Thursday, 2 January 2020

2020 Reading Challenges

Have you got all your 2020 Reading Challenges planned yet? I've been trying not to get too carried away with year-long ones so I can spontaneously jump in on few short challenges as they crop up. I'm going to try not to forget about Nonfiction November this year for example.

New for me for 2020 are a More Than One challenge to read a second book by authors I loved, but then forgot about. Daphne Du Maurier is a good one for this - Rebecca is one of my favourite ever novels, but I've never read anything else she wrote. Plus I want to read more by Bernard Jan, Jesmyn Ward, Karen Kincy, ... it's a long list!
I also plan a Found 'Em On Twitter challenge to read books by at least a dozen of the authors I follow on Twitter, but whose books I haven't yet opened. Carole Hedges and Karl Holton are on my list so far.
Both these challenges with run from the 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020 and you're welcome to informally join in with them if you would like? I'm going to restart my Alphabet Soup challenge too because I enjoy this one a lot. Hopefully 2020 won't end with such a scramble as 2019's Alphabet did!

Ongoing challenges for me are my Decade Challenge which runs from September to August because it's nice not to panic about them all in December! I'm also trying to read 50 Classics by the end of May 2023 and 50 Books Featuring Vegan/Vegetarian Characters. My WorldReads project now covers 44 countries. You can see my current progress on these below:

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)

1910s: Surrender To Night by Georg Trakl
1929: Isolde by Irena Odoevtseva
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
1995: Fate by Mary Corran
2000: The Amorous Nightingale by Edward Marston
2019: The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg

Books with Vegan/Vegetarian Characters/People

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

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
Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada
And Death Came Too by Richard Hull
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
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
Iphigenie a Aulis by Euripide
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
La Perle by John Steinbeck
Le Brave Soldat Chveik by Jaroslav Hasek
Left-Handed Death by Richard Hull
Lost Profile by Francoise Sagan
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 Hills Reply by Tarjei Vesaas
The History Of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave
The Odyssey by Homer
The Old Man In The Corner by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Xingu by Edith Wharton
Yekl by Abraham Cahan
Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm

For WorldReads posts, I have already 'visited'

Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, United States of America,

Asia: China, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Turkey

Australasia: Australia, New Zealand,

Europe: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales

Link up your own Challenge posts in the Comments, especially if you're taking part in ones I'm also doing or that you think I'd love.

Happy New Year!


  1. Oh, I really like your challenges - so original!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. Thank you Rena! I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to them :-)

  2. I'm only doing my own challenges at the moment-fiction, non fiction, series catchup, Tackling The TBR. The only exception at the moment is my Goodreads Challenge which I do every year! I might jump on with the odd week or month long one during the year depending on mood but I didn't want to join too many things which caused me issues last year!

    1. I've tried to keep mine as flexible as possible and ideas like the More Than One challenge should help make a dent in my TBR list. It bugs me to own so many unread books!

  3. Can’t believe that I’m one ahead of you with Daphne du Maurer: Jamaica Inn as well as Rebecca and coming up for this month’s Reading Group is The House on the Strand. I agree though, why haven’t I read more by her and I don’t believe seeing My Cousin Rachel on stage counts.

    1. You're probably two ahead of me by now then so we definitely won't allow the stage show!!