2020 Reading Challenges

Beat the Backlist

“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

– Jane Austen in Pride Prejudice

Flowers book, eyeglasses and cup of coffee with cinnamon stick
Photo by Ena Marinkovic from Pexels

This is another challenge that I am super excited about. It is dedicated to getting those books off your huge TBR lists. Novelknight has even added in team mini challenges, weekly photo challenges, and bingo – which you can choose to participate or not. There is so much going so on make sure you go to Beat the Backlist here to see all the guidelines and fun things for yourself AND to sign up for the challenge if you’d like to join in.

I’m looking forward to the photo challenges and the Team Mini Challenges. Anything with some competitive spirit gets me going… just ask my family.

Here’s the Prompt list: I’m listing the EPIC 80 Prompts – there is also 24 prompt list

Book with a love triangle

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Didn’t live up to the hype – a hyped up book that you read in 2020 that just didn’t live up to it

Obviously I’ll have to read some books first to do this prompt


Published before you were born

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – This was originally published in 1967. I was born in 1972.


Main character with a disability

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo – This book has one of the best known character’s with a disability, Quasimodo with his hunchback.


Set in a city you want to visit

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy – I’ve been so blessed to travel a lot throughout the United States and Europe but I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland. At least through this book I can travel there in my imagination. And I’ll let you know when the real trip happens.


Genre mash-up – a book that features at least 2 different genres (note: YA and adult are not a genre.)

The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig – This book is historical fiction/romance and mystery/spy thriller/espionage.


From your childhood – a book from your childhood that you’re either re-reading or never read

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


The sequel was better

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger – I’ve heard the sequel was better. I’ll give you my opinion after I’ve read the book.


Book with diary entries

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir


Opening line contains a color

I’m not sure how to find a book that fits into this prompt. If you have any ideas then let me know.


Book with no romance

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Own voices author – an author who’s writing about their own background in some form

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Book received from a friend – my sweet daughter Kristin loaned me this

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung


Good book, bad cover

Roanoke: The Lost Colony by Angela Elwell Hunt


A modern classic – a modern book you believe will become a classic in the future

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I love this book. And the movie.


Graphic novel or manga

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman


Middle grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry


Book with less than 200 pages

The Titus 2 Woman by Susan Godfrey – This book only has 42 pages. I’m really looking forward to reading it though.


Author you want to meet

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette – I love Cossette’s writing. She gives such an incredible and new perspective to Biblical stories and it makes everything come alive.


Book mentioned in Gilmore Girls

The Trial by Franz Kafka


The slowest burn – a slow burn romance (i.e. the couple doesn’t get together for a while)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


Bought/borrowed it for the cover

Luxe by Anna Godbersen – Look at how beautiful this cover is. Seriously this dress is to die for. I’d love to wear this for just an hour or a lifetime.


Book with a quest

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt


Lgbtqia+ rep

Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach – I don’t want to get political on this blog. I don’t think this is the right forum for it. But I do think that even if I don’t agree with someone’s political views, sexual preference, or even how they decorate their how – every single person should be treated with love and kindness.


One word title

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow


Twisted fairy tale re-telling – a fairy tale re-telling that has a twist to make it different from the original

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – A retelling of Cinderella.


Wish it had a sequel


Genre you never/rarely read

comic book/graphic novel

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman


Title includes word “strange”

Emily the Strange: Dark Times by Ron Reger & Jessica Gruner


Cover redesign is better

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Old Cover

New Cover


Wish you had read it sooner – note: you won’t be able to pick a book for this prompt until you start reading!


Book turned movie/show

The Color Purple by Alice Walker


Companion novel

Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Non-human main character

Animal Farm by George Orwell


Released in the 2010’s – a book released sometime in the years 2010-2019

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


Pirates or set at sea

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord


Star(s) on the cover

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Features your #1 OTP – a book with your One True Pairing (i.e. your favorite couple)

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon – Jaime & Claire Fraser… a love that literally survives centuries.


