Today I want to talk about all the challenges I am entering for 2019. I’ve tried to be manageable/realistic for myself for 2019. So I just chose ones I would reasonably complete (not counting bingos). Can we join together? Having people to yell at me always makes me read more
out of guilt.
Beat the Backlist
So I’ve already posted about how I have joined the Beat the Backlist challenge hosted by Novelknight. This is a great challenge to read more backlist books. For me, this is such a small percentage of the books I read. For me, it’s mostly upcoming releases so this should help me listen to more audiobooks and feature favorites I may have missed. See my 26 book TBR! Yes I made a list of 26 books.
So a big part of my reading is SF and Fantasy books. That’s just my MO. That’s why you’re here right? Anyway, A Dance with Books has a challenge of 52 books (optional how many you do), with bingo boards, and different SF/Fantasy prompts! I am excited because I hope I will organically sort of complete this challenge – or to the best of my ability. Would it be great to read all 52? Yes but there’s a prompt for SF before 1980 and I just am not sure if I can manage that one. Some books I already plan on reading are Crown of Feathers, Shadowglass, Song of the Dead, Firestarter, We Set the Dark on Fire and many more! For SF I have Last of Her Name, Here and Now and Then, The Weight of the Stars.
Cornerfolds is hosting a really fun retelling challenge and as I love retellings, I wanted to join. There’s a fun bingo board with some great prompts. I’d love to read more retellings because some of my favorite reads from 2018 fall into this category. But let’s talk about some of my favorite retellings, The Goblins of Bellwater, Speak Easy Speak Love, My Plain Jane. For 2019 I’m looking forward to A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Beauty and the Beast), 96 Words for Love (Indian legend of Shakuntala and Dushyanta), and Last of Her Name (Anastasia).
I am always behind on my e-arcs. Is there even another way to live? Anyway, there’s a challenge for that were you say how many books you want to read for Netgalley/Edelweiss from Reading Between the Pages. Basically for this one you just say how many books you want to read. So I think I am going to shoot for 25 books. I hope I can make it to 50, but who really knows.
I know I can pretty easily manage this challenge from (Un) Conventional Bookworms. Most of the books I read are ARCs so these will be 2019 releases and so I have the high goal of 61-100 2019 releases. So I am pretty confident for this challenge, but I could be totally proven wrong as well.
Class of 2019 Goodreads Challenge
And of course I am so excited for the Class 2k19 Goodreads Debut Author challenge. In fact I went and requested some of these books specifically for this challenge, so I am so ready! You can get points for tweeting about it, for reading them, buying them early, and pre-ordering them. I definitely won’t get to them all, but I can try right?
Siren Reading Challenge
And the last one is the Siren Reading Challenge. Now this book list is mostly organized around the Siren’s conference on October 1st (which I don’t think I’ll be at). But if you are going and want to get a special button, then you should definitely join. I am only joining because I liked a lot of these suggestions and it aligned well with some of my other challenges (like the fantasy one). Ironically I have read under half of the list already. But I have to pick new books to me. So I’ll italicize the ones I have read and bold the ones I am going to read.
Guests of Honor: Required
Heroes Books: Required
Isabel GreenbergThe One Hundred Nights of Hero
Meg Elison The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
Frances Hardinge Gullstruck Island
Katherine Locke The Girl with the Red Balloon REVIEW
Guadalupe Garcia McCall Summer of the MariposasNnedi Okorafor The Book of PhoenixRivers Solomon An Unkindness of Ghosts Ghosts REVIEWNoelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters & Brooke A. Allen Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy REVIEWK.B. Wagers Behind the ThroneG. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona Ms. Marvel Vol. 1F. C. Yee The Epic Crush of Genie Lo REVIEWLidia Yuknavitch The Book of Joan
Middle Grade/Young Adult Books: Pick Five
Kelly Barnhill Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories