Get Ready: 2019 When Are You Reading? Challenge

17 Dec

I’ll post about this weekly for the next month or so. I’m excited to kick it off today! Look at this amazing image my loving husband put together for us this year. Isn’t it great?

I’ve decided on one small change this year. I’ve struggled to find books set in the 1600s for two years. It’s just not a very exciting time in world history! So I’ve decided to make 1500-1699 one category, 1300-1499 another, and make the earliest Pre-1300. We’ll see how this helps this year. So, here are the time periods:

  • Pre 1300
  • 1300-1499
  • 1500-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

Quick and simple! It averages to one book per month, a cinch for readers like you! I usually find I fill up 2/3 of the time periods without trying and then find myself searching to fill the last few around October. It’s really a joy and I’ve loved doing it the past few years. I’ve created a homepage for the challenge and I’ve got my progress page all set up. If you want to join in, let me know! I’ll add a link to your progress page/post or blog to the list of participants.

I hope you’ll join me. Happy reading!

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20 Responses to “Get Ready: 2019 When Are You Reading? Challenge”

  1. nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog December 17, 2018 at 10:45 AM #

    I’ve just finished this year’s challenge and will definitely be joining in again in 2019. 😀


    • Sam December 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM #

      Amazing! I’ve got one more to go but I feel confident I can wrap it up. Happy reading!


  2. Rosie Amber December 17, 2018 at 10:53 AM #

    I must check up where I am with this challenge. I did start it and was going quite well at one time.


    • Sam December 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM #

      I usually find myself pretty close just by luck. I hope you’re as lucky! Happy reading.


  3. jenchaos76 December 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM #

    Hmm, I don’t necessarily like older books because it is difficult to navigate the English language differences. However, I may try it anyway!😁


    • Sam December 17, 2018 at 1:03 PM #

      They do t have to be written in the time period if you don’t want, they can be set there. All the older ones I read are historical fiction written recently but about historical Europe. That may help you. Happy reading!

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  4. whatcathyreadnext December 17, 2018 at 12:56 PM #

    I’m definitely interested in joining in next year. Thanks for hosting it again. The future was the one I’ve found most difficult, by the way…


    • Sam December 17, 2018 at 1:04 PM #

      I’ve struggled with that often as well I found dystopian YA was usually a safe bet! Happy reading.

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      • whatcathyreadnext December 17, 2018 at 1:46 PM #

        Dystopian I can do but YA is really not my thing. However it’s something to bear in mind if I get really stuck…and I’ve got a year to think about it 😀

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  5. Becky December 20, 2018 at 5:27 PM #

    I’m in. Here’s my post about the challenge where I’ll update my progress.


    • Sam December 22, 2018 at 9:31 AM #

      Awesome! I’m adding it to the page now. Good luck in 2019!


  6. Margaret December 22, 2018 at 2:26 AM #

    I’d like to join in too – my first time for this challenge. Is it just for historical fiction, or can I include non-fiction books too?


    • Sam December 22, 2018 at 9:32 AM #

      That’s wonderful! You can include both, whatever works for you and helps you explore different times of world history. Happy reading!


  7. Rae Longest December 27, 2018 at 11:07 PM #

    Still working on the Alphabet challenge! Finishing up “O” (hopefully by Sun. (today is Thurs–it’s a huge book!) and thinking about starting “P” maybe before then. “P” is a western, My Better Half’s favorite genre. I’d like him to get his mind off our complicated taxes coming up!


    • Sam December 28, 2018 at 9:13 AM #

      Good luck! Is there a time limit on the challenge? Or just complete when you can? Happy reading!


  8. Andreea February 17, 2019 at 10:17 AM #

    I want to join too – just for the fun of it!


    • Sam February 17, 2019 at 12:24 PM #

      Amazing! Drop me a link of your tracker page (if you’re building one) and I’ll add it! If not, I can link to your home page, just let me know.



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