Author with a middle initial

September Sky by John A. Heldt


Dystopian that could happen – a book where you think the dystopian world could actually happen


Book with 600+ pages

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – This book has 743 pages.


Memoir Story involves a heist

The Lufthansa Heist by Henry Hill & Daniel Simone


The 4th+ book in a series – a book that is the 4th book or more in a series

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory – I love this author. And I’ve got books 1-3 of this series down for challenges this year so now I get to add book #4.


A book set in one season – the entire book happens in winter, spring, OR autumn

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – This book happens during the summer.


Author who writes multiple genres

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – Lisa See writes literary fiction and family sagas along with mysteries.


Historical not set in UK – a historical fiction book that isn’t set in the United Kingdom

The Midwife’s Revolt by Jodi Daynard – Set in the United States


Shocking plot twist – a book with a shocking plot twist


Owned for over 2 years

Beloved by Toni Morrison


Pink cover

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin


Title starts with the letter “Z”

Zelda’s Cut by Philippa Gregory


A top 10 read of the year – a book that your read in 2020 that you believe is one of your top 10 reads of the year (note: you will not be able to pick a book for this prompt until you start reading in 2020)


Indie book – a book that is either self- published or published by a small/independent press

Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill


Main character has a pet

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – I’ll be reading this from a Kindle in Motion. Let me tell you. Read every book possible like this. It’s amazing.


New to you author

Seek Me with all your Heart by Beth Wiseman


Author you’re read 5+ books by

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury


Book that shares your zodiac sign – a book that was published in the same date range as your zodiac sign (determined by your birthday)

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin – My zodiac sign is Capricorn


Social media made you read it

Grandparenting: Renew, Relive, Rejoice by Pam Siegel & Leslie Zinberg – I found out about this book because I follow the authors on Instagram. Then I was blessed to win the book from them in a giveaway! I’m so excited to read this!!!


By 2+ authors

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan


Book with a meet cute

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory


Book by an INTL (to you) author – a book from an author who is from a different country than you

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Author lives in Australia.


Almost made you cry – My husband has been telling me to read this for years. That it’ll make me go through a whole box of tissues. Now’s the time.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


From myth or legend

Circe by Madeline Miller


Book with chapter titles

One Day in December by Josie Silver


Unusual science

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Morally gray main character

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


Book with or talking about recipes

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy


Written before 2010

Sanctuary by Beverly Lewis & David Lewis


Book you never finished before

Twice Upon a Time by Lisa Ann Verge


Plant(s) on the cover

The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio


Space travel

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


Book containing a fandom

The Fandom by Anna Day


Murder mystery

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard


Author shares your initials

Lucky Bet by Anna Reader


Happily ever after

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers


Last book in a series

Loving by Karen Kingsbury


Black and white cover

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


Book of poems or short stories

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson


Title words start with same letter – for example, Red Rising

Wet Work by Mark A. Hewitt


So many fun prompts to choose from. What books are going to read for this challenge?

2020 Reading Challenges

52 Books in 52 Weeks

“I cannot live without books.”

― Thomas Jefferson

Doesn’t this sound like such a fun but simple concept? For the 3rd year Mommy Mannegren has put together a challenge that is doable for just about anyone that enjoys books. Obviously you could just leave it with 52 books in 52 weeks but she gives us 52 guidelines to make it just that much more fun.

If you decide to join me in this challenge make sure you go to Mommy Mannegren‘s site here and her Facebook group here – set up just for this challenge.

Check out these amazing prompts:

A book with the letter “W” in the title

From Lukov with Love by Marian Zapata





A Hardcover

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano





By an indigenous author

Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline





Set in winter

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson





A character who is a senior

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult





Written in the 1970’s

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow





An author local to you

Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz – Koontz lives in Orange County, here in Southern California.





