myself completely out, I’ll be aiming for one post a month, for a total of 15-20 discussion posts, which would put me firmly in the Creative Conversationalist level. The discussion challenge is hosted by Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon at It Starts at Midnight.
Here’s All You Have to Do:
- The 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2019.
- Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
- Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
- The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2019. Sign-ups will remain open through December 31st, 2019. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
- Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
- Discussions can be about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to books or book blogging (no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). They can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
- On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions. Every month, we’ll update this 2019 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
- There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in!
- Every month, we’ll feature our favorite posts from one challenge participant. There will be extra options in the Rafflecopter for commenting on posts by our featured blogger.
- Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2019 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
- Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!
1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab
4. AUDIOBOOK CHALLENGE 2019
This will be the first time I’m participating in this challenge since prior to 2018, I didn’t think I audiobooks really worked for me. I figured out how best to enjoy them, however, and so now I want to focus on trying to read more of them. This challenge, hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listens, is the perfect choice to keep me motivated.
- Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
- The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
- Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
- ANY genres count.
- Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
- You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
- If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
- Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.
- Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
- Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
- Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15
- Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
- Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
- My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
- Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
I’ll be aiming for the achievement level of Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) with 15-20 audiobooks this year. We’ll see how it goes!
5. 2019 RETELLINGS READING CHALLENGE
This will be another new challenge for me, but I love retellings so this retellings challenge, hosted by www.cornerfolds.com seems like it should be a good fit for me. The guidelines are straightforward and there’s even a Retellings Bingo game that looks like fun.
- This challenge will run from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.
- Books must be read and reviewed in 2019. (You don’t have to review books to count towards your goal, but you do have to review them if you want them to count as giveaway entries.)
- Audiobooks, e-books, re-reads, short stories, novellas, and graphic novels all count, and you can read adult, YA, and middle grade books for this challenge.
- It’s also totally fine to use books from this challenge to fulfill other reading challenges and vice versa.
- ALL retellings count!
- You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can link up and track your progress on Goodreads, Instagram, Youtube, or wherever you share books!
- Sign up below with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting me know what your personal goal is.
- Link up your reviews each quarter on the post provided! (Bookmark this page to make sure you don’t miss a link-up!)
- Silent Assassin: 1-5 Retellings
- Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings
- Elemental Witch: 11-15 Retellings
- High Fae: 16-20 Retellings
- Fairest of them All: 21-25+ Retellings
- Each block describes a book or type of retelling. For example, “Bronte or Austen” means that you can read a retelling of a book by one of the Bronte sisters or Jane Austen to complete that category. “Debut author” means that you can read any author’s debut book.
- Getting BINGO (making a line vertically, horizontally, or diagonally on the card) will get you an additional 5 entries in the end of year giveaway!
- If you get a Bingo blackout (filling the entire card), you get an additional 10 entries in the giveaway!
- Right click to save the card to your computer!
I have a tentative TBR for the Retellings challenge as well, again subject to change based on my everchanging mood when it comes to books. I’ll be aiming for High Fae, 16-20 retellings.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
- Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner
- Circe by Madeline Miller
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Broday and Joanne Rendell
- Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
- The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankensteain by Kiersten White
No Place Like Here by Christina June
Lots of good ones here! I am also trying the audiobook challenge. Good luck with these!!
Thanks! Good luck to you as well. 🙂
Wow, Suzanne! These are great challenges. I’m in the 2019 Goodreads and Audiobook Challenges and am eyeing that Backlist one as I read a LOT of older titles. Good luck and thanks for the post.
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I just saw you had signed up for Beat the Backlist. Good luck!
So many great challenges! You have a lot of awesome options on your Backlist TBR. Good luck with all of these!
Thanks! Good luck on your challenges as well. 🙂
These all look like fun. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing next year, other than the Goodreads challenge. I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about it!
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I know, right? It snuck up on me too, lol.
I really should sign-up for one of these as well. I am trying to add as many backlist titles to my TBR as I can and I think that a challenge just might encourage me to commit to reading them. Good luck on your challenges this year! 🙂
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I really like all of the backlist challenges for that same reason. That extra motivation helps keep me from forgetting about those older titles.
