2019 Reading Challenge

In the theme of catching up here, I give you the 2019 TBR challenge. I googled & found the one on Bookish  I changed a couple of their prompts simply because I am trying to read a book off of my shelves. (Why is this so hard? Please tell me I am not the only reader out there who cannot seem to stop buying books when they have an embarrassing amount on the shelf to be read?) I still have a couple of empty ones too. I'm hoping they will fill themselves as I read a random book from my shelf. Ha! And full disclosure: I actually bought a few books to fill a couple of categories because I wanted to read something from that category.  Is this a disease? lol. And on a couple of the categories, I guessed based on what I thought the book is about. So, it really may not be accurate for the category. I'll link up reviews as I get around to them.


  1. A book you bought for the cover Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel
  2. A book by an author you’ve met What They Don't Know by K.V. Scruggs
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. A book that is under 220 pages The Body by Stephen King
  5. A book that came out the year you were born The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  8. A book from an independent publisher Verity by Colleen Hoover
  9. A book you borrowed from the library A Man Called Ove by Frederick Bachman (okay, okay. I technically did not borrow this one, but I have borrowed it and returned it more than once. I'm counting it.)
  10. A book featuring a fictional language The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
  11. A novel that includes a recipe (Bonus points for making the recipe) Anyone have a suggestion?
  12. An autobiography/ memoir  (this is one I swapped out. I don't see myself entering any raffles.) Someday She'll Darken by Fauna Hodel
  13. A book about going on a quest The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited The Cuban Affair by Nelson Demille 
  15. A book with a dust jacket Finale by Stephanie Garber
  16. A book by two or more authors Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
  17. A book that is over 1000 pages The Stand by Stephen King
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
  19. A book with a name in the title Daisy Jones and the Six by Evelyn Hugo
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of The Poet by Micheal Connelly
  21. A book written by a Native American author There There by Tommy Orange 
  22. A book with an asexual character A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne 
  23. A book you were given as a gift I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (sorry, Taryn. I clearly haven't read a couple of the books you've gifted me.)
  24. A book translated from Spanish A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marques 
  25. A book recommended by a bookseller (another one I changed. I don't envision reading a graphic novel)  Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  26. A book featuring a false confession A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 A Place For Us by Fatima Mirza 
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
  29. A book set in South America Vida by Patricia Engel 
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne (this one is a total guess. But I've read great reviews, and the cover is boring.)
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides 
  32. A book of short stories Uncommon by Tom Hanks
  33. A book featuring a nonbinary protagonist Less by Sean Greer
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi (seriously waiting forever. It's now been pushed back to December.)  
  35. A book about intersectional feminism A Woman is No Man by Elaf Rum
  36. A book with a place in the title The Man From St. Petersburg by Ken Follett
  37. A book bought at your local bookstore Scythe by Neal Shusterman 
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions Nothing yet, but I assume this will be easy to fill in with something I read throughout the year
  40. A book signed by the author Vengeful by V.E.Schwab
  41. A book set in Africa Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  42. A book about mental health Supermarket by Bobby Hall
  43. A book written by an immigrant American War by Omar El Akkad
  44. A retelling As Old As Time, a Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
  45. A book about incarceration Alcatraz #1259 by William G. Baker (and we met him and he signed it. I could have knocked out several categories here. But, since I'm trying to knock out the books on my shelf, I'll just stick with one category per book.) 
  46. A book recommended by an author Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller 
  47. A book with a person of color on the cover Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
  49. A book whose title includes a verb Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Imbue
  50. A book recommended by a librarian The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe 
  51. A book by a favorite YA author Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

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