2019 Reading Challenges!

It is just me or is it really hard to believe that we’re already a couple days into 2019?! I don’t know where time goes, honestly. Anyway, I figured it’s about time to share my reading goals for 2019. I’ve vaguely referenced them a few times, but now I’m ready to go into detail. Without further ado, here are my 2019 reading challenges!

[1] Popsugar’s 2019 Reading Challenge

I’ve done the Popsugar Reading Challenge a few times in the past, but I skipped it in 2018 because I didn’t like the prompts. I’ve decided to give it a shot in 2019. Here are the prompts:

  • A book becoming a movie in 2019
  • A book that makes you nostalgic
  • A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
  • A book you think should be turned into a movie
  • A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
  • A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
  • A reread of a favorite book
  • A book about a hobby
  • A book you meant to read in 2018
  • A book with “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title
  • A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
  • A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore
  • A book published posthumously
  • A book set in space
  • A book by two female authors
  • A book with a title that contains “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy”
  • A book set in Scandinavia
  • A book that takes place in a single day
  • A debut novel
  • A book that’s published in 2019
  • A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
  • A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
  • A book with “love” in the title
  • A book featuring an amateur detective
  • A book about a family
  • A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America
  • A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
  • A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
  • A retelling of a classic
  • A book with a question in the title
  • A book set on a college or university campus
  • A book about someone with a superpower
  • A book told from multiple character POVs
  • A book that includes a wedding
  • A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
  • A ghost story
  • A book with a two-word title
  • A novel based on a true story
  • A book revolving around a puzzle or game
  • Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

[2] Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2019 Reading Challenge

The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge is another one that I’ve done in the past. It’s pretty quick and easy and I’m really looking forward to it! Here are the prompts:

  • A book you’ve been meaning to read
  • A book about a topic that fascinates you
  • A book in the backlist of a favorite author
  • A book recommended by someone with great taste
  • Three books by the same author
  • A book you chose for the cover
  • A book by an author who is new to you
  • A book in translation
  • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone
  • A book published before you were born

[3] Girlxoxo’s Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

I did the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge in 2018 and it was one of my favorite challenges that I’ve ever done! It’s broad enough that it’s not too difficult to meet the prompts, but it’s structured enough that I still feel like I’m accomplishing something each month. Here are the themes for each month of 2019:

  • January: New to You Author (Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before.)
  • 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.)
  • March: Royalty, Kingdoms, Empires, Governments (Read a book in which the character is involved in a ruling or governing body in some way.)
  • April: Crack the Case (Read a mystery, detective story, true crime, cozy mystery, or book involving a puzzle to solve.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.)
  • July: Through the Years (Read a book involving time travel, a book with a ‘time’ setting such as The Great Gatsby, 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 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.)

[4] Goodreads goal

In 2019, I’m aiming to read 100 books! I don’t think I’ll get anywhere near the 200+ that I read in 2018, but we’ll see.

[5] #killingthetbr

I’m going to try my best to keep reading at least three books per month that I’ve owned for at least three months. Will I succeed? I’m not sure, but I hope so!

[6] Romanceopoly

We all know that I read a ton of romance, and in 2019, I’m also planning to do the Romanceopoly reading challenge!

  • LEATHER LANE: Read an urban fantasy where the series is already completed
  • LIBRARY: Read ANY book you want!
  • KICKASS LANE: Read an urban fantasy with a picture of a kickass heroine on the cover
  • DOWNTOWN: Read a rock star romance
  • BEANIES: [ 1/1/19 – 3/31/19 ] Post pics of your bookshelves using #ROMANCEOPOLYSHELFIE
  • GROWING PAINS PLACE: Read a young adult book (fantasy or contemporary)
  • MYSTERY #1: Prompt to be announced 2/1/19
  • MEMORY LANE: Read a historical fiction novel
  • WOMEN’S AVE: Read a women’s fiction novel
  • DUNGEON: Read a book with a hero in prison or who is an ex-con – OR – Read a book on UTC’s or PLB’s Book Boyfriends List
  • COLLEGE ROW: Read a new adult book set in college
  • BUS: Read a book where the character(s) have to go on a journey which involves travel (this includes fantasy)
  • LGBT LANE: Read a new adult LGBT romance
  • FREEDOM FRIARS: Read an adult LGBT romance
  • COVER BEANS: [ 4/1/19 – 6/30/19 ] Post pics of your favorite cover using #ROMANCEOPOLYCOVERLOVE
  • SWEET STREET: Read a sweet or small town contemporary romance
  • LIBRARY: Free Choice Read ANY book you want!
  • BAD BOY CIRCUS: Read a contemporary romance with a bad boy hero or bad gal heroine
  • EROTIC EAVES: Read a smoking hot erotic contemporary romance
  • FIRE STATION: Read a book with a firefighter hero/heroine – OR – Read an ON FIRE HOT erotic romance (can be other than contemporary)
  • WARRIORS WAY: Read a paranormal romance that involves a band of warriors
  • MYSTERY #2: Prompt to be announced 5/1/19
  • MAGIC ROW: Read a paranormal romance where the hero/heroine can wield magic
  • CREATURE CRESCENT: Read a paranormal romance where the hero/heroine isn’t human (shifters, vamps, angels, demons, gargoyles, etc)
  • CAFE NOOK: [ 7/1/19 – 9/30/19 ] Post pics of your reading nook using #ROMANCEOPOLYNOOK
  • COZY CORNER: Read a mystery or cozy mystery
  • MILITARY MEWS: Read a romantic suspense with a military hero/heroine
  • TAXI: Read a book on UTC’s or PLB’s Recs List (any genre).
  • MURDER MILL: Read a thriller or romantic thriller
  • HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL: Read a book with a doctor hero/heroine – OR – Read a tearjerker
  • FARAWAY LAND: Read a fantasy romance or a fantasy novel
  • LONDON STREET: Read a steampunk romance or steampunk novel
  • LIBRARY: Read ANY book you want!
  • ALIEN AVENUE: Read a sci fi romance or a sci fi novel
  • BOOKBUCKS: [ 10/1/19 – 12/21/19 ] Post pics of yourself with your favorite book(s) of the challenge using #ROMANCEOPOLYBOOKANDI
  • MYSTERY #3: Prompt to be announced 9/1/19
  • AUSTEN ROW: Read a classic romance – OR – Read a historical romance on UTC’s or PLB’s Recs List.
  • UPTOWN: Read a chef/foodie romance
  • MAYFAIR: Read a historical romance where there is a class disparity

That’s it! I might be doing some more reading challenges in 2019, but for now, I think five is good. Are you doing any reading challenges? Are you participating in any of these? Do you have any suggestions for the prompts? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:


Blog hopping:

  • Gerry shared the nicest end-of-year wrap-up post and shouted out a lot of bloggers! (Thank you again!)

Song(s) of the week:

I had to go with The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie since I’ve been listening to this song on New Year’s for… a long time.

And, in honor of the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix, here’s New Year’s Day. ❤ ❤