2019 Reading Challenges

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019 hosted by My Reader's Block

I am again signing up for the Mount Vancouver level this year and aiming to read at least 36 books from my own shelves. Last year I almost made it and read 33!

I have an entire TBR bookcase (that now has double rows on every shelf!), so I really need this challenge. Note that the host says its OK to count e-books and audio books, but I tend to count only print books, as those are the ones physically piling up!

There are monthly summary link-ups (I will try to remember!)
  1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  2. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing
  3. Form of a Question by Andrew Rostan and Kate Kasenow
  4. True Enough by Stephen McCauley 
  5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  6. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  7. Deogratias by J.P. Stassen  
  8. Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan 
  9. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  10. Leading Men by Christopher Castellani
  11. Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais  
  12. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor  
  13. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  14. True Grit by Charles Portis  
  15. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  16. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin



2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge hosted by Girlxoxo.

I enjoy this challenge every year! I only missed one monthly motif last year, so I will try to hit them all in 2019! This also has monthly review link-ups.

JANUARY – New to You Author
Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before - Less by Andrew Sean Greer

FEBRUARY – Cover Love
Yes. We’re giving you permission to judge a book by its cover and read a book with a cover that really caught your eye. The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

MARCH – Royalty, Kingdoms, Empires, Governments
Read a book in which the character is involved in a ruling or governing body in some way. My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

APRIL – Crack the Case
Read a mystery, detective story, true crime, cozy mystery, or book involving a puzzle to solve. Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones

MAY – One Sitting Reads
Read something that is short enough you could get through it in one sitting- try a graphic novel, comic book, short story, essay, or short collection of poetry. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

JUNE – Diversify Your Reading
Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own or read about a culture you want to learn more about. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, which had plenty of significant black characters (though it was, of course, not diverse by modern standards and a product of its time but still gave insights into what life was like).

JULY – Through The Years
Read a book involving time travel, a book with a ‘time’ setting such as The Great Gatsby (20s), read a historical fiction/nonfiction, or choose a book published in your birth year.
AUGUST – Mode of Transportation
Read a book where the mode of transportation plays a role in the story (ex. Murder on the Orient Express or The Boys in the Boat)
SEPTEMBER – Animal, Number, Color, Name
One of those things needs to be in the title of the book you choose (ex. Water for Elephants, Red Queen, Fahrenheit 451, Rebecca, Harry Potter)
OCTOBER – Tricks and Trades
Read a book set in a theater, an amusement park, a circus, or a book involving magic, illusions, or characters with special powers.
NOVEMBER – Seasons, Elements, and Weather
Embrace a winter wonderland setting, pick a beach read, or read about a natural disaster. As long as a season, element, or the weather plays a key role in the story or is part of the title, it counts. (ex. Little Fires Everywhere, The Snow Child, On The Island)
DECEMBER – Last Chance
Finally read that one book that you’ve been meaning to get to all year long.



Back to the Classics hosted by Books and Chocolate.

Another one I am returning to this year. For the last two years, I aimed to read 6 classics and managed just 5, so I am once again setting my goal at 6 classics. Here are the categories:

1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.

2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago. 

3. Classic by a Woman Author. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a novel other than your native language. You may read the book in your native language, or its original language (or a third language for all you polyglots!) Modern translations are acceptable, as long as the book was originally published at least 50 years ago. Books in translation are acceptable in all other categories as well.

5. Classic Comic Novel. Any comedy, satire, or humorous work. Humor is very subjective, so if you think Crime and Punishment is hilarious, go ahead and use it, but if it's a work that's traditionally not considered humorous, please tell us why in your post. Some classic comic novels: Cold Comfort Farm; Three Men in a Boat; Lucky Jim; and the works of P. G. Wodehouse.

6. Classic Tragic Novel. Tragedies traditionally have a sad ending, but just like the comedies, this is up for the reader to interpret. Examples include The Grapes of Wrath, House of Mirth, and Madame Bovary.

7. Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or end notes. Omnibus editions of multiple works do not count. Since page counts can vary depending on the edition, average the page count of various editions to determine the length.

