reading challenges 2019

I’m joining one more challenge: the Helsinki Library’s reading challenge.

It’s non-stress and free-style challenge. It has 50 subjects but the participants are free to include as many subjects per book as they want to. I’m going to use that option and use both Pick&Mix and Mount TBR for this challenge, too. I’m also using novellas and short story collections.

The subjects:

1. The book cover has a human face on it
(read: James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero)
2. Someone is looking for a missing person or an item in the book 
(read: James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero)
3. A book from a genre you don’t usually read
4. The only book written by the author
(read: F.J. Blair: the Delivery of Flesh)
5. The book has been a nominee for a book prize in your homeland
6. A romance novel
7. A book about a place you have visited
8. A book whose reading belongs to general knowledge in your opinion
(read: H. G. Wells: The Time Machine)
9. A book recommended by someone under 18 years old
10. A book written by a person of colour
11. A book about women’s role  in society
12. A book connected to Great Britain
13. A book for children or youth from your homeland
14. The author’s last name starts with the same letter as yours
15. A taboo is dealt within the book /A book about a taboo
16. A story that shifts between reality and unreality
17. There are twins in the book
18. A book written by a European writer
19. You don’t like the title of the book
20. The book deals with a culture that you are not familiar with
21. A book written by a celebrity
22. A book about climate change
23. The book title has a name of a country in it
24. Book chosen from a bookshelf with your eyes closed
25. A book from an author you have never read before
(read: F. J. Blair: the Delivery of Flesh)
26. A book that you see someone you don’t know reading
27. The book is some way based on Nordic mythology
28. There is a moon on the book cover
29. Someone is dreaming in the book
30. The book cover has a city landscape on it
31. Someone travels by metro in the book
32. The book title has a profession in it
33. You have seen a movie based on the book
34. The book has writings by several writers in it
35. There is an entrepreneur or company in the book
36. Someone is alone in the book
37. A book published by a small publisher
38. A banned book
39. A book about the relationship between humans and animals
40. A book about mental health problems
41. A book about a time period you would like to live in
42. You like the name of the author
43. A book that follows the growth of a child to adulthood
44. A book about Berlin
45. The book title has a negative in it
46. The book has a trans or non-binary character in it
47. The book has less than 100 pages
48. The book has a hearing-impaired or visually impaired character in it
49. A book published in 2019
50. A book recommended by library personnel

I could use recommendations, especially for 6 (romance novel – no toxic troupes, please), 17 (twins), 19 (book whose title you don’t like – I can’t think off-hand of any, except for “Men who hate women” (the Finnish name of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Larsson and I have no interest in reading it)), 23 (title has a name of a country), 31 (Someone travels by metro), and 48 (has a hearing-impaired or visually impaired character in it).


I’m going to join the 12th Annual Graphic Novel & Mangareading challenge for this year, too, with the same goal of Bronze Age, 24 reviews. The challenge has moved to a Facebook page.

Write a sign-up post on your blog, goodreads, facebook, etc and link to it here.

What counts: graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.

My personal criteria are if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts. I also feel many picture books and zines fall under this criteria as well. I’m not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, just ask.

You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog, but each book must be reviewed individually and linked here to count. Do not post your actual review here on the group.

Here is how the Challenge plays out:
runs from Jan.1 – Dec. 31, 2019

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)
Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)
Diamond Age: read and review 208 books during the year (This one’s for you John LOL. 4 books a week!)

I’m thinking of sorting through my Wonder Woman single issues and reading them. I’ve also read a few manga collections but haven’t reviewed them. Of course, they’re published here in Finland and I’ve no idea if they’re available in English.

For a few more days, Marvel Unlimited yearly subscripion has a discount so I’m thinking of getting it again.

Comics read:
1, Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire

I’m again joining the Pick&Mix reading challenge.

Since I’m also joined Mount TBR challenge for my print TBR books, I’m going to gather all the other books to Pick & Mix. Print books from library, or bought this year, audiobooks, and ebooks. However, I have quite a few non-traditionally published books which aren’t eligible for this challenge, so my goal is only 20 books.

Books read:
1, James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero
2, Martha Wells: Artificial condition
3, H. G. Wells: The Time Machine

I enjoyed the Mount TBR challenge last year and managed to reach my goal of 24 books. But I still have lots and lots of unread books so I’m going to
join Mount TBR 2019 with the same goal of 24 books.

Like last year, I’m adding my Fiction River e-books and StoryBundle e-books into the TBR pool in addition to the physical copies but not audiobooks even though I have still unlistened audiobooks from last year.

The Rules:

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you’re on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade. All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2019.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2019. No library books~. If you’re looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see my new Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any “currently reading” book that you begin prior to January 1–provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that.

Here’s the post where I gather links to all books, novellas, and comics I’ll read 2019. And a challenge summary.

Action/adventure (5) 2
action heroine (15) 2
Helsinki library’s (helmet) challenge (50) 5
Mount TBR (24)
Pick&Mix (20) 3

1, F.J. Blair: The Delivery of Flesh (helmet)
2, James Lovegrove: Firefly: Big Damn Hero (p&m, helmet)
3, Martha Wells: Artificial condition (p&m)
4, H. G. Wells: The Time Machine (p&m, helemt)

1, Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire