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The Ultimate Home Made Reading Challenge 2019

I can never find a reading challenge that covers everything I want to do while keeping it open enough for me to read whatever I want. There is always something on the challenges I find annoying or just don’t like. Last year (on the last leg now) I did the ReadHarder Challenge which was really good, but some challenges were tedious.

So I made my own this year๐Ÿ˜

I made this in November. I was so desperate to start planning for the new year and no other reading challenges were out yet. I will post another blog about 2019 reading challenges if you need to find one, but you are very welcome to join mine ๐Ÿ˜

Ivys Library Card 2019 ultimate homemade reading challenge

I looked through several challenges from 2018. I picked out a few, modified a few, and created a few on my own to get a complete list of challenges I feel is challenging and fun ๐Ÿ˜Š I then compared mine to the just-released 2019 challenges and found some on my so-called “original” ideas to not be so original after all… ๐Ÿ˜‚

I will be able to mix and match challenges as I see fit. Why? Becauseย I made this challenge and I make the rules…

All in all, there are 50 challenges (hence the name “Ultimate”) and I’ve divided it into categories because I’m an organisation freak (it’s even colour coded in my bullet journal… ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ) The categories are as follows;

  1. EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; involves race, gender, age, disability, and religion (also LGBT+ but I’ve separated it ๐Ÿค—))
  2. LGBT+
  3. Series
  4. Me Myself & I
  5. Type of books
  6. Geography
  7. Randoms

I must admit I have created a few challenges with a specific book in mind. Those are mostly books I wanted to read last year but didn’t get to. Those challenges are marked with an ๐Ÿ‘ฝย (alien emoji)

So let’s dive in…

EDI Challenges

  1. A book featuring a religion ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  2. A book about feminism
  3. A book by an indigenous author featuring an indigenous MC ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  4. A book about racism/racial issue ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  5. A book by an AOC
  6. An own voice book about an immigrant or immigration
  7. A book featuring a mental health issue relating to a mood disorder (e.g. depression, bipolar, etc)
  8. A book featuring an eating disorder ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  9. A book featuring a mental illness related to personality and self (e.g. disassociated personality disorder, OCD, Schizophrenia, etc)
  10. A book featuring a change to the MC’s physical abilities (eg. loose sight, amputates a leg, etc)

LGBT+ Challenges

  1. A book by an LGBT+ author
  2. A book featuring or written by an a-sexual personย ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  3. A fantasy book with an LGBT+ MCย ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  4. A book featuring an a-romantic character
  5. A book by a transgender author
  6. A book featuring or written by a nonbinary/genderfluid person

Series Challenges

  1. Finish a series with more than 3 books in it
  2. Start and finish a series within the year
  3. Finish a series I started in 2015 ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  4. Finish a series I started in 2016 ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

Geography Challenges

  1. A book set in a country Iโ€™ve never been to
  2. A book by aย local authorย ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  3. A book set at sea
  4. One book from each continent
    • Europe
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • Oceania
    • North America
    • South America
    • Antarctica

Me Myself & I Challenges

  1. A bestseller from the year I graduated from high school
  2. A book tied to my ancestry
  3. A book published the year I was born
  4. A book by a Norwegian author in Norwegian ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  5. A book about a Merriam-Webster word from the year I was born

Type of Book Challenges

  1. A book about books/library ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  2. A book adapted to film, watch the film then read the book (controversial!)
  3. A book based on a real person
  4. A book about a villain ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  5. A co-authored book
  6. A +800p classic ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  7. A modern classic (post-1900) ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  8. Read a new-to-me author
  9. A non-fiction book
  10. A poetry collection
  11. A graphic novel
  12. A book from a non-human perspective
  13. An anthology

Randoms Challenges

  1. A book read by a stranger
  2. To participate in 5 readathons (to get all of this challenge done!)
  3. A book I didnโ€™t get to in 2018 ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  4. A book selected from the bottom 10 on my GoodReads TBR (been there for the longest time) ๐Ÿ‘ฝ
  5. A book recommended to me
  6. A book that won a 2018 GoodReads Award
  7. A book from the top 10 lowest rated books on my GoodReads TBR
  8. A book from the top 10 highest rated books on my GoodReads TBR


It’s a big challenge but you can join me if you like ๐Ÿ˜

A lot of these challenges require research. This will give an excellent opportunity for adding content on my blogย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย I will share with you some specified TBRs (my options) for a few of these challenges and give you an insight to my selection of the more complex ones. Let me know in the comment which challenge you would like a top 5/10 TBR for ๐Ÿ˜

I’ll check in halfway through.

Now I need to go back to reading because I still havent finished my 2018 challenge yet…


28 thoughts on “The Ultimate Home Made Reading Challenge 2019

  1. I love how organised this list of challenges is, I definitely want to broaden my reading choices next year and this seems like a perfect way to complete a challenge as well as hopefully find some favourites! Thanks for sharing and bringing these together x

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  2. Wow, this is impressive! I’m looking forward to your updates throughout the year! There are a few of these that I kind of do informally, but maybe I need to make them more of an actual challenge. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thanks! Iโ€™m looking forward to start this challenge. Feel free to pick them and yes share your challenge ๐Ÿ˜ your welcome. I look forward to see what you have come up with (if you decide to share) ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚ well sometimes we just need to be extra challenged ๐Ÿ˜ Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™ll do it next year, I can already see flaws in it. It is a lot of work creating your own so I donโ€™t blame you. Thanks!

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