Orange on the cover

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah





Set in space

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams





A bestseller

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – NYT Bestseller 9/10/2019





A book that leaves you thinking

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin





A “guilty pleasure”

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne





Written by a female author

One Day in December by Josie Silver





Book in a series

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – The 1st book of the Plantagenet and Tudor Novels





Book with romance

A Cowboy’s Reunion by Carolyne Aarsen – I had a difficult time choosing this book. So I just made it easy and grabbed one of the first books on my romance TBR list. FYI – If you go to Aarsen’s website you can get a free book which is always a good thing.





Borrowed from a friend – my oldest daughter, Kristin loaned me this

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung





Written by more than one author

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan





Published in 2020

Wet Work by Mark A. Hewitt





A Stephen King novel

Carrie by Stephen King





An author whose last name starts with the same initial as yours

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers





Written by a blogger or journalist

Everything but the Posts by Becca Ludlum





A character that frustrates you

I will have to read some books to do this prompt

Title beginning with A

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho





Title beginning with B

Beloved by Toni Morrison





Title beginning with C

The Color Purple by Alice Walker





A strong “friendship” theme

The Giver by Lois Lowry





A comic book

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman – So I love The Walking Dead television show (both of them). Comic books… not so much. So I guess we’ll see how the two of these combine.





Literary fiction

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin





An award-winning novel

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead– this book has won so many awards it’s almost unbelievable. It was selected for Oprah’s Book Club. NBD. It also won the 2016 fiction for the National Book Foundation. AND… drum roll please… It even won Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2017. Does that make you want to read this book? Cuz it does me.






A book with recipes inside

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy





A book featuring royalty

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory





A spy novel

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson





A book containing poetry

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson





A book with illustrations

Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen





An author’s debut book

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin





Written in first person

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon





A book featuring the medical profession

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira





Set in the future

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley





A book used in a celebrity book club

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – Reese Witherspoon has a book club called Hello Sunshine that focuses on books written by female authors. This book was one of their book club reads in 2017. Witherspoon is one of my favorite actresses so I had to pick her book club. Also less than an hour ago me and a sweet friend of mine were just talking about this book. She was saying how much she liked it. When I saw it on the Hello Sunshine list I knew it would be perfect for this prompt.






A book on the Mensa reading list for grades 9-12

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne






Published when you were 20

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon






Reuse a prompt from a past year

September Sky by John A. Heldt – The prompt is from last year (2019): A book about time-travel





Set in a country you’ve never visited before

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See





“Recommended” to you by Amazon

Masquerade by Nancy Moser





A book that cost you less than $5

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I paid $2.99 for this on my Kindle





By an author used in an earlier category

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon





Story takes place on a form of transportation

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord





Character who wears glasses

Gather the Stars by Kimberly Cates





About a World Leader

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore





An author you previously disliked





A genre you don’t normally care for

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman – I’m not normally a big fan of comics or graphic novels.





A book with a Foreword

Animal Farm by George Orwell – Forward by Ann Patchett



I can’t wait to see what your choices are.

2020 Reading Challenges

Book Bingo

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

– C.S. Lewis

This challenge looks like a ton of fun. It’s the 6th year that Unruly Reader has put on this challenge. They’ve made it where you can black out the entire card or go for BINGO by completing just a row or a column. – I’m going to try for a complete blackout.

Here’s what I’m going to try for in each of the categories but these may change. For the most part for this and most of the challenges, I’m trying to use books that have been on my TBR lists. I figured this is a great way to make that list smaller.

And don’t forget if you decide to join this challenge along with me, make sure you go to Unruly Reader‘s website here and sign up.

