2018 & 2019 Reading Challenge

Reading challenges are compiled by Karin over on Insanejournal. All credit goes to her and her friends who helped compile the prompts

Caution: Contains Small Parts Sea Witch by Sarah Henning Artemis by Andy Weir The Cossacks and Hadji Murat by Leo Tolstoy Can We All Be Feminists?
are we all lemmings and snowflakes by holly bourne the vegetarian by kang han Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver Becoming by Michelle Obama Secrets of Tamor Manor by Matthew Lang
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris FREE SPACE Sabriel by Garth Nix A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Sagaland by Richard Fidler An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir A SCIENCE FICTION OR HORROR NOVEL Hunger by Roxanne Gay
Possibilities by Nicole Field Ronan’s Echo by Joanne van Os Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Unfinished Tales by JRR Tolkein feed’ by mira grant
¹ There are a lot of lists of #ownvoices-books, but you could start here or here if you want.
² There are a ton of lists here too, where this one is a good starting point.
³ A novella is at most 40,000 words, which is 150-200 pages max.
01. A short story collection
02. Debut author
03. A Goodreads Choice Award Winner
04. A book that’s more than 100 years old
05. A book about a global issue you find important
06. A book by or about a person with mental illness
07. A book translated to English
08. #ownvoices
09. A memoir or biography
10. A book with a queer main character
11. Non-fiction by a diverse author
12. Something from your ‘to read’ shelf on GoodReads
13. A book with a one word title
14. A graphic novel
15. A book with a POC main character
16. A book you heard about online
17. A fantasy novel written by a WOC
18. A science fiction or horror novel
20. A novella:
21. A book Goodreads recommended to me
22. A book by or about an indigenous person or culture
23. A book that’s more than 500 pages
24. A book with a disabled main character

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity by Matthew Salesses The Frankston Murders by Vikki Petraitis
Making Oscar Wilde by Michele Mendlesson FREE SPACE Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism by Aileen Morton-Robinson
Mean by Myriam Gurba After the Victorians by AN Wilson Mary Boleyn by Alison Weir

¹ There isn’t a lot of #ownvoices non-fiction lists, but there are a few recommendations at the bottom of this page.

01. Topic: LGBT+ or gender
02. #ownvoices
03. Close to home (literally or emotionally)
04. Recommended by a friend
05. Topic: feminism or women’s issues
06. Something from the 19 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017 list
07. Topic: history or politics


book bingo
fiction challenge
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

a banned book

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Stilletto by Daniel O’Malley

Ida by Alison Evans

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

a classic novel

Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

a goodreads recommend-


There There by Tommy Orange

a graphic novel

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro


01. Pick one: 46 books by WOC
02. A banned book
03. A book with a non-Western setting
04. Reread something
05. A book you already own (but never read)
06. A book with a queer main character
07. Pick one: SF/F to look forward to in 2019
08. A classic novel
09. A book with a disabled (mental health counts!) main character
10. Speculative fiction
11. A book with a POC main character
12. A GoodReads recommendation
13. #ownvoices
14. A book by a diverse author
15. A graphic novel
16. Pick one: best queer YA of 2018

book bingo
non-fiction challenge

My Story by Julia Gillard

a book by a diverse author

topic: class and/or race

a book you heard about online

topic: feminism and/or women’s issues

reasons to stay alive by matt haig

a book you’ve been meaning to read

a book published in the last five years

a book of discovery

topic: history and/or politics

topic: lgbt+ and/or gender issues

something from your ‘to read’ shelf on goodreads

topic: true crime


*a few suggestions for the topic health: mental health, disability, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, body positivity, fatphobia, eating disorders, and so forth.

01. Pick one: 50 non-fiction books
02. a memoir or autobiography of someone you admire
03. A book by a diverse author
04. Topic: class and/or race
05. Book you heard about online
06. Topic: feminism and/or women’s issues
07. Topic: health*
08. A book you’ve been meaning to read
09. A book published in the last five years
10. A book of discovery
11. Topic: history and/or politics
12. Pick one: 25 best non-fiction books of 2018
13. Topic: LGBT+ and/or gender issues
14. Pick one: Publisher Weekly’s best non-fiction of 2018
15. Something from your ‘to read’ shelf on goodreads
16. Topic: true crime