2019 Reading Challenge List

We challenge you to read 25 books in 2019. Don’t forget to sign up at the MLCL GoodReads page and join our community of readers!

Either Fiction or Nonfiction

  • A Pulitzer, National Book, Nobel, or Man Booker Award Winner
  • A book recommended to you by a friend or library staff
  • A book that’s been on your TBR (to be read) list for a long time
  • A book set somewhere you have always wanted to visit
  • A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show
  • A book published in 2019
  • A funny book
  • A book published in the decade you were born
  • A seasonal or holiday title
  • A book 500 pages or longer
  • A book by an author you have enjoyed in the past but haven’t read recently


  • A genre that you don’t normally read
  • Translated book (reading in a language other than the one in which it was originally published
  • A book with a number or color in the title
  • A book where one of the main characters is/was a real person
  • Historical novel that takes place in the 19th century or older
  • A book that takes place in your hometown, home state, or somewhere you have lived
  • A book you should have read in high school but didn’t


  • True Crime title (contemporary or historic)
  • A popular book on an academic subject
  • A book of essays or poetry
  • A book with a different viewpoint than your own (religion, politics, race, ethnicity, culture, etc.)
  • Memoir published in the last twenty years
  • A historical title that takes place in the same era as your historical fiction choice
  • A book on a subject that interests you