2019 Reading Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge

This year, with college coming at the end and my senior year closing, I’m actually cutting my reading challenge in half to make it no stress! I’m almost certain I can hit this goal, but I like seeing myself go over goal, haha!

Current Progress: 79/120

Debut Author Challenge 2019

Focusing on the reading and supporting 2019 YA/MG debuts of authors, the Debut Author Challenge lets you pick your reading goal for the year (though, the encouraged is at least 12). 

I’m setting my goal for 30 this year because I’m probably going to read less in 2019, and below are some of the books I’m hoping to read!

2019 Debuts

  1. The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin
  2. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  3. Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway
  4. Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
  5. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
  6. An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley
  7. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  8. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
  9. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  10. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  11. The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
  12. The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler
  13. The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
  14. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
  15. You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
  16. Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
  17. We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
  18. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  19. In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan
  20. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  21. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  22. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
  23. Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
  24. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  25. A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G & J.R. Zuckerberg
  26. This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagale
  27. All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
  28. The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  29. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  30. Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough (American Debut)
  31. Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small
  32. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  33. – The Beholder by Anna Bright

2019 Debut Author Goodreads Challenge

Hosted by the Class of 2k19 Books, the 2019 Debut Author Goodreads Challenge focuses on reading the YA + MG debuts of the authors who are part of the Class of 2k19! Not only are there a bunch of awesome prizes, but I love supporting debut authors, so this is a win-win for everyone!

  1. Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
  2. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  3. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
  4. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark
  5. When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow
  6. If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenheiser
  7. The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
  8. We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
  9. All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
  10. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
  11. The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
  12. Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
  13. Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
  14. Wild Life by Keena Roberts
  15. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Backlist Reading Challenge

I always think it’s important to not get too caught up in new-books, and I try to read a decent number of backlist books each year! My goal is to get to 30 non-school-related backlist reads, so fingers crossed! There are a bunch of 2018 books I still need to catch up on.

  1. We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan
  2. Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  3. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
  4. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  5. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
  6. And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
  7. This Is Kind of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
  8. Uprooted by Naomi Novak
  9. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  10. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  11. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  12. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  13. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

School-Related Backlist

  1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  2. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  3. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  4. The Collector by John Fowles

Diverse Books (A Personal Challenge)

In 2018, only approximately 30% of the books I read were books I consider diverse books. So in 2019, my goal is to bring that percentage up to 40-50% of the books I read (voluntarily) being diverse books! And I want at least 15% to be #OwnVoices.

I’ll be tracking them below and highlighting the ones that are #OwnVoices in bold!

  1. The Cerulean by Amy Ewing (f/f)
  2. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (Chinese-American MC)
  3. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen (Chinese MC)
  4. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum by K. Ancrum (polyamorous relationship + mental health rep)
  5. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Vietnamese MC)
  6. The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons (mixed race MC)
  7. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (South Asian Muslim MC)
  8. This Is Not An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender (black MC + m/m)
  9. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark (asexual MC & racially diverse ones)
  10. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Latinx MCs)
  11. The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (Saudi Arabian MCs)
  12. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (bisexual MC)
  13. The Last 8 by Laura Pohl (Brazilian asexual MC)
  14. Jade City by Fonda Lee (Chinese-inspired)
  15. Ruse by Cindy Pon (Taiwanese & Chinese MCs)
  16. Internment by Samira Ahmed (Indian Muslim MC)
  17. The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum (lesbian MC)
  18. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (bisexual MC)
  19. Once & Future by Cori McCarthy & Amy Rose Capetta (many queer MCs)
  20. Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen (Vietnamese MC)
  21. 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz (Korean MC)
  22. We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett (prosthetic-using MC)
  23. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (queer MCs)
  24. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon (Indian MCs)
  25. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (black MC)
  26. In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan (Jewish MC)
  27. 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario (half Chinese half white MC)
  28. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (gay + bi MCs)
  29. An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia A. Cole (black MC)
  30. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (Ancient India & Hindu mythology inspired)
  31. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali (Muslim + West Asian MC, multiple sclerosis MC)
  32. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest (black MC)
  33. Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud (black MC)
  34. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Puerto Rican + black MC)
  35. Wilder Girls by Rory Power (f/f)
  36. A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G & J.R. Zuckerberg (queer + trans identities)
  37. This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagale (MC with muscular dystrophy + uses a wheelchair)
  38. Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savannah Ganucheau (m/m)
  39. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (Korean rep)
  40. All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton (OCD & anxiety MC; scarred MC)
  41. The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi elements)
  42. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (Cuban-American bisexual MC)
  43. Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough (lesbian MCs)
  44. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (Southeast Asian, bipolar, bisexual MC)
  45. Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist (f/f + mental health rep)
  46. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Jewish rep)
  47. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (Ancient Arabia inspired)

Percents, as of May 22nd, 2019:
47/76 = 62% diverse books

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