The categories are:

Icy – A book that takes place in snowy winter, a story featuring a cold-hearted character, or a chilling tale

One Day in December by Josie Silver





Landscape – A book whose setting is vital to the story

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson 





Novella – Shorter than a novel, but longer than a short story

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson





Harlem Renaissance – A book written by a Harlem Renaissance author 

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow





Longing – A story filled with yearning, desire, or wistfulness 

Longing by Karen Kingsbury





Lies & Deception – A book with lies, so many lies. Or a book that deceived you.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson





Expectations – A story of fulfilled or thwarted expectations, or a book that failed to meet your expectations 

Underdog – A book about a character who defies the odds

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams





Personal Growth – Self-improvement: pragmatically or spiritually

Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure





Long Haired Author – A book by an author who has (or had) long hair

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon




A Friend’s Suggestion – Ask a friend what you should read next

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – my daughter, Nicole recommended this to me





Podcast – Listen to a serial podcast or read a book written by a podcaster

Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood by Karina Longworth





Carnegie Medal Nominee – A book nominated for the Carnegie Medal

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan





Modern Classic – A contemporary book that will stand the test of time

The Color Purple by Alice Walker





Road Trip – Wanderlust, restlessness, desperation, quest? A book with a road trip in it

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman





Olympic Sport – A book with a character who participates (at any level) in a sport featured in the Olympics

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata





Checklist – A book you’re checking off your list, or a book containing a checklist for a better life

The 52 Weeks: How Two Women Got Unstuck, Got Inspired, and Got Going, and How You Can Too! by Karen Amster-Young





South America – A book written by a South American author or a book that takes place in South America

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez





Back to School – A story with a school setting

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton





Love – A book that illustrates love 

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan





Native American – A character or an author who is Native American

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper





Horror – A story that inspires a feeling of dread

Carrie by Stephen King





Political – Election year! Read something political

Secret Lives of the First Ladies by Cormac O’Brien





Memoir – A nonfiction personal account based on the author’s experience

Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton






Indulge – The hot fudge of reading: all pleasure, no virtue

Learning by Karen Kingsbury





Grab a book, start reading and let me know what books you’re choosing for the categories.

2020 Reading Challenges

TBR Reading Challenge

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” 

— Neil Gaiman, Coraline

This is a challenge that is after my heart. On all of the other challenges that I’m participating in, where it’s allowed, I’m taking books off of my TBR list but this challenge INSISTS ON IT!!! On the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge there are 22 prompts and those who finish and post their reviews also have a chance to win a book… of their choice!!! This is book lovers dream!!! Thank you so much Stacked for putting this incredible challenge together!

A special thank also goes out to you at Orange County Readers for posting such great articles – especially those about all the reading challenges for this year. Seriously check out this blog. It’s really good.

If you plan on participating in this challenge make sure you go to Stacked‘s website here and get all the information.

So here are the prompts and what I’ve chosen:

A 2020 Release

Wet Work by Mark A. Hewitt – This was only released the 1st week of January so it just makes it in to 2020 deadline. The storyline looks super interesting.





Book Published in the Year You Were Born

FYI… 1972 is the year I was born

The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin – This is one of those rare times that I’ve seen the movie before I read the book (I really hate doing that). It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this film though so I figured it was a good time to read the book and then I could rewatch the movie.





Novel That Will Get a Movie Adaption in 2020

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – I love to read books before they go onto the screen, television or movie, (see above) so I’m always reading a ‘book to screen’ book so I can try to stay caught up with them. I’m really excited about this one, too.





Friend Recommendation

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – My daughter Nicole, recommended this one to me. I think she was a little surprised that I gave her no parameters for the recommendation because we read very different genres. I trust her completely though.





Book You Can Read in A Day

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson– This book has been on my TBR for over 2 years and I felt it was time to get the poor thing off. And since it is only 146 pages I can definitely knock it out in a day.





Book Originally Written in a Foreign Language

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – When I saw this prompt this book was my 1st choice. I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile. And since my son and his wife live in France I had to pick a French book!





Book by a Dead Author

The Trial by Franz Kafka – This is another one that’s been on my TBR list for over 2 years so I really chose it to read and knock it off that list. It’s also part of the Rory Gilmore Challenge so that definitely helps.





Novel That Was Banned

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – I chose this one because I’ve heard great things about the book and the movie. Frankly I’m looking forward to both of them. Obviously the book first…





NYT Bestseller

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan– I remember when this book came out and I was so excited to read it and obviously never got around to it. I can’t wait to finally read it this year!





