Reading Challenges

2019 Reading Challenges

2019 reading challenges

It’s that exciting time of the year when I think about and sign up for various reading challenges. To be honest, even if I didn’t sign up to these challenges, I’m pretty sure I’d be reading the books I read but what these challenges do is open me to a whole bunch of new books I can continue to add to my TBR list {on second thoughts, that could be a problem!}. I make tentative lists for some of them knowing that new books will be released and I’m allowed to change my mind. I also tend to have books that can be read across a few challenges thereby leaving me more room for all the other books I want to read. Here are the reading challenges I’ve signed up for in 2019:

2019 Aussie Author Challenge

I’ve been participating in Jo’s challenge for a few years now. When I first started, it was a way to read more Aussie authors. In the last few years, however, it has become a bit of a no-brainer as I find myself reaching out to read Australian literature anyway. Jo hosts this challenge from Booklover Book Reviews and there are three levels you can aim for. I’ve successfully managed to reach Kangaroo level the last few years which involves reading 12 books of which four are by female authors, four male authors and four who are new to me. There also needs to be three different genres. My tentative list for 2019 based on books I have but have not yet read is:

4 Female authors

  • Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell (Poetry)
  • What I like about me by Jenna Guillaume (YA Contemporary Fiction)
  • Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales (Nonfiction)
  • The World was Whole by Fiona Wright (Essays)

4 Male authors

  • The Art of Belonging by Hugh Mackay (Nonfiction)
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Fiction)
  • The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (Fiction)
  • Van Cat Meow by Richard East (Memoir/Nonfiction)

4 Authors new to me

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Historical fiction)
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (Children’s fiction/Fantasy)
  • Yellow by Megan Jacobsen (YA contemporary fiction)
  • Cloudwish by Fiona Wood (YA contemporary fiction)

2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge

This is a wonderful challenge that I’ve been part of the last couple of years. Once again, given that most of the books I read are by women writers, it’s an easy one for me to do. Like the last few years, I tend to combine this challenge and the Aussie Author one to give me space to read all of the other books I want to read! As part of this challenge, we aim to read 10 books by Australian Women Writers and review at least 6. My list for this is:

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Historical fiction)
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (Children’s fiction/Fantasy)
  • Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (Children’s fiction/Fantasy)
  • Yellow by Megan Jacobsen (YA contemporary fiction)
  • Cloudwish by Fiona Wood (YA contemporary fiction)
  • Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell (Poetry)
  • What I like about me by Jenna Guillaume (YA Contemporary Fiction)
  • Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales (Nonfiction)
  • The World was Whole by Fiona Wright (Essays)
  • The Lost man by Jane Harper (Crime Fiction)

Erin’s book challenge 10.0

Erin’s is a cool little book challenge run through a Facebook group. You don’t need a blog or a Goodreads account but you will need Facebook. It’s a points-based challenge that runs twice a year for four months. There are certain categories chosen by past winners; yes, there are winners for this challenge! I’ve never won this challenge and have only finished the 10 books the very first time I signed up but it’s a fun one to do. This time around, I found that I could participate just with all the books already on my shelf. The challenge runs from 1st January 2019 to 30th April 2019. Here’s my list:

  • Freebie (5) – Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
  • Book made into a movie (10) – If cats disappeared from the world by Genki Kawamura
  • Book set in Europe (10) – The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Book that was a Newberry award winner or honour book (15) – Piecing me together by Renee Watson
  • Book that is a friend or family member’s favourite (20) – Lessons in forgetting by Anita Nair
  • Book originally published over 100 years ago (20) – Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Book with 6 words in the title (25) – The last time we say goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  • Book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (30) – One half from the east by Nadia Hashimi
  • Book originally published in a different language than your own (30) – Poonachi by Perumal Murugan
  • Book beginning with the letter N (35) – Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Goodreads Challenge

As always, Goodreads allows you to set a challenge in terms of how many books you intend to read in the year. In 2018, I aimed for 40 and have so far managed 44 {thanks to some holidays!} but I’m thinking I might challenge myself a bit for 2019 and set my goal at 45 books. You can follow my journey on Goodreads.

