Reading Challenges

2020 Reading Challenges

2020 reading challenges

It’s that exciting time of the year when I sign up for reading challenges for the year ahead. In 2019, I successfully completed all my reading challenges and surpassed my Goodreads goal well ahead of time. I am not sure if I can do the same in 2020 but I’m going to try and read as much as I can and as diversely as I can. There are so many more new challenges compared to what I usually sign up for and some of them are hosted by dear blogger friends too. Unfortunately, while I do love challenges, I also don’t want to sign up to too many as I feel quite constrained then. I’d rather focus on getting through the books already on my shelves. And so, with apologies to Shalz, Soumya, Shalini and Shinjini, I’m only going to sign up to the following 2020 reading challenges:

2020 Aussie Author Challenge

I have been participating in the Aussie Author Challenge hosted by Jo for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love supporting Australian authors and I realise a majority of the books I buy and read is by local authors. And we have a huge talent pool here. So it’s a no-brainer that I’m signing up to Jo’s 2020 challenge as well. Jo has changed things around a bit this year. Apart from the usual Wallaby {3 books}, Wallaroo {6 books} and Kangaroo {12 books} levels, she has also added a new level – the Emu level – which is the one I’m signing up for. The criteria for this includes reading and reviewing 24 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 10 are female, at least 10 are male, and at least 10 are new to you. Of these, there need to be at least 4 different genres. I have a tentative list which I know can change as the year goes on. The italicised titles are authors new to me:

  • The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (nonfiction crime)
  • A Little Wave by Pip Harry (YA verse)
  • This is what a feminist looks like by Emily Maguire (nonfiction gender studies)
  • Australia Day by Melanie Cheng (short stories)
  • Happy Never After by Jill Stark (memoir)
  • The Full Catastrophe edited by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah MacDonald (nonfiction anthology)
  • Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng (literary fiction)
  • True Stories by Helen Garner (nonfiction essays)
  • Islands by Peggy Frew (fiction)
  • Where the trees were by Inga Simpson (fiction)
  • Sensitive by Alayne Webster (YA)
  • Kindred by Kirli Saunders (poetry)
  • Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover (memoir)
  • April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay (nonfiction)
  • My Story by Michael Clarke (autobiography)
  • The Nowhere Child by Christian White (crime fiction)
  • All our shimmering skies by Trent Dalton (fiction)
  • Winmera by Mark Brandi (mystery)
  • One hundred years of dirt by Rick Morton (memoir)
  • Eyrie by Tim Winton (fiction)
  • To become a whale by Ben Hobson (fiction)
  • Snake Island by Ben Hobson (thriller)
  • In the Clearing by J P Pomare (thriller)
  • Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas (fiction)

2020 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge

This is another challenge I love and I tend to read more than I review for the challenge. Australian women writers are amazing and this challenge encourages us to read and review at least 10 women writers. Since I read several women for the Aussie Author Challenge anyway, this one becomes a piece of cake. My list for the 2020 Australian Women Writers’ Challenge is:

  • The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (nonfiction crime)
  • A Little Wave by Pip Harry (YA verse)
  • This is what a feminist looks like by Emily Maguire (nonfiction gender studies)
  • Australia Day by Melanie Cheng (short stories)
  • Happy Never After by Jill Stark (memoir)
  • The Full Catastrophe edited by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah MacDonald (nonfiction anthology)
  • Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng (literary fiction)
  • True Stories by Helen Garner (nonfiction essays)
  • Islands by Peggy Frew (fiction)
  • Where the trees were by Inga Simpson (fiction)

Book Challenge by Erin 12.0

Erin’s reading challenge is run via a Facebook group and has been a fun challenge to be a part of in the last couple of years. It’s a bi-annual challenge with the first one running from January to the end of April and the second from July to the end of October. This is a prompt-based challenge and you score points along the way. The prompts and my list are as follows:

  • Freebie – A book that is at least 200 pages (5 pts) – The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
  • A book that starts with “I” (10 pts) – Islands by Peggy Frew
  • A book written by two or more authors (10 pts) – The Full Catastrophe edited by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah MacDonald
  • A book with a picture of a tree (or forest) on the cover (15 pts) – Where the trees were by Inga Simpson
  • A book with one of the following words in the title: who, what, when, where, why (20 pts) – This is what a feminist looks like by Emily Maguire
  • A book set in Africa (20 pts) – Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  • A book that has one of the words in the title: mother(s), sister(s), wife/wives, grandmother (or variation of), daughter(s), niece(s), aunt(s) (25 pts) – Rebellious Daughters by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman
  • A book that has won an Edgar award (30 pts) – Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher {lib}
  • A “locked room mystery” book (30 pts) – Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • A book from the lists given in Show Us Your Books faves from 2018 (35 pts) – One of us is lying by Karen McManus

Read 20 in 2020

This is a brand new challenge hosted by Vinay over at his book blog. Since the prompts were announced back in November, and because I managed to find books that fit the categories for his challenge and the previous ones, I decided to participate in this. The rules are to read 20 books in 2020 – 10 fiction, 10 nonfiction – that fit certain prompts. It’s possible to read more than one book for a prompt but we can only read one fiction title, and one nonfiction title per prompt. Here’s my list:

