It’s that time of the year when every book club tries to outdo itself in setting up reading challenges for the New Year. This year I discovered some new challenges thanks to Sanch and Shalini who have written a lovely post on each. Their book reviews have been spot on for me since I discovered them.
In total I have signed up for three book challenges in 2019. There is my usual Goodreads challenge where I have signed up for 40 books this year as opposed to 52 in 2018. I was only able to read 41 and decided to limit the number a bit for this year.
In addition I have signed up for two more challenges with some awesome prompts and let me tell you why they got me hooked.
Book Challenge by Erin 10.0
This one I discovered courtesy my blogger friends and just loved the concept of fixing the TBR. First of all this is a four-month long challenge instead of a year. So it starts on 1st January 2019 and lasts up to 30th April 2019. What I have really loved about this challenge is the Facebook page which is just divine. All the prompts have their own albums, where book covers (based on the prompt) are shared. This helps one in making selections and also seeing what others are reading/recommending. There are 10 books to be read, based on the following prompts:
Freebie: The village by the sea by Anita Desai ℜead 2/5 rating
Made into a movie: Eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert ℜead 4/5 rating
Book set in Europe: Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris ℜead 3.5/5 rating
Hattie Big Sky by Kirsten Potter Changed this to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ℜead 3.5/ 5 rating
100+ years old: Dracula by Bram Stoker ℜead 4/5 rating
Love in the times of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Changed this to A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J Maas ℜead 3/5 rating
Cardinal direction: One half from the east by Nadia Hashimi ℜead 3/5 rating
Published in a different language: Crowfall by Shanta Gokhale – missed out on finishing this one by the deadline.
Starts with “N”: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman ℜead 5/5 rating
Write Tribe Reading Challenge 2019
A book written by a Female author – The village by the sea by Anita Desai ℜead 2/5 rating
Written by someone of a different nationality/color/ethnic group than you –
Love in the times of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez changed it to The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi ℜead 5/5 rating
Man Booker Prize long-list (any year) –
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh changed to Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh ℜead 4/5 rating
Retelling of your favorite fairytale/classic – Manolo Blahnik and the tale of The Elves and The Shoemaker ℜead 4/5 rating
Set in a country that you visited/want to visit –
The little Paris bookshop by Nina George changed it to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman ℜead 5/5 rating
A book that was a gift – Ayurveda by Geeta Vara ℜead 4/5 rating
An animal in the title/cover – The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein ℜead 3/5 rating
Classic which you’ve never read – Dracula by Bram Stoker ℜead 4/5 rating
4-words title – My name is red by Orhan Pamuk
A 2019 release – Boy swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (gifted by a friend) ℜead 4/5 rating
Made into a movie – Eat, love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert ℜead 4/5 rating
A book you bought just because of its cover/a book with a beautiful cover –
Major Pettigrew’s last stand by Helen Simonson changed it to Ikigai – ℜead 4/5 rating
Best things about these challenges
What I have really loved about both these challenges is that they allow Audiobooks and one can read the same book for different challenges. So I do have some books common to both the challenges even though I tried to diversify more. Maybe I will edit later in the year if I stumble across some yummy book recommendations / gifts. Also both these challenges have books from a popular award included in them. So the diversity in the reading list is huge.
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(Adding my wish list for books as my Bday is coming up in a few months time 😉 )
( Yes, that’s being devious and very obvious)
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