Sophia’s Reading Challenges for 2019

Posted January 1, 2019 by Shari in Challenge / 22 Comments

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As usual, I have signed up for a plethora of reading challenges for the year and will, in all likelihood, engage in some short term challenges and read-a-thons.  

At first glance, this may seem a crazy endeavor and impossible to achieve, but there is method here.  All the challenges allow for books read to also count toward other challenges and most of these challenges have some overlap so invariably I will have books counting for several challenges at once.

I have a variety of reasons for choosing each challenge from the obvious- it’s fun- to a balance of wishing to clear out more from my TBR pile to trying new to me authors and books.

This is the official ‘sign up’ post where I declare my goals for each challenge.  Because there are so many, I’m not going to say much about the individual challenges, but I will leave a link so you can investigate further if you’d like.

And, here they are…

COYER (Clean Off Your E-Reader) Going Back to Basics…Again Winter hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading

December 1st, 2018- March 2, 2019

Read any free or mostly free ebooks and audios with the exception of certain specific times when any books, even borrowed, are allowed.

GOAL:  60 books



Blog All About It hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup

A monthly post on the blog to fit a word prompt

GOAL: 12 monthly posts

Link:  unavailable at this time

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Challenge on GoodReads

Any Jane Austen related book in any format.

GOAL: Catherine Morland level 21-50 books


Mt. TBR hosted by Bev @ My Reader’s Block on GoodReads

Any book and any book format acquired before January 1, 2019

GOAL: Mt. Everest level 100 books


New Release hosted by Lexxie and Brandee @ UnConventional Bookworms

Any book and any format released after January 1, 2019.  At least 100 pages.

GOAL:  New Release Enthusiast level 200 books


The Series That Never Ends hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader

A romance series with at least 5 books/novellas left unread.

GOAL:  Surviving the Book Tsunami 5-9 books from Mary Balogh’s Bedwyn Saga/Simply series


Books N Tunes hosted by Shari and Sophia @ Delighted Reader

Pair a tune up with a romance book

GOAL:  Raging Rocker 50 books


Literary Pickers hosted by Shari and Sophia @ Delighted Reader

A list of clues.  One clue per romance book.

GOAL:  Professional Picker 50+books


A Year in Anthologies hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading

Read as many anthologies as I can.  Under 500 pages is one point and over 500 pp is 2 points.

GOAL:  3 anthologies


Reading Assignment Spring Semester hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading

3 different ‘professors’ with three levels of assignments for January through May 2019

GOAL:  Beginner level of one book a month in three different ‘classes’: 5 books by Mary Balogh, 5 sci-fi romances, and five from a specific list


Romance-opoly hosted by the ladies at Under the Covers and Peace Love Books

A mash of the Monopoly game with romance reading.  ‘Play’ by rolling die and reading book genre in square or going around the board in order.  There are ‘mystery’ readathons during course of the year and specific quarterly social media challenges.

GOAL:  The Native level 39 books (whole board rolling dice) and all social media challenges


Audio books hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reveiwer and Loupe and Melanie @ Hot Listens

Audiobooks only.

GOAL: Marathoner level 50+ books



Oldie But a Goodie hosted by Renee @ Addicted to Romance

Only historical romance and only published before 2010.

GOAL: The Newbie level 5-10 books


I am rarin’ to go on these and grateful to all the
hostesses for putting these challenges together.
Are you doing any reading challenges this year?
A personal reading goal?
Do Tell!

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

These are a lot of challenges! But I can see where the overlap is. Some of my goals are to read more diversely (while reading more fantasy because I love it!) and to post more book discussion posts. I could really use the e-reader challenge. I have so many ARCs from days gone by to clear out. Most of them are from my college days when I started taking on heavier coursework and couldn’t keep the same reading pace as I used to.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, the COYER is great to help with books on the virtual shelves and older ARCS and so is Anna @ Herding Cats’ Blogger Shame. It took me three years, but I did get caught up on the older ARCs and review commitments using those challenges.
Wishing you well as you nibble away at that pile, Crystal. 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

WOW that’s a lot of challenges for 2019. Good Luck!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yeesh! And you reminded me that I actually missed putting one of my challenges up there. I’m doing Library Love again. 🙂 Sorry about that, Angela!

These are going to be a blast. I’m already off to a good start.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

Oh, so that’s what COYER stands for! I’ve often wondered!
I’m doing a couple of the same challenges so I look forward to racing you over their finishing lines 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes! Isn’t that a hoot? I saw it for two years on other blogs and didn’t get it, either. It’s a fun one.

Yay! Glad to have a challenge buddy, Stephanie.

Lover of Romance
3 years ago

Great reading challenges you have here Sophia!!! I am just thrilled to see so many great ones. I am glad to see you signed up for Oldie but a Goodie…should be fun to pick up those oldies. I am so excited for the Romanceopoly challenge though, that should pretty awesome to play and read.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, I couldn’t resist and there were probably another dozen that all looked good and I wanted to do as well. Ugh, I’m addicted!

I am looking forward to hitting Mary Balogh’s backlist for my series challenge which will also count for Oldie But a Goodie. It will be fun to read more of her older stuff.

Oh my, absolutely! I am geeked about the game atmosphere to the Romance-opoly challenge. I’ve already been able to roll the dice twice to pick my next reads. I can’t wait to see what those mystery challenges are all about.

Carole Rae
3 years ago

Soooo many good luck!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Seriously addicted here. And, it makes me sad because I would love to play BINGO reading with you and Linda’s CR and HR challenges.

3 years ago

Romance-opoly looks like a fun one. I’m going to try that too 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  vvb

Oh cool, Velvet! I thought it sounded like a blast, too. I had to dig out some dice and it will be fun to read based on a roll of the dice. 🙂

La La in the Library
3 years ago

I am also doing Blog All About It! ✨

I did the Clean Out Your Ereader challenge a couple of years ago and I liked it.

Good luck.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yay! It will be fun to read your posts for the Blog All About it. COYER is great for keeping the shelves caught up.

3 years ago

Woah, lots of challenges but that’s great many of them cross over! You can do it! I need to share the challenges I plan on doing this week, but I definitely want to try Blog All About It again.


Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yeah, I wouldn’t be able to do this many if a book couldn’t count for at least two or three of them at a time. 🙂
Yay, glad you’re doing Blog All About It, Lauren. 🙂

herding cats
herding cats
3 years ago

Challenge crazy! Ha! Good luck with them all. It’ll be fun tackling them I’m betting 🙂

Here’s the link for Blog All About It 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Thanks for the link. I was looking for it when I put the post together, but figured it was one of the ones that had trouble with the posts disappearing thing. 🙂

herding cats
herding cats
3 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

LOL yeah, it was smack in the middle of the massive deletion. smh

Melanie Simmons
3 years ago

That is a lot of challenges. Good luck and I hope you find some great reads. Glad to have you back as part of the Audiobook Challenge.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yeah! And, the sad part is that there were a half dozen more that I was actually trying to figure out how I could squeeze them in because they sounded fun. 🙂
Glad to be back on the Audiobook Challenge, Melanie. I’m getting a higher number each year.

3 years ago

You’re going to be busy with challenges this year! I’m trying to tackle series, clear out my e-readers, get some paperbacks out the house and reduce my TBR. Good luck!