2020 Reading Challenges

2019 was not the best year for me in terms of reading. I spent most of the year not reading much. Then in November, I suddenly got the motivation to read more and took up a media diet plan. I quit binge-watching videos and have been reading a short story and a poem every day. This has rekindled my passion for reading and I’ve decided to sign up for the following reading challenges this year.

1) Go Big or Go Home Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Annemieke @ A Dance With Books. It requires you to read 1 big book (500+ pages) per month, but you can set your own rules. I like my challenges flexible and my books big, so I’m signing up for this one. Instead of 12 books which have around 500 pages, I’ll be reading a few bigger books that total 6000+ pages.

These is the tentative list of the books I will be reading for this challenge:

  1. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson – 544 pages
  2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – 512 pages
  3. Algorithms by Robert Sedgewick – 976 pages
  4. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell – 906 pages
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – 1276 pages
  6. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie – 647 pages
  7. The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin – 816 pages
  8. A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present – 544 pages

2) Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Technically this is a blogging challenge, not a reading challenge. It is hosted by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! and Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction. This challenge requires you to post book-related discussions on your blog and link them to the challenge pages. I’m signing up for the Discussion Dabbler Level (1-10 posts).

3) Turtle Recall Reading Challenge

This challenge is to read books set in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. You can read whichever books you want and as many as you want. Although I’d like to dedicate the whole year to read the entire series, since I’m participating in a few other challenges, I’m signing up for The Counterweight Continent level (1-5 books).

Books read as part of this challenge:

4) Deal Me In Short Stories Reading Challenge

This is an interesting challenge where you assign a short story to each of the 52 cards in a deck. Every week you shuffle and pick one card from the deck and read the story associated with that card. If you want to do a lesser number of stories, you can use one or two suites instead of the whole deck of cards. You can do more stories as well. Check out the challenge page for variations.

I attempted this challenge a couple of years back and failed because I signed up for too many challenges. Now I’m all geared up for this since I’m already reading one classic short story a day. I’ll finish the current anthology I’m reading on 9th January and 10th is coincidentally a full moon day. So I’ll take part in the Deal Me In “Full Moon Fever Version”.

Here is my single suit list with collections of short stories:

A Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 1 & 2

2  Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 3 & 4

3 Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 5 & 6

4 Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 7 & 8

5 Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 9 & 10

6Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 11 & 12

7 Complete Guy de Maupassant Short Stories – Vol 13, Selected Stories by Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald

8 Selected Stories by Saki and Bram Stoker

9 Selected Stories by O Henry, Oscar Wilde and Joseph Conrad

10 Selected Stories by Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens and James Joyce

J Selected Stories by D.H.Lawrence, Honoré de Balzac and Jack London

Q Selected Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy and W W Jacobs

K The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man: Essential Stories by Franz Kafka

The green ones are completed and would be listed under a reading roundup post.

5) 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge

This challenge hosted by Tracy@Cornerfolds is about reading retellings. Audiobooks, e-books, re-reads, short stories, novellas, and graphic novels all count, and you can read adult, YA, and middle-grade books for this challenge. I am signing up for the High Fae Level which is 16-20 Retellings.

Possible books:

  1. Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik
  2. Heartless – Marissa Meyer
  3. The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  4. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
  5. Break your Glass Slippers – Amanda Lovelace
  6. Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold – Stephen Fry
  7. All Quiet on the Western Front – Graphic Novel Adaptation
  8. The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn – Waki Yamato
  9. Hasib & The Queen of Serpents: A Thousand and One Nights Tale – David B.
  10. Manga Adaptation of Jane Eyre
  11. Manga Adaptation of Les Miserables
  12. Manga Adaptation of The Scarlet Letter
  13. Manga Adaptation of Great Expectation
  14. Manga Adaptation of Macbeth
  15. Manga Adaptation of Romeo and Juliet
  16. Manga Adaptation of Sense and Sensibility
  17. Manga Adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  18. Manga Adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo
  19. Manga Adaptation of The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  20. Manga Adaptation of The Jungle Book

5 thoughts on “2020 Reading Challenges

  1. Jay says:

    Great list of story selections for Deal Me In! That’ll be a lot of stories! I’m sure I haven’t read them all myself, but I have read almost all the authors you’ll be visiting. Good luck with the challenge!

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