2020 has been great for reading so far. I’ve been able to keep to my New Years’ Resolutions regarding getting my books from my local independent and my library and my Reading Challenges aren’t going too badly either.
This one has been unintentionally neglected. I’ll have to focus more on this in the future. On a positive note, my library is well stocked with Discworld books so it’s certainly helped me stick to my New Year’s Resolution!
I have definitely learned my lesson from last year and am not leaving the biggest books until the last minute again! I would have achieved 3 out of 9 but I DNFed Rob Roy and I don’t think that counts so I’m going to pick something else for the Classics.
2019 Golden Trio Reading Challenge
- Harry – (re)Read a Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated edition) by J K Rowling (illustrated by Jim Kay)
- Ron – Read a book under 200 pages: Twas The Night Shift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
- Hermione – Read a book over 500 words: Thunderhead by Neil Shusterman
- Fred & George – Read a book with twins in it: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
- Gilderoy Lockhart – Read a book from a celebrity book club: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Umbridge – Read a book with a pink cover: Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams
- Bathilda Bagshot – Read a book written by a woman: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
- Wizarding Radio – Listen to an audiobook: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell
- Astronomy – Read a book with a star on the cover or in the title: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- Ancient Runes – Read a book set before you were born: In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
- Durmstrang – Read a book with a boat in it: Cape May by Chip Cheek
- Ilvermorny – Read a book by an American Author: After the Fall by E C Meyers
- The Dark Mark – Read a book with a dark cover: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I’m doing pretty good so far. If this pace continues, I should be able to finish this reading challenge by May. If my experience from last year taught me anything, however, it’s that reading challenges get harder as you progress and you have to actively look for books to fulfil them. I’ve just been reading whatever I fancied and was able to find a slot for it in my reading challenges. Easy enough in the early months but not so easy later down the line.
- January – Winter Wonderland: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo ✅
- February – Seeing Red: The Red Threads of Fortune by J Y Yang ✅
I’ve had to adjust my plans for March slightly. I had no idea The Dracula Tape was so hard or expensive to get hold of. It’s definitely out of my price range so I’ve changed it to Varney the Vampire instead. It’s lucky that my reading plans don’t lack for vampire stories!
This is another one where I had to change my plans slightly due to the previously chosen book being inaccessible. Castle Rackrent was a lot cheaper and easier to get hold of than Ormund and it was fun to read too!
Goodreads 2020 Reading Challenge
I’m three books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. Looking good!
All but Turtle Recall is going great but I can’t get complacent. I need to have a good think about how I’m going to be as positive about my challenges this time next check-in. Still, this is a good start to 2020 and I’m very pleased with myself.
Have you taken on any reading challenges? How are they going for you so far? Let me know in the comments below.
I hope to see you again very soon.