Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Reading Challenges for 2020 | The List

Check out my master list of all the books I'll be reading in 2020! #books #reading #asgbookshelf

People often ask me how I manage to read so many books every year. The truth is, I always have a book in my hand - or in my ear, if I'm feeling an audiobook that day. I prefer reading over watching tv, going to the movies, or participating in any organized group activities. I also don't have kids and tend to shy away from social events. Hello, introvert!

If you make reading a priority, you can get a lot of it done. This is how I manage to read close to, if not more than, two hundred books a year. Another thing that helps me is to have a reading list. Some prefer to pick a book off the library shelf and go with it. I need to have a game plan to help me tackle my reading goals, and that comes in the form of my master reading list. This list is comprised of prompts from several super fun reading challenges.

As always, I will be completing the Popsugar Reading Challenge, which gives ideas for fifty books to read. To add a little oomph to my bookshelf, I add in the Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, which has more difficult prompts that allow you to step outside of your comfort zone and pick up more books from authors of color, Own Voices stories, and reads from places you've never been - or heard of.

Then, there's a handful of smaller challenges like Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge, the RAD Reading Challenge, and the Reading Glasses Challenge, which not only gives you prompts for books to read, but also activities like donating a book or annotating one. Finally, I'll be choosing ten books from the Back to University list - a compilation of all the required reading for a standard education in literature, shared by Sanne from Books and Quills. *At the last minute, I also added ten books for the #ReadYourBooks Challenge by Jessica Turner.

That's one hundred thirty-one books in all, not to mention the ARCs I read for publishers and the books I pick up along the way.  I'll be updating this list throughout the year as I check books off, so buckle up. Here we go!

