2020 Reading Challenges


2020 reading challenges I'm following

As in the past, mostly the challenges listed here help me direct my reading. As such, some will not provide a challenge, simply indicate how well I am doing. Some of the challenges are external to this blog while others are hosted here or on a blog that I manage. In practical terms I do allow some challenges to overlap, that is, most books will appear in more than one challenge. Most of the challenges are simply continuations of ones I took on last year as I have found that these work for me.

This page is a work in progress
Last updated 31 March 2020
  • 2020 Good Reads Reading Challenge. I have set my challenge at 120. Currently: 37
  • Good Reads A-Z of titles: Currently: 16
  • Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Completed in 2014, titles read in 2020:0
  • USA Fiction Challenge So far 29/51, this year: 3
  • 2020 Aussie Author Reading Challenge: aiming for 20: currently 12
  • 2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge: aiming for 20. Currently 10
  • Read Around the World 2020: currently: 37
  • British Books Challenge 2020 currently 18
  • 2020 Ebook Reading Challenge currently 13
  • New to me authors - a personal challenge currently  11
  • Not crime fiction - a personal challenge currently 2
  • Nordic reading challenge - a personal challenge, currently 2
  • New Zealand reading challenge -again a personal challenge. currently 0
  • Translated crime fiction - a personal challenge that will overlap with many of the other reading challenges that I have undertaken. currently 2
  • Snagged at the Library currently: 19
  • Audio books: currently: 3
  • 2020 Historical Reading Challenge. Currently: 3
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2020 Good Reads Reading Challenge.
I have set my challenge at 120
My progress will be recorded on
2020 Reviews.  Currently: 37

 A to Z Reading Challenge
For each letter A through Z, read a book in which the title begins with that letter. For the hard letters Q, X, Y and Z, you may use a book in which the letter is found anywhere in the title.

Currently: 14

A: 4.5, THE ACCUSATION, Wendy James
B: 4.3, BROKEN BONE CHINA. Laura Childs
C: 4.4, COLD FEAR, Mads Peder Nordbo
D: 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss
E: 4.4, EYES LIKE MINE, Sheena Kamal
F: 4.7, THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, Lisa Jewell
G: 4.5, A GRAVE FOR TWO, Anne Holt
H:
I:
J
K;
L; 4.7, LOCK EVERY DOOR, Riley Sager
M, 4.5, MR NOBODY, Catherine Steadman
N: 4.7, NINE ELMS, Robert Bryndza
O:
P: 4.8, THE PASSENGERS, John Marrs
Q,
R: 4.5, THE RECKONING, Jane Casey
S, 4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green
T, 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris
U:
V: 4.8, THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE, Felicity McLean
W: 4.5, WHO KILLED RUBY? Camilla Way
X
Y
Z
Agatha Christie Reading Challenge
How to join
the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge This is one that I host. I completed the challenge in 2014 and so here this year I'll record blog posts related to Agatha Christie, probably mainly related to short stories.

The time may have come to do some re-reading

Currently:0

USA Fiction Challenge ongoing
USA Fiction Challenge ongoing
This is one I'm hosting on its own site. I'm keeping my own records on a page on my blog. So here I will just keep a summary of the number of states covered, as well as a list of US crime fiction I've read in 2018.

Total so far 21/51
Books read 2020: 2
  1. 4.3, BROKEN BONE CHINA, Laura Childs  
  2. 4.7, LOCK EVERY DOOR, Riley Sager

British Books Challenge 2020

- mine will be crime fiction
The aim is to read at least 12 books by British authors. This is really not much of a challenge for me as I read so much British crime fiction, so the challenge is really just a way of keeping my records. Not sure I will join an "official" challenge.

Currently: 18
  1. 4.7, THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, Lisa Jewell
  2. 4.8, THE PASSENGERS, John Marrs
  3. 4.5, WHO KILLED RUBY? Camilla Way
  4. 4.6, THE BUTTERFLY ROOM, Lucinda Riley 
  5. 4.8, THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS, Colin Dexter  
  6. 4.7, NINE ELMS, Robert Bryndza
  7. 4.4, LONG TIME LOST, Chris Ewan
  8. 4.5, THE RECKONING, Jane Casey
  9. 4.4, THE LIES WE TOLD, Camilla Way   
  10. 4.7, THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN, Colin Dexter
  11. 4.5, DAY OF THE DEAD, Nicci French  
  12. 4.5, EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD, Ian Rankin
  13. 4.7, DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOUR, Colin Dexter 
  14. 4.5, MR NOBODY, Catherine Steadman
  15. 4.3, CHICKEN FEED, Minette Walters 
  16. 4.5, THEIR LITTLE SECRET, Mark Billingham
  17. 4.6. THE LONG CALL, Ann Cleeves
  18. 4.4, THE AU PAIR, Emma Rous 

The Aussie Author Challenge 2020 is being hosted at Booklover Book Reviews
I'm aiming initially at Emu (24 titles)
Read and review 24 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 10 of those authors are female, at least 10 of those authors are male, and at least 10 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 4 different genre. My genre will likely be restricted to crime fiction.

