Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges

For the last few years I’ve posted a comprehensive list of all the book blogging and reading challenges I’ve found. It seems like it’s been a useful resource, so I figured I’d do it again this year! This is a list of everything I’ve found so far, but I’ll be adding to itfeel free to let me know in the comments if you know of another challenge and I’ll add it to the list.

And if you’re considering hosting a challenge yourself, you might want to check out my guest post over at 125 Pages with advice on Running a Successful Meme or Challenge.

The Challenges

Blogging Challenges

Book Blogger Discussion Challenge @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight – Encourages bloggers to post discussion posts! Has a monthly giveaway.

Blog All About It Challenge @ The Herd Presents – A blogging prompt challenge. Each month there’s a different prompt that you can interpret as you’d like then create a blog post around it.


Cover/Title-Based Challenges

Color Coded Challenge @ My Reader’s BlockRead books that feature a specific color in the title or where the color is dominant on the cover.

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – For this challenge, there are six key words associated with each month in 2019. Your task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge @ Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book – Read books with titles from every letter of the alphabet.

AtoZ Reading Challenge @ Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest – Read books with titles from every letter of the alphabet. There is a Kid-Lit version and an adult version. There will be mini challenges, read-a-thons, Twitter parties, and giveaways throughout the year!

Read My Name Challenge @ SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews – Read books with your first, middle or last name as an author name, character name, place name or is about someone of that name. (Not limited to nonfiction, by the way.)


Location-Based Challenges

Aussie Author Challenge @ Booklover Book Reviews – The objective of this challenge is to showcase the quality and diversity of the books being produced by Australian authors.

Literary Escapes Challenge @ Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia.

Where in Canada are You Reading? @ Faith Hope and Cherrytea – Read books written by Canadian authors or featuring Canada as a location.

European Reading Challenge @ Rose City Reader – Read books by European authors or set in European countries. There will be a giveaway.

Brit Trip Adventure @ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks – Follow the Roman Road through England with the intent of reading a book from each of the 45 counties with a few extra trips to London. Options for mystery reading or mixed genre reading.

12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge @ The Indextrious Reader – This one actually started in July (it starts and ends on Canada Day), but I still thought I’d mention it. Aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year.


Time Period-Based Challenges

Family Tree Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read a book from the birth year of at least three selected family members. Or, this year, she’s added the option of books set in family members’ home states or books that represent family members.


Diversity or Marginalized Groups Challenges

Diversity Reading Challenge @ Luketn av trykksverte

Diversity Reading Challenge @ A Novel Challenge


Women Writers Challenges

Reading Women Challenge @ Reading Women – A list-type challenge where you read books by women authors.

The Year of Reading Women Writers @ Elif the Reader – A list of 20 topics.

Australian Women Writers Challenge @ Australian Women Writers – Read and review books by Australian women throughout the year.


Bingo or List Style

Popsugar Reading Challenge – A checklist of 40 different categories of books to read!

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge @ Girlxoxo – Each month has a different theme (click on the link to see them).

52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge @ Mommy Mannegren – Checklist type challenge with a free printable to help you out.

Ragdoll Reading Challenge @ Ragdoll Reads – Read one book from each of 24 categories (plus a special WILDCARD category for the holidays).

Cayl Reading Challenge @ The Wandering Cayl – A topic for each month.

Golden Trio Challenge @ The Order of the Planners (on Instragram) – A fun Harry Potter themed list challenge where you read books that would appeal to Harry, Ron and Hermione.

#PWOWReadingChallenge @ Putting Wings on Words – 30 prompts in total in 5 categories (plus 5 bonus options): Classics, Friends, Formats, Diversity and Seasons.

#HBGREADS Challenge @ Haute Beauty Guide – 13 prompts.

Book Challenge 2019 @ By the 100th Page – 12 prompts.

I Spy Reading Challenge @ Goodreads – 50 categories.

Pick-a-Theme Challenge @ She’s Got Books on Her Mind – You choose a theme each month and read books that fit that theme.

Walter & Co. Reading Challenge @ Walter & Co. Booksellers – 26 categories.

Around the Year in 52 Books @ Goodreads – A list of 52 topics (you can find the 2019 list HERE)

While I Was Reading Reading Challenge @ While I Was Reading – A category-based challenge with 12 categories.

2019 Reading Challenge @ Linz the Bookworm – A checklist type challenge with several levels.

2019 Reading Challenge @ Yellow Book Road – 12 topics.

A Book A Week @ Pingel Sisters – 52 topics.

While I Was Reading Challenge @ Ramona Mead – 12 categories.

NJM Book Challenge @ Nicki J. Markus’s blog – 25 topics (with a fun graphic).

