Thursday, 31 December 2020

Reading Challenges 2020 and 2021

2020 was such a challenge in itself that I lost quite a bit of my enthusiasm for undertaking my planned reading challenges too. I did still manage to complete the Decade Challenge by the end of August although I didn't start a new list's worth in September.


I completed my Alphabet Soup Challenge, to read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet (from 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020), a month early on the 21st November with X Marks The Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber.

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
X Marks The Pedwalk by Fritz Leiber
You Can Smile on Wednesdays by Zdravka Evtimova
Zeru by Phillip Vargas


My Classics Club Challenge is another early finish. 
The challenge, to read 50 classic books in 5 years, runs from June 2018 to 1st June 2023 and I blogged my 50th classic, The Two Hundred Ghost by Henrietta Hamilton, on Christmas Eve 2020.

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote


My 2020 More Than One challenge to read a second book by authors I liked ran from the 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020 and I am delighted to have ended up with 26 authors for this challenge.

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
17. Scholastique Mukasonga: The Barefoot Woman and Igifu
19. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi: Manchester Happened and The First Woman
20. Tsitsi Dangarembga: Nervous Conditions and This Mournable Body
21. Truman Capote: In Cold Blood and A Christmas Memory
22. Sally Gardner: Tinder and The Snow Song
24. Kathleen Shoop: The River Jewel and Love Under The Stars
25. Alice Griffin: Poems For Animals and The Times We Had
26. Helen McCloy: Dance Of Death and The Man In The Moonlight


My 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) was less successful with only 7 books read although I have another 3 downloaded to my tablet.

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
6. Under Your Skin by Rose McClelland
7. Double Deceit by Julienne Brouwers


My final challenge is an ongoing effort to find books with vegan and vegetarian characters. I've currently got 35 and you can see this list as part of my newly established Vegan Bookshop.


I haven't set myself any reading challenges for 2021 yet. I think I might give the longer timescale ones a rest for the year and maybe undertake a few themed month challenges, if I'm in the mood, instead.

Happy New Year!


1 comment:

  1. Oh wow. You've certainly done well on your 2020 reading challenges! I set myself up to read 150 last year, and ended up reading 270. The quarantine helped. I've always been amazed by your selection of books, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you're up to this year.

    Happy reading, Stephanie!

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