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Reading Challenges 2020: Update

Back at the start of the year I published a post with my self-assigned Reading Challenges for 2020 and now it’s time for an update as I have completed the main list! Below I’ve re-listed all the challenges and updated them to include what book I read for them or what/when I completed an activity. I allowed myself to use the same book for more than one prompt initially because I was worried I wouldn’t otherwise complete the list but as 2020 has progressed I’ve read a lot more than I anticipated so I’ve added extra books in that fit the prompts I may have previously ticked off.

Rai’s Reading Challenge Prompts 2020:

  • A ghost story: Pine; The Carrow Haunt; The Haunting of Ashburn House
  • A story with dragons: The Arkhel Conundrum
  • A book that’s published in 2020: Pine; Mexican Gothic; Home Before Dark
  • A book by a trans or nonbinary author: Beyond the Gender Binary
  • A previous Goodreads Choice award winner: The Silent Patient
  • A sci-fi/fantasy novella (< 150 pages): Bloodchild; Binti
  • A ‘doorstopper’ (> 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman: The Arkhel Conundrum; The Priory of the Orange Tree
  • A book you picked because the title caught your attention: The Nothing Man
  • Read a banned book during Banned Books Week: Slaughterhouse-Five
  • A book published in the month of your birthday: Craven Manor; My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Read the last book in a series: The Stone Sky
  • Read a retelling of a classic, fairytale or myth: The Turn of the Key
  • A book gifted to you: The Arkhel Conundrum; The Priory of the Orange Tree; The Turn of the Key; The Gravity of Us
  • A book you chose because of the cover art: Pine
  • A book outside of your (genre) comfort zone: The Gravity of Us (YA/Romance)
  • A book with a queer character/s: salt slow; The Gravity of Us; The Priory of the Orange Tree
  • A book with a disabled character: The Stolen Ones
  • A book with a 4 star rating on Goodreads: The Echo Man; The Killing Room
  • An audiobook: The Power
  • A book that has been on your TBR since 2017 or earlier: The Girl With All the Gifts

Reading-related Challenges:

  • Only buy myself secondhand books
  • When buying a new physical book, ‘destash’ an equal number of books to make space on the shelves I’ve let myself off these two as the pandemic has made it very difficult to get to secondhand/charity shops to do this!
  • Show up to a Book Club at least once: Work Book Club (organised by me!)

Goodreads Challenge: 24 books67 read as of 4th October 2020

6 ‘Must Read’ TBR 2020:

  • The Obelisk Gate – finished in July
  • The Arkhel Conundrum – finished in July
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree – finished in August
  • Reality is not what it seems – finished in July
  • Daughter of the Empire
  • The Twelve

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