2020 Reading Challenges – Half-way Point (ish)

In a year this weird, I suppose it’s only fitting that my reading challenge update is running a few weeks late!  I forgot entirely at the end of June, and I’ve been meaning to get this up ever since I remembered.

Closing the libraries in March really messed with my ability to go through my To Be Read list…but the libraries have gone to curbside pick-up for a while now, getting me back on track there.  And staying home has given me more time to read – though never as much as I expect!

My big goal of the year was to read more, setting my total goal for 125 books.  I’m pretty much on track for that, at 67 books total.

Here’s my monthly totals:
January: 14 books
February: 11 books
March: 7 books
April: 12 books
May: 9 books
June: 9 books
July: 5 books (so far)

Now onto the specific challenges…

The Phantom of the Opera Reading & Viewing Challenge
Host: Tales of the Marvelous
Goal: Lon Chaney Level

I did remember to post the check-in post for this one on time!

Diversity  Reading Challenge
Host: Celebrity Readers
Goal: 18 Books

The block on my TBR list reading also disrupted this one for a while…but I picked up a few, and added a bunch more to the list, and I’m about on track here.

  1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Jewish community)
  2. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (bisexual hero)
  3. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (dark-skinned fantasy-world hero)
  4. Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld (Latino hero)
  5. Clover by Dori Sanders (African-American heroine)
  6. The Wayward Children Series (ensemble diverse cast)
  7. Time Pieces by Virginia Hamilton (African-American heroine)
  8. Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn (Asian-American heroine)
  9. The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (non-neurotypical hero)

Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge
Host: Kimberly Faye Reads
Goal: 34 books

I got back on this as soon as I could get books out of the library again…and I also continued to add a bunch of new books to my GoodReads TBR list…so that I started the year at 68 books, and am now at 71!  Even though I’ve read 21 off the list so far.  We’ll see how this continues to go…

  1. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  2. The Librarian by Christy Sloat
  3. Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
  4. The Heroines by Eileen Favorite
  5. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
  6. The Fledgling by Elizabeth Cadell
  7. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  8. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  9. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  10. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  11. Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay
  12. You Just Don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen
  13. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
  14. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  15. The Bully at Work by Gary Namie
  16. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  17. The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
  18. Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
  19. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  20. The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
  21. The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

Do you have reading goals for the year?  How are they going so far?

One thought on “2020 Reading Challenges – Half-way Point (ish)

  1. I don’t really have reading goals this year, but, with the isolation of the pandemic, I do have more time to read than I thought I would. Early in the year, I was reading about 6-7 books per month. Over the last couple of months of summer, I’ve been reading more like 10 books per month. Books of all kinds are a great escape from the constant barrage of negative news and info related to the coronavirus. I sure do miss browsing for books in my library, though!

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