My 2019 Reading Goals and Challenges


These are my reading goals and challenges for the year as a whole. I’ve decided not to set a Goodreads goal for this year and focus on some more specific challenges I want to join or have set for myself. I’d also like to see if I can find an IRL bookclub in my area (that reads things I might actually like), so I might being doing that too. Some of these will overlap and some will overlap with the Devour Your TBR Group or shorter readathons.

I’ve no idea if this is realistic or possible since I’d like to write more too, but I figure January is the best time for over-inflated expectations.

Discworld Reread

I’m not going for the whole series this year, but I’d like to maybe reread The Witches, The Watch and Death series’ this year and then I could do the rest in 2020.

October Daye a Month

I’ve been meaning to read this series FOREVER and I’ve yet to read a Seanan McGuire/ Mira Grant book I didn’t like. The 13th book come out late 2019, so this would pretty much catch me up.

Read 5 Classics

I’ve read so few ‘classics’ over the past few years but I spotted loads during Victober I’d love to give a try, along with some more scattered releases.

Finish 12 Series

I’m basically going to combine Dani’s A Series A Month from last year and the Finishing the Series challenge as I think doing 12 new series from scratch would be a bit much with the other challenges I want to try. So, I’ll aim to finish or catch up with 12 series, whether or not I’ve already started them.

Cornerfolds’ 2019 Retelling Bingo

Details and board are here.

I’ve no TBR for this one yet, but I’m putting together a recommendation and TBR suggestions post for sometime in January.

Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge

This is my first time taking part in the Popsugar challenge, but it looks such fun! This is definitely more of a list of ideas rather than an actual TBR so if you’ve any suggestion you think I’d like, please let me know! The Goodreads group was great for finding a lot of these. I’m going to try and post updates for this challenge every 3-4 months.

A book becoming a movie in 2019

Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot #17) by Agatha Christie

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

A book that makes you nostalgic

Any of the discworld books I’ll be rereading for my own goals above.

A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)

Anything by Seanan MacGuire or Leigh Bardugo.

A book you think should be turned into a movie

The Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen #3) by Alison Goodman

A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

A book with a plant in the title or on the cover

The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

Carnations and Chaos (Port Danby #2) by London Lovett

A reread of a favorite book

Any Discworld book.

A book about a hobby

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Most cozy mysteries would work for this, I think I’ve got a few already on my TBR or shelf.

A book you meant to read in 2018

Any of my current TBR? Or maybe any 2018 release from my TBR.

A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang

Poppy Done to Death (Aurora Teagarden #8) by Charlaine Harris

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman

I might spot something else as I go.

A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore

Anything from my Mythothon Ideas post from this year, or if I make another list for 2019.

A book published posthumously

The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld #41) by Terry Pratchett

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, The Jane Austen Book Club

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Gilmore Girls

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Gilmore Girls

A retelling of a classic

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A book with a question in the title

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie

What would Bouudica do? by Elizabeth Foley

A book set on college or university campus

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

Maybe…? I’m not sure about what I fancy for this one…

A book about someone with a superpower

Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

A book told from multiple POVs

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

A book set in space

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashley Poston

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Tone of Voice (Xandri Corelel #2) by Kaia Sønderby

A book by two female authors

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

The Novice’s Tale (Sister Frevisse #1) by Margaret Frazer (aka Gail Frazer & Monica Ferris)

A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin E. Craig

One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) by Seanan McGuire

A book set in Scandinavia

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A book that takes place in a single day

… I still need ideas for this one.

A debut novel

I’ll pick this out as I go.

A book that’s published in 2019.

Again, I’ll pick this as I go.

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

Exile (The Extinction Trials #2) by S.M. Wilson

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (J K Rowling)

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (David Bowie)

A book with LOVE in the title

I thought this would be an easy one, but I’m actually really struggling to find something that appeals to me.

A book featuring an amateur detective

Any cozy-mystery novel should count for this one.

A book about a family

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Fog Season (Tales of Port Saint Frey #2) by Patrice Sarath

The Man of Property (The Forsyte Chronicles #1) by John Galsworthy

A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title

The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) by K.D. Edwards

Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Emerald House Rising by Peg Kerr

A book that includes a wedding

Erm… maybe a book about a wedding planner or one of the classics like P&P? Help?

