2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

I’ve already asked you whether you outdid yourself in 2018? Did you read more this year?I

I didn’t. I actually didn’t even make my target of 150 books. I’ve settled for about 75 books instead. I’m giving myself a pass this year.

If you ask me which were my best reads from 2018 – they are three books, one fiction and two non-fiction. Fiction – Liane Moriarty’s ‘The Husband’s Secret’. Non-fiction – Brene Brown’s ‘Gifts of Imperfection’ and Rebecca Campbell’s ‘Light is the New Black’.

In 2019, I’m aiming to read less books – just 100. Quality over quantity.

If your goal for 2019 is to read more, then this is the reading challenge for you! Are you up for the challenge?

2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge Details

Runs January 1, 2019– December 31, 2019 (books read prior to 1/1/2019 do not count towards the challenge).

You can join anytime from now until 15 January 2019. Sign up in the linky at the bottom of this post.

The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2019 than you did in 2018. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.

Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).

Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).

Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

To join the challenge grab the 2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too.

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You do not have to be a blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

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Please include your name & the name of your blog (e.g. Corinne @ EverydayGyaan.com) with the direct URL link to your blog post or dedicated shelf (on Goodreads/LibraryThing/BookLikes). Any links to a blog’s home page or main profile will be deleted.

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12 Comments on “2019 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

  1. Lovely to see Rebecca Campbell’s book made your favourites, I read it, gave it to a friend and then bought an ebook as I love referring back to its lessons and reminders. I also absolutely adore the oracle cards she created out of it, they’re just wonderful, especially for anyone working with light.

    I usually challenge myself to read a book a week, so 52 for the year, but I reduced that to 3/month this year as I planned to be writing more and I know reading interferes with that, so I made my goal 40 books and so far I’ve read 47, so I might make my original target after all.

    My favourite fiction title might just be ‘So Long a Letter’ by Miriama Ba, closely followed by Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu and The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne.
    Best nonfiction Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams and The Four Insights, Wsdom of the Earthkeepers by Alberto Villoldo.

    Happy Reading for 2019 Corinne!

  2. Love Gifts of Imperfection and The Husband’s Secret. I read some really wonderful books this year and hoping to read more next year. Definitely participating in this for 2019. Let’s see how I go 🙂

  3. I loved Husband’s Secret! And there are a handful of books which now has a permanent place in my heart 🙂 I’m joining your reading challenge with 52 books, Corinne. Here’s to lots of reading in 2019! 🙂

  4. I’m glad to see that this challenge is back! I haven’t seen it around the past few years. So far, 2018 has been my most productive year of reading. Thanks for hosting!

  5. I did outdo the reading target I set for myself but since it was my first time, I had just set a target of 10 books for myself. However, I read 13 books and I am reading the 14th one which I will finish before 31st. Next year I aim to read more and will set a target for 50 books. Thanks to you Corinne for initiating the reading challenge.

  6. Great. I will join in as soon as I create a 2019 reading challenge in goodreads. 75 is an amazing number. Wow! I struggled hard with a mere 30. Next year I want to read a variety of genre. I have been mostly reading thriller and crime fiction. Will look out for your reading list

  7. Oooh I am joining in – will do with a post on this on 1st jan or so- hope the linky is open till then.

    And 75 books – whoa!!! I couldnt finish my 50 books from the Goodreads this year – planning to do 48 books as I finished about 40 only!!! So a book a week should be doable!!!

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