2019 Challenges

CHALLENGE 1: 2019 New Release Challenge

The rules for the 2019 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2019.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2019, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2019.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2019NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter

There are five levels  in the 2019 New Release Challenge:

  1. 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
  2. 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
  3. 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
  4. 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
  5. 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
1. The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale (1/22/19)  [January] 
2. Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout (1/29/19)  [January]
3. Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen (1/22/19)  [January]
4. Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok (2/12/19)  [January]
5. Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (2/5/19)  [January
6. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller (2/26/19)  [January
7. Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (3/19/19)  [January
8. Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout (6/11/19)  [February
9. Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (3/12/19)  [February
10. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard (2/12/19)  [February
11. Wild Country by Anne Bishop (3/5/19)  [February
12. Grave Destiny by Kalayna Price (4/2/19)  [February
13. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (4/23/19)  [March
14. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (8/6/19)  [March
15. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (4/2/19)  [March
16. Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep (7/2/19)  [March]
17. Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi (4/2/19)  [April
18. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (6/25/19)  [April
19. The Beyond by Chloe Neill (6/4/19)  [April
20. Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (8/6/19)  [April
21. The Wicked King by Holly Black (1/8/19)  [April
22. Finale by Stephanie Garber (5/7/19)  [April
23. #murderfunding by Gretchen McNeil (8/6/19)  [May
24. Heart of the Lion by Alyssa Rose Ivy (4/25/19)  [May
25. The Missing Season by Gillian French (5/21/19)  [May
26. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (6/18/19)  [May
27. The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout (10/8/19)  [May
28. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry (6/18/19)  [June
29. You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook (3/5/19)  [June
30. Rage by Cora Carmack (8/27/19)  [July]
31. The Eyes of Tamburah (6/17/19)  [July
32. In the Woods by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel (7/16/19)  [August
33. Unearthed by Cecy Robson (9/24/19)  [August
34. Batman: Nightwalker (Graphic Novel) by Marie Lu, Stuart Moore, & Chris Wildgoose (10/1/19) [October]
35. Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall (9/24/19)  [October
36. The Beautiful by Renee Ahideh (10/8/19)  [October
37. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring (9/24/19)  [October
38. Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston (7/23/19)  [November]
39. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright (9/1/83)  [November
40. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (11/19/19)  [November

CHALLENGE 2: The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019

The rules are simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory. 

(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2018 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own the book. If it was on your want-to-read list when you signed up for the challenge, and it came out in 2017 or earlier, it counts… regardless of format (ebook, print book, audiobook) and how you acquired it.
Last year, I was asked about rereads. You can only count a rereads if (a) you haven’t read the book in the last 10 years, and (b) you can’t remember any more of it than you would learn by reading the publisher’s blurb. In other words, it should feel new to you. I know this is subjective, but bear in mind, this isn’t a rereading challenge. (There are other challenges for that.)

(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you usually post your reviews (e.g., Goodreads, LibraryThing, Instagram.) Please link back to this post! Then link your sign-up post below, where you see the “Add your link” button. (Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.)  You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read this year, or leave it up to your mood at the time—as long as they are already on your TBR list when you sign up! You can sign up through December 1, 2019; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.

(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky (reachable through the top menu bar.) You can certainly do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway. Reviews don’t have to be long; a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog. Please link to your review itself (not to your blog;s main page, your profile, or the book’s Goodreads or LibraryThing page.)

(4) On or just after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post to let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. Again, this one isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!

For this one I am going to attempt 15 backlist books!

1. The Vampire's Accidental Wife by Kristen Painter (5/8/17)  [January]
2. Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (1/30/18)  [February]
3. Wicked Charm by Amber Hart (1/30/18)  [March]
4. Every Breath You Take by Chris Marie Green (4/7/15)  [March
5. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (3/6/18)  [March
6. Blind Tiger by Rachel Vincent (2/13/17)  [May
7. 99 Lies by Rachel Vincent (6/26/18)  [May
8. 72 Hours by Bella Jewel (4/4/17 )  [June]
9. Spellcasting in Silk by Juliet Blackwell (7/7/15)  [June
10. A Toxic Trousseau by Juliet Blackwell (7/5/16)  [June]
11. Contagion by Erin Bowman (7/24/18)  [June
12. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter (9/29/15)  [August]
13. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (9/18/18)  [August
14. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (6/5/18)  [September
15. Nightblood by Elly Blake (8/21/18)  [September
16. Fairest of All by Serena Valentino (9/18/09)  [September
17. Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino (7/26/16)  [September
18. Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino (10/3/17)  [September
19. Mother Knows Best by Serena Valentino (8/7/18)  [September
20. Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett (2/20/18)  [October
21. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (2/27/18)  [November

