2019 Reading Challenge

Once more into the breach: we’re continuing the challenge in 2019, with more modifications to the list. Still a total of 28 books, but some new categories to keep it interesting. The list is below. We ditched the murder book (that one was too easy) and author-younger-than-you (too difficult), and added genre-you-don’t-normally-read and book-previously-unfinished. We also changed the older book from 1900 to 1939, as the Victorian era and gothic novel genre was getting a bit tired.

And then there were two: we lost one of our members this year, so now it’s a just a duo (so not really a club any more). Still good to have the list and a buddy to keep me on my toes!


2019 Reading Challenge (RS style)

  1. A book with a body part in the title
  2. A book published before 1939.
  3. A book published in 2018.
  4. A book about language
  5. A non-fiction book about travel.
  6. An author’s debut novel
  7. A book written by a female author.
  8. A book that is (or is becoming) a film.
  9. A book of non-fiction essays.
  10. A book recommended by a fellow book-clubber in 2018
  11. A book set in or near where you now live.
  12. A book set somewhere you’ve never been.
  13. A book with someone’s name in the title. (S)
  14. A book with a number in the title.
  15. A book with a colour in the title.
  16. A book with a place name in the title.
  17. A book of short stories.
  18. A book you can finish in a day.
  19. A book with a one-word title.
  20. A book translated from (or in) another language.
  21. A book of poetry.
  22. A memoir, journal or book of letters.
  23. A book about food or cooking (not a cookbook, although it can include recipes).
  24. A book by an author whom you’ve never read.
  25. A (non-fiction) book about science
  26. A book received as a gift
  27. A book from a genre you do not normally read
  28. A book you have previously left unfinished

General guidelines:

• No more than four books can be ones you’ve read before.
• You can reassign a book from one category to another throughout the year. As your reading progresses, you may decide that your number 7 book would be better as your number 15 book, as you’ve found another male author you’d like to read.
• After completing a book, the reader should email the others with a very brief synopsis and review. This may help others seeking that elusive book-of-poetry-they-can-get-through.

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