A Sad State of Affairs: 2019 Reading Challenges Update for January

Every year many of us start with good intentions, plan vigorously and take steps to forge a new start, –  and then life happens! And all of the plans are going down the toilet. Which is exactly what happened to me again in 2019.  


As some of you already know, I have joined quite a few reading challenges for 2019, and I have decided to create monthly update pages in order to give you a chance to discover some of the books I am choosing as a part of these challenges. However, I was hoping that I would be able to share with you some actually groundbreaking or at least TBR-destroying results from the beginning, but no! Broken dishwashers, sick cats, and multiple doctor’s appointments are just a few of my excuses this month. Well, I have decided to update you anyway, and hope that next month’s update will be a little less disappointed in myself.


Here we go!

The 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

So far I sadly, have not posted any book discussions to add to this challenge. My goal for this year is between 21 and 30 posts, but to be honest, in the beginning, this challenge sounded a lot easier to me, then it ended up actually executing. I am kind of stumped on topic ideas at the moment, and hope that this will only be temporary – however, if any of you have suggestions, or have a topic in mind, that you want me to cover, I would love to hear from you – please leave me a comment in the comment section! Hey, I could always cheat, and consider the monthly updates as a part of the challenge, but I don’t think that would be quite right. You can find out more about this challenge here


Total Amount completed: 0 out of 21 to 30 posts (I swear, I did better with some of the other challenges so far!)


Book And Tunes Challenge 2019

I still think that this is a very fun challenge, which I am looking forward to working on throughout the year. But again, I have failed to work on this one completely. Should not be so hard, you say? It isn’t, considering that I am constantly humming some kind of tune or another – probably driving everyone around me crazy. I just need to match them to books! Total Failure!

Total amount completed: 0 – I am not happy with myself there!


Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

With this challenge, I committed to 16 to 20 novels, I have so far had the chance to read 3 books this month. This challenge will be the easiest one of all for me, considering that this genre is my favorite, and also the quickest of all to read (in my opinion, at least). Find out more about this challenge here.

Here is a list of this month’s books for this challenge (including a link to the reviews, if available)

The Sheikh’s Christmas Family by Leslie Northhere is the link to my Goodreads review

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr (no review posted yet)

A Second Chance For A Broken Duke ( no review posted yet)

Total completed this month: 3 out of 16 to 20 books


Learn Something New – Non-fiction Reading Challenge

To keep things fresh, I wanted to add a non-fiction challenge to my to-read-list this year, and I have chosen the topic of “Productivity”. We are supposed to read at least 3 books on the subject of our choice, however, I have a feeling that it will be more than just three, that I will be reading, considering that I really need to focus on productivity this year. While I had started 2018 with good intentions, I lost track of my goals, sometime throughout the year – due to family health issues mostly – but I can not continue doing so, therefore I want to use this challenge to keep me on track.

Here are the books on Productivity I have read this far:

Atomic Habit by James Clear (review will be up soon)

Habit Stacking by S.J. Scott (review will be up soon)

Total completed so far: 2 out of 3 books


NetGalley And Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2019

While I will be focusing on my NetGalley TBR list only for this challenge, I am embarrassed to admit that I have way too many books that are in need to be reviewed, and over the last few weeks, I actually added more! I know, the point of the challenge is to reduce the number of books we have waiting to be reviewed, but it is difficult for me to not accept any more books when there are so many nice ones to choose from! However, I committed to reading and reviewing 75 books for this challenge this year, and combining them with the other challenges already mentioned, that should not be a problem. Getting to an 80 % review rate, however, might be a completely different journey altogether.

For now, I have read and reviewed the following books for Netgalley in 2019:

The Power of Positive Words by Stand Toler – link to my Goodreads review 

The Me Without by Jacqueline Raposo – link to my Goodreads review 

The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook (review up soon!)


Total completed: 3/75 books


Pick A Theme 2019 Challenge

This is another, really fun challenge I was so excited about when I first saw the sign-up page! Every month, we are supposed to choose a theme – apparently, anything goes – but commit to reading a certain amount per theme, which I have chosen to read 2 – 3 per theme/month. The overall theme I chose for January was “Health”, which is pretty broad on purpose because I wanted to keep it open so that I could choose something that would be relevant to what I need at the moment. With having several chronic illnesses, and my daughter also has several chronic illnesses, and medical problems, I am always on the lookout to find out more about whatever medical issue comes up, so I never know exactly what I need to put my focus on the most from month to month.

Here are the books I have chosen to read and review this month for the theme Health:

A Busy Person’s Guide To A Healthier Lifelink to my Goodreads review 

Intuitive Eating (review will be up soon)

Total Read this month: 2 out of 3 books


2019 RC – You Read How Many Books – Challenge

Let’s highlight the ultimate challenge at the end! This challenge is for all of the books we read throughout the year – no matter if they are a part of another challenge or random books that do not fit into any other category. I have added up all of the books that I read this month and included links to those books and reviews I have not mentioned yet, so you can check them out. At the end of the year, I am hoping to reach my goal of 156 books, which is quite a lot, but absolutely doable, considering that I have read more than 200 books in a year before.


Total read so far 10/156.


That is it for January! Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so, which ones? Leave a link to them in the comment section, and I will be happy to check them out!







  1. If you need some ideas for discussions, check out our list of ideas. We used to add a couple of ideas to each month’s sign-up, but then we found that not many people were using them (and we were having trouble coming up with new ones!), so we stopped. Maybe we’ll have to consider doing it again…

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