5 Irresistible Reading Challenges of 2019

Reading is a purely solitary activity and I find that it’s quite easy to stick to a comfortable, predictable pattern. I personally read a lot of fantasy and very rarely do I reach for other genres because I know my reading tastes well. However, I feel like there are so many other amazing books waiting to sneak into my “Favourites” shelf who don’t belong to the genre I read the most. 2019 is the year I’ve decided to take the plunge and challenge myself to read out of my comfort zone. In order to accomplish that, I did a bit of digging around on the Internet and settled on five wonderful reading challenges that I want to attempt. Every month from now I will be giving recommendations for each of the challenges I mention in this post. I hope my list inspires you to push beyond your limits as a reader too!

5 Irresistible Reading Challenges of 2019 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (post graphic image)

#1 Read Harder Challenge

2018 was the year I discovered just how amazing Book Riot is. In 2019, I’m determined to not only read their amazing posts (one of my blogging friends, Etinosa @ Uwadis, just joined as a contributor), listen to their various fun podcasts and watch their BookTube videos but also take part in this 24-prompt reading challenge. It seamlessly incorporates a ton of diversity, which makes me all the more excited to join in! Some of the prompts are quite hard, so I’ve done most of the legwork to unearth the best books for each. Check out my recommendations post for the Read Harder Challenge 2019 here!

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2019 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (original photo by @dini_bharadwaj)

#2 Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

This challenge is close to my heart not only because I’m Asian and champion books by Asian authors with my every breath, but also because it is being hosted by some of the nicest and most inspiring people in the book community – Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, CW @ The Quiet Pond and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams. It has a very clever approach in the sense that you can aim for a certain tier depending on how many books you can get to in the year and try to achieve that number! It also features some of the cutest graphics, has a ton of other stuff to encourage participation such as Twitter chats, monthly link-ups, monthly themed challenges and so on. Check out my recommendations post for YARC 2019 here!

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (original photo by @dini_bharadwaj)

#3 Beat the Backlist Challenge

The unconquerable TBR seems like a universal bookworm problem because literally everyone I know has signed up for this already! Hosted by Austine @ Novel Knight, it has one very simple rule of reading books that came out before 2019. It caters to pretty much every reader out there with a Hogwarts house-based mini-challenge, a book bingo, weekly photo challenges and lots more! I will be participating on behalf of Ravenclaw as soon as I can get my act together and perhaps a few easier small tasks. Take a look at my favourite books of 2018 here to start building your TBR!

Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (original photo by @dini_bharadwaj)

#4 Reading Women Challenge

This is hosted by Kendra and Autumn over at Reading Women podcast, it encourages you to take a closer look at the authors you’re reading. You can check out their show notes, join their Goodreads group or surf around their blog if you need books to cross out all the 24 prompts. However, one book can count for multiple challenges, which I think is good for those who don’t gulp down books on a regular basis. Check out my is my recommendations post of books by women authors here and see if any of them fit the bill for any of the reading challenge prompts.

Reading Women Challenge 2019 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (original photo by @dini_bharadwaj)

#5 Hodderscape Reading Challenge

Finally, we come to the reading challenge that I’m pretty sure I can ace. Run by the publishers Hodder and Stoughton, it has 12 prompts to add more science fiction and fantasy to your reading list. The prompts are quite general and incorporate diversity, which is an added incentive for me. Here is my list of recommended books for this challenge, so be ready to add them all to your TBRs!

Hodderscape Reading Challenge 2019 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (original photo by @dini_bharadwaj)

If you’re signing up for #2 and #5 on the list, consider joining the monthly book club I hosted called ‘Stars and Sorcery‘ dedicated to reading SFF written by diverse authors. You will get access to exclusive recommendations and be a part of a community to encourage your reading in 2019! DM me on any of my social media (links in the sidebar) or leave a comment down below expressing your interest so I can add you to theΒ group. Check it out on Twitter for more details!

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Are you taking part in any reading challenges this year? What is your Goodreads goal for 2019? What genre do you want to explore more to push yourself? Let’s discuss in the comments section below!

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38 thoughts on “5 Irresistible Reading Challenges of 2019

    1. Oh that’s so nice to know! Well, it’s good to challenge yourself as reader, so I’m very happy you’re doing that. 😊 All of these are quite general and fun. Maybe you can try the Beat the Backlist Challenge since you can read any genre for it and it’ll still count! All the best with your 2019 goals, Megan! β™₯️


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    I’m also participating the Beat the Backlist Challenge as a Slytherin. I made a small dent, but probably doesn’t look like much after going on the 2019 books that’s coming out rampage

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  2. YARC is so awesome!!! I’m also taking part and I really hope to achieve the tapir goal β€” and hopefully surpass it! I have a ton of books written by Indian and Korean authors on my TBR but I also want to read books written by authors from all over Asia. I’m so excited to see how I do! Best of luck completing all these chapters πŸ’–

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    1. I cannot agree more! Even though I’ll fix my aim as Tiger, I think I can realistically probably just do the Panda. Let’s hope for the best though. Even I’m going to try and cover as many countries as possible this year. β™₯️ Good luck to you too! 😊

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  3. These are all great challenges, they all sound like a lot of fun! I’m not much of a reading challenge kind of person, except for the goodreads one haha, but I might give the year of asian one a try πŸ™‚ best of luck for them all! ❀

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  5. I’m only doing four yearly reading challenges and then a decent amount of monthly challenges. For yearly challenges, I’m doing the Goodreads challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Library Love and Series Challenge. The blog that’s hosting the Series Challenge has mysteriously disappeared.

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  6. That’s a lot of challenges and prompts! Good luck, Nandini! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ I’m participating in the Popsugar Reading Challenge and the Devour Your TBR Challenge, though I will try to diversify my reading as much as possible. πŸ˜ƒ

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  7. Ooo, you found some really cool ones! Good luck πŸ™‚
    I’m not doing any official challenge, but i’m trying to read more of the books i already own before buying more new ones. So i guess that’s kind of like the backlist one.

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  8. Lovely post! I’ve heard great things about the Read Harder Challenge, it’s definitely challenging for someone who doesn’t read that much like me. I’m personally participating in the Reading Women Challenge because I love their podcast so much, and already have plans for some books to tick off the list this year πŸ™‚

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