Booker Prize Winning Book

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – I’ve been dying to read this book since it was announced that it was coming out!!!! Loved loved loved the 1st book. Can’t wait to see how this one is…





Book by a Nobel Prize Winner

Beloved by Toni Morrison– This is another one that I’ve heard about for awhile but just haven’t picked up. I can’t wait to read it.





Goodreads Winner

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – This one looks so interesting. Anything to do with history gets me excited. Especially books. Honestly I can’t wait to read it!!!





Book From Rory Gillmore Challenge

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – Another book to screen book. And I actually have NOT seen this film yet. It was pretty easy for me to pick a book for this prompt because I’m also doing the Rory Gilmore Challenge. (There will be another post for that ongoing challenge.)





Book With One-Word Title

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow – This is another historical fiction. My favorite genre. So this was an easy pick for me. And honestly? Look at the cover… Is it not stunning?





Book with Over 500 Pages

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – I love Philippa Gregory‘s writing. Most of her books are historical fiction and so much fun to read. I’ve been dying to begin this series for such a long time. This is the 1st book of 15 in the Plantagenet and Tudor Novels Series. I’m extremely excited to read this one!!!





Books Set in Different Continents:

North America

Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate– This book was actually chosen ‘for me’ by a dear friend of mine. I’m in a bookclub and we take turns choosing the selections and this was hers for an upcoming month. The book looks incredible and I’m really looking forward to reading it.





South America

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – I chose this one because it is also on the Rory Gilmore Challenge list. Two birds with one stone. I’ve been eyeing it for awhile because of the Gilmore challenge so I’m excited to finally see what it’s all about.





Asia

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – This choice kind of fell right in my lap. Immediately after I read this prompt, I was on Goodreads, trying to figure out a book to go with it. I happened to notice a friend of mine had just finished reading this book and had given it a great review. It was already on my TBR so it seemed ready made for this prompt. I can’t wait to see what it’s all about.





Australia

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – I actually had a difficult time narrowing this one down. There was quite a few books that I could’ve put here. This is one that looks super interesting though and I cannot wait to dig into it.





Europe

Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton – I love biographies. Especially royal biographies. To me there is just something about hearing that THEY have real problems too. And Morton is The Who’s Who for biographers so this was a no brainer.





Africa

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs – This one has been on my list for awhile because it’s a classic. I’m excited to read it so that I can compare the story to the Disney movie.





Book set in your home country/state

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – Now this book is set in Washington and I live in California, so clearly I’m going for my home country. As for the book it looks incredibly intriguing.





Book trilogy

The Outlander Series: Book 2 ~ Dragonfly in Amber, Book 3 ~ Voyager, Book 4 ~ Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon – With the Outlander series I am once again going about the process backward. My husband and I are hooked on the television show. which if you haven’t seen Outlander you definitely need to. It’s now on Starz and Netflix. And I’ve only read 2 of the books so far but they are AMAZING. Diana Gabaldon is an incredible writer. Definitely one of my new favorites. Her passion comes through in the pages and on the screen. I can’t wait to continue this series.





Young Adult book

The Giver by Lois Lowry – I admit it. I have seen this movie already. But honestly? When I saw it I didn’t even know that there was a book. I’m so excited to read it now though.





Historical Book

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira – I seriously love these types of historical fiction books that take historical details like the civil war and Abraham Lincoln. Then they weave in a fictional character to make the period come alive for us, the readers. That’s what this book does. And. I. Can. Not. Wait.





Fantasy Book

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – I’ll admit it. I am not a fan of fantasy. I don’t have many books on my fantasy TBR shelf so choosing one was not easy. I chose this one because HBO has a show based on this series. I wanted to read it before my grandbabies and I watched the show together when they get older. I’ve gotta be prepared you know.





A Classic

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Now this is just sad. I never read The Scarlet Letter while I was in school. I did go to 3 different high schools in 2 states so it may have been overlooked because of moving around. Still, I really feel there was a little bit of an oversight here. This is one of those books I’ve always felt I need to read and this is the year I’m going to get it done.


