Reading Challenge 2019: A Book A Week with the Pingel Sisters

Looking for the ultimate Reading Challenge for 2019? Join us for our 2019 reading challenge and read a book a week with the Pingel Sisters!

A few years ago, our mom showed me a reading challenge for adults she’d found on Pinterest. “You can do it with me,” she remarked.

“Why not?” I told myself. While I don’t think I actually finished that reading challenge, I found that it helped me focus my reading. Instead of reading more of the same books, I suddenly was choosing books that had been lingering on my to-read list for far too long.

I never would have imagined that a few years later I would have a book blog of my own. I was just the other day noticing that on Goodreads, I have a number of books that I have been meaning to read now for 5 years. Now seems like the perfect time for my own Pingel Sisters Reading Challenge 2019.

Ever ambitious, we wanted our reading challenge to be a bit of a challenge. We wanted a goal that could be realistically in reach for many people, while still taking a concerted effort. That’s why we settled on a book a week.

If you’re not quite ready to read a book a week for your 2019 reading challenge, we’ve still got you covered!

In 2019, we are also launching our Pingel Sisters Book Club. We picked 12 of our favorite categories from this reading challenge, and we will be reading one book each month. We are still working up all the details, but we would love for you to join us!

Reading Challenge 2019

A Book A Week with the Pingel Sisters

 1. A Book With More Than 500 Pages
 2. Book You Haven’t Read by Author You Love
 3. Goodreads winner in 2018
 4. You Can Read in a Day
 5. Book About a Difficult Topic
 6. Recommended by a Friend
 7. Book That Will Make You Cry
 8. Book Published in 2009
 9. Book Becoming Movie in 2019
 10. A Genre You Don’t Usually Read
 11. Children’s Classic
 12. Cover With Your Favorite Color
 13. Bought at a Thrift Store
 14. Young Adult Fiction
 15. First Book in a Trilogy
 16. Second Book in a Trilogy
 17. Third Book in a Trilogy
 18. Dystopian Novel
 19. Award-Winning Book
 20. A Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge
 21. Published the Decade Before You Were Born
 22. Historical Fiction From A Favorite Time Period
 23. Classic You’ve Never Read
 24. A Book That Will Keep You Up All Night
 25. 2018 bestseller
 26. Nonfiction Book about Science
 27. Listen to an Audiobook
 28. Set in Your Home State
 29. You Once Started But Never Finished
 30. With a One Word Title
 31. A Fairy Tale Retelling
 32. Celebrity Book Club Pick
 33. A Book You Read in High School
 34. Business or Personal Finance Book
 35. Autobiography or Memoir
 36. Book Set in Another Country
 37. Reread a Favorite Book
 38. Book by a Local Author
 39. Banned Book
 40. Narrative Nonfiction
 41. On Your To-Read List the Longest
 42. A Book About Travel
 43. Popular Book You’ve Never Read
 44. True Crime
 45. Nonfiction Bestseller
 46. Science Fiction Novel
 47. A Book You Own But Haven’t Read
 48. Recommended by a Local Librarian
 49. 2019 New Release
 50. The First Book in a Series
 51. Prettiest cover
 52. An Inspirational Story


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  • Reply Melissia December 18, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I’m in! I’ve been getting ready to do a blog post about book challenges I’m going to try for 2019 and I would so much rather do one with a fellow book blogger than with popsugar. Ha! Now to pull out my TBR list and see where I can fit things to whittle that crazy thing down.

    • Reply Rachael December 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

      I’m doing the same thing with my TBR list!

  • Reply 2019 Reading Challenges and Readathons | Writing about books December 13, 2018 at 1:32 am

    We decided to add it to our list of Reading Challenges!

  • Reply CJ | A Well-Read Tart December 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    OMG, lol. I am impressed and incredibly daunted at the same time. Even though I usually read about 50 books a year, seeing all the different topics written out makes me realize how much reading it is! Which is AWESOME. I love the idea of expanding into new genres, too. Some really great ideas on there. My fave is “prettiest cover” because I love me a pretty cover.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  • Reply Patricia Anne Bryan December 5, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Yes,I’m in.Will also share it with my book group.Average age 75..:-)

    • Reply Rachael December 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Reading knows no age limits!

  • Reply Kathleen December 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I did this before just challenging myself. The most I have ever read was 60 books in one year in 2012. Let’s do it!!!

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Yes, you should join! I think you would have so much fun doing it with us.

  • Reply Jamie December 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I’m in. This is a great list of prompts.

  • Reply Jamie December 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I love this. Such great prompts. I’m doing it!

  • Reply jennifer gaarder December 4, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I hope you can do it! I usually get frustrated with myself after a while.

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Haha. The last one I did, I never finished, but I still had fun trying. I guess I’m required to finish this one.

  • Reply Whispering Stories December 4, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Good luck. Not sure I could do it.

  • Reply Bianca Visagie December 4, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I love the idea, although I definitely won’t have the time?

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      A book a week is definitely not for everyone. You should consider joining our monthly book club instead.

  • Reply Veronica @The Burgeoning Bookshelf December 4, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Great challenge. I’ve tried the 52 book challenge a couple of times and couldn’t get myself organised. I’m very interested in you monthly book club though. It sounds like one I can actually do.

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      We’d love to have you in our book club. We are working on all the details right now, and will hopefully have all the details by next week!

      • Reply Veronica December 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        Thank you. I’ll look out for it

  • Reply 2019 Reading Challenges (Around the Web) | Xxertz Blog December 4, 2018 at 1:08 am

    I included it on my list of Reading Challenges.

  • Reply Nikki @ Saturday Nite Reader December 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I love this idea! I’m in!

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Yay! We are excited to have you!

  • Reply Tasha December 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Best of luck with this challenge.

  • Reply Gemma December 3, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Great challenge it looks fun.

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks. We are hoping everyone enjoys it.

  • Reply DJ Sakata December 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Good luck!

  • Reply Marcia December 3, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Wooo, I like this challenge! It’s ambitious, so I will try to fit some of my books into these categories.

    • Reply Rachael December 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      That’s usually how I do it. I look at my to-read list and see what books fit which categories. But since I made the challenge, it coordinates with my TBR list quite well.

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