CHALLENGE 3: 2019 Discussion Challenge

  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2019. Sign-ups will remain open through December 31st, 2019. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • Discussions can be about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to books or book blogging (no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). They can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions. Every month, we’ll update this 2019 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in!
  • Every month, we’ll feature our favorite posts from one challenge participant. There will be extra options in the Rafflecopter for commenting on posts by our featured blogger.
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2019 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab

1. 2019 Reading Goals  [January]
2. Book Blogger Confessions Book Tag  [January
3. New Year's Resolutions Book Tag  [January
4. Would You Rather?  [January
5. Would You Rather? Round 2  [January
6. Unpopular Opinions Book Tag  [January
7. How I Found Harry Potter  [January
8. King of Scars  [February
9. Sleeping Beauty Book Tag  [February
10. How I Came Back to YA  [February
11. Weird Quirks  [February]
12. Mirrors  [February]
13. Last Names as First Names  [March
14. Multiple Points of View  [March]
15. Day and Night Book Tag  [March]
16. Favorite Tropes  [March
17. Totally Should've...Tag  [March
18. The Spring Cleaning Book Tag  [March
19. I Want to...But I Don't Book Tag  [March
20. Disney Songs Book Tag  [April
21. Books I'll Probably Never Read Tag  [April
22. A Moment of Weirdness  [April
23. The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag  [April
24. This or That: Stressful Edition  [April
25. Bookish Wishes  [April
26. The Netflix Book Tag  [April
27. My Caraval Obsession  [May]
28. My UNDYING Love for Vampires [May
29. 90s Movies Book Tag  [May
30. The Wanderlust Book Tag  [May
31. The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag  [May
32. Aladdin Book Tag  [May
33. The Pancake Book Tag  [May
34. Do I Have that Book? Tag  [June
35. Unpopular Opinion  [June]
36. Stranger Things Book Tag  [July
37. Toy Story: Part Review, Part Rant  [July
39. My Name in Books Tag  [July
40. Kids' Toys These Days  [August
41. Bookish Tattoo  [August
42. The Tragedy of Indie Series  [August
43. Disney Live Action Remakes  [August
44. It's Magic Time: Harry Potter Book Tag  [September
45. Autumn (Book) Tag  [September
46. Book Snob Tag [November]

CHALLENGE 4: 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2019.
  2. Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
  4. You can list your series enders ahead of time, but this is not required. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
  6. You can sign up until December 15, 2019. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
  7. On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a linky for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th to February 25th). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally. Please link each review separately as each link in the monthly wrap up linky acts as an entry in both the monthly giveaway and the grand prize giveaway at the end of the year.
  8. Monthly giveaway prizes will be an e-gift card of your choice up to $5 (USD) from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. We want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
  10. December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway. Also due to Christmas, the December wrap up will post on December 23rd and will be open until January 23rd.
  11. You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.
  12. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)

Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+

If you have any questions, please contact us at: Sandy's Email or Holly's Email or comment on one of the Series Enders blog posts on either or both of our websites.


1. Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (Wires and Nerve) [February]
2. Every Breath You Take by Chris Marie Green (Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire) [March]
3. Finale by Stephanie Garber (Caraval)  [April]
4. 99 Lies by Rachel Vincent (100 Hours)  [May
5. The Beyond by Chloe Neill (Devil's Isle)  [May]
6. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter (White Rabbit Chronicles)  [August
7. Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist)  [September
8. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga)  [September
9. Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett (Blood & Salt)  [October
10. Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston (Heart of Iron)  [November
11. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air)  [November]

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