UPDATED 12/17/2018 with even MORE challenges! (See the red “+” symbol). Reading challenges are so much fun. If you want to join in, you’ll find below a list of all the 2019 year long reading challenges. This list will be continually updated and re-published every week with new challenges, until the end of the year.
The Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges
+ 2019 Reading Challenge. There are different levels, and different categories in each level. There are a lot of options but this reading challenge will also help challenge you to come out of your comfort zone. Get reading!
+ 52 Books in 52 Weeks. The goal is to read 52 books. In the graphic (free printable) there are 52 different book categories – find a book that meets the criteria and check it off! The goal is to stretch ourselves to beyond our regular reading.
+ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. The goal is to read 52 books this year. How you get there is up to you, but there are a variety of challenges including a new 52 Books Bingo as well as A to Z, Chunky, Dusty and Feed Your Muse to assist us in our reading adventures.
+ A to Z Reading Challenge. Read at least one book for each letter of the alphabet. There’s a kidlit and Adult version, plus throughout the year, there will be mini challenges, read-a-thons, Twitter parties, and giveaways.
+ All About the Trope. Basically pick a trope…and read it as much as you can.
+ Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. Fill your bowls with one book for each letter of the Alphabet.
+ Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge. The challenge is to read one book that has an author whose first name or last name starts with every letter of the alphabet.
+ The Audiobook Challenge. The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2018 than you did in 2017.
+ Aussie Author Challenge. Your challenge is to read and review books written by Australian authors. Choose from three different levels: Wallaby, Wallaroo, or Kangaroo.
+ #Ampersand2019 Reading Challenge. There are There are 52 reading prompts in total (one for each week) but you don’t need to read every single book on the list to feel like you’ve “won”; just read what you like, when you like. If it happens to fit into a prompt, it’s a bonus.
+ Austen Challenge. A low key challenge to read Jane Austen books throughout the year. You choose which ones and how many you want to read.
+ Back to the Classics. To encourage readers to discover and enjoy classic books they might not have tried, or just never got around to reading. Check out the different categories.
+ Backlist Reader Challenge. Read books that have been published before 2017 AND are already on your TBR list or pile.
+ Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge. Read books that feature a bad boy hero: Rock stars, MC members, street fighters, assassins, mafia, loners, geeks, etc. Only romance series are accepted.
+ Beat the Backlist. This challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases.
+ Birth Year Reading Challenge. What books were published the year you were born? This challenge encourages you to find out, and then read some of them.
+ Blog All About It. There’s a word each month and any time during the month you can blog about that word. In any way you want. Review, recipe, photos, stories, etc.
+ Blogger Shame. This is a way to cheekily catch up on review request copies that have been languishing on your review pile for at least 6 months and are way past due to the author or publisher.
+ Book Blog Discussion Challenge. To encourage our fellow book bloggers to not only read more (since there are already lots of challenges for that), but talk more too!
+ Books ‘N’ Tunes. This challenge is just a fun way to match music to books and share what you have with other readers.
+ Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. There are 24 tasks that will invite new genres, new authors, and new worlds, both real and imaginary, into your reading life.
+ #Bookiary2019. Read and review up to 52 books, so one book per week or ca. four books per month. But there will be monthly goals to reach, and a little prize is waiting for you if you finish all tasks!
+ Calendar of Crime Challenge. Read 12 mystery books, each from of the categories in the month on the Calendar of Crime.
+ Charity Reading Challenge. Read for a good cause! Buy books at a charity shop, or, even a friends of the library book sale, or, donate a certain percentage of money for each book you read for the challenge. You can choose your own goal of how many books to read, what charity you’ll be donating money towards, how much money, etc.
+ Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge. Read any book that is from the mystery, suspense, thriller, or crime genre.
+ Cloud of Witnesses. Read Christian Non Fiction material by authors who are “the cloud of witnesses” i.e. that authors have passed away. Any reading material will count: no matter the length. It can be an article of a few pages; an individual sermon or a collection of sermons; it can be a book of quotes by that person; it can be a biography or autobiography about the person; you might find full-length books available online, or individual sermons online. And of course it doesn’t matter if it’s a book-book, e-book, or audiobook.
