Last year I started a year-long reading challenge that focused on travel and books perfect to read while you’re traveling. It was premised on a yearly total of 24 books, an average of two books per month, with an advanced challenge of another six books for a combined total of 30 books for 2018. You can see the books I chose for the 2018 travel reading challenge here.
I set my Goodreads challenge at 50 books for the year. I knew the reading challenge list was much less than I’d typically read and I wanted to stretch myself a little. Since I usually read on my , it’s easy to sync up with Goodreads and track books, but I found that often forgot to add those that I read in print. I think I’ve got everything added in now and you can see that below. I love the way that Goodreads creates a graphic representing your year in books, but don’t get caught up in ratings and readers – I choose small press books with niched readerships as well as New York Times bestsellers.
Get more information, as well as meet the other travel colleagues who are leading this year’s challenge on the Travel Reading List website (here).
The challenge is self-paced. Read what you want, when you want it, there’s no order you must follow. Feel free to interpret the list in any way you wish, choosing the type of books that you enjoy.
We’ve set up a Facebook group here to discuss what we’re reading, get ideas for the prompts, and share our favorite books. Whether you’re doing the challenge or not, please join us there. Note that the group requires approval to join, we’ve done that to prevent spam, but our moderators will get you approved as quickly as possible.
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I’m starting the 2019 Reading Challenge with The Tattooist of Auschwitz (learn more about it here) for the prompt “A book set in a war or conflict zone.”
Basic Challenge (an average of two books per month)
- A book by an author of a different nationality than you
- A book with a destination in the title (country, city, state, geographic area) – The Little Perfume Shop Off the Champs-Elysees; A Paris Apartment
- A book about food – Wine Country Table (about California wine and sustainable harvests)
- A book published in 2019
- A book set in a destination you want to visit
- A book about a controversial topic – November Road (a fictionalized version of the JFK Assassination); A Spark of Light (a shooting at an abortion clinic); Nine Perfect Strangers (drug therapy); Shadow of Night (magic and the occult)
- A book that inspires you to travel
- A book where the main character is female – In This Grave Hour, A Dangerous Place, and Journey to Munich (all part of the Maisie Dobbs series); Notorious RBG (about Ruth Bader Ginsburg); Small Fry (an autobiography by Lisa Brennan-J0bs)
- A book on the New York Times Best Seller List
- A book that is a debut novel
- A book that is the first in a series
- A best seller from 2018 – The Reckoning
- A book written by a person of color
- A book with a one-word title – Becoming (Michelle Obama’s autobiography)
- A book about a historical event that happened in your lifetime – The Jell-o Girls
- A travelogue
- A book published by a small press
- A book set on the continent of Africa
- A book about a quest
- A book on one of your hobbies
- A true crime story
- A book about books (bookstores and/or libraries) – The Little Paris Bookshop
- A book with a red cover
- A book that is next in a series you enjoy – Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs series); Desperate Measures (Stone Barrington series)
Advanced Challenge: (an additional six books)
- A book with a Muslim main character – The Occasional Virgin
- A book published before 1900
- A book set in a war or conflict zone – The Tattooist of Auschwitz; We Were the Lucky Ones
- A book set in or about a natural disaster
- A book that won a literary award
- A book in the humor genre
Pin to your favorite books and reading boards and find great books all year long.