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


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