  • Crime fiction or a true crime book – The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (nonfiction)
  • A book set in the country where you are currently residing – Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover (nonfiction)
  • A book set in the country where you are currently residing – A Little Wave by Pip Harry (fiction)
  • A book with a (mostly) white colour cover – This is what a feminist looks like by Emily Maguire (nonfiction)
  • A book with day/night in the title – Australia Day by Melanie Cheng (fiction)
  • An LGBTQ related book – Why be happy when you could be normal by Jeanette Winterson (nonfiction)
  • A book originally published in the 1990s – The Secret History by Donna Tartt (fiction)
  • A book originally published in the 1990s – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (nonfiction)
  • A book about mental health/dealing with mental illness – Happy Never After by Jill Stark (nonfiction)
  • A humour book –  The Full Catastrophe edited by Rebecca Huntley and Sarah MacDonald (nonfiction)
  • A book from an author you chose for another category in this challenge – Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng (fiction)
  • A book with 11 letters/characters in the title (excluding spaces) – Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (fiction)
  • A book with 11 letters/characters in the title (excluding spaces) -True Stories by Helen Garner (nonfiction)
  • An epistolary book – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (fiction)
  • A book with a calendar month in the title – The October Country by Ray Bradbury (fiction)
  • A book with a calendar month in the title – April Fool’s Day by Bryce Courtenay (nonfiction)
  • A book you read in your childhood days – Anne of the Green Gables by L M Montgomery
  • A book translated into English from another language – The travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (fiction)
  • A book with more than 500 pages – Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (fiction)
  • A book that has something to do with sports – My Story by Michael Clarke (nonfiction)

2020 Goodreads Challenge

Last but not least, it’s the Goodreads challenge. I set a goal of 45 last year and as mentioned previously, surpassed it easily. I’m not sure it’ll be possible this year so I’m going to set a target of 46 books and not put too much pressure on myself. You can follow my journey over there.

In 2020, I’m also aiming to keep my reviews shorter as they do take time to write. I’ll post across Instagram, Goodreads and the blog. And of course, my reads are usually broader than the challenges and the lists above are always subject to change.

What about you? Have you signed up for any reading challenges in 2020?

Do share!!!

***Linking with Denyse for the final Life this week of the year, and the sign-up posts for all the above challenges***

Until next time,

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  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    23 December 2019 at 11:42 am

    Grateful for your continued support and participation in the Aussie Author Challenge Sanch! Knew you would be an EMU 😉
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  • Deborah
    23 December 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing this list Sanch. I set a goal in Goodreads but as much as a limit as anything else. I can easily feel as if I’m being too slack but my goal for the last couple of years has been 120. I went over by a bit last year but this year I’ll do around that.

    I used to do the Australian Women Writers’s reading challenge but skipped it this year. Going in and linking reviews felt like it required more energy than I had.

    I love your reading lists here and there are A LOT I haven’t read.
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  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    23 December 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Wow I am so impressed. When it comes to choosing books I like to fly by the seat of my pants so reading challenges don’t really suit me, I like to choose my own! That said, I smashed my Goodreads Challenge this year, I set myself a goal of 50 and I’m already up to 53. Look forward to reading your recommendations in 2020.

  • Modern Gypsy
    23 December 2019 at 7:04 pm

    That’s a lot of challenges you take part in, Sanchie! And some of them look really interesting too. All the best with your 2020 reading goals!
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  • Jayanthy G
    23 December 2019 at 10:47 pm

    You’re reading goals are tremendous Sanch. I’m taking a break from challenges because I cannot complete them anyway. Reading 24 books, looks like a lot to me actually. So, I’ve ramped it down to 12-14. Precisely, a book a month. There’s no mad rush for me with reading at the moment. So I’m taking it slowly.

    However, I appreciate your time with books. All the best, Sanch. I’d think about taking a few books from your list to my TBR. ?
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  • Damyanti
    24 December 2019 at 4:58 am

    That’s quite a diverse list. Good Luck!
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  • Sulekha
    24 December 2019 at 10:12 pm

    You have a great list of books to read in 2020. I had participated in the Goodreads challenge and my goal was 55 books, I have read 54 to date :). This year I am scaling back as I need to travel a lot and have a lot of family gatherings happening in 2020. Good luck for your reading challenges.

  • Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
    26 December 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Good luck with these great challenges

  • Shalzmojo
    26 December 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Oh my god thats an incredible list of reading challenges with some pretty diverse books there. I am sorry to know you are not joining us but I look forward to your reads and the reviews as you read some very amazing books which I have loved reading at my end too. Cheers and all the best with your reading in 2020 Sanch!!
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  • Denyse
    27 December 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Well, don’t say you can’t commit! MY goodness, you have here. Good on you. My challenge in 2020 will be revealed on 6 Jan…but you already started me on gratitude too…and that’s my daily challenge.

    More about it when I am back blogging.

    Hope the cricket, the beach and being close to the city (and the harbour) is giving you the welcomed change you needed.

    Thank you for being a “loyal linker” for Life This Week in 2019 and I look forward to sharing more stories and reading yours in 2020. Happy nearly New Year. See you on Monday 6 January 2020 for the first link up if you choose… 1/51 Word/Intention for 2020 6.1.2020. Denyse.

  • Reema D'souza
    29 December 2019 at 12:13 am

    That is a lot of interesting challenges and interesting books as well. For 2020, I’m just taking up the Goodreads challenge and may try clearing off my TBR. All the best for all your challenges.
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