Currently: 12
  1.  4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green
  2. 4.3, SIX MINUTES, Petronella McGovern
  3. 4.8, THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE, Felicity McLean
  4. 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss
  5. 4.5, THE ACCUSATION, Wendy James   
  6. 4.5, THE LOST GIRLS, Jennifer Spence
  7. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris 
  8. 4.5, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, Liane Moriarty
  9. 4.5, THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW, Christian White 
  10. 4.5, GONE BY MIDNIGHT, Candice Fox 
  11. 4.2, DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, Emma Viskic
  12. 4.8, BLOOD RIVER, Tony Cavanaugh 

2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge

I will be aiming to read about 20 titles, all crime fiction. They will also count for the Aussie Author Challenge (above)
  • Stella: read 4 – if reviewing, review at least 3
  • Miles: read 6 – if reviewing, review at least 4
  • Franklin: read 10 – if reviewing, review at least 6
  • Create your own Challenge

Currently: 9
  1. 4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green
  2. 4.3, SIX MINUTES, Petronella McGovern
  3. 4.8, THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE, Felicity McLean  
  4. 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss
  5. 4.5, THE ACCUSATION, Wendy James  
  6. 4.5, THE LOST GIRLS, Jennifer Spence
  7. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris
  8. 4.5, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, Liane Moriarty 
  9. 4.5, GONE BY MIDNIGHT, Candice Fox
  10. 4.2, DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, Emma Viskic  
Read around the World 2020
- 7 continents: currently 3
- at least 18 countries: currently 6

This is hosted at A Book Lover's Adventure

I can already see that I will vary what I do from what everybody else will do, as well as confining my reading to crime fiction.

Total books so far: 37

Africa

Antarctica

Asia

Australia
  1. 4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green
  2. 4.3, SIX MINUTES, Petronella McGovern
  3. 4.8, THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE, Felicity McLean
  4. 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss
  5. 4.5, THE ACCUSATION, Wendy James   
  6. 4.5, THE LOST GIRLS, Jennifer Spence
  7. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris 
  8. 4.5, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, Liane Moriarty
  9. 4.5, THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW, Christian White 
  10. 4.5, GONE BY MIDNIGHT, Candice Fox 
  11. 4.2, DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, Emma Viskic
  12. 4.8, BLOOD RIVER, Tony Cavanaugh
Europe
   Great Britain

  1. 4.7, THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, Lisa Jewell 
  2. 4.8, THE PASSENGERS, John Marrs  
  3. 4.5, WHO KILLED RUBY? Camilla Way  
  4. 4.6, THE BUTTERFLY ROOM, Lucinda Riley
  5. 4.8, THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS, Colin Dexter 
  6. 4.7, NINE ELMS, Robert Bryndza
  7. 4.4, LONG TIME LOST, Chris Ewan 
  8. 4.5, THE RECKONING, Jane Casey
  9. 4.4, THE LIES WE TOLD, Camilla Way 
  10. 4.7, THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN, Colin Dexter
  11. 4.5, DAY OF THE DEAD, Nicci French 
  12. 4.5, EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD, Ian Rankin 
  13. 4.7, DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOUR, Colin Dexter
  14. 4.5, MR NOBODY, Catherine Steadman 
  15. 4.3, CHICKEN FEED, Minette Walters
  16. 4.5, THEIR LITTLE SECRET, Mark Billingham
  17. 4.6. THE LONG CALL, Ann Cleeves
  18. 4.4, THE AU PAIR, Emma Rous   
Poland:
  1. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris  
Greenland
  1. 4.4, COLD FEAR, Mads Peder Nordbo
   Norway
  1. 4.5, A GRAVE FOR TWO, Anne Holt
North America
    USA

  1. 4.3, BROKEN BONE CHINA. Laura Childs
  2. 4.7, LOCK EVERY DOOR, Riley Sager
  3. 4.4, A MATTER OF MOTIVE, Margot Kinberg
     Canada
  1. 4.9, A BETTER MAN, Louise Penny
  2. 4.4, EYES LIKE MINE, Sheena Kamal
South America



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2020 Ebook Reading Challenge - a personal challenge


