Saturday, 4 January 2020

December Reading Challenges & #BookishBingo Updates

I've got several challenges on the go this year so, instead of cramming all the information into my Month In Books roundups, I thought I would make these monthly Bookish Bingo posts into Challenge roundups. I already blogged about my 2020 Challenges a few days ago, so in this particular post I'm showing my full lists for my 2019 Completed Challenges:

2019 New Release Challenge

To read as many 2019 published books as possible within the year. I'm very pleased with how I did on this challenge!
1. Spiral Of Silence by Elvira Sanchez-Blake
2. The Unwinding Of The Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams
3. How To Lose A Country by Ece Temelkuran
4. Love In No Man's Land by Duo Ji Zhou Ga
5. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
6. And Death Came Too by Richard Hull
7. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
8. This Fish Is Fowl by Xu Xi
9. Trials And Trails by Jim Halverson
10. The Pact We Made by Layla AlAmmar
11. Intimate Ties: Two Novellas by Robert Musil
12. The Girl Across The Street by Vikki Patis
13. Empires Of Dust by Jiang Zilong
14. The True Queen by Zen Cho
15. Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women by Sarah Bargiela and Sophie Standing
16. The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
17. The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack by H M Naqvi
18. The Pianist Of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad
19. The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
20. Writer Get Noticed! by Colleen M Story
21. Wolf Light by Yaba Badoe
22. The Resurrection Fireplace by Hiroko Minagawa
23. An Empty Nest: A Summer of Stories by Sandy Day
24. When The Pipirite Sings by Jean Metellus
25. A Change Of Time by Ida Jessen
26. Fatboy Fall Down by Rabindranath Maharaj
27. We, The Survivors by Tash Aw
28. The Stars In The Night by Clare Rhoden
29. The Seventh Train by Jackie Carreira
30. How We Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee
31. The Pale-Faced Lie by David Crow
32. In The Sun by Mixie Plum
33. Bloom where you are planted (Life the Expat way) by Lasairiona E McMaster
34. Twelve Unending Summers by Cholet Kelly JosuĂ©
35. In Love With The World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
36. Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
37. Velvalee Dickinson: The Doll Woman Spy by Barbara Casey
38. Decoding The Bayeux Tapestry by Arthur C Wright
39. In The Shadow Of Wolves by Alvydas Slepikas
40. Sea Of Glass by Rebecca Gransden
41. Escapes by Vic DiMartino
42. The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw
43. My Past Is A Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani
44. Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma
45. Upperdown by David Brennan
46. Mind Is The Ride by Jet McDonald
47. The Gingerbread Houses by Benedict J Jones
48. Storytellers by Bjorn Larssen
49. Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke
50. My Travels In Ding Yi by Shi Tiesheng
51. The Yankee Comandante by Gani Jakupi
52. Razia by Abda Khan
53. sells sea shells by Mara Mer
54. The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay
55.The Paper Bark Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu
56. Only The Lonely by Joanne Nicholson
57. Ivy by Kat Flannery
58. The Murmur Of Bees by Sofia Segovia
59. In The Company Of Strangers by Awais Khan
60. Blue Tide Rising by Clare Stevens
61. Dolores by Lauren Aimee Curtis
62. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
63. Between Four Rivers by Wang Yu
64. Inland by Tea Obreht
65. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
66. Or What You Will by C H Clepitt
67. Confessions Of A Traveler by Clara L Molina
68. No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg
69. We Need New Names by Nesrine Malik
70: The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg
71. The Root Of Murder by Lauren Carr
72. Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kroger & Melanie R Anderson
73. Two Tides To Turn by R R Gall
74. The Women At Hitler's Table by Rosella Postorino
75. A Woman Of Firsts by Edna Adan Ismail
76. Becoming Mama by Yvrose Telfort Ismael
77. Echoes Of The City by Lars Saabye Christensen
78. When We Say Goodbye by Michelle Vernal
79. Lost Feast by Lenore Newman
80. Priests de la Resistance! by The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie
81. It Would Be Night In Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo
82. The Scent Of Buenos Aires by Hebe Uhart
83. The Girl Who Reads On The Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury
84. Escaping The Asylum by Siggy Galaen
85. The Greater Freedom by Alya Mooro
86. A Dream Come True by Juan Carlos Onetti
87. Waterdown by Anastasia Slabucho
88. Isolde by Irena Odoevtseva
89. Humiliation by Paulina Flores
90. The Tender Birds by Carole Giangrande
91. Frankie by James Essinger and Sandra Koutzenko
92. Lake Like A Mirror by Ho Sok Fong
93. The Daughter Of The Tigris by Muhsin Al-Ramli
94. Snowfall At Moonglow by Deborah Garner
95. Me And The Japanese Beauty Standards by Tomomi Tsuchio
96. Cold Fear by Mads Peder Nordbo
97. Roaring Girls by Holly Kyte
98. Accidental Activist by Josh and Barbara Venkataraman
99. Gumshoe Blues by Paul D Brazill
100. Killer Resolutions by Elizabeth McKenna
101. Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera
102. Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou
103. Left-Handed Death by Richard Hull
104. The Hills Reply by Tarjei Vesaas
105. The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
106. Lonely Planet: The Vegan Travel Handbook
107. Hope by Terry Tyler

