2020 Reading Challenges

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2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Lark of The Bookwyrm’s Hoard has read 0 books toward her goal of 200 books.
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I’m setting my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal at 200 books for 2020.

At a little over halfway through the year (July), I’m 14 books behind. I attribute the lag to the pandemic: At times, it has been much harder for me to concentrate on reading, or stay interested in a book. I have set more books aside unfinished. I have also spent more time on social media and news sites. If I haven’t narrowed the gap by the beginning of September, I will revise my goal. After all, I had no way of knowing what 2020 would throw at us when I set it.

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020

Host: The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Progress: 2/20 (10%)
1 January, 2020 — 6 January, 2021
In Progress

10
  1. Merlin and the Dragons by Jane Yolen
  2. Winterwood by Jacey Bedford

I host The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020, so of course I’m participating! My goal is to read 20 books published in 2018 or earlier that have been on my TBR list (on Goodreads) for a while. My secondary goal is to review most of them this year, since I was pretty bad about reviewing them last year. Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I reread, but haven’t read in more than 10 years and had largely forgotten.

  • Little Men (Louisa May Alcott)*
  • The Wilhelm Conspiracy (Charles Veley; audio)
  • The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie)*
  • Wildfire at Midnight (Mary Stewart)*
  • The Ivy Tree (Mary Stewart)*
  • An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole) – reading

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020

Host: My Reader's Block
Progress: 1/12 (8%)
1 January, 2020 — 31 December, 2020
In Progress

8
  1. Winterwood by Jacey Bedford

Along with my own Backlist Reader Challenge, I’m also joining the Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block. While the challenges are similar, this one is for books you actually own, rather than books that are on your TBR list. And you have to own them, or at least have ordered them, before January 1, 2020. As far as I can tell, Kindle books do count, but since I have a number of print books that I haven’t read yet, I hope to concentrate on those. My goal is to read 12 books from my shelves or Kindle that I haven’t yet read (the Pike’s Peak level), focusing on print books and books I was given as gifts. Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed:

  1. The Wilhelm Conspiracy (Charles Veley; audio)
  2. An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole; Kindle ARC and paperback)

Library Love Challenge 2020

Library Love Challenge 2020

Host: Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Progress: 0/12 (0%)
1 January, 2020 — 31 December, 2020
In Progress

0

None yet!

I’m also signing up for the 2020 Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Books of My Heart. My goal is to read at least 12 library books this year — and review them. If they also count toward The Backlist Reader Challenge or the Audiobook Challenge, so much the better! Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed:

  • The Case of the Spellbound Child (Mercedes Lackey)
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert)

Audiobook Challenge 2020

Audiobook Challenge 2020

Host: Caffeinated Reader
Progress: 0/10 (0%)
1 January, 2020 — 31 December, 2020
In Progress

0

None yet!

I’m participating in the Audiobook Challenge again this year, hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. I set my sights too high last year, so this year I’m aiming for the Stenographer level of 10-15 audiobooks. Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

  • The Wilhelm Conspiracy (Charles Veley)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling)*
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J. K. Rowling)*
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling)*
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K. Rowling)*

Diversity Reading Challenge 2020

Diversity Reading Challenge 2020

Host: Celebrity Readers
Progress: 1/12 (8%)
1 January, 2020 — 31 December, 2020
In Progress

8
  1. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

I joined the 2020 Diversity Reading Challenge in July, and set a goal of 12 diverse books. (The year was half over when I joined, and to my shame, I hadn’t read very diversely early in the year, so I didn’t set a higher goal.) Because of the current focus on Black Lives Matter, I will be concentrating on books by Black authors, but also books by authors of color and authors who are LGBTQ, disabled or neurodiverse, or of faiths other than Christian. I also want to read books containing more diverse main characters, regardless of who the writer is. Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed:

  • Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston)
  • Like Lovers Do (Tracey Livesay)
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Talia Hibbert)
  • An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole) – reading

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020

Host: PopSugar
Progress: 8/50 (16%)
1 January, 2020 — 31 December, 2020
In Progress

16
  1. The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
  2. Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis
  3. The Blue Hills by Elizabeth Goudge
  4. Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon
  5. Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
  6. The Last Passenger by Charles Finch
  7. His Bride for the Taking by Tessa Dare
  8. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King

I’m doing the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 again this year. I honestly don’t care if I get all the prompts checked off, but it’s fun to see which ones I do complete. Here are this year’s prompts. I already have ideas for some of them, but will have to think hard about others. Prompts in bold have been read. Bold, clickable title links mean I have reviewed the book.

