It’s a new year, which means new reading challenges! Well…really they’re the same reading challenges I do every year, but with new tasks and book lists. After last year’s crazy strong start by completing Read Harder in less than one month (which I do not plan to do again as it detracted from the fun of it – thank you grad school!), I managed to end the year without completing PopSugar. I have two books remaining (#27 – A book you borrowed/was gifted to you, and Adv #2 – Cyberpunk). The lack of completion is all on me and my obsession with reading down my Amazon TBR lists.
Like last year, I want to use audiobooks for no more than half the categories, and I am going to try to comb through my Amazon TBR lists for as many books as possible. I am also going to force myself to read no more than 8 books per month each for Read Harder and PopSugar – but it has to be an even number. My hope is that this will prevent (or at least delay) burnout, and give me time to work down both my Amazon and Audible TBRs. The Hub Challenge is exempt from an arbitrary monthly reading limit because it only lasts from approximately March until late June.
Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge
When I saw the tasks for this, my first thought was, holy cow, this is a really diverse and specific set of tasks! My second thought was, I wonder how many of these tasks I can complete using Amazon TBR books? I’m going to have to dig for some of these! Digging has worked as I’m at 18 out of 24 books and counting that have been pulled from my Amazon TBR lists.
The two categories that are going to give me grief are #7 – #ownvoices set in Mexico/Central America, and #17 – Business book. I’m someone surprised by the #ownvoices task because I assumed I would have trouble with #8 – #ownvoices set in Oceania, but that one turned out to be relatively easy (Terra Nullius).
Tentative books for January: An Easy Death (#2), Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow (#9), An Unkindness of Ghosts (#6), Morte (#12), The Kiss Quotient (#13), Tempest (#16), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (#21), and the witch doesn’t burn in this one (#24).
Every book listed above is from one of my Amazon TBR lists. Three are audiobooks (Morte, The Kiss Quotient, and Tempest).
2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge
I was two tasks short of completion for 2018, so my plan is to force myself to limit my monthly reading to prevent that from happening for a third year in a row. I’ve already found books for most of the categories, though as always, there are some tasks that will be a pain (#14 – See someone reading on a movie/tv show, and #28 – recommended by a celebrity you admire). At least there are no Oprah/celebrity book club tasks this year.
Tentative books for January: An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good (#23), And Only to Deceive (#30), Sour Heart (Adv #3), Every Dog Has Its Day (Adv #4), and Fly Girls (Adv #7 and #8).
Five of the books listed above are from one of my Amazon TBR lists (one of the Fly Girls is the exception). Three are audiobooks (And Only to Deceive, Sour Heart, and one of the Fly Girls).
YALSA’s The Hub Reading Challenge
I’m assuming that this won’t be out until sometime after the ALA Midwinter conference at the end of January. The challenged started on March 1st last year, so I’m going to bank on it starting around then this year as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what books will be included.
Emma’s Amazon TBR
On January 1, 2018, I had 1067 books on my lists. I added an additional 1031 books throughout the year (I’m sure a handful are duplicates), and I read or DNF’d 269 books. This puts me at a whopping 1829 books waiting to be read as of January 1, 2019. I need to make a concerted effort to make a dent in this. I really need a nice several week vacation sequestered in a hotel room (three kids at home makes it hard to binge read if I want to get any sleep).