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!

Following along on social media? Be sure to tag us @pingel_sisters on Instagram and Twitter!

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
 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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Want help finishing the challenge? Feel free to read along with us.

Monthly Reading Challenges – To help the challenge not feel so overwhelming, we’ve broken the full challenge down into 12 smaller versions. Going through the list in order, each month we’ll focus on the a smaller set of categories and give book recommendations to help you fulfill them. See the January Reading Challenge →

Pingel Sisters Book Club – Aren’t ready to read a book a week? Want to read along with others? Join the Book Club! Each month we will focus on one category from the reading challenge and read along together. At the end of the month, you can come back and discuss the books with us. See our January Book Club Pick →

Weekly Newsletter – Be sure you don’t miss a thing. Sign up for our weekly newsletter below. We’ll keep you up-to-date on the reading challenge, the book club, our blog posts and provide exclusive content just for you. Sign up below.

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  • 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.

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

    Good luck!

  • 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 Tasha December 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Best of luck with this challenge.

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

    Good luck. Not sure I could do 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 Jamie December 4, 2018 at 10:28 am

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

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

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

  • 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 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 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 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 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 Pat December 28, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I’m going to give this a try!

  • Reply Patricia Anne Bryan December 28, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I might add an extra layer to my challenge by trying to find as many of the books in my own stash!Culling two challenges with one book,as it were(following 746?Books example)

  • Reply Nishan Chatterjee December 31, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    You might consider including variants of fanfictions, online serial novels, graphic artwork, and books of a completely opposite genre into your list. There’s a ton of good ones out there. I believe that everyone might benefit from not being stuck in a rut. Of course, the current list does accomplish certain levels of that. But cultural direction can be obtained if more thought were put into it. We never consider ourselves influential enough. If only we knew how many bits of information we could manipulate.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm

      Not a bad idea. I’ll have to keep it in mind if I do this again next year!

  • Reply Patricia Anne Bryan December 31, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    It’s already 2019 so better choose a book for THIS week.Think I mentioned going to try to use as many of my own stash so really looking forward to seeing what I have.
    Happy New Year if I already haven’t said!

  • Reply Patricia Anne Bryan December 31, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Just a we post our completed reading here?

    • Reply Rachael January 1, 2019 at 12:32 am

      You can. Or it might be best to post on the monthly reading challenges even if you didn’t do those specific categories. Or, at the end of the month, we’ll have an update post with our progress and you could post on that. Here’s the January link

  • Reply Sophie January 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I’m down to try this. I fell far short of this number in 2018, but I managed to read three novels in the past week, so now I’m all pumped up. (oh, if only every week were spent at the cottage with no responsibilities!) Quick question: can you drop a link to the Rory Gilmore challenge? I can’t wait for that one. I once downloaded a list of 338 movies referenced in the Gilmore Girls but this sounds even better!

  • Reply Sharon January 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I’d like to do this…but working 7 days a week doesn’t leave a whole lot of reading time!! I’m gonna try as many as I can! But a book a week? If I’m lucky, I scrounge enough time to do a book a month!

    • Reply Rachael January 2, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Feel free to join our book club instead! You don’t have to read along every month, just the ones where you have some time.

  • Reply 2019 Reading Goals – THE HOBBLEIT January 2, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’m going to attempt an internet reading challenge.  Probably this one.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      We would love to have you!

  • Reply Current Reads and Recent Favorites (January 2019) | Dri the Droll's Great Adventure Quest January 3, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Instead of the full challenge, I cut it down to 12 book prompts, to average out to a book per month. I tried to pick prompts that I know I will read but also push me outside of my reading comfort zone a bit.

    • Reply Rachael January 4, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      That’s great! I love to see people taking the challenge and adapting it to their own lives!

  • Reply Sarah Hood January 5, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Will you launch a branch of your group in the Goodreads Groups? I’d really like to take your challenge (I intend to meet the challenges with books already selected for my own “Alphabet Challenge” of authors), but I tend to rely on goodreads for my records. Thanks, Sarah

    • Reply Rachael January 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      We just started putting some work into Goodreads, so we will see what we can do.

      • Reply Sarah Hood January 21, 2019 at 7:25 pm

        Thanks Rachael!

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  • Reply Ayşe January 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    As a teacher of English; I’ ll add one more section , a book that written in a foreign language

  • Reply Shannon January 19, 2019 at 7:30 am

    I love this book challenge. It got me thinking though. What if a book fits into multiple categories? Can you check off all that apply?

    • Reply Rachael January 19, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      You can do it however you want to! If you’re a purist, then you do 52 books. If not, you count books across multiple categories.

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  • Reply Carol March 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

    I talked my sister,my daughter-in-law, and a friend in to doing this Challenge. We are having a lot of fun following your recommendations, making the books we are reading fit somewhere and staying even with the calendar! We may not be reading in order but y’all are encouraging us to read lots of different books!

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  • Reply Jeanna November 11, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I love the variety on this list and that many of the prompts are generic enough that I can squeeze some books from my favorite genres into the challenge. I only discovered this list in September and have matched what I’ve already read this year to help complete the list. The 18 left over prompts have been great for branching out into new or rarely read genres. I was surprised at how well I liked narrative nonfiction, a genre I knew nothing about.

    As an avid reader, I feel 52 books is probably the perfect length of a challenge as it forces me to branch out of my comfort zone while still allowing me to read several additional books outside of the challenge. I use to read 200+ books a year before children but now that my reading time has drastically been diverted, I typically only get through 75 – 100 a year.

    Will you be creating another challenge for 2020? I’d love to follow along from the beginning next time.

    • Reply Rachael November 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Yes, the 2020 challenge is coming soon! Though it will be hosted on my new website, The best way to stay informed is to join the weekly newsletter. In it, I give suggestions for each of the reading challenge prompts.

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