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2019 Reading Challenges + 5 Books I Want to Read This Year

Hi guys! Happy new year! Here is to hoping that 2019 is a productive year full of lots of great books, new friendships, the continued health and prosperity of Miss Clarissa Fairchild and jessa’s unborn child, and all of those other good things you’re supposed to wish for at the beginning of the year! Today I’m going to be going over the reading challenges I am attempting this year, the few resolutions I actually set, and 5 books I am hoping to kick of 2019 with!

Let’s start with the reading challenges!

I. Goodreads’ 2019 Reading Challenge

Capture+_2018-12-31-21-37-35_2I have been debating over what to make my goodreads goal for an unreasonable amount of time, but I finally settled on 150. When it comes to my reading, it is either hit or miss, so I will either go way under or way over this challenge. Either way, there is a 90% chance I will change this challenge halfway through the year, or at the end of the week, I have no self control. In 2018, I managed 229 books for goodreads, so in theory I should be able to make 150 this year, but we’ll see.

II. The A-Z Reading Challenge 

At the recommendation of Brittany from brittanythebookguru, I decided to check out the Crazy for Young Adult Books group on goodreads and investigate their reading challenges. I decided that the A-Z challenge seemed pretty simple and yet still fun, and is just another way to help me keep better track of the books I am reading. The version of the challenge I am doing is based off of the first letter in the title of the book, with the goal being to read a book that starts with (or contains the letters q, x, and z anywhere in the title) every letter of the alphabet throughout the year. I feel very confident that I can accomplish this, it just seems fun in general!

III. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge


This year I am going to be taking part in the beat the backlist challenge! This is a challenge focused on finally reading all of those backlist books that you’ve been meaning to read for years, which is what I need desperately. Within this challenge, I will also be participating in the Hogwarts house mini challenge, which is just a bonus thing where you log the books you read to help your house win points!


On top of the Hogwarts mini challenge, I will also be trying to mark every square off of one of the BTB bingo cards! I have no idea how successful I will be with this card, but I am going to try my best.


Next up, I’m going to go over the few bookish resolutions I’ve made for 2019!

I. Try and physically read more books. Those who know me know that I relay heavily on audiobooks to get most of my reading done, which is not a bad thing in the slightest! It helps me get reading done while I am super busy with classes and other general life things that leave me unable to physically read, but I miss just sitting down and actually reading constantly, so I am trying to bring that back in 2019.

II. Blog consistently! My roommate and I started a joint book blog in 2018, which kind of fell apart for various reasons, one being that I never actually posted. Now that I have a solo blog, I would like to make things more consistent and scheduled.

III. Read more contemporaries! I love contemporaries, they are the easiest type of book for me to physically read and I love how they tend to be lighter and overall leave me feeling happier than fantasy books, so I really want to make an effort to read more this year. Speaking of, hit me up with your contemporary recommendations!

IV. Start actually writing reviews? We’ll see about this one, but I want to try.

V. Start actually taking notes while I read so that I can write said reviews.

Now, finally, a list of 5 books I want to read this year to help me complete my reading challenges and resolutions!

I. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi


I wanted to read this book from the second I read the synopsis, and now that I have a copy from my library, I finally can! This is most likely going to be my first physical read of 2019. This book will fulfill the letter X for the A-Z challenge and mark the “2018 release” square off of my BTB bingo card!

II. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 


It may seem like 2019 is the year of me reading books with “sea” in the title, and maybe it will be, but that is actually not what I am going for here. I feel like I read the first part of this when I bought it a while ago, but I don’t actually remember and it was before I had a goodreads account so we’ll never know. Either way, I really want to read this book and sob my eyes out. This will fulfill the letter S for the A-Z challenge and mark the “cover with your fave color” square off of my bingo card.

III. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


I have been meaning to read this book for literally forever. I know I am going to love it, it is predicted to be a 5 star read, yet for some reason I have no picked it up yet. Once again, I cannot wait to read this book and sob. This will fulfill the letter B for the A-Z challenge and mark the “a book about books” square off (I think, if not, it’ll mark off the “book about war.”).

IV. Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer 


I have been meaning to read this book since it came out when I was a sophomore in high school, but I just, um, haven’t? Kemmerer is the author of one of my favorite series of all time, Elemental, yet I haven’t read any of her other books? 2019 is the year in which I remedy that, and this book seems like an excellent place to start! This book will take care of the letter T and the “on your tbr for 2+ years” square.

V. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson


Like every book on this list, I think I will love this book. I see a bunch of people raving about it constantly, especially on twitter, and I want to be in on the hype and love for this book. This book will take care of the letter W and the “from your 2018 tbr” box.


I think that’s about it from me today. I hope these books will start my 2019 off right and help me get the ball rolling on these reading challenges! How about you, are you doing any reading challenges this year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy new years! See you on Friday!

7 thoughts on “2019 Reading Challenges + 5 Books I Want to Read This Year

  1. Wow, I didn’t realise there were so many challenges available! I’d love to take part, but I always forget to update my Goodreads account 😅 The Book Thief is one of my all time favourites!

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  2. I’m so glad you’re doing the ABC challenge! It’s such a simple challenge but it does make you get a little creative with some letters 😅 And 150 books is AWESOME😱 Looks like you’ve got a great year of reading ahead of you!!

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      1. It definitely makes you way more aware of what you’re reading 😂 Yes, I hope we have a great year with our books!! ☺️

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