Tuesday, 4 February 2020

January 2020 Reading Challenges Update

I've usually got several challenges on the go so, instead of cramming all the information into my Month In Books roundups, I thought I would post these Reading Challenge roundups instead.
Here's how my 2020 Reading Challenges are looking at the end of January:
(Unlinked titles are books I've read, but not yet blogged)

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
Dead Ringer by Kat Ross
Farewell Mama Odessa by Emil Draitsev
It's Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan
Josephine: Singer Dancer Soldier Spy by Eilidh McGinness
Monsterland by Michael Okon
Not As Nature Intended by Rich Hardy
The Dressing Up Box by David Constantine

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
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 loved (1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020)
1. AE Warren - The Museum Of Second Chances and The Base of Reflections

2020 Found 'Em On Twitter challenge

To read books by at least 12 authors I follow on Twitter, but haven't yet read (1st Jan to 31st Dec 2020)

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

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
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
La Perle by John Steinbeck
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 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


  1. Wow, you have really a lot of challenges and even better you read in this context that much! Thanks for sharing your lists.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. I love pushing myself to read a wide variety of books and these challenges certainly do help :-)

  2. I think you did great on your challenges.

  3. You've got off to a really great start this year and made lots of progress on the longer running challenges! Well done!

    1. Thank you chuckles! They're all going really well so far :-)


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