2019 Reading Challenges (Around the Web)

Big breath in. Big breath out.

2018 was year of the newborn – literally. Growing our family has been great, but I’m excited to get our lives back into a rhythm. 2019 will be the year we get into a good work, life, gym, book, clean, play balance. Of course, that starts with a few reading challenges…

Unless otherwise stated, these challenges run from January 1st, 2019 through December 31st, 2019. I won’t list challenges that run for multiple years unless they start in 2019. A few challenges are listed twice (ex. a genre specific challenge that’s also a scavenger hunt).

Last updated: 12/13/2018, Items added with this update are shown in bold

Around the World

A to Z

  • AtoZ Reading Challenge hosted by Ginger Mom and The Kindle Quest (books with each title starting with a different letter of the alphabet,m)
  • Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (books with each title starting with a different letter of the alphabet)
  • Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book (books with each author name starting with a different letter of the alphabet)
  • Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (Multiple options: picture books of your choice or picture books that fall into monthly, seasonal, or A-to-Z checklist (title/author/illustrator), 6 book minimum)

Bingo

  • Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi, a Reading Challenge hosted by A Dance with Books (Multiple Options: Separate bingo cards for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and general reads, Checklist with 20 prompts for Fantasy, 20 prompts for Sci-Fi, and/or 12 prompts for general reads)
  • #IndieChallenge hosted by Ninja Book Box (Multiple Options: book bingo or books by independent publishers)
  • Retellings> Reading Challenge hosted by Cornerfolds (Multiple options: Retellings book bingo and/or level up by reading retellings)
  • Victorian Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (Multiple options; Victorian book bingo, checklist (20 prompts), books from a Victorian author of your choosing, or books that fall into a decade of your choice)
  • World At War Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (Bingo for books about or set during times of war)

Checklist/Scavenger Hunt

Diversity

  • Diversity Reading Challenge hosted by lukten av trykksverte (read books that include diversity in their theme, characters, or author, such as the theme of mental illness, the main character being a minority, or the author is a refugee)
  • Diversify Your Reading Challenge hosted by Mongan Moments (each month is assigned a genre, can be of your choosing or can follow host’s selection, goal of this challenge is to diversify yourself by reading one book a month outside of your comfort genre)

Format Specific

Genre Specific

Children’s/Middle Grade

  • 12 Children’s Classics for 2019 hosted by Book Hippie (12 pre-selected books)
  • Middle Grade Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (Multiple options: middle grade books of your choice, books from a middle grade writer of your choice, or A-to-Z checklist (title/author), 6 book minimum)
  • Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (Multiple options: picture books of your choice or books that fall into monthly, seasonal, or A-to-Z checklist (title/author/illustrator), 6 book minimum)

Fantasy

  • Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi, a Reading Challenge hosted by A Dance with Books (Multiple Options: Separate bingo cards for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and general reads, Checklist with 20 prompts for Fantasy, 20 prompts for Sci-Fi, and/or 12 prompts for general reads)
  • Sirens Reading Challenge hosted by Sirens (preselected fantasy books written by women or nonbinary authors, 25 book minimum)
  • SpaceTime Reading Challenge hosted by Jemima Pett (level up by reading books that fall into the science fiction and/or time-travel genres)

Historical Fiction

Humor

Manga

Mystery/Crime

Nonfiction

Religious

Romance

Monthly Challenges

Review/Blog Based

    Blogger Shame Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup (read and review your 6+ month overdue review requests)

Re-Reads

Series/Author Specific

TBRs/The books we should have read

  • Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard (books published before 2018 and on your TBR list prior to signing up)
  • Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge hosted by Novel Knight (TBR books published prior to 2019)
  • Blogger Shame Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup (books provided for review that are 6+ months overdue)
  • Moody Reader Reading Challenge hosted by Perspectives of a Writer (sort TBR books you’re most excited for by genre and mood and set a goal to read from that list throughout the year, each of your moods should be represented in your list, you can change list any time)
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block (level up by reading books owned prior to January 1st, 2019, no library books allowed)
  • Reading Challenge Throwback hosted by Books and Ladders (books that will help you finish old reading challenges or goals)
  • #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge hosted by bookloversblog (1 book per month minimum, original challenge by The YA Book Traveler here)
  • The Untouched Bookshelf Challenge hosted by Swift Coffee (make a list of all physical books you own but haven’t read and challenge yourself to read them all before buying new books, only applies to physical books you paid for yourself (no ARCs or gifts))
  • The Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block (level up by reading books on your TBR List)

Theme (other than genre)

Year/Decade/Era/Other Time Period Specific

  • Family Tree Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (choose books set where your family member(s) call home, books that honor a family member through the decades of their life, or books published during the birth year(s) of your family)
  • Georgian Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (books published in England during the Georgian Era or books, written about the era, or books, movies, and TV shows (if you review them) set during the Era)
  • Just the Facts, Ma’am (Vintage Mystery) Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block (choose your era and answer the 5-W’s (and how) to solve the case via provided detective notebook)
  • New Release Reading Challenge hosted by (un) Conventional Bookworms (books published in 2019)
  • Victorian Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (Multiple options; Victorian book bingo, checklist (20 prompts), books from a Victorian author of your choosing, or books that fall into a decade of your choice)

Misc.

Are you looking to spread the word about your challenge? Make sure to leave a comment on these other 2019 Reading Challenge Lists.

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28 thoughts on “2019 Reading Challenges (Around the Web)

  1. Hey! Thanks for linking up to my Shakespeare event! I really appreciate it. If you’re interested in being thorough, I’m also doing a Dresden Files one starting this month (because there are so many, figured I’d start right away.) It’s right here: https://hibernatorslibrary.com/2018/10/31/dresden-files-group-read/

    I think it’s great that Novel Challenge website is back up, and I really appreciate you, as well. It’s hard keeping track of all these things and it’s such a help to people looking for challenges.

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    • Thank you and thank you for hosting a few challenges! I’ve read so many books I normally wouldn’t think to read because of challenges. It makes my heart happy. (I get a little obsessive over new challenges too…). I’m not too sure which I’m going to choose yet. I usually go overboard… and I have only read (a shocking) 21 books this year! Yikes!

      I’ll add the Dresden Files Group read to the list (hopefully) tonight.

      Gotta go.. baby found the dog bowl…

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    • It really is a wonderful community. Even though I’ve been slacking on my part, I still think about how accepting and encouraging everyone has been. Thank you for hosting and good luck with your challenges as well!

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    • Thank you for hosting! I love the idea and inspirations I have the same feeling every year when the Goodreads choice awards come out – I want to vote for more categories than I’m able to.

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    • I know.. I usually try to do them all and get overwhelmed. It’s just so hard choosing when there are so so many good ones. Thank you for hosting ❤️

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    • Thank you for creating one ❤️ I’m happy there are a few of us searching – it makes it so much easier to find the right ones for our reading styles.

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