Reading Challenges

2019 Reading Challenges: Mid-year review

2019 reading challenges

Can you believe it’s halfway through 2019 already? It feels like we were just talking about starting the new year and setting goals, and then complaining how quickly January flew by and how February is the new January and wham! We’re now in the middle of June! It’s a good time for me to review where I’m at with my 2019 reading challenges while also signing up for a new one.

2019 Aussie Author Challenge

I’m doing pretty well with this one having finished 11 of the 12 so far. I am, however, lagging behind in my reviews! Hopefully, I’ll finish it shortly.

4 Female authors

4 Male authors

4 Authors new to me

2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge

Once again, I’ve been reading a lot of Australian women writers and have read 9 out of the 10 on this list.

  • The tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
  • Yellow by Megan Jacobsen
  • Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
  • What I like about me by Jenna Guillaume
  • Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
  • The World was whole by Fiona Wrightto be reviewed
  • The Memories we hide by Jodi Gobson
  • The Lost Man by Jane Harperto be reviewed
  • Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernellto be reviewed

Erin’s Book Challenge 10.0

I successfully completed Erin’s Challenge and for the first time ever, even managed to complete 6 books in the bonus round.

  • 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

Bonus round

  • Freebie – Yellow by Megan Jacobsen
  • Book made into a movie – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Book set in Europe – Milkman by Anna Burns
  • Book that was a Newberry award winner – Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  • Family/Friend’s favourite – The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
  • Originally published 100 years ago – Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • 6 words in the title – The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • Compass in the title – Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Different language – Lullaby by Leila Slimani
  • Beginning with N – Normal People by Sally Rooney

2019 Write Tribe Reading Challenge

Once again, with this one, I’ve finished 11 of the 12 books but am yet to review some of them!

  • 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 – to be reviewed
  • 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 – to be reviewed
  • A book made into a movie – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • A book that is a 2019 release – What I like about me by Jenna Guillaume
  • 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 – to be reviewed

2019 Goodreads Challenge

My goal for this year’s Goodreads challenge was to read 45 books. I’m doing quite well with 34 under my belt so far. That’s 75% percent of my goal. This time last year, I was 48 percent near my target so it’s a pretty big jump!

2019 Outdo yourself challenge

As this is similar to the Goodreads challenge, I think I’m on track to outdo myself this year.

And now, it’s time to sign up to the next challenge by Erin. If you’re not aware, Erin’s book challenge runs twice a year and here are my choices for her challenge running from July 1st to October 31st 2019.

Erin’s Book Challenge 11.0

  • Freebie (5) – The Rip by Mark Brandi
  • Book that starts with “F” (10) – The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • Book with one of the following words in the title: rain(s), thunder, lightning, or monsoon (10) – Shouting at the rain by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  • Book with a picture of a building (i.e. a house, a castle, a school, a hospital, etc.) on the cover (15) – The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta
  • Book that the published author uses an initial in his/her name (20) – The Silent Ones by K L Slater
  • Book with an article of clothing or accessory in the title (20) – A cat, a hat and a piece of string by Joanne Harris
  • Book set in India (25) – Em And the big hoom by Jerry Pinto
  • Book that has won or been short-listed for the Booker Prize (30) – Milkman by Anna Burns
  • Book about a human with superpowers or supernatural powers (30) – Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
  • Book that has the same title as another book in a different genre (35) – The lies we told by Camilla Way

It has been a pretty decent reading year so far. Of course, there are several books I’ve read that I haven’t reviewed but I usually talk about them on Instagram or else, on Goodreads so if you’re keen, do follow me there.

How are you going with reading in 2019? Did you set any goals or take up any challenges?

Do share!

***Linking up with Jo, Min, Leanne and Deb for the Lovin’ Life Linky***

Until next time,

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  • Joanne Tracey
    22 June 2019 at 2:20 pm

    You’re doing so well. I read a lot, but have never actually set goals. I will say though that this year I’m reading more outside my normal genre to the extent that some have made me quite uncomfortable – even as I recognise the great writing. I’m reading Everything Under at the moment and having to take breaks from it – it’s quite unsettling and I’m not sure why. Enjoy the rest of your weekend…
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      22 June 2019 at 7:07 pm

      Ooh I think I have that book on my shelves. Have to get to it at some point