Reading Challenges

2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge

To read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet (from 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020)

A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende
Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
Child Of The Universe by Katleho Mosotho
Dead Ringer by Kat Ross
Educated by Tara Westover
Farewell Mama Odessa by Emil Draitsev
Grace And Serenity by Annalisa Crawford
Head On Backwards, Chest Full Of Sand by Sandy Day
It's Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan
Josephine: Singer Dancer Soldier Spy by Eilidh McGinness
Killing Them With Kindness by Andy Paulcroft
Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud
Monsterland by Michael Okon
Not As Nature Intended by Rich Hardy
Our Lady Of Kibeho by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Perils And Pearls by Hulda Bachman-Neeb
Queen Of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage
Regeneration by Pat Barker
Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
The Dressing Up Box by David Constantine
Ultra Squad by Julia DeVillers and Rafael Rosado
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
Wasteland by Terry Tyler
You Can Smile on Wednesdays by Zdravka Evtimova
Zeru by Phillip Vargas

2019-20 Decade Challenge

To read a book that was first published in each of the decades from 1900 to 2020 - 13 in all. (from 1st Sep 2019 to 31st Aug 2020)

1906: A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo
1910s: Surrender To Night by Georg Trakl
1929: Isolde by Irena Odoevtseva
1937: Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
1949: The Case Of The Demented Spiv by George Bellairs
1955: Death In Room Five by George Bellairs
1968: The Hills Reply by Tarjei Vesaas
1979: Trafalgar by Angélica Gorodischer
1984: Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
1995: Fate by Mary Corran
2000: The Amorous Nightingale by Edward Marston
2019: The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg
2020: The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

2020 More Than One challenge

To read a second book by authors I liked
(1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020)
1. AE Warren - The Museum Of Second Chances and The Base of Reflections
2. Michael Okon - Monsterland and Monsterland Reanimated
3. Cynthia Hilston - A Laughing Matter Of Pain and Mile Marker 139
4. Teresa Dovalpage - Death Comes In Through The Kitchen and Queen Of Bones
5. Tahar Ben Jelloun - Leaving Tangier and The Punishment
6. Julia DeVillers and Rafael Rosado - Ultra Squad and Ultra Squad: Under The Strangebow
7. Karl Drinkwater - Helene and Lost Solace
8. Bernard Jan - A World Without Color and January River
9. Elizabeth Wein - Code Name Verity and The Enigma Game
10. Joanne Nicholson - Only The Lonely and Maggie McIntyre Is Living The Dream
11. B R Stateham: Dark Retribution: Smitty's Calling Card and Lenny
12. Ovidia Yu: The Paper Bark Tree Mystery and The Mimosa Tree Mystery
13. Tomas Gonzalez: The Storm and Difficult Light
14. S J Pajonas: Mamachari Matchmaker and The Daydreamer Detective
15. Kat Ross: Dead Ringer and Balthazar's Bane
16. Paul Auster: City Of Glass and Ghosts

2020 Found 'Em On Twitter challenge

To read books by at least 12 authors I follow on Social Media, but haven't yet read (1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020)
1. The River Jewel by Kathleen Shoop
2. Helene by Karl Drinkwater
3. It's A Kind Of Magic by Carole Matthews
4. Plumas De Muerte by Phil Motel
5. Watery Ways by Valerie Poore

50 Books with Vegan/Vegetarian Characters/People

Ongoing challenge to finish as soon as I read enough relevant books.

1. Fishing For Maui by Isa Pearl Ritchie
2. Farm Land: Sentience by Gemma Lawrence
3. All Things by Amber Belldene
4. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
5. We, The Survivors by Tash Aw
6. The Seventh Train by Jackie Carreira
7. The Devil's Gorge by Dora Ilieva
8. In Love With The World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
9. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
10. Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma
11. Blue Tide Rising by Clare Stevens
12. Killer In The Band by Lauren Carr
13. Lost Feast by Lenore Newman
14. The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury
15. The Daughter Of The Tigris by Muhsin Al-Ramli
16. Snowfall At Moonglow by Deborah Garner
17. Gumshoe Blues by Paul D Brazill
18. Single In Buenos Aires by Roxana Valea
19. Hope by Terry Tyler
20. Not As Nature Intended by Rich Hardy
21. Truth vs Illusion by Joy Su
22. The Society of Reluctant Dreamers by Jose Eduardo Agualusa
23. A Delayed Life by Dita Kraus
24. January River by Bernard Jan
25. Wasteland by Terry Tyler
26. The Diary Of A Late Bloomer by L M L Gil
27. Poems For Animals by Alice Griffin
28. Chasing Solace by Karl Drinkwater
29. The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff
30. Body And Soul by Khoa Ngo

Classics Club Challenge

To read 50+ classic books in 5 years (from June 2018 to 1st June 2023)

A Knife For Harry Dodd by George Bellairs
A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo
Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada
And Death Came Too by Richard Hull
And The Earth Will Sit On The Moon by Nikolai Gogol
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Confessions Of Zeno by Italo Svevo
Death Going Down by Maria Angelica Bosco
Death In Room Five by George Bellairs
Death On A Quiet Day by Michael Innes
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Down And Out In Paris And London by George Orwell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heroes And Villains by Angela Carter
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
Ibn Fadlan And The Land Of Darkness
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
La Perle by John Steinbeck
Left-Handed Death by Richard Hull
Lost Profile by Francoise Sagan
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Pocket Poets: Rupert Brooke
Salt Of The Earth by Jozef Wittlin
The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
The Case Of The Demented Spiv by George Bellairs
The Devil's Elixirs by E T A Hoffmann
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Haiduks by Panait Istrati
The Hills Reply by Tarjei Vesaas
The History Of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave
The Old Man In The Corner by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Odyssey by Homer
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Steel Flea by Nikolay Laslov
Three Bedrooms In Manhattan by Georges Simenon
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Trafalgar by Angelica Gorodischer
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
Xingu by Edith Wharton
Yekl by Abraham Cahan
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm


  1. Cheering you on, Stephanie. I'm doing the New Releases and the Mt. TBR ones with you. :)

    1. Looking forward to seeing which books you pick for them. Will we overlap?!

  2. Great challenge. (Sarah Cooper)