While I Was Reading Challenge 2019 Categories

Before I get to the good stuff, I need to say a humongous thank you to everyone out there who has supported, encouraged, and contributed to my blog this year.

When I first considered hosting a reading challenge, I was floored by the enthusiasm the idea received. Throughout this year, I have been repeatedly amazed by the people who have participated with such enthusiasm. I’ve received a ton of positive feedback, constructive suggestions, and inquiries about whether I would host another challenge next year.

I wasn’t sure I would until I polled our Facebook group and received nearly unanimous yeses.


I know you’re all chomping at the bit to learn the 2019 categories, so here you go….


  • A book with a curse word in the title.
  • A memoir or biography of a favorite celebrity.
  • An essay collection.
  • A book with a one word title.
  • A classic you’ve been meaning to get to.
  • A book written by a comedian.
  • A book set in a country you’d like to visit.
  • A  book by an author you’ve never read before.
  • A book recommended by someone you trust.
  • A book with your favorite animal on the cover or in the title.
  • A book mentioned in another book.
  • Read a book with “how to” in the title.


I put a great deal of thought into this list after listening to feedback from this year’s participants.  My goal is to create categories that are challenging and personalized, yet not too difficult as to be extremely limiting or frustrating. I stuck with 12 categories to keep it realistic and accessible to people with less reading time than myself!



If you’d like participate in the challenge, feel free let me know by commenting on this post! There’s no additional participation required besides reading

You can download a printable list of the challenge categories here.

I’ve created a Facebook Group and a Goodreads Group for participants to gather for discussion and brainstorming!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the 2019 challenge Categories, and interacting throughout the year as we discover more wonderful books together!


  1. Monica Burnison

    December 1, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Yay!!! I’m so excited. I’ve got one book left for my 2018 challenge, but now I’m super excited to prep for 2019!

  2. Lisa

    December 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    These are great! I’ve already got three of the categories on my shelf! Thanks for doing this again.

  3. Deb Blanchard

    December 1, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I think this looks so fun! Count me in 🙂

  4. Bev Baird

    December 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Sounds like a fun challenge – will be joining.

  5. Ramona Mead

    December 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I’m glad to hear that, and I hope you find it as fun as we have this year! Feel free to join our facebook and Goodreads groups too!

  6. Ramona Mead

    December 1, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Awesome, thanks so much for the support. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  7. Ramona Mead

    December 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you friend, I truly appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

  8. Ramona Mead

    December 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I’m on my last 2018 book too! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the challenge and are participating again!

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  10. Darlene

    December 3, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I’m in! Thanks for hosting. The categories look good. The first one made me laugh!

  11. Ramona Mead

    December 3, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I’m so glad you’re in for 2019, and that I made you laugh. I have noticed the trend of curse words in titles and thought it would be fun to see what what we all come up with!

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  14. Jordann @thebookbloglife

    December 16, 2018 at 7:38 am

    I am so excited to be taking part in this challenge! I was looking for a way to structure my reading for next year and this is perfect!
    Check out my other reading goals and challenges for the year here – https://thebookbloglife.com/reading-goals-for-2019-blogmas-15

  15. Vicky @ Vickyheartstv

    January 15, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I am SO ready for this! 🤗✨I’m redesigning and changing up the focus on my blog this year and want to join some book blogger communities. This is a brilliant way for me to get started on all three. I’m excited to have an opportunity to be a part of something as fun as this and get to know you and other bibliophiles!

    If you want to see my challenge post or pop by my blog you can visit:

  16. Ramona Mead

    January 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Vicky! Thanks for reaching out. I am thrilled to have you along for my reading challenge, and I’ll definitely check out your blog today!

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