#Booked2019: A Seasonal Reading Challenge @ Litsy – A year-round challenge broken into seasons. There will be six prompts for each season for a total of 24 prompts spread across the year. There’s also a Goodreads group for the challenge. There will be a giveaway each season.

2019 Reading Challenge @ Louisa George’s blog – A topic for each month.

2019 Reading Challenge @ Lantern Arts – Features Easy, Medium, Challenging and Insane lists.

Build Your Library Reading Challenge @ Build Your Library – Over 40 categories, many of which feature diversity.

LB the Librarian’s Reading Challenge @ LB the Librarian – Set a goal of 25, 50, 100 or 150 books. She gives a list of thirty prompts as “reading ideas.”

52 Books Bingo @ Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

The 2019 Reading Challenge @ The Island Reader – 12 categories.

#WotNReadingChallenge @ Word of the Nerd – One prompt per month (a few of them are SFF specific, but not all of them)

#Ampersand2019 Reading Challenge @ Commas and Ampersands – 52 prompts

The HSL Reading Challenge @ Home School Life – Bingo style (the prompts aren’t specifically related to homeschooling)

Read Broader @ Curious Iguana Bookstore – Choose your own titles or select from their suggested reading list filled with books to inspire you to read outside your literary comfort zone. They’re encouraging everyone to read 20 books in
2019, drawing from five different categories. There will be a $25 gift card giveaway for their store at the end.

The Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge @ Modern Mrs. Darcy – A choose-your-own-adventure reading challenge with ten categories.

Read Harder Challenge @ Book Riot – 24 categories of books to read. If you finish, you get a 30% off coupon for Book Riot.

2019 Reading Challenge @ The Perks of Being Noura – 52 categories, but there’s no pressure to complete them all.


Challenges for Specific Genres/Age Groups


The Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Read books that feature a bad boy hero (Rock stars, MC members, streetfighters, assassins, mafia, loners, geeks, etc.)

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge @ Andi’s ABCs – There is a monthly giveaway for this one!

Literary Pickers Reading Challenge @ Delighted Reader – A scavenger hunt style romance book challenge where you see if you can find a list of items as you read. Can use romance books or any book with a strong romance.

The Series That Never … Ends Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Read at least five books in a series you’ve fallen behind on. Only romance series are accepted. Any sub-genre of romance accepted.

ROMANCEOPOLY @ Under the CoversPeace Love Books – A romance reading challenge that’s visual, interactive and fun but easy dive into. There’s a giveaway going on right now for a specially-made Romanceopoly board and it looks like they have lots of interactive things planned!


Victorian Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read 4 or more Victorian books with an optional checklist of up to 32 different types. Includes a quarterly giveaway.

Georgian Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read books from the Georgian era (either 1714-1830 OR 1744-1837).

Year of Shakespeare @ Hibernator’s Library – Read one Shakespeare play with a specific theme per trimester.

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Challenge @ Goodreads – This one’s a Goodreads Group based challenge to read books by Austen, about Austen, or other Austenesque books.

Jane Austen Book Club Challenge @ Bunny’s Girl – Read Jane Austen. You make your own plan and choose your own novels.

Back to the Classics Challenge @ Books and Chocolate – Another one with a different theme each month. This challenge has a giveaway.


Just the Facts, Ma’am (Vintage Mystery Challenge) @ My Reader’s Block – Read mysteries from the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras. There will be periodic giveaways.

Calendar of Crime Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – A list of crime and mystery options for every month.

Craving for Cozies @ Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book – Just what it sounds like. This challenge also has a FB group if you want more interaction.

Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – This year there are two options: read from specific sub-genres or read cozy mysteries of your choice.

The Purrfect Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read mysteries that have cats as the main characters.

Cloak and Dagger Challenge @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! – A challenge that incorporates all different types of mystery and crime novels with a linkup and two giveaways throughout the year.

Whodunit Bookology @ 52 Books in 52 Weeks – Seven prompts that will get you thinking.

British Crime Classics Challenge @ The Book Decoder – Read crime novels that were written in the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s (Agatha Christie is a great example).


Sirens Reading Challenge @ Sirens – Read fantasy written by women and non-binary authors.

Dystopia Reading Challenge @ Hope, Faith & Books – Has an optional bingo card and a bi-annual link-up. The challenge has two giveaways.

SpaceTime Reading Challenge @ Jemima Pett’s blog – Read books from any part of the science fiction genre universe – hard sci-fi, military, sci-fi romance, space opera, first contact, time travel, etc.

Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi @ A Dance with Books – 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.


Operation Deepen Faith @ Operation Actually Read Bible – Read the Bible or Christian non-fiction books.

Cloud of Witnesses Reading Challenge @ Operation Actually Read Bible – Read Christian non-fiction authored by “the cloud of witnesses”…. in other words, they must be dead. (There is a list of suggestions.)

The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge @ Challies – A checklist-type challenge that offers lots of fun options for reading!

