2019 Badass Books Reading Challenge

With 6 new categories!

One thing I love about these reading challenges is that it’s opened the door to books I likely would have never have chosen to read and introduced me to authors I wasn’t familiar with and I love to feel like I’m learning and growing as a reader.
I read a lot of really great books in 2018 and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store! Next December I’ll come back and tell you what each of my selections was and do some quick mini-reviews. You can check out the results of my 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge here.
So keep scrolling and find out what’s in store for your 2019 Badass Books Reading Challenge!

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The 2019 Badass Books Reading Challenge

A book published in 2019.
Again, this one will be the easiest, I read 62 books in 2018 and 30 of them were published in 2018. Like any good book nerd, there are constantly books being added to that never-ending TBR!
A classic book / a book published over 100 years ago.
This year, my goal for a classic book is to read something by Jane Austen. I feel like it’s my duty as a woman to have read at least one Austen book, if not all of them.
A book of poetry.
I already know I’ll be reading for this selection – A Love Letter to the Girls Who Feel Everything by Brittainy C. Cherry and Kandi Steiner. I also highly recommend poetry collections of J.R. Rogue and Kat Savage for a good dose of unapologetic girl power.
A book that you’ve been meaning to read but have put off.
A quick scroll through my Kindle tells me I have plenty of books to choose from in this category – as usual!
A Book you’ve already read but would love to read again.
The only question for this category is which of the many books that I love will I choose to re-read this year?
A book by an author you’ve never read.
I’ll be attending two larger book signings this year: Holidays With the Belles in February and The Girls are Back in Town in June and there are several attending authors I haven’t yet read so I’ll definitely be picking up some great books from authors that will be new to me.
A book from your childhood.
This will make for a nice dose of nostalgia. There are so many books I remember fondly from my childhood so it will be hard to choose. Maybe Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White or Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, something by Roald Dahl, there are so many options…
A book published posthumously.
I’m pretty sure I’ll read Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. After my re-read of To Kill a Mockingbird last year I decided I had to read this follow-up.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
I thought this just sounded fun. I love to travel. I love reading stories set in places I have visited and places I long to visit.
A book that has been or will be made into a movie.
I’m constantly coming across more and more books that are being adapted for film. Still on my list from last year is Pet Sematary by Stephen King. I hear there’s a movie re-make in the works, which pushes it closer to the top of my list. And I still need to read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. The jury is out on Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I can’t decide if I want to knowingly inflict that type of emotional pain on myself. The movie was bad enough.
A book that has been or will be made into a TV show.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler and the Midnight, Texas series by Charlaine Harris are a couple that have caught my eye in addition to several I didn’t tackle last year. However, I’m pretty confident the books that inspired some of my favorite TV shows may not be my kind of read (Longmire and Justified).
A book that will make you smarter.
This year I’d like to read Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I heard so many great things about it in 2018 and purposely saved it for this category for 2019.
An award-winning book.
There are a lot of award-winning books out there that caught my attention when I searched in 2018. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas came up over and over again so that may be my pick for 2019.
An audiobook.
I listened to my first audiobook in 2018. I have to say, it feels like cheating, but it is a great way to get in a book while I’m on the road and it’s a little reminiscent of having a story read to me as a child so, I’m trying to keep an open mind, lol.
A book based on a true story.
Possibly The Innocent Man by John Grisham? I just finished the docu-series on Netflix and I’m intrigued! I haven’t scoped out this category at all for 2019 so we shall see!
A book with over 1 million ratings on Goodreads.
I thought would be an interesting way to choose a book. Don’t feel like searching for a book with a million ratings? Never fear! Follow this link to see which books fit the bill.
A horror novel to read for Halloween.
This might be a new tradition, after coming across BookBub’s Article 11 Award-Winning Horror Novels to Read for Halloween it inspired me to give this a try. I’m intrigued by the first book on their list A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.
And last but not least…
A book set during Christmas.
Que the Hallmark Christmas movies! It’s time to do all the things that put me in the Christmas spirit! This may not be for everyone but I love a good HEA Christmas romance at this time of year. If you need inspiration check out Book Riot’s 50 Must-Read Books About the Holidays.

Categories that didn’t make the cut for 2019 (for me):

This year, I’m going to call these Bonus Categories. They aren’t categories I’m going to participate in this year but you are more than welcome to give them a try. They just weren’t my favorite and sometimes made me dread what I was reading and that’s just no fun.
A book published the year you were born.
Since I did this category last year and found very little that interested me, there just isn’t much else out there that I’m dying to read. But it is very interesting to do that google search and see what all there is. What will Google list for books published the year you were born?
A book that you’ve started before and never finished.
I said, “This one will also be easy, I’ve got several of those sitting in my Kindle, wondering why I left them hanging.” Let’s just say, I left them hanging for a reason…ugh.
A funny book.
This ended up being the most ridiculously hard category to find a book for and I refuse to put myself through that again. I read samples of countless books that were not making me laugh, I read 50% of a romantic comedy that was more pathetic than anything, 30% of a memoir that made me want to puke, and what I finally ended up reading made all the torture worth it – but I don’t want to have to try THAT hard again.
A book you should have read in school, but didn’t.
I feel like most classics fit this category and I did read all the books I was supposed to read in school. So, I’ll just count my classics for this category from now on.
A popular author’s first book.
Turns out, I’ve read a LOT of popular authors’ first books which made this category difficult. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Notebook, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Looking for Alaska, Catcher in the Rye, are all first books.
A banned book.
Apparently, a lot of books have been banned for all manner of ridiculous reasons. They mostly fall under the category of “books you should have read in school but didn’t” because they’re often banned to protect our impressionable teenage minds, so…you get the picture
A book chosen for you by a friend.
Sadly, I didn’t have much luck getting people to recommend a book for me. Everyone said “Hmmm…I’m going to have to think about that….” and then I never heard back. So – if you have better luck than I do – give this category a try but I’m marking it off my list for 2019.
So that’s the challenge for 2019 – get out there and start reading and then come back here and keep me updated!

Have a Badass 2019!

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