2020 Reading Challenges

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge (18 of 24 read):

  1. Read a YA nonfiction book: Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
  2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color: Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman: The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  4. Read a graphic memoir: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  5. Read a book about a natural disaster: The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
  6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
  7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII: Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
  8. Read an audiobook of poetry: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  9. Read the LAST book in a series: Atlas Alone by Emma Newman
  10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting: Amy and Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout
  11. Read a debut novel by a queer author: Go Tell It on the Mountain, Something to Talk About (to read)
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own: Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
  13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before: Notes From A Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi
  14. Read a romance starring a single parentYou Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
  15. Read a book about climate change: The Story of More by Hope Jahren
  16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman: The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages): The Churn by James S.A. Corey
  18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
  19. Read a book by or about a refugee: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
  20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK: The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
  21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non): A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer and Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
  23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
  24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Nonfiction Reader Challenge by Book’d Out: (11 of 12 read)

  1. Memoir: How We Fight for our Lives 
  2. Disaster Event: The Yellow House
  3. Social Science: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, White Fragility
  4. Related to an Occupation: Notes from a Young Black Chef 
  5. History: They Called Us Enemy
  6. Feminism: Know My Name, Shrill 
  7. Psychology: No Visible Bruises
  8. Medical Issue: The Brain That Changes Itself 
  9. Nature: The Salt Path
  10. True Crime: The Only Plane in the Sky
  11. Science: The Story of More
  12. Published in 2020: When Time Stopped, Here for It, Me and White Supremacy, Children of the Land (to read)

Mount TBR Challenge (5/12 read):

  1. The Churn
  2. Nemesis Games
  3. Before Mars
  4. The Brain That Changes Itself
  5. The Dragon Republic
  6. A Monstrous Regiment of Women
  7. The City in the Middle of the Night
  8. My Favorite Thing is Monsters
  9. Dreamland Burning

The Reading All Around the World challenge, hosted by Howling Frog: choose at least 50 countries and read books set in those countries and written by people who live there.  This is a multi-year challenge I started in 2017.  My goal is to reach 50 countries by 2021, or 10 new countries a year.

  1. Argentina: Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht
  2. Australia: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
  3. Bangladesh: The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
  4. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  5. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  6. Chile: In the Distance with You by Carla Guelfenbein
  7. China: What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  8. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  9. Congo, Democratic Republic of: How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  10. Germany: Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
  11. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  12. Greece: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  13. Haiti: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  14. India: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  15. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  16. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  17. Jamaica: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  18. Japan: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  19. Malaysia: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
  20. Mexico: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  21. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  22. Pakistan: Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie
  23. Poland: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  24. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  25. Serbia: Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic
  26. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  27. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  28. Switzerland: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  29. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  30. United Kingdom: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  31. Vietnam: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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