Kids/MG/YA Challenges

Middle Grade Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read at least 6 middle grade books, with an optional checklist of categories.

Picture Book Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read at least 6 picture books, with an optional checklist of categories.

12 Children’s Classics for 2019 @ Book Hippie – A list of 12 books to read.

Newbery Reading Challenge @ Smiling Shelves – Read Newbery and Caldecott books!

Manga/Graphic Novels

Manga Reading Challenge @ Manga Hoarder – A list-type challenge with lots of fun categories!


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge @ Passages to the Past

Other Genres

Diversify Your Reading Challenge @ Mongan Moments – Encourages you to read from new genres! Each month, pick a book from a different genre, based on the genres included in the Goodreads Choice awards.

Humor Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – Any book (fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, plays, picture books) labeled as humor counts.

Memoir Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed.

Thriller Thursday Challenge @ Facebook – Read a different type of thriller each month of the year. The link will bring you to a post on Instagram about the categories for the challenge, but it looks like it actually takes place via a (closed) Facebook group where you can find out more specific details.

Learn Something New Reading Challenge @ SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews – Read at least 3 non-fiction books on a topic you’ve not read much about but would like to learn more about.

Retellings Reading Challenge @ Cornerfolds – Not just for retellings based on fairy tales—there are amazing retellings from all kinds of classic stories and this challenge celebrates all of them! It will include monthly group reads and retelling bingo and there will be a giveaway.

Fanfiction Reading Challenge @ Cat on the Bookshelf – Choose to create your own level goal or use the list of 25 topics to read.


TBR/Backlist Challenges

Mount TBR Reading Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – Applies to books you already own.

The VIRTUAL Mount TBR Reading Challenge @ My Reader’s Block – For people with a mile-long “wish-list” of a TBR. The strategy and general set-up is the same as Mt. TBR–except you don’t have to own the books.

Beat the Backlist Challenge @ Novel Knight – This fun challenge encourages you to read books that were published prior to 2019. You can also optionally join the Hogwarts Mini Challenge, which puts you into teams where you earn points for the team by reading backlist books.

The Untouched Bookshelf Challenge @ Swift Coffee – Make a pact not to buy any books until you’ve read the physical books on your shelf.

The Backlist Reader Challenge @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Read the older titles on your want-to-read list. There will be at least one giveaway.

TBR Challenge @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian – Once a month, pull a dormant book out of your TBR pile and read it! The challenge has optional theme ideas.


Review Book Challenges

Blogger Shame Challenge @ The Herd Presents – Any review book that is 6+ months PAST DUE is eligible for the challenge.

Review Writing Challenge @ Delighted Reader – Let’s get those reviews written!

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge @ Reading Between the Pages


Series/Author Challenges

Alphabet Soup–Author Edition Reading Challenge @ Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book – Read one book that has an author whose first name or last name starts with every letter of the alphabet.

Hail to the King @ Readinary – Read a Stephen King book each month in 2019 and share your thoughts on the book.

Series Challenge @ Mamma Got Time to Read – Reread past books in series and then finally finish them!

Dresden Files Group Read @ Hibernator’s Library – Read the Dresden Files books in a little over a year.

Finishing the Series Challenge @ Celebrity Readers – This challenge is focused on finally finishing those series that you’ve started but not yet completed.

A Year of Harry Potter @ mrskatiefitz on Instagram – Read all of the Harry Potter books leisurely over a year.


New Release Challenges

New Release Challenge @ (un)Conventional Bookworms – Read and review books released in 2019. Link up quarterly for the giveaway!


Re-Reading Challenges

Read It Again, Sam @ My Reader’s Block


Format Challenges

Epistolary Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of – Read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way.

Print Only Reading Challenge @ As Told by Tina – Read as many physical books as you can.

For The Love Of EBooks Reading Challenge @ As Told by Tina

Audiobook Challenge @ Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer – Listen to audiobooks! There will be two giveaways during the year.

A Year in Anthologies @ Because Challenges Make Reading More Fun – Pick one or two maybe 6 anthologies that you want to read this year and get them read! There will be a giveaway at the end of the year.


Indie Book Challenges

#LetsReadIndie Challenge @ As Told by Tina – Read self-published books or books published by small indie publishers

Indie Challenge @ Ninja Book Box – Read more independently published books. There’s a bingo card with topics to get you started. There will be a giveaway at the end.

Indie Book Goal Challenge @ Lauryn April – Pledge to read a certain number of Indie or Self-published books in 2019.


Topical Challenges

Creativity Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of! – This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, filmmaking, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.

Mental Health Reading Challenge @ Whatever I Think Of! – Read books related to mental health, fiction or non-fiction.

What an Animal Reading Challenge @ Socrates’ Book Reviews – Read fiction or nonfiction in which an animal plays a major role.