There are so many wonderful challenges out there! I only participated in two this year, the one on Goodreads and the Beat the Backlist Challenge, so I’ll definitely be participating in those again. I’m also considering the one for discussion posts, and the one for audiobooks! I randomly do discussion posts throughout the year, and I’m always listening to an audiobook! It seems like you have everything planned out for next year, and I love that you did a post like this! It highlighted a few challenges I wasn’t aware of, so thank you!
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You’re welcome! Oh and if you’re looking to see all of the different challenges out there, Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction has a pretty comprehensive list on her blog: 2019 Challenge Master List.
I really need to hammer out my challenges. GR is a given, and I unofficially always track my backlist. I am thinking of doing the retellings challenge. I love that it has a bingo component. (look, my people love bingo, I can’t resist) Good luck with all your challenges.
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I was really excited to see that Retellings Challenge. And yes, the Bingo element was a huge draw for me as well, lol.
These all sound SO good, and I am so impressed with your organization, Suzanne! I’m intimidated by even one challenge. Well, wait…I can do the Goodreads challenge, but anything on top of that scares me a little. 😂 Good luck with your challenges and I can’t wait to see how your year progresses!
Lol, thanks. I’m organized now but we’ll see how long it lasts. I tried to pick challenges that didn’t have a lot of administrative stuff to deal with so I’m hoping that will help.
Wow , you are doing all of the things! I haven’t done a challenge in years because I tend to forget about them in March. Good luck!
I know what you mean. I should actually complete all of mine this year, so we’ll see what 2019 holds.
Whew, Suzanne, so many challenges! I think I am deep down convinced I need to finish any challenge to be able to say I did one properly. Which is a scary thought lol
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Lol, and I’m actually doing way fewer than I usually do. I tried to pick ones that sounded fun rather than tedious and where the administrative aspect was minimal.
Ooh I love some of these! I’m pants when it comes to most reading challenges and although I start with good intentions, often forget about the challenges by the middle of the year. One of my resolutions for next year is to choose one challenge and complete it, besides the Goodreads challenge. It’s just now a case of choosing one. Very best of luck with your challenges Suzanna, looking forward to following your progress! <3
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I know what you mean. I tried to pick challenges this time around where the administration aspect is simple because that’s where I generally fall apart, lol.
It is very handy how GR keeps track of things for us lol. Ooh you have books on your tbrs that I want to read next year as well! I also really enjoy the discussion challenge 🙂 And the retelling one looks fun!
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I’m really excited about that retelling one. I’ll take any excuse to read more of those. 🙂
Some great challenges. I’m still on the fence with joining for the retelling one. I kind of just want to join for the bingo card, haha.
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That bingo card is great, lol.
I always do the Goodreads challenge, but that’s more to keep track of what I read than anything. I try not to stress about the actual number. I think I’ll do the discussion challenge again, but I need to do better with it – and remember to link up when I DO post a discussion!! I don’t think I’m doing Beat the Backlist officially, BUT I am planning on reading as many books as I can that I already own in 2019.
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Yes, linking up is always where I fail. Hopefully I’ll do better at that in 2019.
Oooooooooooooo beat the backlist challenge sounds right up my alley!
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I’ve done it for the past two years and found it very helpful to motivate me to read some of those older books that have piled up on my TBR.
Looking forward to reading your discussions again this year!! 🙂
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Thanks! I barely made my goal this year, but I’m really hoping to do a lot more discussion posts in 2019.
Good luck to your challenges. 🙂 I’ve joined Beat the Backlist and I’m also representing Gryffindor. I hope you read An Ember in the Ashes this year. One of my favourite books (and series) ever.
Happy readings! 😉
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Thanks! I’m really hoping to get to An Ember in the Ashes very soon. My mom and sister actually both love this series and were telling me over Christmas that I really need to hurry up and read it.
Good luck with your reading challenges this year, Suzanne! There are so many great sounding ones out there, aren’t there? I could probably do with a few to help me along. Alas, I am forgoing them this year. After last year, I think it’s for the best. Have a Happy New Year!