2019 Reading Challenges

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!

Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

Progress: 245/150 books
COMPLETED 8/22/2019

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.

Novel Knight’s 2019 Beat the Backlist Challenge

Progress: 149/100 books
COMPLETED 9/30/2019

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 β€” where are all my fellow Ravenclaws at? πŸ¦…

Because I’m an overachiever, I’ll be using the Epic Bingo Board too!


2019 Meeghan Reads’ Reading Bingo

COMPLETED 5/21/2019

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 β€” 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 πŸ˜…

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
COMPLETED 8/10/2019

Badge: Bengali tiger (51+ books)

Asian Lit Bingo 2019

Progress: 25/25 books
COMPLETED 5/29/2019

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.

POPSUGAR 2019 Reading Challenge

Progress: 50/50 books
COMPLETED 12/9/2019

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.

βœ“ A book becoming a movie in 2019 – Five Feet Apart
βœ“ A book that makes you nostalgic – Reflection
βœ“ A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction) – Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite (Gerard Way)
βœ“ A book you think should be turned into a movie – Small Town Hearts
βœ“ A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads – The Da Vinci Code
βœ“ A book with a plant in the title or on the coverThe Altruists
βœ“ A reread of a favorite book – The Night Circus
βœ“ A book about a hobby – Fangirl (fanfic)
βœ“ A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Hectic Headspace of Abigail Squall
βœ“ A book with β€œpop,” β€œsugar,” or β€œchallenge” in the title – The Challenge Culture
βœ“ A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – Uncomfortable Labels
βœ“ A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore – The Bear and the Nightingale
βœ“ A book published posthumously – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
βœ“ A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie – The 5 Love Languages (from Fresh Off the Boat)
βœ“ A retelling of a classic – Spinning Silver
βœ“ A book with a question in the title – Who Is Vera Kelly?
βœ“ A book set on a college or university campus – The Competition
βœ“ A book about someone with a superpower – Battlecry
βœ“ A book told from multiple character POVs – The Girl He Used to Know
βœ“ A book set in space – Ignite the Stars
βœ“ A book by two female authors – Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
βœ“ A book with a title that contains β€œsalty,” β€œsweet,” β€œbitter,” or β€œspicy” – Sweetbitter
βœ“ A book set in Scandinavia – Beartown (Sweden)
βœ“ A book that takes place in a single day – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
βœ“ A debut novel – The Anatomy of Dreams
βœ“ A book that’s published in 2019 – In An Absent Dream
βœ“ A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature – His Majesty’s Dragon
βœ“ A book recommended by a celebrity you admire – Men Explain Things to Me (rec by Emma Watson)
βœ“ A book with β€œlove” in the title – Because You Love to Hate Me
βœ“ A book featuring an amateur detective – Truly Devious
βœ“ A book about a family – The Death of Mrs. Westaway
βœ“ A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America – Descendant of the Crane
βœ“ A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title – Aries Rising
βœ“ A book that includes a wedding – A Body’s Just As Dead
βœ“ A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – The Bride Test (Helen Hoang)
βœ“ A ghost story – We Have Always Lived in the Castle
βœ“ A book with a two-word title – Sawkill Girls
βœ“ A novel based on a true story – Rust & Stardust (Sally Horner kidnapping)
βœ“ A book revolving around a puzzle or gameThe Joy Luck Club
βœ“ 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)

Advanced Prompts
βœ“ “Cli-fi” (climate fiction) – Dry
βœ“ Choose-your-own-adventure – My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
βœ“ “Own voices” – Darius the Great Is Not Okay
βœ“ Read during the season it’s set in – Summer of Salt
βœ“ LitRPG: Ready Player One
βœ“ No chapters/unusual chapter headings/unconventionally numbered chapters – Mind Games
βœ“ Two books with the same title (1) Feed by Mira Grant
βœ“ Two books with the same title (2) – Feed by M.T. Anderson
βœ“ A book that inspired a common phrase/idiom – The Tempest
βœ“ 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
COMPLETED 12/26/2019

βœ“ Finish your current read: Who is Vera Kelly?
βœ“ The book you told everyone you would read this year: The Starless Sea
βœ“ A book you bought/received in the first half of 2019: A Study in Charlotte
βœ“ Read a book you’ve owned since 2018: Bellamy and the Brute
βœ“ Finish your newest book: The Boy Who Steals Houses
βœ“ Read the oldest book your TBR: A List of Cages
βœ“ 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 πŸ˜‚ (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 β€” Goodreads, Beat the Backlist, and PopSugar β€” 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!


60 thoughts on “2019 Reading Challenges

    1. I did hesitate to add on the backlist challenge, but a lot of books I’ll be reading for Goodreads and Popsugar will also be backlist, so it’s just a matter of keeping track πŸ˜‰ I think it’s worth a shot, especially since the House competition and bingo seem really fun!


    1. a lot of books will fulfill both (unless you’re reading mostly new releases), so I’d encourage you to go for it!


  1. GR’s challenge is exactly why I’m staying with it rather than joining any others, LOL. I like being able to set my own pace and books to read rather than certain requirements because I have a huge reading challenge commitment issue. I think Pop Sugar is one I joined in 2017 but failed spectacularly, whoops.

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    1. commitment issues are a big mood tbh. this might be my last year doing popsugar because their prompts are awkwardly specific but at the same time there’s a lot of repetition from year to year, so you’re not missing out on much lol

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    1. good luck to you too! some totally unsolicited advice: draw from your tbr first (or else you’re gonna end up with 50 more books to read like I did my first try πŸ˜…), and if you’re ever looking for titles for a specific prompt there’s an ultimate popsugar challenge goodreads group πŸ˜‰

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      1. that’s the intention, but I think it actually depends! I saw someone else’s post where they said they actually had the easiest time finding books for the advanced prompts πŸ€”

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      2. I think they just said in general! but I know for me cli-fi was one of the first ones I found. just good timing lol

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  2. Wow, you have some amazing challenges in your bag for 2019! I’m participating in the BTB challenge too and I hope we both achieve our goals πŸ˜€

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  3. Goodluck!

    I don’t feel that im ready enough for challenges πŸ˜‚ (apart of the goodreads one, as its fairly easy) β€” I had joined beat the backlist 2018 thinking « ah! Shall be easy, I dont own new novelsΒ Β»… and then failed because I discovered the lovely world of netgalley’s arcs… oops πŸ™ˆπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

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    1. yeah that’s definitely what worries me most about Beat the Backlist, all the ARCs I still have to finish πŸ˜… I’m hoping it will keep me from requesting too many more!

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