Popsugar Reading Challenge (Count: 32/50)
  1. A book that's published in 2020 - Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman
  2. A book published the month of your birthday - The Confessions Club by Elizabeth Berg
  3. A book by a trans or nonbinary author - Female Husbands by Jen Manion
  4. A book about or by a woman in STEM - Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky & Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  5. A book with a great first line - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  6. A book that won an award in 2019 - Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  7. A book about a book club - The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
  8. A book on a subject you know nothing about - Plague of Corruption by Kent Heckinlively & Judy Mikovitz
  9. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics - Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  10. A book with only words on the cover - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  11. A bildungsroman - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  12. A book with a pun in the title - Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
  13. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed - An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  14. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins - We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  15. A book with an upside-down image on the cover - The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  16. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character - I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  17. A book with a map - Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar & Lara Sawalha
  18. A book with a bird on the cover - Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  19. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast - The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton
  20. A fiction or nonfiction work about a world leader - Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
  21. An anthology - Fresh Ink by Lamar Giles
  22. A book with "gold" "silver" or "bronze" in the title - Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
  23. A book that passes the Bechdel test - Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  24. A book by a WOC - On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  25. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but unrelated to it - The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  26. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads - Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  27. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name - The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  28. A book you meant to read in 2019 - It's Not You, It's Me by Camilla Sacre-Dallerup
  29. A book about or involving social media - Emily Post's Manners in a Digital World by Daniel Post Senning
  30. A book with a three-word title - The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer
  31. A book that has a book on the cover - How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  32. A book with a pink cover - From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
  33. A Western - The Painter by Peter Heller
  34. A medical thriller - The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  35. A book by or about a journalist - Blowout by Rachel Maddow
  36. A book with a made-up language - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  37. A banned book during banned books week (9/20-9/26) - Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  38. A book set in a country beginning with "C" - King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
  39. Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge - Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  40. A book you picked because the title caught your attention - Word by Word by Kory Stamper
  41. A book written by an author in their 20s - Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  42. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books - Spring's Gentle Promise by Janette Oke
  43. A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title - The First Twenty Hours by Josh Kaufman
  44. A book with more than 20 letters in its title - Traveling to Infinity by Jane Hawking
  45. A book with a character with vision impairment/enhancement - Code White by Scott Britz-Cunningham
  46. A book published in the 20th century - The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
  47. A book from a series with more than 20 books - Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
  48. A book set in Japan - The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
  49. A book with a main character in their 20s - The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  50. A book set in the 1920s - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (Count: 13/24)
  1. A YA nonfiction book - The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  2. A retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an AOC - Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
  3. A mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman - The Simple Truth by David Baldacci
  4. A graphic memoir - Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
  5. A book about a natural disaster - Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  6. A play by an AOC and/or queer author - Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz
  7. A historical fiction novel not set in WWII - The Emporer's Assassin by Autumn Bardot
  8. An audiobook of poetry - The Edgar Allan Poe audio collection
  9. The last book in a series - Origin by Dan Brown 
  10. A book that takes place in a rural setting - The Betrayal by Beverly Lewis
  11. A debut novel by a queer author - Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  12. A memoir by someone from a religious tradition that is not your own - Escape by Carolyn Jessop
  13. A food book about a cuisine you've never tried before - The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
  14. A romance starring a single parent - The Next Always by Nora Roberts
  15. A book about climate change - The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
  16. A doorstopper (over 500p) published after 1950, written by a woman - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  17. A sci-fi/fantasy novella - Dreamsongs by George R. R. Martin
  18. A picture book with a character from a marginalized community - I Came From the Water by Vanita Oelschlager
  19. A book by or about a refugee - Outcasts United by Warren St. John
  20. A middle-grade book that doesn't take place in the U.S. or UK - Lost in the Amazon by Tod Olson
  21. A book with a main character or protagonist with a disability - Rescue and Jessica by Jessica Kensky
  22. A horror book published by an indie press - Haunting of the Blackthorne House by Bruce Knapp
  23. An edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical) - Harvard Review
  24. A book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author - Dreaming in Indian by Lisa Charleyboy
Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge (Count: 8/10)
  1. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
  2. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyon
  3. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  4. Volpone by Ben Jonson
  5. A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
  6. Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake
  7. Caleb Williams by William Godwin
  8. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock
  9. Don Juan by Lord George Gordon Byron
  10. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
5 Books of Poetry (Count: 2/5)
  1. Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy
  2. Forgive Yourself These Tiny Acts of Self-Destruction by Jared Singer
  3. The Selected Poems of Donald Hall
  4. The Essential Dylan Thomas
  5. The Wug Test by Jennifer Kronovet
A RAD Reading Challenge (Count: 8/12)
  1. A book with a cover in your favorite color - Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
  2. A book of short stories or essays - Collected Stories by William Faulkner
  3. A book recommended by someone older than you - The Life of Greece by Will Durant
  4. A book about a faith you don't practice - Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  5. A book first written in a language you don't speak - Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  6. A book featured at your local bookstore - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  7. A book you loved as a kid - Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
  8. A book published the year you were born - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  9. An unread book you already own - Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
  10. A book about a hobby or passion of yours - Maestra by L.S. Hilton
  11. A spooky thriller/mystery read - The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
  12. A holiday/winter themed read - Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Reading Glasses Challenge (Count: 10/10)
  1. A book set in another country - The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  2. A romance novel - Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  3. A book written by a woman of color - The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  4. A novel with a non-human protagonist - Seargent Stubby by Ann Bausum
  5. A book you have already read - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Stop reading a book you aren't enjoying
  • Review a book on Goodreads
  • Donate a book
  • Recommend a book on social media
  • Annotate a book or write/save/highlight quotes you like
#ReadYourBooks Challenge (Count: 6/10)
  1. This I Believe edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
  2. With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
  3. Good Men by Jennifer Weiner
  4. Neverland by Anna Katmore
  5. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
  6. Pretty Things Don't Break by Lauren Jayne
  7. The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris
  8. The Thorn by Beverly Lewis
  9. The Patrons by Daniella Brodsky
  10. Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums

Do you participate in any reading challenges during the year?

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Tobia | craftaliciousme said...

I love your annual reading list. It always gives so many new titles I need to check out. A few are on my TBR already #17 & #26 from the PSR challenge and #11 from BRRH challenge. Wizards First Rule is one of my favorite books of all time and got me hooked to fantasy.
I am still working on my reading list but it will be up soon too.
happy new year and all the best for your reading challenges

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I've never read the Wizards book, but I'm going to look into it. Hope you had a great year for reading. <3

Taylor Epperson said...

I love these lists! I made my own prompts/reading challenge with 12 books to read in 2020 that will help me read at least 12 books off of my shelves this year (I'll be sharing my challenge next week on my blog!) But I might also try the PRC, at least some of them!

Christa Del Giorno said...