2020 Challenge – Regular prompts

  1. A book that’s published in 2020: Almost Just Friends (Jill Shalvis)
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author
  3. A book with a great first line
  4. A book about a book club – possibly Booked for Death (Victoria Gilbert)
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics –
  6. A bildungsroman
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover
  9. A book with a map
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
  11. An anthology
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name: The Last Passenger (Charles Finch)
  15. A book about or involving social media
  16. A book that has a book on the cover
  17. A medical thriller
  18. A book with a made-up language
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”: Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention
  21. A book published the month of your birthday: Angel in a Devil’s Arms
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM: The Relentless Moon (about to read)
  23. A book that won an award in 2019
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: The Blue Hills (Elizabeth Goudge)
  26. A book with a pun in the title
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
  29. A book with a bird on the cover: The Case of the Spellbound Child (Mercedes Lackey)
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title
  32. A book by a WOC
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: Chasing Cassandra (Lisa Kleypas)
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019: Memories and Murder (Lynn Cahoon)
  35. A book with a three-word title: Like Lovers Do (Tracey Livesay)
  36. A book with a pink cover
  37. A Western
  38. A book by or about a journalist:
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

2020 Challenge – Advanced prompts

  1. A book written by an author in their 20s
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
  4. A book set in the 1920s: Riviera Gold (Laurie R. King)
  5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: The Vanishing (Jayne Ann Krentz)
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title: His Bride for the Taking (Tessa Dare)
  8. A book published in the 20th century: The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie; reread)
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books: Take A Thief (Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series; reviewed in 2016 and reread in 2020)
  10. A book with a main character in their 20sWildfire at Midnight (Mary Stewart; reread)

COYER with Friends (Winter 2019-2020)

COYER with Friends (Winter 2019-2020)

Host: Because Reading
Progress: 10/10 (100%)
1 December, 2019 — 8 March, 2020
Completed!

100
  1. Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
  2. Death with Dostoevsky by Katherine Bolger Hyde
  3. How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Joanna Shupe, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, Tessa Dare
  4. The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
  5. Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long
  6. Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis
  7. Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon
  8. Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
  9. The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries
  10. The Last Passenger by Charles Finch

I participated in the COYER Winter with Friends challenge that ran from Dec. 1, 2019, through March 7, 2020. I signed up in an earlier post. My goal was 10 qualifying books, and I more than met that goal. (Qualifying books are ebooks you own that cost under $1.99, and audiobooks you own that cost under $5. Print books and library books of any format don’t count unless they are read for one of the in-challenge readathons.) Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed, or books which I have reviewed previously:

  • The Scandalous Lord Dere (Stephanie Laurens)
  • The Game (Laurie R. King) – reread
  • Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) – reread
  • Little Men (Louisa May Alcott) – reread
  • Angel in a Devil’s Arms (Julie Anne Long)
  • The Wilhelm Conspiracy (Charles Veley; audiobook)
  • Jackson (Emily March)
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer) – Buddy Read Readathon
  • The Moving Finger (Agatha Christie) – reread
  • Tribute (Nora Roberts) – reread; reviewed back in 2017
  • Dance Upon the Air (Nora Roberts) – reread
  • To Ride Pegasus (Anne McCaffrey) – reread
  • Tucker (Emily March)
  • A Murderous Relation (Deanna Raybourn)

COYER Quarantine Edition (2020)

COYER Quarantine Edition (2020)

Host: Michele & Berls of Because Reading
Progress: 7/10 (70%)
23 March, 2020 — 31 August, 2020
In Progress

70
  1. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  2. Watson on the Orient Express by Anna Elliott, Charles Veley
  3. Winterwood by Jacey Bedford
  4. Booked For Death by Victoria Gilbert
  5. The Corpse with the Crystal Skull by Cathy Ace
  6. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
  7. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King

The COYER Quarantine Edition runs from March 23 to August 31, 2020. The strict COYER rules apply (ebooks under $2, audiobooks under $5, no library books.) The exceptions are any book you read for a readathon, and books you read with a buddy who is also doing the COYER challenge; for those books, you may read any format, from any source. Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed, or books which I have reviewed previously:

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling; audio) (ReReading Readathon)
  • Aunt Dimity’s Death (Nancy Atherton) (ReReading Readathon)
  • Watson on the Orient Express (Anna Elliott & Charles Veley)
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman) – reread
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman) – reread
  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman) – reread
  • Mrs. Pollifax on Safari (Dorothy Gilman) – reread
  • Mrs. Pollifax on The China Station (Dorothy Gilman) – reread
  • Madam, Will You Talk? (Mary Stewart) – reread
  • Murder in Waiting (Lynn Cahoon) – ARC
  • Seeing Darkness (Heather Graham) – ARC
  • The Ivy Tree (Mary Stewart) – reread (last read over 30 years ago)
  • Who Wants to Marry a Duke? (Sabrina Jeffries) – ARC
  • Summer at Lake Haven (RaeAnne Thayne) – ARC
  • Like Lovers Do (Tracey Livesay) – ARC; review scheduled
  • An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole) – currently reading