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

Galatea by Madeline Miller

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

A ghost story

Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell

A paranormal cozy-mystery.

A book with a two-word title

Athena’s Champion (Olympus Trilogy #1) by David Hair & Cath Mayo

Semper Augustus by Mackenzi Lee

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan

A novel based on a true story

Monsters by Sharon Dogar

A book revolving around a puzzle or game

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

Thud! (Discworld #34) by Terry Pratchett

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge

2017: (First book in a series) should be pretty easy.

A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book

Dry by Neal Shusterman

A “choose-your-own-adventure” book

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

An “own voices” book

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Read a book during the season it is set in

Pretty much anything at Halloween or Christmas.

A LitRPG book

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

Otherworld (Last Reality #1) by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters

Any Discworld book.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Two books that share the same title

The Lost World (Professor Challenger #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle & The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2) by Michael Crichton

The Muse by Jessie Burton & Muse by Mary Novik

Night Watch (Discworld #29) by Terry Pratchett & The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology #1) by Robin LaFevers



13 thoughts on “My 2019 Reading Goals and Challenges”

  1. I want to get into Discworld as well and set myself a goal to read 20 of the books, but I don’t know what I was thinking. I barely have time to read next to uni and I have so many other challenges. Maybe I’ll just try to do Witches and MAYBE Death? That’s 11 books if I’m counting right.

    I own the first October Daye book but my January is so packed that I didn’t dare volunteer for the buddy read 😀

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    1. Haha! No worries, but if you want to, let me know and you can join us later on.
      Either of those series would be great places to start because they pretty much stand alone. The first Witches book is a little different from the others, just a heads up. 😊

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        1. It’s just Granny rather than the trio and the humour’s a little different. It’s still a good book but it just doesn’t feel as connected as the other books. There’s a lot of male/female gender commentary. I’m not sure how well that’ll have aged, now I think about it.

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  2. Hallo, Hallo Lou!

    I’m also taking part in the [2019] Category Challenge via LibraryThing as I wanted to become more active on LT in the New Year. Most of all my reading challenges are interweaved into the challenge itself and I’ve been enjoying sorting out which books I want to read and sorting out which books to read during which month of the New Year!! You can come take a look at my List! I’m also sorting out my Pop Sugar selections on LT — I attempted the challenge in the past but it was an #epicfail. I seem to have better luck with reading challenges & RALs ever since I changed I how I approach them over the past year.


    1. Gosh Jorie!
      I can’t figure out how to comment on LT but that list is so organised and impressive! I love how many different and varied categories you’ve got. And even moreso the books within them! You’re going to be very busy this year!!
      I hope you enjoy The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I read it this year and really liked it. I’m hoping to read The Moonstone this year at some point to. We can compare notes!

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      1. Did you join LT, Lou? If so, you can comment directly on my page – LT is a lot like our blogs – there is a comment box at the bottom. If your not on LT you won’t be able to comment though (sadly) but at least I can share what I am doing this year! 🙂 I’ll friend you if you decide to join. I prefer LT over GR. I decided to pair down where I’m active online – so whilst I’m still working towards letting go of Riffle, I’m getting more familiar with LT and moving between LT, my blog and Twitter. My personal social reading trifecta! lol

        I truly wanted to re-direct myself this coming year – not just in my reading life but in my writing life, as well. I decided to cut back even more than I did in the past three years as a blog tour hostess/reviewer… so I can read more library books, personal library books and really get into the stories I’ve been thinking about reading but get distracted from actually reading! I have two personal challenges on my blog which have been stagnant for five years too – so those are inspiring me forward.

        It wasn’t til I found this Category challenge where I felt *everything!* came together for me as a reader — it really allowed me to take stock of what I wanted to read and then inked out a route of where to read next. I’m sure the list will evolve/change as it has to take into account DNFs/not my cuppa books too – but overall, I feel really confident moving into 2019!!

        Definitely! I’ll have to make a note about these two books so I remember to confer with you after I’ve read them!

        PS: You can join LT on a budget; one year I want to join the lifetime level and my dream wish is to own a cuecat!! 🙂

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          1. You’re giving me a lot of lovely ideas for the prompts on Pop Sugar I was ‘stuck’ over sorting out! If you join LT please friend request me and I’ll accept you when I see it pop up on my Profile!! Til then, I’m now working on my PS List!!! lol (smiles)

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