2019 READING CHALLENGES – Trying to figure out how to tackle 2019 in reading

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If there’s one thing I love [and hate at the same time] about one year ending and a new one beginning, it’s all the possibilities of setting goals, finding challenges and compiling lists of things we want to achieve during the next year. I figured I can’t possibly be on my own in that one, since I know we all love reading challenges. Not to mention setting ourselves reading goals to challenge ourselves throughout the year! Sometimes it’s simply hard making up our minds about them but okay.

Which is why I thought you’d be interested to see the challenges I’ll be joining myself. I’ve been working on this post for quite some time since not all challenges are announced at the same time – not to mention some will only pop up in January! – and I had to figure out which ones to join and which ones to leave be. If you want to talk about the whole subject of yearly reading challenges, I encourage you to check out this post where I talk about the struggle of setting yearly reading goals!

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The first one I wanted to check out, before any other reading challenges, was the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I first found out and joined the 2017-edition and absolutely loved it. Although I didn’t participate this year – honestly, I didn’t like quite a lot of the prompts so I ended up creating my own bookish bingo – I’m so ready to jump back on the Popsugar-train in 2019!

There are still some harder prompts, but I feel up to them? Either that or it’s a genre-related prompt and I don’t tend to shy away from those since I love trying out new genres once in a while! [Has anyone ever heard of cli-fi? Or LitRPG?] I already made a list with all the possible books I could use for prompts. It’s not finished, at all, but it definitely showed me how it’s totally possible to rock the challenge! Important side note though: I’m only going to challenge myself to tick off half the prompts for this one. I don’t want to pressure myself too much!

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As for the next challenge.. That’s one I had going on in 2018 as well. I’m officially naming it the “Boyfriend TBR Challenge” with the simple explanation of.. my boyfriend set the challenge! Last year, he challenged me to read 75 of my owned books – the ones I owned before January 1st, 2018. I asked him to do the same for 2019, which means I’ll be trying to read 50 of my pre-2019 books again! He didn’t even want to lower it at first, until I pointed out the tiny fact of our lives changing a lot next year. Good thing he changed his mind or this would’ve been doomed before it even started?!

Then there’s the regular “Goodreads challenge” I can’t pass up on. As last year, I’m going to keep track of both the books read and the pages read. I really believe the latter gives a better view of how much we actually read. There’s such a difference between reading ten 200-page novels and ten 350-page ones!
Since my life is going to change a lot in 2019, I’m going to keep it “low” by saying I’ll be setting a goal of 75 books and 20.000 pages! Compared to 2018’s 150 books and 55.000 pages, that’s a huge change but.. I don’t want to set some impossible goal. I’d rather up it as I go, should it be manageable. That also means I can only read 25 books I don’t own yet? Uhow…

Last but not least.. In 2018 I really wanted to reread the Harry Potter-books. Of course there are some other series I’d love to reread so I’m making this a yearly one as well: “Series Challenge“! In 2019 I’ll be trying to reread all the Shadowhunter-books by Cassandra Clare! And because I failed tremendously at my 2018-goal of reading the Game of Thrones-books.. I’m adding those to the challenge as well. Let’s hope I actually read at least one of them this year? So far that still hadn’t happened though.

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I’m thinking I can conclude my 2019-goals are.. impossible or seem to be? If you do the math, it simply won’t be doable to combine reading pre-2019 books with rereading the Shadowhunter-series and then read the GoT-books on top of that but.. Honestly, since my life will be all over the place, why not my reading goalsThat and I simply have no clue whatsoever what’ll be doable and what won’t be so.. I don’t know. This fits my state of mind perfectly?

What do you think about my goals? What would you do differently if you were me?
What are some of the reading goals you’re setting yourself for next year?
Any other goals – outside of reading – you want to work on?
Let’s talk goals in the comments!

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50 thoughts on “2019 READING CHALLENGES – Trying to figure out how to tackle 2019 in reading

  1. I already can’t wait to start my 2019 challenges, even though I still have one book to finish for this year’s. It’s just so satisfying to be able to tick off books! … Well, at first. Then as you progress and only the difficult prompts are left, it’s somehow less fun 😀

    I’m definitely doing the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge on Goodreads, because I really enjoyed it this year. I’ll also be trying the Popsugar Reading Challenge for the first time, although since it’s my secondary challenge, I’m not really setting a goal for myself, I’m just curious how many I’ll be able to do.

    I actually had to look up cli-fi and LitRPG as well, but I’ve been kinda into solarpunk and I think that has a lot of overlap with cli-fi? I’m also interested in reading a choose-your-own-adventure book that is not a children’s book.

    A Harry Potter re-read is actually on my list too!! I originally read them in Hungarian when I was a kid, and then a couple of years ago I bought the entire series in English because it’s a beautiful edition with awesome covers, but I never actually read them. So this would be my first time reading them in English.

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  2. These sound great! I decided to skip out on Popsugar’s challenge again because I just never seem to be a huge fan of their challenges, but I do have a few different challenges I’m participating in and/or creating for myself in 2019 and I’m really excited. I should probably get that blog post drafted soon…

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    1. I only did the entire thing in 2017, then made my own bingo this year and now.. I just want to attempt ticking off half the official prompts? There are some on there that aren’t QUITE to my liking anyway so it gives me more freedom, haha.

      YES YOU SHOULD. I’m so curious to see how overboard you’re going to go – I just have this feeling that’s what’s going to happen anyway. xD

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  3. I always start off the year with so many good intentions with reading challenges and then they all start to go off course! The Pop sugar challenge is always one I love to check out.

