My 2019 Reading Challenges

2018 went pretty well, I think, in terms of reading what I planned to read and hitting some targets. In total I attempted 3 challenges and successfully completed 2. That’s a pass! 😂

2018 Goodreads Challenge


Nailed it! There were several novellas and middle grade books that helped push the number up but there were also a few that were longer than I anticipated. I also don’t seem to have included the Children’s Picture Books that I reviewed. 

Shortest Book: One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie Yates (82 pages)

Longest Book: Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi (525 pages) 

2019 Goodreads Challenge

I’m aiming for 70 again this year as I’m hoping to include some more historical fiction novels which tend to be a bit longer. Also, I have a few projects to complete this year that may take away from my reading and reviewing time! 

2018 Classics Challenge

Last year I started a quest to check off more classics from my life’s reading list. Each year I hope to read at least 3 from this list or maybe one year I’ll dedicate solely to a huge tome like Les Miserables or Don Quixote.

My intention last year was to read Memoirs of a GeishaHandmaid’s Tale and Corelli’s Mandolin. I left the last book until December and then didn’t feel like reading something so heavy, so I swapped Corelli’s Mandolin for Cat’s Cradle. Still got my three in!

Classics for 2019

I’ll try to read Corelli’s Mandolin early in the year this time. I’d also like to get to: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

2018  Beat The Backlist

Yeah… so that one didn’t go so well! I completed 7 of the 12 books I planned to complete for that challenge. So I’m still 5 outstanding, which includes an anthology! 

2019 Backlist Challenge

I won’t be able to take part with Novel Knight this year as I doubt I’ll have time to keep up with all the tracking and posting involved. However, I do want to make a dent in my TBR, especially the physical one, so I’m going to have to come up with a Backlist Challenge of my own… Stay tuned!

2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

A brand new challenge to me in 2019 is the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge which I first found on Carla’s page. If you’d like to participate just click on the link and you’ll be directed to the sign-up page on Passages to the Past‘s website. 

I read and really enjoyed several historical fiction books in 2018 and already have several on my 2019 TBR. Visiting bloggers like Jennifer, really doesn’t help! Lol. I’ve added a couple after reading her reviews for sure. I was going to be very conservative and aim for the 5 books at the Victorian Reader level but I suspect I may be able to pull off the 10 Book Renaissance Reader level after all. Historical Romance and Historical Mystery count too!

There they are, my 2019 Challenges. Good luck in any that you may be participating in as well!!!  Are you in any of these?

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  1. I am participating in Beat the Backlist this year. I did it in 2017 and failed miserably and decided to skip 2018 so here’s to hoping I can do better in 2019. I am also participating in a classics challenge although it’s not really a challenge it’s a readalong of 6 different classic books.

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  2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was surprisingly awesome. I highly recommend Correlli’s Mandolin. First learned about this story when I saw the movie with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. When I saw it was adapted from the book, I immediately found it and read it.

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  3. Congratulations on completing your 2018 challenge and best wishes on your 2019. I like to read some historical mysteries and just finished Lady Darby latest book. It PUBLICATION date is APRIL 2 AN ARTLESS DEMISE

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    1. When I lived in London I swear every other person I met had read Hitchhiker and liked it. Lol. Since then I’ve been meaning to see what the hype was about. Curious is one I’m wondering if I should read with my eldest…. Did you eventually read it?

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      1. I didn’t get to read it, no! I’m sure that would be a fun experience with him, tho… as for hitchhiker, I think because it was sci-fi / fantasy, I couldn’t get into it. But it was also a very weird humor.

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  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is a great pick for the classics challenge, especially if you find yourself a bit strapped for time this year or sinking all your energy into other pursuits – it’s a short, light read, a great “brain break”, and you’ll find you finally understand a whole bunch of in-jokes that you never understood before if it’s your first time reading it 😉👍🏼

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  5. You read so many books in 2018, that’s so awesome! I only read 5, LoL, but hoping to read more this year. I never read Les Miserables or The Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime, but I have seen those shows on Broadway. Really great productions! I read The Handmaid’s Tale before watching the Hulu series and it’s a really great book.

    Currently reading Love, Simon. So far it’s really good!

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