My 2019 Reading Challenge


It’s a new year which means that I need to create a 2019 reading challenge for myself! Last year was one of the first years that I set myself a reading challenge that I focused on for the entire year. As I mentioned in my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions, I am eager to read even more books than I did last year!

In 2018, I challenged myself to read 10,000 pages over 30 books. I was only able to read 29 books last year but I completed my page count challenge by October, finishing the year with 14,895 pages read. I’m very proud of myself for that. I think that my main problem from last year was that I was so concerned with reading my page count goal that the books I was reading had an average length of over 500 pages with the longest book being 1,016 pages long!

This year, I decided to not focus on the number of pages I’m going to read. But I am going to dedicate my time this year so that I can read 35 books in total. Even though I’m not specifically focusing a page count to beat, I would like to read more pages than I did last year. This is how I plan to achieve my goal:

1) The 50 Book Pledge

HarperCollins Canada publishes The Savvy Reader which hosts the 50 Book Pledge every year. Since I’m working for them, I want to be reading as many HarperCollins books (and their imprints) as I possibly can. I don’t think that I can read 50 books in a year (yet) but I still want to be part of it regardless. I have challenged myself to read 25 of the 2019 featured reads.

2) OwlCrate Reads

As one of my Christmas gifts this year, I was given a 3 month subscription to OwlCrate! I plan to continue this subscription after it ends and to read all of the books that are included in the box!

3) Read more Canadian authors

Previously I never focused on who the authors of the books I read are. This year, I decided I should focus some of my reading on authors who are born or live in Canada. I want to read 5 to 10 Canadian authors!

4) Read more female authors

Similarly to the geographic location of the author, I never focus upon the gender of the author. Usually my TBR (to be read) list includes a lot of female authors but I haven’t consciously thought about it when choosing a book. I also want to read 5-10 books by female authors!

5) Read at least on chapter daily

There are some weekends when I don’t feel like picking up a book at all. And then I spent my time watching Netflix or Youtube videos. Looking back at last year, I could have read so many more books if I had focused on reading during my off I could have read a few more books this year. So this year I’m going to spend time each night reading at least one chapter!

What is your 2019 reading challenge and goals? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @briannafbenton!