I’m trying to limit the number of challenges I enter, at least for the start of the year; I’ve only committed to
three five thus far. But Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction made a masterlist of 2019 reading challenges and they all look amazing, so I may jump on some more later in the year!
Progress: 245/150 books
This will be my third year entering (and hopefully winning!) the Goodreads challenge; I’ve increased my goal both times I’ve done it so far
, so although I’m starting lower than I achieved last year, I’ll reevaluate during the summer and raise it if it seems reasonable. It’s the easiest challenge because all you have to do is finish books. Rereads, ARCs, manga, textbooks: everything’s fair game.
UPDATE Aug 2019: Though I reached my goal this month, I’ve decided not to increase it since the fall semester is fast approaching and I don’t feel the need to add to my own stress.
Progress: 149/100 books
This will be my first year participating in Beat the Backlist! (If you didn’t already know, “backlist” refers to the books that were released before this year: so for 2019, that means published in 2018 or earlier). You can also submit the titles you read for Hogwarts House points — where are all my fellow Ravenclaws at? 🦅
Because I’m an overachiever, I’ll be using the Epic Bingo Board too!
BINGO COMPLETED 12/26/2019
Meeghan came up with a pretty cool bingo board, and I just couldn’t resist joining in on this one (oops). That said, the titles I use for this bingo board will also be applied towards other challenges as applicable — so ultimately it’s not a ton more reading to add on.
Anyone who knows me at all will know that I’m a chronic overachiever, so we’re all in and aiming for the Bengali tiger (51+ books by the end of the year)! But as to how many I’ll actually manage, we’ll have to wait and see 😅
If you’re curious to see which Asian authors I’ve read this year, head over to the post linked above!
Progress: 58/51 books
Badge: Bengali tiger (51+ books)
Progress: 25/25 books
To honor Asian American Heritage Month, I hopped into another reading challenge! You can check out my sign-up post for my bingo board, TBR, and links to my reviews.
Progress: 50/50 books
My first PopSugar challenge was in 2015, which I failed spectacularly, but I’ve won the past two years. While there’s some repeat from previous prompts, this list still pushes me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise, so it’s staying for now. I do have some (most) of these picked out already, but I’ll wait until I at least start the book to fill them out since I do tend to DNF or change my mind.
✓ A book becoming a movie in 2019 – Five Feet Apart
✓ A book that makes you nostalgic – Reflection
✓ A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction) – Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite (Gerard Way)
✓ A book you think should be turned into a movie – Small Town Hearts
✓ A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads – The Da Vinci Code
✓ A book with a plant in the title or on the cover – The Altruists
✓ A reread of a favorite book – The Night Circus
✓ A book about a hobby – Fangirl (fanfic)
✓ A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Hectic Headspace of Abigail Squall
✓ A book with “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title – The Challenge Culture
✓ A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – Uncomfortable Labels
✓ A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore – The Bear and the Nightingale
✓ A book published posthumously – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
✓ A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie – The 5 Love Languages (from Fresh Off the Boat)
✓ A retelling of a classic – Spinning Silver
✓ A book with a question in the title – Who Is Vera Kelly?
✓ A book set on a college or university campus – The Competition
✓ A book about someone with a superpower – Battlecry
✓ A book told from multiple character POVs – The Girl He Used to Know
✓ A book set in space – Ignite the Stars
✓ A book by two female authors – Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
✓ A book with a title that contains “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy” – Sweetbitter
✓ A book set in Scandinavia – Beartown (Sweden)
✓ A book that takes place in a single day – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
✓ A debut novel – The Anatomy of Dreams
✓ A book that’s published in 2019 – In An Absent Dream
✓ A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature – His Majesty’s Dragon
✓ A book recommended by a celebrity you admire – Men Explain Things to Me (rec by Emma Watson)
✓ A book with “love” in the title – Because You Love to Hate Me
✓ A book featuring an amateur detective – Truly Devious
✓ A book about a family – The Death of Mrs. Westaway
✓ A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America – Descendant of the Crane
✓ A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title – Aries Rising
✓ A book that includes a wedding – A Body’s Just As Dead
✓ A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – The Bride Test (Helen Hoang)
✓ A ghost story – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
✓ A book with a two-word title – Sawkill Girls
✓ A novel based on a true story – Rust & Stardust (Sally Horner kidnapping)
✓ A book revolving around a puzzle or game – The Joy Luck Club
✓ Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A book mentioned in another book (2017) – Betsy-Tacy (from The Mother-Daughter Book Club: Home for the Holidays)
✓ “Cli-fi” (climate fiction) – Dry
✓ Choose-your-own-adventure – My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
✓ “Own voices” – Darius the Great Is Not Okay
✓ Read during the season it’s set in – Summer of Salt
✓ LitRPG: Ready Player One
✓ No chapters/unusual chapter headings/unconventionally numbered chapters – Mind Games
✓ Two books with the same title (1) – Feed by Mira Grant
✓ Two books with the same title (2) – Feed by M.T. Anderson
✓ A book that inspired a common phrase/idiom – The Tempest
✓ Set in an abbey/monastery/vicarage/convent – The Murder at the Vicarage
Books and Tea End of Year Read-a-Thon
Progress: 7/7 books
✓ Finish your current read: Who is Vera Kelly?
✓ The book you told everyone you would read this year: The Starless Sea
✓ A book you bought/received in the first half of 2019: A Study in Charlotte
✓ Read a book you’ve owned since 2018: Bellamy and the Brute
✓ Finish your newest book: The Boy Who Steals Houses
✓ Read the oldest book your TBR: A List of Cages
✓ Complete the smallest book on your TBR: Why I Wake Early
I didn’t plan the 50-book incremental decreases for this reading challenge post, it just worked out that way, but I’m digging it 😂 (You can’t really tell anymore because I put the bingos and #YARC in the middle of the post; but the progression exists for my original three challenges — Goodreads, Beat the Backlist, and PopSugar — and I enjoyed it.)
Which challenges are you participating in? Do you have any titles already picked out to fulfill certain prompts? Let me know in the comments!