Outdo Yourself Challenge

2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Corinne hosts this challenge and the rules are simple – you just have to outdo what you did last year. It ties in well with my Goodreads goal of 45 books.

Write Tribe Reading Challenge 2019

This is a brand new challenge by Write Tribe this year. As part of their format, they have different reading levels, at least 12 prompts that need to be included, and one book review a month. With my goal of 45 books, I’ll probably fall anywhere between a Book Worm (36 books) and a Book Geek (48 books). The 12 prompts I’m choosing are:

  • A book that is a translation – Poonachi by Perumal Murugan
  • A book by a female author – Yellow by Megan Jacobsen
  • A book set in World War II era – The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • A book with an animal on the cover – If cats disappeared from the world by Genki Kawamura
  • A memoir – Van Cat Meow by Richard East
  • A drama/poetry book – Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell
  • A book from the Man-Booker Prize longlist – Milkman by Anna Burns
  • A book written by an author who is new to you – The World was Whole by Fiona Wright
  • A book made into a movie – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • A book that is a 2019 release – To be determined in 2019
  • A book written by someone of a different nationality/ethnic group as you – Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • A book with four words in the title – When I hit you by Meena Kandasamy

That’s it for my 2019 reading challenges. Six challenges with books overlapping which means I also read a lot of what’s not in these challenges. I can’t wait to start on some of these books.

How about you? Have you signed up for any reading challenges in 2019?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this Week***

Until next time,

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  • Joanne Tracey
    24 December 2018 at 9:46 am

    Weirdly, I plan to read less next year. I definitely intend to buy fewer books – which as an author trying to market my own books I shouldn’t say out loud! I have more memoir on my list for 2019 and also have some cookbooks that are more like memoir or food story than cookbook. Thanks for the connection this year – I look forward to more of the same in 2019. Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and here’s to a happy and healthy 2019.

  • Shalzmojo
    25 December 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Wow- these are some amazing book reading challenges and I am looking forward to the reviews you will be showcasing soon. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is on my list too – this book has been peeking o ut to me from the Goodreads far too many times. Read it quickly and post a review please 🙂

    I will sign up for the Erin challenge and check out Corinne’s too – both new for me and ofcourse will do Goodreads.

    Wish you a blessed year ahead with loads of reading and adventures!! xoxo
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  • Rajlakshmi
    25 December 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Erin’s challenge sounds interesting. Maybe I will give it a try. I have been reading 30 books a year for a couple of years now. Sometimes even that is a struggle. Kudos to you for striking more this year.
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  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    26 December 2018 at 12:12 pm

    So pleased to hear, that like me, participation in the Aussie Author Challenge has influenced your instinctive book selection AND that you’ll be helping us celebrate our 10th year! Diverse reading idea list… I’m reliably told that Leigh Sales title is wonderful.

    I too will also be participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge (dovetails so nicely with Aussie Author), and the other challenges you’ve signed up to have certainly given me pause for thought… Off to investigate further 🙂
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  • Denyse
    26 December 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Wowsers. You sure do some reading and I like your intentions. Leigh’s book is, for me, the best and yet I have not ‘read it’ only heard it via Audible via her narration. It was so striking in some sections I had to stop it and return later. Let me say this, definitely a professional read as well. I have lent my physical copy to a young couple who have experienced the worst of any ordinary day when their newborn died because of “unfixable” complications.

    Thank you for joining the LAST #LifeThisWeek in 2018. Next one starts in 10 days and has the optional prompt: 1/51. Hello Again. 7/1/19. Thanks for your support of the link up in 2018. Denyse.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    29 December 2018 at 9:49 am

    Those book challenges look so cool. I might take some of those prompts and try and make my own as prompts for reading as opposed to a reading challenge. I’m not good under pressure! This year, I’m going to try and be even more minimalist in my reading habits, borrowing more books from friends, family and the library!