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  4. These all sound like such fun! I participated in the Popsugar challenge in 2016, I believe. It was so much fun! Sure, I failed miserably, but that’s beside the point. Lol. I wish you the best of luck with finishing these goals! ❤

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  5. They seem pretty good goals! I am working on mine. I set my Goodreads goal at 50 books this year and read more than double, but I thinkk I will do the same next year. I also want to read at least one book a month from the previous year’s haul from that month. I started that one this month already. Apart from that, I will do a post on my own reading goals closer to the New Year. ;)’

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    1. Thank you!
      That’s amazing! But I agree, if you feel alright just leaving the goal as it was, even though you surpassed it by miles, why not. 🙂
      Oh, that’s actually a nice idea! Maybe I should consider that as well, haha. 😀
      I’m looking forward to the 2019 goals-posts sooo much. 😛

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  6. I have finalized my goals for next year yet but I will for sure be participating in the Goodreads reading challenge and I am shooting for 100 books again next year. I’ve also been considering participating in beat the back list and the Alphabet Soup challenge (authors & titles).

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    1. Nice! I joined Beat the Backlist this year but only submitted my books for the first two or three months. I simply kept track myself after that, which.. beat the purpose of joining but oh well.
      The alphabet one is a fun one! I tried to get every letter based on authors’ last name, but some letters are pretty hard to fill, haha. Asks for some planning for sure. 🙂

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    2. Ok that was supposed to say I haven’t finalized my goals oops. I tried the Alphabet Soup titles one the past two years and I have failed both time I think this year I might just try the authors one.

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  7. I admire you so much with all of your challenges Kathy, I wish I could do that, but I’m already feeling pressured with one simple goodreads challenge sometimes hahaha. You can do it all though – well, maybe most of it all? Reach for the stars haha 🙂 xxx

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  8. I love the goal of counting the pages you’ve read and not only the amount of books! Really considering doing that myself. So far I’ve signed up for the Beat the Backlist challenge and will set a Goodreads goal.

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    1. You should! It gives a way better view of how much you actually read throughout a year! I’ve been reading some novellas and short stories lately and those up my number of books read, but barely add to the pages read. Then there are those tomes you take AGES to read that only count as “one” book, but should count as three page-wise so.. Yeah, haha.
      I attempted Beat the Backlist this year but I stopped submitting my read books after a while? I don’t know. It was too much of a hassle to do and I just.. stopped. :’)

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    2. I believe I’m going to try to keep track this year of the pages! It sounds like a interesting task, haha. I did lose track of what books I submitted for Beat the Backlist last year. I’m hoping to do better. I do like the mini challenge this year though with the Hogwarts houses.

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    3. Simply keep a spreadsheet with all the books you finished and make sure they’re in the order you read them. That way it’s always easy to add to the list – using Goodreads and all. 😛 Worked for me so might work for you as well!
      I just checked it out but.. Yeah, not sold on Beat the Backlist anymore. I’d rather have Book Roast’s magical readathons throughout the year instead. 😀

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  9. Oh, i love your book choices for the popsugar list! ❤ Really cool!
    I also didn't really like half the prompts for this year, this is why i decided i won't do it next year. But from what i saw on yours just now, it seems more "user friendly" 😀

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  10. These are great goals!! I love the new year and goal-setting; I’ve been thinking about what and how I’m going to read next year for months 😅 I think you have some realistic goals, I’m definitely trying to read more of the books I already own but idk if I’d be able to do 50!! I have zero self-control 😂

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    1. Thank you!
      Haha, trying to set those goals is sooo daunting! I already know I might fail at some of these but at least I can try, right? 😂
      I have no clue whether I’ll be able to read 50 of my own books.. If you know that I have over 200 unread books on my shelves, that should.. sound more doable but.. yeah, no. I cannot control my book-buying so those new releases will probably ruin that particular challenge.. 😂

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  11. Love your goals. I am in the process of thinking of my own goals for the new year. I have been setting up a calendar. I think I want to try to coordinate my reading to each month. For example, March is Women’s History Month so try to focus my reading around Female authors or books about famous women. October, I want to read Stephen King novels. You get the point. I do want to set aside some time for Harry Potter as well but I haven’t decided when yet. I have never finish the series and I think it is time.

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    1. That’s definitely a smart way to plan your reading! I know February is Black History Month in the US so you could also do something with that. 🙂
      I think June / July is a perfect HP-time. There are loads of people rereading the books during those months every year so you might get motivated to read them because of that as well. 🙂

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    2. That was what I was planning for February. I definitely have a books I have been wanting to read that pertain to this topic. I agree about HP. I think I am going to use the summer for rereads of lighter reading, books that I love but have never reviewed. Harry Potter would definitely fit in then.

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    3. Awesome. 🙂
      I’m focusing on rereads in June – one of my monthly challenges – but it won’t be HP this time around. I’m going for the Shadowhunter books this year so hopefully that’ll boost my rereading of those! Don’t think I ever reviewed those properly either so that’ll be a fun thing to do. 🙂

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  12. I think it’s better to aim high, even if you fall short. I tend to get super excited about reading challenges in the beginning of the year, but then I sort of forget about them? But I always try! I may give the Pop Sugar Challenge a go😁

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    1. Haha, you should set some reminders on your phone / anywhere to make sure you check up on them once every two weeks / every month or so! Might help? 😛
      The Popsugar one is a reading and puzzle challenge in one, in my opinion. I always end up switching books around to make sure I tick off as many prompts as I can haha!

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