2019 New Release Challenge Sign-Up Time!

Everyone knows I love a good reading challenge, so I’m planning on participating in a few next year. I failed pretty hard at all of my 2018 challenges, but I have plans to help me stay on track of them in 2019 (look out for a post about that soon!).

In the meantime, it’s time for my sign-up post for my first official reading challenge commitment of 2019: the New Release Challenge, hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms!

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The rules for the NRC are:

  1. books must be released and reviewed in 2019
  2. books can be combined with other reading challenges (yay!)
  3. minimum length for qualifications: 100 pages (any format)
  4. sign-ups are open until September 1st, 2019
  5. blog NOT required

There are FIVE (5) LEVELS to the NRC: newbie (1-30 books), pro (31-60), veteran (61-100), enthusiast (101-200), and obsessed (200+). If I had participated in 2018, I think I would’ve gotten “obsessed”, but I’m aiming to read more backlist titles in 2019 than I did in 2018, so my goal for 2019 is to hit the “enthusiast” level.

If you plan on reading many new releases next year, be sure to sign up for the challenge! There will be places to link to your reviews for proof of reading once a quarter, and entering your reviews gets you entered into a giveaway! There are more details on the original post, so be sure to check it out here.


Are you planning on focusing on new releases, backlist titles, or both in 2019? I’m hoping to read about 70% new, 30% backlist!

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29 thoughts on “2019 New Release Challenge Sign-Up Time!

  1. I definitely need to focus on backlist books in 2019… I have so many books that I got this year alone that I didn’t read that I’m sure it’ll take me most of 2019 just to catch up haha. Also I LOVE your little sign off signature

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  2. I soooo need to focus on my backlist! There are so many books I already have that I really want to read and I need to stop going to the fucking library man. It’s such a problem!

    I look forward to seeing all the new release reviews from you!

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  3. This sounds like such a fun challenge, one that I might join in with, although I’ll probably aim for veteran because school is gonna kick my ass next year! I still have so many books to read that came out this year but that’s what the Christmas break is for right? Haha! I should probably focus on blacklist books as well but we’ll see how it goes.
    I can’t wait to see all your reviews when you start this challenge next year!

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  4. Sounds like such fun! I’m going to try to do the newbie level, since I don’t read a whole lot (usually around 50-80 books a year), and am planning on reading lots of backlist titles too! 💕

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  5. This sounds so fun! Unfortunately, one of my goals for 2019 will be to read more books that I already own, rather than purchase a lot of new releases. However, I am receiving a few ARCs for 2019 already, so I might be able to participate better than I believe I will now!

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  6. Would this be a previous year, I’d soooo join in! But, nope. I’m resisting temptation, haha. I’m good at keeping track of challenges on my own blog but I’m THE WORST when I have to admit whatever at any other place. [Hi, Beat the Backlist..] I am going to keep track of how many 2019-releases I’m reading though. That’s what the magical Excel-file is for after all, haha. 😀

    [You should totally read more than 30% backlist btw. Just look at that physical TBR..😂]

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    1. Hahaha I failed at BtB in… March, I think? I think March was the last time I remembered to submit my readings and reviews. :’) I’d rather just keep track of things on my own. I do think that for 2019 I’m going to have some fancy spreadsheets to help me keep track of my reading challenges, though, plus there’s the new reading notebook I told you about. 😀

      I knooooow 😭😂 30% is, like, my ABSOLUTE FREAKING *MINIMUM* goal.

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      1. I think mine was about the same? I definitely didn’t last long, that’s for sure. :’)
        Right! The holy notebook! I’m simply putting up pages on my blog again. I’ve noticed it works perfectly since it does keep me accountable as everyone can see them, haha. [Not that many people check them, but it’s the THOUGHT that counts in this one.]

        Hahahah. Let’s hope you absolutely BEAT that minimum goal!

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      2. I dig it! I was thinking in 2019 I might create a page that would hang out in the top of my menu, and I could update it each month with that month’s TBR and challenges, and cross off titles as I read them. Is that similar to what you’re talking about doing?

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      3. Hm, not really. The monthly ones I just keep in my draft to post at the start of the next month. Not really publicly keeping track of that. Besides, with the GR-group, I’ll already keep track of it on an extra place anyway; not going to do it thrice for the same thing.. :’)

        It’s more like.. This year I wanted to read x books of that genre, x of that genre, x of that genre so every time I read a book that fit one of those genres, I would adapt the page with my “general 2018 reading goals”.

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  7. I am trying to focus more on backlist books. Mainly because my TBR will never go down if I don’t. It does not help 95% of them are series which means the one book on my goodreads TBR is more like 3-5 if I like the series. But I wills ay there are several books that pop up that are new ones that I will not be able to wait to read.

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