Join me for my #Ampersand2019 reading challenge!

I’ve participated in a few different reading challenges in 2018, but I couldn’t find one that I really liked for 2019 so I decided to make my own. A few people asked me to share the reading prompts, so here we are!

Join me for my #Ampersand2019 reading challenge!

If you do want to participate, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • I created this challenge for myself, based on my own physical TBR (to-be-read) pile so some of the prompts may not be your cup of tea. That’s totally fine. Just skip any prompts you don’t enjoy.
  • There are 52 prompts in total (one for each week) but you don’t need to read every single book on the list to feel like you’ve “won”; just read what you like, when you like. If it happens to fit into a prompt, it’s a bonus.
  • If you have any questions or would like clarification about a particular prompt, just let me know and I’ll add more information in this post.
  • For those with screen readers or those who cannot see the graphic, a full list of the prompts can also be found below.
  • There is a link to a printable version of the graphic here.
  • And we now have a Goodreads group that you can join!
  • If you’re posting on social media, please use the hashtag #Ampersand2019 so we can connect!

#Ampersand2019 reading challenge

  • A book from a subscription box: The subscription box is your choice! There are plenty out there, and even if you’re not subscribed you can check their websites to see if any past picks are on your TBR. 
  • A collection of short stories or essays
  • A book published in 2019
  • A book that became a TV show
  • A book with a one-word title
  • The book on your TBR with the lowest Goodreads rating
  • A standalone novel 
  • A retelling of a fairy tale or classic novel
  • A book based on mythology
  • A book by an Australian author
  • A crime or thriller
  • A book with flowers/nature on the cover
  • A book with a person on the cover
  • A book published in the 20th Century
  • A book on your TBR for 2+ years
  • A book set in the past
  • A book by more than one author
  • A book featuring a circus/masks
  • A horror book
  • A book with NO animals/people on the cover
  • A contemporary book
  • A book you won/were gifted
  • The oldest ARC you own: ARC = advanced reader copy. These are usually distributed by publishers, but you may have picked one up at a secondhand store or been gifted one by a friend. If you don’t have an ARC, you could substitute this prompt for the book on your TBR with the earliest publication date.
  • The last book in a series
  • A #bookstagram recommendation: People on #bookstagram are always recommending their favourite books. Have a scroll through some of your favourite accounts to see if anything takes your fancy! Can’t find anything? Ask for recommendations from people in this thread.
  • An #ownvoices book: An explanation from Blue Crow Publishing: “Own voices” means that if you are writing a main character who is part of marginalized group, you are part of that marginalized group. If you are writing a trans* main character, you are a trans* person. If you are writing about an American Indian main character, you are American Indian. If you are writing about a disabled main character, you are disabled. And so on.  
  • A book by a POC author: Explanation of POC from Wikipedia: The term “person of color” (plural: people of color, persons of color; sometimes abbreviated POC) is used primarily in the United States to describe any person who is not white. The term encompasses all non-white people, emphasizing common experiences of systemic racism. The term may also be used with other collective categories of people such as “communities of color”, “men of color” (MOC), and “women of color” (WOC).
  • A middle-grade book
  • A signed book: A book signed by the author, including book plates, printed signatures, and in-person signatures. Don’t have a signed book in your collection? Read a book by an author you’d love to meet one day.
  • A non-fiction book
  • A book with “and” in the title
  • The first book in a series
  • The book on your TBR with the highest Goodreads rating
  • A book with wings on the cover
  • A book published before 2015
  • A book with a two-word title
  • A book with dragons
  • A book by an author you’ve met: Haven’t met any authors? You can substitute this prompt for an author you’d like to meet one day, or an author from your state/country.
  • A title with high vowel equity: A book with a title made up of more than 50% vowels, e.g. Zeroes = 50% vowels; You = 66.66% vowels.
  • A secondhand book
  • A book set in a foreign country: Any book that doesn’t take place in the country where you currently live.
  • A book set in the future
  • The longest-standing book on your TBR
  • The brightest book on your TBR: We’re talking physical brightness here. If the cover is dark but the spine is bright, that still counts.
  • A book with mental health rep
  • A sci-fi book
  • A book with a POC main character: Explanation of POC from Wikipedia: The term “person of color” (plural: people of color, persons of color; sometimes abbreviated POC) is used primarily in the United States to describe any person who is not white. The term encompasses all non-white people, emphasizing common experiences of systemic racism. The term may also be used with other collective categories of people such as “communities of color”, “men of color” (MOC), and “women of color” (WOC).
  • A book with 500+ pages
  • A book with “of” in the title
  • An author surname starting with M 
  • A book with LGBTQ+ rep
  • A book from the centre of your TBR: If your TBR isn’t grouped together, feel free to pick at random!

I’m so excited to get through more of my TBR in 2019. Let me know in the comments if you’re keen to participate!

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24 thoughts on “Join me for my #Ampersand2019 reading challenge!

  1. Yes! This sounds so good! I already see where I can slot some books in! Not sure I want to know what my oldest ARC is, but I’ll grab one. Fun!

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  6. I am definitely keen to participate! I am very eager to get my books sorted, and do a major unhaul. In order to do that, I want to read some of them! 😁

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  12. If you’re so inclined, my most recent book would fit a few of your categories. It’s called “State of Georgia . . . and Other Writings.” — Published in 2019, my surname is Marshall, it has “and” in the title, it has “of” in the title, it’s contemporary, and it’s a collection of stories (granted the titular one is a novel, but the other three are not). I’m just throwing it out there for your consideration. No matter if you read my books or other people’s, I’m just happy to see you reading! Lots of love, Tammy

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