World at War Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read books that have to do with different wars, were written during wartime, etc. There is a bingo card with topics.

Books N’ Tunes Challenge @ Delighted Reader – This challenge is just a fun way to match music to books and share what you have with other readers.

Royal Reading Challenge @ She’s Got Books on Her Mind – Read books that have a royal theme.


Number of Books

52 Books in 52 Weeks @ 52 Books in 52 Weeks – Read 52 books. There are lots of mini challenges to help you along the way.

300 Book Reading Challenge @ Goodreads – Read 300 books in 2019!

#Bookiary2019 @ Fabiary – Read 52 books, one book per week or four books per month. There will be monthly goals to reach, and a little prize (giveaway) is waiting for you if you finish all tasks!

Flexible Fifty-Two Reading Challenge @ Goodreads – Start with a goal of 52 books, but this challenge is about enjoyment, avoiding both reading slumps and over-structured challenges, and making a dent in your ever-growing reading list. Bend and break rules as it suits you and have fun.

readingchallenge2019 @ Instagram – Read a minimum of one book per month. Take a picture of what you’re reading and tag @readingchallenge2019 in the post!


Lists of Specific Books to Read

Chain Letter Reading Challenge @ Tea in the Cloister – A list of 44 books that was created via a chain letter of book recommendations.

52in52 @ Reddit – Every week they aim to read and discuss a particular book together as a community. There are twelve themes and three books from each theme + one free for all book, read in phases throughout the year.

The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge @ Goodreads – Read all of the books mentioned on Gilmore Girls. This is technically an ongoing challenge that can be done at any time, but I’m including it since I think it might be of interest to a lot of people and because they have 2019 goals and mini-challenges.

Wild Honey Book Club Challenge @ Wild Honey – A list of 12 books.


Challenges in Non-English Languages

Dalle 3 Ciambelle @ The Libridinosa, La Biblioteca di Eliza, and Due Lettrici Quasi Perfette – This reading challenge is all in Italian. If you’d like to see a translation, check out the comment from Jamie on my announcement post. There does seem to be a giveaway.

Reto de Lectura 2019 @ Katerine – This is a checklist-type challenge with 12 topics, all in Spanish.

52 Books Reading Challenge 3.0 @ Livraddict – This is a French challenge with 52 categories.

Hebban Reading Challenge @ Hebban – A reading challenge in Dutch.


Misc. Challenges

Reading Challenge Addicts @ Reading Challenge Addict – Enter and complete reading challenges! (The link brings you to the About page, the sign-up for 2019 is HERE).

Moody Reading Challenge @ Perspective of a Writer – Choose books in genres you love but never seem to get to. Mix it up so that there will be all sorts of books to fit any mood! Don’t feel pressured, even DNF if you’re not feeling the book.

Good Rule Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Challenge yourself to read both old and new books. Goals can be very flexible and you set them yourself.

Share a Tea Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Love drinking tea while you read? This challenge is for you!

Charity Reading Challenge @ Becky’s Book Reviews – Read for a good cause! Buy books at a charity shop, or even a friends of the library book sale, or donate a certain amount of money for each book you read for the challenge.

All About the Trope Challenge @ The Herd Presents – This fun challenge asks you to pick a trope… and read it as much as you can! You can read across genres as long as it includes your trope.

Library Love Challenge @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – Show your library some love! There will be a giveaway with this challenge!

Connect Five Books Reading Challenge @ Book Date – Look at connections between books. When you have five books that connect in some way, you group them then link up. (There are suggestions for types of possible connections.) There will be a monthly giveaway.

Reading Challenge Throwback @ Books and Ladders –  Finish off old challenges you didn’t quite manage to complete in 2018.

Literary Loners Reading Challenge @ Readeropolis – Read books featuring a character identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert. OR read works written by writers known to have been loners or recluses (or about real people who are).

2019 Annual Reading Challenge @ MobileRead – Want somewhere you can set any reading goal at all and have people to share it with? Here’s the place!

Reading Assignment Challenge @ Because Challenges Make Reading More Fun – With this challenge, you’re registering for “classes” that fit your reading goals. Each semester you can sign up for a different class or stick with the same one. Instructor options: Professor AuthorLuv (books by a certain author), Professor Genre, or Professor Mix-It-Up. There will be a giveaway at the end of the year!

Bookish Resolutions Challenge @ Because Challenges Make Reading More Fun – Create three or more resolutions related to books/book blogging/writing (there are examples but you can make up your own). There will be a giveaway at the end of the year.

Reading Rivalry @ Facebook – Every month they have a challenge where you can be placed on a team. Books are your points – the more books you read, the more points you earn! The genre switches every month, and they have an author highlight.


I’ll be adding to this list as I see more sign-ups. Feel free to let me know in the comments of my announcement post for this list if you know of others!!