8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages. 
True Grit by Charles Portis

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Includes classic set in either North or South America or the Caribbean, or by an author originally from one of those countries. Examples include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (United States); Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Jamaica); or One Hundred Years of Solitude (Columbia/South America). 

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Any classic set in one of those continentss or islands, or by an author from these regions. Examples include Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt); The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Japan); On the Beach by Nevile Shute (Australia); Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria). 

11. Classic From a Place You've Lived. Read locally! Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you've lived, or by a local author. Choices for me include Giant by Edna Ferber (Texas); Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (Chicago); and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (Germany). 

12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago. Plays are eligible for this category only.


Monthly Keyword Challenge hosted by My Reader's Block

I was looking for something new and interesting for 2019, and this one caught my eye. Here's how it goes:

 "Your task is to read at least one book for each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. For instance, for January you might read Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie. A full chart of all key words for the year - "


Sounds like fun!

This one also has link-ups for monthly reviews.

January - not a single book with the keywords in the title! Not a good start...



2019 Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey.

I read 17 nonfiction books last year, which was much more than usual, so I think I will shoot for 15 this year...and maybe more!

  1. Form of a Question by Andrew Rostan
  2. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  3. The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea 
  4. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro




2019 Diversity Reading Challenge hosted by Lukten Av Trykksverte

I usually count these up myself anyway at the end of the year, so I thought it would be fun to join a challenge and track it as I go. Last year, I read 22 books (25%) that counted as diverse books (though I might have had a few more, using this criteria - it's pretty broad). So, I will aim for 25 diverse books for 2019 (but hope for much more!). This one also has monthly review linkups.
  1. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  2. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  3. The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing
  4. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright  
  5. The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice
  6. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  7. True Enough by Stephen McCauley 
  8. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  9. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  10. The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
  11. Deogratias by J.P. Stassen  
  12. My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (for the Native Americans included in the story) 
  13. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  14. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  15. Leading Men by Christopher Castellani
  16. Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais  
  17. Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones
  18. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor  
  19. On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
  20. Inheritance by Dani Shapiro 
  21. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell




Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge hosted by Mom's Small Victories, one of my favorite blogs. I signed up for this one back in 2014, so this is a continuation (it's a perpetual challenge) - I can't wait to see what places I visit in books in 2019! Last year I read 31 books set in other countries/cultures (30 different countries/regions - I read a trip-around-the-world memoir at the end of the year!), so I hope to do even better this year (though that will be hard to beat).
  1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Mexico, Germany, France, India, Japan)
  2. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright  (Cambodia)
  3. The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice (Canada)
  4. Deogratias by J.P. Stassen  (Rwanda)
  5. Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Morocco)
  6. A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas (UK) 
  7. Leading Men by Christopher Castellani (Italy)
  8. Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais  (South Africa)
  9. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Scotland)



2019 Literary Escapes Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

I love tracking where I read! Last year, I read books set in 25 different states for this challenge last year, so I hope to do even better this year.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea
Arkansas True Grit by Charles Portis
California
Colorado All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Connecticut Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
Delaware Less by Andrew Sean Greer, Sunburn by Laura Lippman
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice, The Guest Book by Sarah Blake, Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Maryland
Massachusetts Form of a Question by Andrew Rostan and Kate Kasenow, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, True Enough by Stephen McCauley, Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson, Last Day by Domenica Ruta, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Michigan Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones
Minnesota
Mississippi Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire The Den by Abi Maxwell
New Jersey Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
New Mexico
New York My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, Leading Men by Christopher Castellani
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio The Widows by Jess Montgomery
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen
Rhode Island
South Carolina The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
South Dakota Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
Tennessee
Texas The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
Utah
Vermont Tangerine by Christine Mangan, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect by Dave Patterson
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming



Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month! Stop by to print out this month's Bingo card and play along!



Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by Book By Book (me!)

Starting at the end of May. I usually aim to read 6 Big Books (400+ pages) during the summer for the challenge. All are welcome to join the fun! I'll post the sign-up page at the end of May.
  1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  2. Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen

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