2019 Mount TBR Challenge

To read at least 48 of the unread books I owned prior to the start of 2019. Not too good here.
1. Incident At Diamond Springs by Kendall Hanson
2. The History Of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave
3. Seeing Red by Lina Meruane
4. UK2 by Terry Tyler
5. Pocket Poets: Rupert Brooke
6. The Judgement Of Richard Richter by Igor Sticks
7. White Walls And Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes
8. Above The Bridge by Deborah Garner
9. Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings by Olga Nunez Miret
10. Histoires a lire le soir by Marc Thil
11. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
12. Minaret by Leila Aboulela
13. Life + Love + Death by Hezron Henry
14. Windward Heights by Maryse Conde
15. Demian by Hermann Hesse
16. Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks
17. Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada
18. To The Blossom From The Flame by Jason Srebnick
19. Faire Mouche by Vincent Almendros
20. Confessions Of Zeno by Italo Svevo
21. Tahrir by Vladimir Volya
22. Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert
23. Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba
24. Fate by Mary Corran
25. Time Is A Killer by Michel Bussi
26. The Amorous Nightingale by Edward Marston
27. The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone

2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge

To read a book beginning with each letter of the alphabet (from 1st Jan to 31st Dec 2019). Completed!

A Sky So Close To Us by Shahla Ujayli
Black Holes by Ochi
Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women by Sarah Bargiela and Sophie Standing
Demian by Hermann Hesse
Escaping Psychiatry: Beginnings by Olga Nunez Miret
Farm Land: Sentience by Gemma Lawrence
Gumshoe Blues by Paul D Brazill
How To Create A Vegan World by Tobias Leenaert
Incident At Diamond Springs by Kendall Hanson
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
Killer In The Band by Lauren Carr
Love In No Man's Land by Duo Ji Zhuo Ga
Mamachari Matchmaker by S J Pajonas
Now Let's Dance by Karine Lambert
Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks
Pocket Poets: Rupert Brooke
Queen Of The Flaming Diamond by Leroy Yerxa
Razia by Abda Khan
Spiral Of Silence by Elvira Sanchez-Blake
The History Of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave
UK2 by Terry Tyler
Vizilsan: Blue Rabbit's Crystal by Marko Markovic
White Walls And Straitjackets by David Owain Hughes
XYZ by Anna Katharine Green
Yekl by Abraham Cahan
Zophiel by Maria Gowen Brooks

Visit my Current Reading Challenges page to see 2020's links build up through the year.

Last month I added:

Alphabet Soup (2019): 5 in December / 26 overall

Books In French (2019): 0 in December / 3 overall

Classics Club (2018-23): 6 in December / 34 overall

Decade Challenge (2019-20): 2 in December / 8 overall

Mount TBR Challenge (2019): 0 in December / 27 overall

New Release Challenge (2019): 10 in December / 107 overall

Vegetarian / Vegan Character (ongoing): 1 in December / 18 overall

This challenge wrap-up post includes my new month of Bookish Bingo which is hosted each month at Chapter Break. I include books I actually read during the month, but I might not have blogged all their reviews yet so if the cover image doesn't go anywhere when you click it, that's (probably) why!

This month I've got 18 squares completed.

Play games
Physical book
Red or sparkly cover
Free book
Not in a series
Library book
Debut novel
Free Space
Shelf love
Uprising / revolution
In a series
Tree on cover
Fae / fairy
Set in a foreign country
Audio book
Bad habit
Classic novel


  1. I think you did brilliant on your challenges last year and it was fun to watch your progress! I'll be cheering you on this year too!

    1. Thank you chuckles!! The challenges always feel easier at this time of year ;-)

  2. You did pretty good on your challenges.

  3. I suck at challenges so I only do the Goodreads and start at 59 then inch up lol

    Good luck with all of yours!

    Karen @ For What It's worth

    1. Thank you Karen! I try and choose challenges that are flexible towards mood reading so I don't feel like I'm restrained by genre