2019 Reading Challenges Accepted

Posted January 5, 2019 by Lillian in Challenges / 5 Comments

In 2015 I discovered my love of reading challenges through a little challenge called #COYER. I fell in love and became a bit addicted. In 2016, I participated in my first year long challenges. I didn’t do so well, completing only half of those I signed up for. In 2017, I had this grand plan. I said “go big or go home.” 😂 Yeah that didn’t work out so well. In June, I dropped out of 3 of the 8 I’d signed up for, and by the end of the year I had only completed 3 challenges 🤦🏼‍♀️ which brings me to 2018. I dialed it back, signing up for only 5 challenges that I felt were doable and necessary to meet my New Years Resolutions. Well, life happened and I hardly read at all last year!

SO for 2019 my goal is to actually complete all the challenges I sign up for. I’m signing up for 5 challenges this year, 1 of those I’ve never done before. All of the challenges start on January 1, 2019 and end on December 31, 2019. Read on to see my goals for each and how to sign up if you are interested.


The 2019 Audiobook Challenge is hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Hot Listens. This will be my third year participating in this challenge. In 2016, my son started school and I discovered the joy of audiobooks. When I was a babe in my twenties, I would listen to audios driving back and forth to work (it was over an hour one way) and I loved it. While my son was at school, I rediscovered my love for audiobooks. I could listen while I crocheted or cleaned and folded clothes. Suddenly I was a multitasking reader again and I loved it! Near the end of 2016, my husband got me a membership to Audible, and I’m one happy reader 😀 For this challenge, you simply have to listen to audiobooks. You can sign up anytime between now and December 31, 2018.

The Rules

Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.

The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.

Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)

ANY genres count.

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.

If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2019, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2019.

My Goal

My goal for 2019 is to beat the number of audiobooks I read in 2018 (which was 16). I am aiming for Binge Listener (20-30 audiobooks) this year which with 24 Audible credits a year, I think it’s doable 😉 You can track my progress below or on my Goodreads shelf.

2019 Audiobook Challenge: 28/20


The 2019 Beat the Backlist challenge is hosted by Novel Knight. I have seen this challenge floating around the blogosphere for a long time, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to join it this year! My bookshelves (virtual and real) are full of books that I haven’t had a chance to read. They’ve fallen to the side as a result of new releases and advanced copies that I had to read first. Well 2019 I’m making time to read those orphaned books. You can sign up anytime between now and December 31, 2019.

The Rules

The book must have been published in 2018 or earlier to count. It can be in any format (including an ARC/eARC) as long as the release date is earlier than 2019.

You have to start and finish the book in 2019 to count it. Any books started in 2018 and finished in 2019 do not count. Any books started in 2019 and finish in 2020 also do not count.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
(your local time)

My Goal

My goal for 2019 is to read at least half of the ones I’ve placed on my TBR for #beatthebacklist. So far there are 64 (and I’m sure that number will go up), so I’m setting a goal of 30 for the year and pushing for more. You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

Beat the Backlist 2019: 42/30


Hogwarts House Mini Challenge

As a part of #beatthebacklist, there is a mini-challenge involving Hogwarts Houses 😀 Of course I joined that too! It’s completely optional and not required. You sign up for the house you want to contribute too, and the books you submit as read, earn points for your house. As far as I can tell, this is all for fun and gloating privileges if your house wins 😉 To figure out what house I was in, I took the Pottermore house quiz and let the sorting hat decide. To see the House standings, click here. Go Hufflepuff!

The 2019 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge is hosted by the girls at Celebrity Readers. This is my second year participating in the challenge. I like this one (in fact, it’s a favorite) because it gets me reading and finishing series I’ve previously started. The goal of this challenge is to finish series (either completed series or catch up on series to most recent published book), and I have a lot of unfinished series. You can sign up for this challenge until December 1, 2019.

The Rules

The challenge will run from January 1st, 2019 to December 31st, 2019.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2019, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.

Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2019.

We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2019 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.

Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.

Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).

Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!

Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.

My Goal

Last year I finished (caught up on) 12 series 🙌 Y’all that was unreal when I counted it up at the end of the year. I had NO clue I would finish that many. My goal for 2019 is to be an A-List Series Finisher (9+ series). I have several series I haven’t finished yet so I feel like this is totally doable. You can track my progress below (be aware the number is a guess of how many books I’ll need to read to complete the series, not the number of series) or my shelf on Goodreads.

2019 Finishing the Series Challenge: 15/15


The Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2019 is hosted by Reading Between the Pages. This will be my second time participating in this challenge. I participated in 2017, but didn’t meet my goals. I decided to cut it last year, but kinda missed it so I thought I’d try again 😀 Basically this challenge is for reviewers, and for me, those that need to get above 80%. You can sign up for this challenge until December 31, 2019.

The Rules

The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. There is no deadline to signup.

Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.

Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts, it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.

Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.

If you want to move up or down a level – go for it!

The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.

Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact page at the top of this post.

Hashtag: #NGEW2019

My Goal

My goal for 2019 is to clean off my Netgalley shelf of old ARCs. I’m embarrassed to say the number I have outstanding (granted I also have something like *cough* 20 *cough* reviews to write). I’m going for Gold (50 books) and hoping I’ll make it above that 80% mark…..wouldn’t it be great to be at 100%? A girl can dream I guess 😂 You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

#NGEW2019: 35/50


The 2019 New Release Challenge is hosted by the (un)Conventional Bookworms. This is my 4th year participating in the challenge. It’s not too hard either. Basically you read all those books released after January 1, 2019. I read plenty of new releases every year, and have never had an issue meeting my goals for this challenge. You can sign up anytime until September 1, 2019.

The Rules

Books have to be released and reviewed in 2019.

Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.

The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.

The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2019, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2019.

You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

If you want to spread the love, please use #2019NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter 😉

My Goal

Because I’m taking a step back and planning to read more of my backlist, orphaned books this year, I won’t be reading as many new releases. SO my goal is New Release Pro (31-60 books). Last year I read 51. I’m shooting for around the same number this year. You can track my progress below or follow my shelf on Goodreads.

2019 New Release Challenge: 47/50


Your Turn! Are you participating in any challenges this year? What are your goals? Share below

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