+ Color Coded Reading Challenge. Choose books where the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book in the categories / colors provided.
+ Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like.
+ Craving For Cozies. Read cozy mystery books
+ Creativity Reading Challenge. This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.
+ Cruisin’ Thru The Cozies. Read only cozy mysteries of your choice or read through the different sub-genres of cozy mysteries .
+ Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi Reading Challenge (+ Bingo). This reading challenge consists of 3 sections. Fantasy, Sci-Fi and General for a total of 52 prompts which comes down to about 1 book a week.
+ Diversify Your Reading Challenge. Each month, pick a book to read from the genre listed. 12 genres – 12 books.
+ Diversity Reading Challenge – challenge yourself to read more diversely!
+ Dystopia Reading Challenge. Read and review dystopian books.
+ Epistolary Reading Challenge. The challenge is to read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way.
+ European Reading Challenge. Tour Europe through books. The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre.
+ Family Tree Reading Challenge. Read a book from the birth year of selected family members with a minimum of 3 books (and three family members).
+ For The Love Of Ebooks. Read all those unread ebooks you own!
+ Georgian Reading Challenge. Read a minimum of 4 books set in the Georgian Era.
+ The Good Rule Reading Challenge. Set your reading goals and make sure to include a balance of reading new and old books (that’s the inspiration for this challenge after all).
+ Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. Read historical fiction books from sub-genres like 20th Century, Victorian Reader, Renaissance Reader, Medieval, Ancient History and Prehistoric fiction.
+ The HSL 2019 Reading Challenge. If you, too, are looking for a way to organize your (endless) reading lists for 2019, consider our Reading Challenge Bingo — it’s flexible enough to work for you and your younger readers and a fun way to keep track of what you’re reading throughout the year.
+ Humor Reading Challenge. Read books that you consider funny or humorous. Books can be fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, plays or picture books.
+ The Island Reader Reading Challenge. Read books from the 14 categories on the list, e.g. a debut novel from a romance author, novel by a Caribbean author.
+ Indie Reading Challenge. Complete the Bingo challenge with books published by independent publishers or self-published. You can also just pledge to buy more independently published books than you currently.
+ Just the Facts, Ma’am (Vintage Mystery Challenge). Participants in the 2019 version of the Just the Facts, Ma’am Challenge will be playing detective. The objective is to answer all the important questions of Who, What, When, Where, How and Why to complete cases in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or for the more adventurous, both) using the Detective Notebooks.
+ Learn Something New Challenge. Read at least 3 books on a topic you would like to learn more about.
+ Lets Read Indie Reading Challenge. Read as many Indie authors as you’d like, i.e. books by self-published authors or published by small indie publishers.
+ Library Love. The goal is to read at least 12 books from the library.
+ Literary Escapes Challenge. Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia.
+ Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2017. Read books featuring a character identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert AND / OR read works written by writers known to have been lonersor recluses.
+ Literary Pickers Reading Challenge. How keen of an observer are you? This challenge is just a fun way to see if you can find a list of items as you read no matter what romance style you pick up. Qualifying books must be romance or have strong romance element.
+ Memoir Reading Challenge. Read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category.
+ Mental Health Reading Challenge. Read any book related to mental health – fiction or non-fiction.
+ Middle Grade Reading Challenge. Read a minimum of 6 MG books. Read any books you like, or focus on one author, or select a category from the checklist provided.
+ Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. Choose-your-own-adventure reading challenge – choose between different checklists: Reading for Growth and Reading for Fun.
+ Moody Reader Reading Challenge. For this challenge – target backlisted books, sort them into genres that I will focus on during the year.
+ Monthly Keyword Challenge. Your task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.
+ Monthly Motif Reading Challenge. Read a book that corresponds to a different theme or motif each month. This challenge is hosted here at Girlxoxo!
