2019 Reading Challenge

Most people are writing out their New Year’s Resolutions. Book lovers are writing out their reading challenge. A brand new year is a great way to set a new reading goal for yourself! 52 books for 52 weeks. Challenges will give you a chance to read outside your comfort zone and make sure that you are entertained all year-long.

For 2019, my goal is to read 75 books, five more books compared to my goal for 2018. Unfortunately I didn’t complete the challenge I created for myself this past year but I did get through a huge chuck of it, so that is a bit of a success. For this year’s challenge, I kept some of the same categories but changed/added a couple of different ones. Let’s start 2019 off right with a year of great reading!


Reading Challenge 2019

Below you will find a PDF printout of the challenge so you can check off which categories you successfully completed this year. If you want more accountability or a better way to track your reading progress, add a social element to your reading by using social media accounts like Pinterest, Instagram, of course, Goodreads.

Here are the categories:


  • A classic book you’ve meant to read
  • A book by your favorite author
  • A book recommended by a librarian or a bookseller
  • a memoir
  • a biography on someone who is still living
  • a biography on someone who has passed away
  • a book by an author who is of different race, ethnicity, religion than your own
  • a book than can be finished in a day
  • a book that has 500 or more pages
  • a graphic novel that is not published by Marvel or DC Comics
  • a manga
  • a book with at least 1 million ratings on Goodreads
  • a book that recently been nominated or won an award
  • Read outside your comfort “genre” zone
  • a book set in a city/country you visited
  • a book that was translated
  • a historical novel
  • True crime book
  • a book published in the year you were born
  • a book from an independent publisher
  • an epistolary novel
  • a book written by a female author writing under a male pseudonym
  • a book featuring an amateur detective
  • a book set in a country you’d like to visit
  • a debut novel
  • a book you wanted to read last year
  • a romance
  • a book published in 2019
  • a book you were always too scared to read
  • reread your favorite book
  • a book about a family
  • a ghost story
  • a cozy mystery
  • a book written by a Native American author
  • a book about mental health
  • a book that was recommended to you by a friend
  • a retelling of a classic book
  • a book that is part of “book hype”
  • a young adult novel
  • a literary fiction
  • a book of short stories
  • an alternate history/dystopia novel
  • Multiple narratives
  • a book becoming a movie in 2019
  • a self-published book
  • a book about characters having superpowers
  • an author that is new to you
  • a lesser known work by a popular author
  • a nonfiction book about a topic you are passionate about
  • a book with a name in the title
  • a book of mythology or folklore
  • read an e-book
  • listen to an audiobook

Click Here to Download the 2019 Reading Challenge


Published by karma2015

I was born and raised in New York. I still live in New York but kind of sick of the city and one day I wish to move to the UK.I have a Masters degree in Library Science and I currently work in a special collections library. I loved books ever since I was a little girl. Through the hard times in my life, my love for books has always gotten me through. Just entering another world different from my own intrigues me. As long as I am entering in another universe, I like to create my own as well. I love to write and hopefully I will be able to complete a novel.

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