Reading Challenge 2019

I’m not really sure why I continue to do these (lol), I never meet my goal. I do, however, have a phenomenal time failing because… hello! Books!! Please join me on this adventure!

I am also involved in the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge. For that, I have to read any five books before March 15. As of this writing, January 23, I am almost done with my first book, The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory. If you’re in the Kansas City area, you should look into this challenge — everyone who completes it gets a nice mug!

Downloaded from the Winter Challenge Facebook page

In addition to the above, I will also reference Bookish’s yearly reading challenge. I know that I’ll finish the library’s challenge. My goal is to actually meet my GoodReads challenge of 15 books this year.

  1. A book you bought for the cover
  2. A book by an author you’ve met
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet
  4. A book that is under 220 pages
  5. A book that came out the year you were born
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre
  8. A book from an independent publisher
  9. A book you borrowed from the library
  10. A book featuring a fictional language
  11. A novel that includes a recipe (Bonus points for making the recipe)
  12. A book won in a BookishFirst raffle
  13. A book about going on a quest
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited
  15. A book with a dust jacket
  16. A book by two or more authors
  17. A book that is over 1000 pages
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month
  19. A book with a name in the title
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of
  21. A book written by a Native American author
  22. A book with an asexual character
  23. A book you were given as a gift
  24. A book translated from Spanish
  25. An award-winning graphic novel
  26. A book featuring a false confession
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat
  29. A book set in South America
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love)
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before
  32. A book of short stories
  33. A book featuring a nonbinary protagonist
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever
  35. A book about intersectional feminism
  36. A book with a place in the title
  37. A book bought at your local bookstore
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions
  40. A book signed by the author
  41. A book set in Africa
  42. A book about mental health
  43. A book written by an immigrant
  44. A retelling
  45. A book about incarceration
  46. A book recommended by an author
  47. A book with a person of color on the cover
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name
  49. A book whose title includes a verb
  50. A book recommended by a librarian
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A book you found in a Little Free Library



  1. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory, completed January 2019 (a novel based on a true story).
  2. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, completed February 2019 (a book I was given as a gift).
  3. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, completed March 2019 (a book being adapted in 2019–technically filmed in 2018, but released in 2019).
  4. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines, completed March 2019 (a book with a name in the title).
  5. The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman, completed March 2019 (a book I think should be made into a movie).
  6. Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells, completed March 2019 (a debut novel).
  7. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, completed April 2019, (a book from multiple character POVs).
  8. Ya-Ya’s In Bloom by Rebecca Wells, completed May 2019 (a book about a family).
  9. Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie, completed June 2019 (a book with a two-word title).
  10. A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots, and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History by Michael Farquhar, completed July 2019 (a book that uses an alliteration in the title).
  11. The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses, completed July 2019 (a book by an author I’ve never heard of before).
  12. Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding, completed August 2019 (a book that includes a wedding).
  13. Interred with their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell, completed August 2019 (a book by an author I’ve never heard of).
  14. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, completed September 2019 (a book I think should be made into a movie).
  15. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, completed September 2019 (a book with an extinct or imaginary creature).

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