2019 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (#ContRom2019)

OK, OK, I *know* I said I was limiting myself to 3 challenges in 2019, but this one will go hand in hand with #BeatTheBacklist so it’s really fiiiiiine. 😉

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (books read prior to 1/1/2019 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2019. 
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2019 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2019 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2019 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

My goal: 21+ books for the GRAND SLAM level
Here’s a link to my 2019 Contemporary Romance Challenge shelf on Goodreads.

1. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (read 1.3.19) – review
2. Just for Show by Jae (read 1.5.19) – review
3. Just This Once by Mira Lyn Kelly (read 1.10.19) – review
4. Crazy on You by Crystal B. Bright (read 1.17.19) – review
5. Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson (read 1.19.19) – review
6. Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley (read 1.20.19) – review
7. Engaging Mr. Darcy by Rachel John (read 1.20.19) – review
8. Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis (read 1.26.19) – review
9. First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (read 1.26.19) – review
10. The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker (read 1.27.19) – review
11. The Whole Package by Marie Hart (read 1.30.19) – review
12. Cocky Roommate by Claire Kingsley (read 1.31.19) – review
13. Hot Single Dad by Claire Kingsley (read 2.3.19) – review
14. Finding Jack by Melanie Jacobson (read 2.3.19) – review
15. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole (read 2.7.19) – review
16. Crashing Into Her by Mia Sosa (read 2.13.19) – review
17. Devoted to Pleasure by Shayla Black (read 2.24.19) – review
18. My Very 90’s Romance by Jenny Colgam (read 2.27.19) – review
19. Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (read 3.7.19) – review
20. Just Swipe Right by Allie York (read 3.16.19) – review
21. Advice From a Jilted Bride by Piper Rayne (read 3.27.19) – review
22. America’s Geekheart by Pippa Grant (read 4.8.19) – review
23. Heated Rivalry by Rachel Read (read 4.13.19) – review
24. Play It Again by Aidan Wayne (read 4.14.19) – review
25. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (read 4.18.19) – review coming soon
26. 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz (read 4.21.19) – review coming soon
27. Getting Hot With the Scot by Melonie Johnson (read 4.24.19) – review coming soon
28. New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind (read 4.26.19) – review
29. The Red-Hot Cajun by Sandra Hill (read 5.5.19) – review coming soon
30. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (read 5.6.19) – review coming soon
31. Clean Breaks by Ruby Lang (read 5.8.19) – review coming soon
32. Flirting with the Frenemy by Pippa da Costa (read 5.8.19) – review coming soon
33. Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven (read 5.10.19) – review coming soon
34. Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven (read 5.11.19) – review coming soon
35. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (read 5.12.19) – review coming soon
36. The Hero and the Hacktivist (read 5.13.19) – review coming soon


January status: 12 books read (3rd Base!) 
February status: 18 books read (Home Run!)
March status: 21 books read (Grand Slam!)
April status: 28 books (Grand Slam!)

2 thoughts on “2019 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (#ContRom2019)

  1. I read so many contemporary romances. I don't need a challenge to encourage me 😂It's great that you can make this work with Beat the Backlist. Now that's a challenge for me. That and shelf love. Read my own books, why would I do that?


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