2019 Reading & Blogging Goals

I’m really excited for what I have planned for the blog and my reading life starting January 1st. There’s definitely a lot going on, but I’m confident it won’t overwhelm the blog.

I’ve wanted to include other things I’m interested in on this blog like writing and cooking, and I think I’m finally ready to incorporate them.


  • The Broken Spine Bulletin will replace the Weekend Coffee Share and will be biweekly. The Bulletin will include topics like: From around the interwebs; Currently reading; Recommendations; Recent posts, Author Highlights, and more
  • My Journey Through Gluten & Dairy Free Living w/ Recipes is exactly what the title says. I received some health news recently and have opted out of taking meds – for now. Having said that, I’ve decided to get a handle on my health through diet and exercise. More on that in an upcoming post.
  • The Write Stuff – I’m going to shoot for weekly on this, but we shall see. The plan is to write a 300 word (maximum) short story a week


  • Book Blog Discussion
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Book Reviews
  • Friday 56
  • Monthly Wrap Up

Posting Schedule

Weekly Biweekly
Sunday: My Journey Monday: Blog Discussion
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday Monday: ABC Book Challenge
Wednesday: The Write Stuff Saturday: Broken Spine Bulletin
Thursday: Review Monthly
Friday: The Friday56 Wrap Up

Every year for the last few years, I scour the interwebs in search of new and exciting reading challenges. I’m always excited to discover new challenges and see the prompts, and this year is no different. I have fun rooting through my books and putting together my always overly ambitious TBR; which I won’t be doing this year because I like the fly by the seat of my pants kind of reading.

And every year for the past few years I sign up for Reading Challenge Addict; which I did again this year. I’m going in for Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed).

Reading Challenges w/ Prompts

  1. #Ampersand 2019 Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah over at Commas and Ampersands. It’s pretty laid back. There are 52 prompts, but no need to feel like you have to complete all of them
  2. ARC Reading Challenge is a self-imposed challenge because I suck at reading and reviewing ARCs. As of this writing, I have about 25 unread ARCs. Three quarters are from work and the remaining are from the publisher
  3. I’ll be using the Back to Classics Challenge & Catching Up on Classics 2019 Bingo Challenge to read books from my Classics Club list
  4. Reading Women Challenge – There are 24 prompts, which you can find here. Some prompts won’t be read because I don’t own books that fit them
  5. Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge has the standard 40 book challenge prompts plus 10 “advanced” prompts. I won’t be doing all of them because, well, some of them I just don’t like
  6. Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge has 24 asks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books
  7. Calendar of Crime Read 12 mystery books, each from of the categories in the month on the Calendar of Crime
  8. Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is a challenge in which you read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs

Reading Challenges w/o Prompts

  1. Beat the Backlist This reading challenge is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list
  2. Mount TBR – I signed up to summit Mount Blanc, which is 24 books
  3. TBR Pile Challenge is a challenge in which you choose 12 books + 2 alternates
  4. A Weighty Tome: 2019 Challenge – Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It’s an extreme buddy read that takes place over the course of the year

Other Challenges

ABC Book Challenge is not a reading challenge, but it is a bookish challenge. The rules are simple – 1) mention 1 or 2 or more books that were memorable that begin with that weeks letter and 2) a book or books that are still living on your ever-growing TBR

Book Blog Discussion Challenge is a challenge I enjoyed, so I’ll be doing this again. I would love nothing more than to have the Gift of Gab (41+ posts for the year), but that’s not going to happen. Have to stay honest with myself. The reality is I’ll be closer to Creative Conversationalist which is 11-20 posts for the year.

**NOTE: Some books will overlap challenges because there is no way I can read 100+, work, go to school, do homework and maintain my sanity.

7 thoughts on “2019 Reading & Blogging Goals

  1. juliana brina December 21, 2018 / 6:03 am

    Nice to meet your blog! You have some great plans here 🙂 I am also participating in the Back to the Classics, as I hope to catch up with my Classics Club list… Happy reading! 🙂

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  2. hibernatorslibrary December 20, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Wow. You’ve made more goals than I have. But I agree with you that it is a delight to make ambitious goals using challenges.

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  3. Laurie @ RelevantObscurity December 20, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    I really wish you well on you health challenges and support you in regaining your health. I went through a health challenge myself for a few years and did quite well, but this summer it changed and it became obvious I had to start medication. But it was fine, because I knew I tried everything else first and have no regrets.

    I am looking forward to what’s in store for you in 2019. I have enjoyed your posts here and on Insta!

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    • The Broken Spine December 20, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you Laurie! 🙂 I hope you’re health is on the mend. I definitely believe in trying natural remedies first. My cousin had diabetes, changed his diet and it’s as if he never had it. But sometimes you have to do meds.

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  4. Cleo @ Classical Carousel December 19, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    Wow, you have a good number of challenges going for 2019! I’m trying to up my challenges too in hopes that it makes me read more. I had not a great reading year in 2018 but 2019 will be better! Happy reading!

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    • The Broken Spine December 19, 2018 / 11:24 pm

      It is but most of them will overlap. There are several challenges that won’t get completed because I don’t already own books for the prompts or I just didn’t like some of the prompts. My goals in 2019 are to read books I already own and not purchase anything for reading challenges.

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