I read a lot but have never done a challenge. My book count for 2019 was 138. A book challenge would be perfect for me!

Kileen said...

This is such a great reading list! It always gives me so many awesome ideas on what to read next!!

cute & little

Chelsea Pearl said...

I have never done a challenge like this but this has me really inspired! Love the idea of finding authors who have written X number of books or the various different topics in the Popsugar list.

Marette Flora @ Floradise said...

Oh wow. Impressive challenge. I don't follow challenges; they sound fun though! I am currently rereading Harry Potter. It's going quickly.

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Since I posted this, I've seen so many people who have made a goal to read books they already own, so I'm thinking about updating the post with a little list of those. I own so many unread books!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Since I posted this, I've seen so many people who have made a goal to read books they already own, so I'm thinking about updating the post with a little list of those. I own so many unread books!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

With as much as you read, I think you'd be great at a reading challenge!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Thanks for coming by to check out my list! :)

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

There are so many fun prompts this year! :)

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I'm working my way through Harry Potter for the first time. I've gotten through the first two and am on my way to #3. :)

Anthea said...

I saw your reading challenge on Goodreads :) I love these challenges I sometimes see online. For now Goodreads has my TBR list long enough haha!
I'm aiming for 25 this year - I was hoping to read 30 in 2019 and it just didn't happen. I don't feel bad but I look at 2018 when I managed 40 books and am amazed.
Wishing you a wonderful 2020 filled with lots of happy reading.

LilDesiqua said...

I love reading challenges, but I think I got a bit burnt out trying to finish them last year. I'm only participating in Book Challenge by Erin (bi-annually) and the Goodreads challenge (50), trying to read more from my bookshelf, and 12 non-fiction. Good luck meeting all of these challenges!

Beth Gilles Kondrick said...

So many great challenges! I'm just doing my Goodreads challenge this year but I'm just trying to read as much as I can. I love seeing what you're reading, it always gives me good ideas. I see you are going to read Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah, I read it and loved it! She's one of my favorite authors!

Morgan @ Baby Got Balance said...

Wow, this is impressive! I don't know if I'm up for that much of a challenge but I definitely want to read more in 2020 so this is some great inspiration!

Citytoast Southtea said...

This is a really cool challenge although I dont have much time to read as much as I want to. Maybe that will change this year

Lindsey said...

Lecy, this list gives me some anxiety. Haha! But, really I've only read 5 of these books and one of them is Dr. Seuss. My current reading challenge is to just find time to read because I love it. I currently finished Chasing Kites by Rachel McCracken and loved it. It was refreshing to actually pick up a book and finish it. This might sound low but I think I'm aiming for 5 books this year. We have two toddlers, a teen, and a baby due next month plus I work full-time...Now for the books to choose.

Becky @ Disney in your Day said...

Wow, what a great bunch of challenges! I've read a few on your list but I will say We Were Liars was very riveting. I couldn't put it down. I also love the idea of listening to Edgar Allan Poe on audio.

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Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

My Goodreads TBR list is growing by the day. I'm going to need about twenty more hours a day to read all those books! Haha!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I need to read more from my own bookshelf as well. Hope you are able to meet your reading goals this year!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Winter Garden. I haven't had good luck with the last few Hannah books I've picked up, so I'm ready for a great one. :)

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Hope you find some great books in 2020!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Hope you are able to find a little reading time this year!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Haha! I can understand the anxiety, but I don't have kids, so I have a LOT of time to read. I also have a Dr. Seuss book on my list this year. A book is a book. :)

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I'm looking forward to We Were Liars!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to get to those. :)

shootingstarsmag said...

Whew, I admire how you follow so many challenges and have ideas for lots of books to read. My biggest goal for the year is to read books that I already own, so a lot of backlist titles!


Sara Strand said...

My goal this year is to read 125 books, and I'm REALLY going to (for real this time) focus on my back list. I have tons of reviews lined up so far just through February (which another goal, look at the calendar because signing up for all the books) so I definitely have the books to read! Let me know if you ever want to review for another company. I do some work with TLC Book Tours and I absolutely love them, they are keeping me busy for sure!! lol

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I have SO MANY books on my shelves that I need to read. I'm hoping to add some of those in too.

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

I've never heard of TLC Book Tours, but I always enjoy finding new books to read!

Sara Strand said... :)