I think this challenge is going to be so much fun. I’d love for a few of my friends to try doing the challenge with me. Create your own list and lets have a “readable” 2020 together.

Your turn, are you ready? What are you going to read?

2020 Reading Challenges

Monthly Motif Challenge

“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

– Jane Austen in Pride Prejudice
Pile of assorted title book lot selective focus
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

This is another challenge that’s been going on for 6 years. A motif or theme is given for each month and then you just need to read a book within those parameters. They make each theme pretty broad so it’s easy to crossover this challenge with others. They’re also doing a check-in at the end of each month. You’ll be able to catch mine when I review the book I read for the challenge.

If you also want to participate in the challenge, make sure you go here and sign up. And thank you to Girlxoxo for all your hardwork putting this together.

MOTIFS (THEMES) FOR EACH MONTH

JANUARY-  Winter Wonderland – Focusing on ‘wonderland’, read a book set in a truly wonderful place- somewhere you’ve always thought was beautiful, somewhere with a wonderfully rich culture, a snowy setting, or maybe even a magical realm. It’s your interpretation, so have fun with it.

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner – this book is set in France and is about the French fashion industry. I’ve always loved France and it holds a special place in my heart now that my son, Alex and his wife, Eva live there.





FEBRUARY- Seeing Red – Read a book with the word ‘red’ in the title OR a book with a red-ish cover. Bonus if it has both.

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory





MARCH- Sub-Genre Sound Off – Choose a sub-genre of your favorite genre and read a book from it. Make sure you mention the sub genre you chose in your review. (Ex. Sub Genres of Fantasy could be Magical Realism, Fairytale Retellings, or Epic Fantasy to name just a few.)

Intertwine by Nichole Van – This sub-genre is time travel and my favorite genre is historical fiction.





APRIL- Classics or Currents – Read a book published before the year you were born (classic-ish) OR a book published between April 2019 and April 2020 (current.)

Well Met by Jen DeLuca – This won an Amazon Choice Award in 2019. I always put these winners in TBR lists because the Goodread readers vote for these awards so I feel like they’re worth reading. I chose this book for this prompt because it looks cute and like a fun story.





MAY- Author Introduction – Read a book written by an author who you’ve never read anything by. Bonus if its been on your TBR for more than a year.

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow – Ragtime has been on my TBR since 2017.





JUNE- Name or Number – Read a book in which a name OR a number is part of the title. Bonus if the title includes both a name and a number.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid





JULY- Around or Out of this World – Read a book set in a country other than the one you live in OR written by an author who is from a country other than your own OR read a book that takes place in space or on another planet.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – This author is from Australia.





AUGUST- Creature Feature – Read a book that includes a creature of some kind on the cover or in the story. Cat, dog, dragon, werewolf – mythical or real – find a book that features a creature.

Marley & Me by John Grogan – I’ve had this book on my TBR for awhile. I’m looking forward to reading the book so I can finally watch the movie too. (Jennifer Aniston is on my top 10 of favorite actresses too.)





SEPTEMBER- When Text Just Isn’t Enough – Read a book that includes more than just text. Maybe it’s a map, a family tree, illustrations, documents like emails or letters- something else that helps to paint the picture.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – This is a Kindle in Motion book and let me tell you they are AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to read this book like this.





OCTOBER- Thrills and Chills – Ghost stories, haunted houses, true crime, murder mysteries, a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat- it’s up to you!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson





NOVEMBER- Dynamic Duos – Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair whether in business or in love. (Ex. Sherlock & Holmes, Elizabeth & Darcy)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – I had to look this prompt up to get some ideas. I found this idea at The Perpetual Page Turner. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist work together in this book to crack the case. 





DECEMBER- Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice – Holiday or winter themed reads, love stories and romances, happy cries, comedies; round out your year with a truly feel good read.

A Christmas Bride by Jo Ann Ferguson



Are you going to be doing this challenge also? I’d love to hear your reading choices. Share them with me in the comments below.