2020 Reading Challenges

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge (17 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 (to read)
  12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of religious tradition) that is not your own: Unfollow (to read)
  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 parentThe Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  15. Read a book about climate change: The Story of More (to read)
  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: (9 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 Story of More (to read)
  10. True Crime: The Only Plane in the Sky
  11. Science
  12. Published in 2020: When Time Stopped (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
 

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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