2020 Reading Challenges

I love a good reading challenge. I like them to be challenging, and push me a bit, but also doable.

LAST UPDATED May 3, 2020

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE


The Goodreads Reading Challenge is a must for me. It's a fun way to track what I am reading, and I like the way GR cheers me on.


2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
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STATEBOOKRATING
ALThe Second Sisterhood by Ann Brashares★★★★
AKThe Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morganhaler★★★★ 1/2
AZErik by Sawyer Bennett★★★★
ARThe Lost & Found by Katrina Leno★★★★★
CAOnly Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber★★★
COOf Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon★★★ 1/2
CTA Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson★★★★★
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FLWho Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner★★★★
GAGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown★★★
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IDThe How & the Why by Cynthia Hand★★★★★
ILThe Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert★★★★
INThe Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin★★★★★
IAFriends Without Benefits by Penny Reid★★★★
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KYThe Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry★★★★ 1/2
LAThe Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan★★★★
MEFar Cry by Kate Canterbary★★★ 1/2
MDGirls in Pants by Ann Brashares★★★★
MAPippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun★★★★
MIMeet Me At Midnight by Jassica Pennington★★★★
MNI Want You Back by Lorelei James★★★★
MS
MOThe Opposite of Falling Apart by Micah Good★★★ 1/2
MT
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NHTime of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka★★★★ 1/2
NJBetween the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat★★★★★
NMA Night with the Quarterback by Jeanette Murray★★★ 1/2
NYGravity by Sarah Deming★★★★
NCOnly Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales★★★★ 1/2
ND
OHSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards★★★★ 1/2
OKUnpregnant by Jenni Hendriks, Ted Caplan★★★★
ORStronger Than Words by Paula Stokes★★★★ 1/2
PAIf You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett★★★★
RIForever in Blue by Ann Brashares
SCThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares★★★★
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TNUndercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams★★★★ 1/2
TXWalk Me Home by Liza Kendall★★★★
UT
VTThe Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson★★★★ 1/2
VAThe Easy Part of Impossible by Sarah Tomp★★★★ 1/2
WAThe Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park★★★★
WV
WILittle Monsters by Kara Thomas★★★★ 1/2
WYThe Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren★★★★


LETTERBOOKRATING
AThe Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley★★★★ 1/2
BBreak in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis★★★★
CCracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers★★★★★
DDate Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye★★★★ 1/2
EThe Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry★★★★ 1/2
FForever in Blue by Ann Brashares★★★
GGravity by Sarah Deming★★★★
HThe Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson★★★★1/2
IIf You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett★★★★
JJack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner★★★ 1/2
KKissing Lessons by Sophie Jordan★★★ 1/2
LA Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley★★★★
MThe Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg
NNot That Kind of Guy by Andi J Christopher★★★★
OOnly Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber★★★
PPippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun★★★★
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RThe Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert★★★★
SStronger Than Words by Paula Stokes★★★★ 1/2
TTwenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler★★★★
UThe Upside of Falling by Alex Light★★★★
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WThe Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa★★★★
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YYour's in Scandal by Lauren Layne★★★★
Z


JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology, diverse retelling, non-western setting

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard - set in Central America

FEBRUARY – poc: Black/African American

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

MARCH – #ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction

Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

APRIL – poc: Middle Eastern/South Asian

Ghosting: A Love Story by Tash Skilton

MAY – poc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander

JUNE – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity

JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity

AUGUST – mental health/addiction

SEPTEMBER – poc: hispanic/latinx

OCTOBER – physical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities

NOVEMBER – poc: Native American

DECEMBER – religious minorities




MONTHKEYWORDBOOKRATING
JanuarysixSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards★★★★ 1/2
FebruarygirlA Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson★★★★★
MarchluckyChasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett★★★★ 1/2
AprilnightOne Night with the Quarterback by Jeanette Murray★★★ 1/2
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September
October
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December



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.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard - set in Central America

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 Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren

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.)

Instacrush by Kate Meader

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.)

What I Like About You by Marisa Kantor

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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)

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.


CATEGORYBOOKRATING
A book with an emotion in the titleA Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley★★★★
A young adult novelBreak in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis★★★★
A book translated from another language
A book that’s centered around a holiday
A novel based on a true story
A book with song lyrics in the titleGravity by Sarah Deming★★★★
A book that’s been on your shelf for more than a yearGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown★★★★
A book with a non-human narrator
A book with a month in the title
A book you heard about on TV/Radio/a podcast The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller★★★★ 1/2
A book set in the state you live inBetween the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat★★★★★
A romance novelThe Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa★★★★


2020 DISCUSSION CHALLENGE


It worked so well for me last year, I decided to continue with the 2020 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole and Shannon. I still struggle with discussion posts, but I have been doing so well with this challenge, that I am upping the ante, and shooting for Terrifically Talkative (31 - 40 posts) this year.

  1. Why Punish Yourself?
  2. Still Gonna Read It
  3. How I Feel About Self Indulgence 
  4. #AmReadingRomance
  5. Apology Required?
  6. Do You Enjoy Anthologies?
  7. Writing for All Ages
  8. Animal Crossing Gets Literary
  9. How I Hop
  10. Animal Crossing Gets Literary
  11. The Liebster Award
  12. Does It Have to be Heavy?
  13. Quarantine 2020



Are you participating in any reading challenges? 
Do you have any suggested books for my challenges?
Let us know in the comments!

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