Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge Check-In (Part 3 of 6)

Sorry I’m a bit late on this. Did I mention legal training is taking over my life?

It’s halfway through the year and I’m happy to say that I’ve got through half of all but one of my challenges. I’m struggling to remember to update my challenges on paper regularly now. I’m lucky if I remember to do it once a week at the moment. Not good.

Best that I take this one challenge at a time – advice I really should have taken at the start of the year! I’ve gone down the list of the Read Harder Challenge 2019 and picked which book I’m going to use to complete each challenge (with liberal help from the Goodreads lists – those are great if you’re stuck). I’ve ordered either the book or audiobook for each so now I have no excuse not to have at least one challenge complete by this time in September.

Read Harder Challenge 2019

15/26 books

An alternate history novel: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

A book by a journalist or about journalism: Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich

A book by an AOC set in or about space: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

A book of nonviolent true crime: For All The Tea in China by Sarah Rose

A self-published book: The Martian by Andy Weir

Not brilliant progress but I’ve plotted out the books for all the remaining challenges. They’re on my shelves and my iPod (yes, I’m still using an iPod for music and audiobooks) as we speak. I’m going to focus on this one in next months and here’s hoping I’ll be able to declare this challenge complete in Part 4.

#Ampersand2019 Reading Challenge

32/52 books

A book published in 2019: Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

A book that became a TV show: Storm Front by Mark Lawrence

A contemporary book: Normal People by Sally Rooney

The last book in a series: Redeemed by P C and Kristin Cast

A middle-grade book: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

A signed book: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

A book by an author you’ve met: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

A secondhand book: Minion by L A Banks

A book set in a foreign country: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

A book set in the future: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A sci-fi book: Mindstar Rising by Peter F Hamilton

An author surname beginning with M: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Looking good. I think I’ll finish this one next.

Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-Fi – A 2019 Reading Challenge

23/52 books

Necromancers (sort of): Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Dragons: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Magical Law Enforcement: The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Space Ship: The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Artificial Intelligence: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Super Powers: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Space Colonisation: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Satire: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I never thought this would prove to be the most challenging. I think it’s mostly because I’m doing my best to read sci-fi written by women. A challenge in itself on top of a challenge.

Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

88/150 books

No, faithful readers, you haven’t misread that. I realised a few weeks ago that I was about to reach my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge. So, rather than take that early victory and rest at my laurels for a bit, I decided that I could do better. So, I doubled my target. Why do I do this to myself?


The last two months have been excellent for reading. Now, with half the year gone, I think it’s time to focus on each challenge individually. As I said, I’m focusing on Read Harder first and have everything ready to do so. In September, I’m going to sort out the books for #Ampersand2019 and, in November, I’ll plan for Dancing with Fantasy and Science Fiction. One thing I am definitely not doing is upping my Goodreads challenge total. 150 is more than enough books for one year!

I hope to see you again very soon.

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