+ Mount TBR Reading Challenge. Knock out some of those books you OWN that have been waiting in the wings for weeks … months … even years.
+ Newbery Reading Challenge. Challenge yourself to read more Newbery and Caldecott Award Winning books.
+ Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. Tackle your review books, stumble upon new ones, and get your Netgalley percentage to the desired 80%!
+ New Releases Challenge. Read books released in 2019.
+ Pick-a-Theme Reading Challenge. Choose a theme each month and read books that fit that theme. Any theme will do. The theme can be a topic, a genre, based on age, or it can be a literal theme. Choose how many books you want to read per month, per theme. Read.
+ Picture Book Reading Challenge. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone! Families are, of course, welcome to join in! Read 6 picture books of your choice, or select from the checklist of categories provided.
+ Popsugar Reading Challenge. There are 50 book prompts. These include the standard 40 book challenge prompts plus 10 “advanced” prompts for those overachievers out there who are looking for even more ways to push their reading boundaries in 2019.
+ Print Only 2019 Reading Challenge. Read your printed hardcovers and paperback books on your shelves.
+ The Purrfect Reading Challenge. Read mysteries that have cats as main characters.
+ Putting Wings on Words Reading Challenge. There is a graphic with 30 reading prompts total – 5 lists with 5 prompts each and a bonus prompt list. Use #pwowreadingchallenge19 to follow along on social media.
+ Ragdoll Reading Challenge. Read a book in each of the 24 categories provided – or go for the light challenge (12 books) … or the serious book-dragon edition.
+ Read it Again, Sam Sign-ups. Re-read your favorite books.
+ Reading Challenge Throwback. Find old blog posts, lists, Twitter promises, etc. in which you said “hey, I will totally do that reading challenge”. Compile those books into one list and start reading! As you read, cross off those books on the old reading challenge.
+ Reading Women Challenge. The goal is to complete as many challenges as you can from the list provided. All the books must be written by women.
+ Retellings Reading Challenge. Check out the Retellings Bingo and choose books to read based on the category.
+ Royal Reading Challenge. Read books that have a Royal theme. It can be the main character or even a little inconsequential side plot, it all counts.
+ Series Reading Challenge. Finish all those series you’ve started but haven’t finished yet.
+ Series That Never Ends Reading Challenge. Read books from those long series everyone raves about, but you’ve fallen behind on.
+ Share-a-Tea reading challenge. Love drinking tea? Love reading books? Love reading a book while drinking tea? Then this is the reading challenge for you.
+ SpaceTime Reading Challenge. Choose your book, from any part of the science fiction genre universe – hard scifi, military, scifi romance, space opera, first contact, time travel, etc.
+ TBR (To Be Read) Challenge. Pull out long neglected books from your “to be read” list, following the theme of the month – and read.
+ Untouched Bookshelf Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to encourage its participants to read all the physical books they own.
+ Victorian Reading Challenge. Read a minimum of four books form the Victorian era.
+ VIRTUAL Mount TBR Reading Challenge (sister site to Mount TBR) for all those folks with mile-long “wish-list” of TBRs who would like a chance to climb as well. You don’t have to own the books. Heard about a great book from a friend, took note of the title, and then never got around to reading it? Saw a book online that you thought sounded intriguing but you keep putting off ordering it up from the library? You borrowed a book from somebody and need an extra push to read it and return it? This is the place for you!
+ What An Animal Reading Challenge. Read books where animals play a major role.
+ While I Was Reading 2018 Challenge. There are 12 categories – read a book from each
+ Whodunit Bookology. It’s time to get out your magnifying glasses and prepare to look for clues as we follow in the footsteps of detectives, sleuths, and private eyes. Our spelling challenge this year is all about the characters and how they perceive the world and solve the riddles and mysteries of the crooked and crafty.
+ World At War Reading Challenge. Get at least 1 Bingo from the Bingo Card which focuses on books set during a certain time period or about certain Wars.