About one third of my reading is done on my Kindle and I am also now using Libby

Currently: 13
  1. 4.9, A BETTER MAN, Louise Penny
  2. 4.7, NINE ELMS, Robert Bryndza  
  3. 4.5, A GRAVE FOR TWO, Anne Holt
  4. 4.5, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, Liane Moriarty 
  5. 4.5, MR NOBODY, Catherine Steadman
  6. 4.3, CHICKEN FEED, Minette Walters 
  7. 4.5, THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW, Christian White
  8. 4.5, THEIR LITTLE SECRET, Mark Billingham 
  9. 4.5, GONE BY MIDNIGHT, Candice Fox  
  10. 4.4, THE AU PAIR, Emma Rous
  11. 4.4, A MATTER OF MOTIVE, Margot Kinberg 
  12. 4.2, DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, Emma Viskic 
  13. 4.8, BLOOD RIVER, Tony Cavanaugh
This is a personal challenge. I intend to read as many new-to-me authors as I can.

Currently: 11
  1. 4.3, BROKEN BONE CHINA, Laura Childs
  2. 4.7, LOCK EVERY DOOR, Riley Sager
  3. 4.5, WHO KILLED RUBY? Camilla Way
  4. 4.3, SIX MINUTES, Petronella McGovern  
  5. 4.4, EYES LIKE MINE, Sheena Kamal
  6. 4.4, LONG TIME LOST, Chris Ewan
  7. 4.8, THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE, Felicity McLean  
  8. 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss
  9. 4.5, THE LOST GIRLS, Jennifer Spence 
  10. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris 
  11. 4.4, THE AU PAIR, Emma Rous
      


Not crime fiction
Not crime fiction Another personal challenge: a reminder to myself that I need occasionally to read outside the crime fiction genre.
Currently: 2
  1. 4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green 
  2. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris


Nordic Reading challenge Another personal challenge: a reminder to myself that I want to keep an eye on Nordic/Scandinavian crime fiction and to keep records of my reading.

 Currently: 1
  1. 4.4, COLD FEAR, Mads Peder Nordbo

New Zealand authors
New Zealand Reading challenge
Another personal challenge: a reminder to myself that I want to keep an eye on New Zealand crime fiction and to keep records of my reading.

Currently: 0
  1.   
Translated crime fiction This will overlap with a number of the other challenges and is really just a record of translated titles that I've read this year.

Currently: 2
  1. 4.4, COLD FEAR, Mads Peder Nordbo (Danish)
  2. 4.5, A GRAVE FOR TWO, Anne Holt  (Norwegian)
Audio Books
Audio Books

A Personal challenge/record  

Currently: 3
  1. 4.8, THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS, Colin Dexter
  2. 4.7, THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN, Colin Dexter
  3. 4.7, DEATH IS NOW MY NEIGHBOUR, Colin Dexter 
Campbelltown Library SA
Snagged at the Library I am a consistent "supporter" of my local library, but it will help me keep a nice record of my borrowed books. That is a picture of my local library on the left.

 Currently: 19
  1. 4.3, BROKEN BONE CHINA, Laura Childs
  2. 4.7, LOCK EVERY DOOR, Riley Sager
  3. 4.4, COLD FEAR, Mads Peder Nordbo
  4. 4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green 
  5. 4.7, THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS, Lisa Jewell 
  6. 4.8, THE PASSENGERS, John Marrs 
  7. 4.5, WHO KILLED RUBY? Camilla Way
  8. 4.6, THE BUTTERFLY ROOM, Lucinda Riley  
  9. 4.3, SIX MINUTES, Petronella McGovern
  10. 4.4, EYES LIKE MINE, Sheena Kamal 
  11. 4.4, LONG TIME LOST, Chris Ewan
  12. 4.5, THE RECKONING, Jane Casey 
  13. 4.4, THE LIES WE TOLD, Camilla Way 
  14. 4.8, THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE, Felicity McLean  
  15. 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss
  16. 4.5, THE ACCUSATION, Wendy James
  17. 4.5, THE LOST GIRLS, Jennifer Spence 
  18. 4.5, DAY OF THE DEAD, Nicci French 
  19. 4.5, EVEN DOGS IN THE WILD, Ian Rankin 




2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
 A challenge hosted at Passages to the Past

Again mainly a record just for me. I'm going to be a bit flexible here and allow myself to include books that have a fair bit of history included in the story. They will still be crime fiction. I will indicate which historical period they relate to.

Currently: 3
  1. 4.6. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE, Sophie Green (Australia 1982-1984)
  2. 4.5, DEAD MAN SWITCH, Tara Moss (Australia 1946) 
  3. 4.5, THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, Heather Morris (Europe 1942-45)


1 comment:

Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews said...

As always Kerrie, fantastic to have your participation in the Aussie Author Challenge. Happy reading!

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