2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge

*I thought it would be a lot of fun to do a year long reading challenge for 2019. We all want to read more books, why not make it fun and turn it into a “challenge” of sorts?

2019 The Cozy Shelf Reading Challenge

Introducing the 2019 Reading Challenge

I’ve been thinking about what I want my reading life in 2019 to look like. Long story short is, I’d like to read way more books than I did in 2018 and the only way to do that is to read more books. One way that gets me into the pages of books more often is a good reading challenge. Readathons are also great but super intense. You couldn’t sustain that level of reading forever. Sometimes you just need a laidback approach to reading that also motivates you to get some books read.

Rules for the Challenge

For the 2019 reading challenge I want to read at least one nonfiction book and at least one fiction book. We all know we will read more than one fiction book but not many of us will read even one nonfiction book. So I created some prompts to get us diving into the world of nonfiction.

You’ll also notice that I haven’t assigned these prompts to months. I’m a mood reader and I know that I can’t set a year-long reading challenge for myself and then stick to it. I know that a lot of other people are mood readers too and I don’t want to set you up for failure. When you are getting ready to decide on your TBR for the month, just pick a prompt and go from there. 

I’ll list the prompts below for nonfiction books and then fiction books. Most of these prompts are open to interpretation. Anything that’s listed on Goodreads as a book counts. I hope you all have fun with these prompts. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

I almost forgot to mention that I put together a PDF checklist for you to check off the prompts as you complete them. I’ve printed mine in A5 size and taped it into my reading journal.  You can sign up right here to participate in the challenge and get the PDF checklist! 

Nonfiction Challenge Prompts

Nonfiction books can be boring and dry, although I feel that this has been changing a lot recently. As a result, a lot of readers avoid nonfiction books. But, I know we can find some great stories tucked away in this genre. My goal for the 2019 Reading Challenge is to open your eyes to the vibrant world of well-written nonfiction that tells us a story. I want you to read good books, not just books that you feel you have to read.

  • A book about families or friendships
  • A book about mental health
  • A book about the medical/science fields
  • A book written about or by a public figure (basically any famous person that you want to know more about)
  • A book about overcoming the odds (we all love us a good underdog)
  • A funny book (really, any book that’s been quoted as funny, hilarious, etc.)
  • A book about books/the reading life
  • A book about traveling/living abroad
  • Learn something new (basically, a book you’ve never read before)
  • A book about history/a historical figure
  • A memoir (also called an autobiography, but memoir sounds fancy)
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever

Fiction Challenge Prompts

It was actually rather difficult to pick the fiction prompts for the 2019 Reading Challenge. Most of us read more fiction books than nonfiction because it’s just easier, but I really want to get intentional with my fiction reading in the new year. I don’t want to read just because it’s a book that sounds interesting. I want to choose my books with care. What better way to do that than to create a challenge where you have to intentionally pick your books?

  • A new release (doesn’t have to be released in the month of January, but it should be no older than 3 months)
  • A book about magic (dreary February was made to read magical books)
  • A book you’ve read before (We all have that one book that we are drawn back to no matter how many times we have read it)
  • A book by your favorite author
  • A book about friendship/family
  • A book you bought because of the cover
  • A recommendation from a good friend, book blogger, booktuber, bookstagrammer, etc.
  • A book from the 20th century (1900-1999)
  • A book from your favorite genre
  • A retelling
  • An unread book on your bookshelf
  • A book that’s been on your TBR forever

In Conclusion

At the beginning of every month I’ll post the prompts I decided on for the 2019 Reading Challenge + my book picks for the month. If you have trouble finding books for a prompt, just do a quick Google search. If you are struggling to find a nonfiction book for the month, don’t be afraid to pick a fiction book. Readers are always ready to go looking for the next great read. Don’t be afraid to dig in a little. Great books are hard to find, but once read, stay with us forever.

I hope you’ll join me in the challenge!

Happy reading,


P.S. Do you love participating in reading challenges and readathons? I participate in quite a few every year and they really help me knock some books off my TBR. Watch my newsletter for info on the readathons I participate in throughout the year!