2019 New Release Challenge Sign-Up Time!

November 23, 2018

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!
2019 New Release Challenge logo - (un)Conventional Bookworms

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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  • Reply Avery @ RedRocketPanda November 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    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

  • Reply Fran Rambles November 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to that post about staying on top of reading challenges!

  • Reply allthebooksandpineapple November 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I’ll be sure to try this!

  • Reply Shalini November 23, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Sounds fun… Planning to sign up for this… But where do I put up my quarterly links?

  • Reply Use Your Words November 23, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 25, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Hahaha awww, I feel you! I had to ban myself from the library, actually. (I say this as I have four graphic novels en route to me from another branch in the system…)

  • Reply Kelly November 24, 2018 at 8:40 am

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 25, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      I hope school isn’t too hard on you! I’m taking spring semester (and possibly summer semester, too) off and I couldn’t be more excited. I need a break so badly haha! And yes, you gotta binge read as much as you can over the holidays! 😀

  • Reply Kelly Brigid November 24, 2018 at 11:24 am

    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! ?

  • Reply Davida Chazan November 24, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    This looks like it will be fun. I wish I knew about it last year. I’ll have read about 27 new releases by the time 2018 finishes, and I already have 6 new releases on my 2019 list!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Me too, I definitely would have participated last year if I’d known! That’s great, good luck with 2019!

  • Reply Alyssa Cohen November 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    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!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      See, there you go! ARCs is mainly what I plan on reading for the challenge too, because I don’t want to buy too many books next year.

  • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches November 26, 2018 at 5:46 am

    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..?]

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      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.

      • Reply Kathy @ Books & Munches November 27, 2018 at 2:22 am

        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!

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 28, 2018 at 5:34 pm

          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?

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches November 29, 2018 at 4:41 am

            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”.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries December 1, 2018 at 9:18 am

            Ahhh, yeah, I get what you’re saying! That’s part of what I meant but I realize now I didn’t word it well AT ALL. ?

          • Kathy @ Books & Munches December 2, 2018 at 1:02 am

            Hahahaha! ?

  • Reply Sabrina November 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    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.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 27, 2018 at 1:37 am

      That’s a very good plan! I really should try to knock out a substantial amount of my backlist in 2019 as well!

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