My first blog post instead of a book review! Now to start everyone off, a challenge! We all struggle with our TBR lists right? And there’s always another 5 added to the pile when you take one off. So I’ve decided for 2020, I’m going to do something different – a book challenge. If you want to take part then continue reading:
- Pick a novel for each of the 22 prompts below.
- Those who finish all 22 (minimum) and post their reviews on their blogs/vlogs have a chance to win a reward! (International, as long as Book Depository ships to your country).
- You can’t start reading those books before January 1st! No cheating.
- Follow the creators twitter account! When the challenge begins she’ll start a blog hopping sheet where you can leave your links! Use the tag #2020TBRReadingChallenge
- Thank the person who tagged you
- Tag the original challenge page
- Tag at least 5 people
2020 TBR Challenge Checklist:
My 2020 TBR Reading Challenge
A 2020 Release
The Court of Miracles – Kester Grant.
There’s a lot of books coming out in 2020 so this was a toughie! Honestly I hadn’t even heard of this book but I saw it advertised in so many places and I also saw some fellow bloggers recommend it too so why not!
Book Published in the Year You Were Born
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire
I love the Wizard of Oz, I mean who doesn’t? But I’ve always wanted to see Wicked in theatre! It tells the back story of the wicked witch of the west and how she became so, well wicked! So excited to read this book to ease the anticipation of maybe one day seeing it in theatre!
Novel That Will Get A Movie Adaption in 2020
The Outsider – Stephen King
Hear me out, I’ve never ever read a Stephen King book! Trust me, I’ve really wanted too but local bookstores just don’t seem to have him in. When I saw this as a new release in 2019 and topping the new release chart in a supermarket I knew I had to get it, now is my chance to read it! Apparently this is a super scary horror novel so wish me luck!
Number 9 Dream – David Mitchell
This book was given to me this year by my Secret Santa at work! When I found out who my Secret Santa was, they told me that they really loved this book and hoped I’d enjoy it too! So here goes…
Book You Can Read in A Day
A tad morbid this one, but also intriguing! A book where the mischief becomes murder…or was it supposed to be murder all along? This book only has 220 pages in so I need to pick a day off where I can sit down and read this book for a day!
Book Originally Written in a Foreign Language
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Originally published in French in 1862 despite starting it in 1845! It then took another century when in 1962, it was first published in English. Another musical I’d love to see in theatres and since watching the film, I’ve been dying to read the book!
Book by a Dead Author
1984 – George Orwell
Written in 1948, and published in 1949, Orwell died in January of 1950. The last book he ever wrote, this regarded as a masterpiece and one I’ve been dying to sink my teeth into!
Novel That Was Banned
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Bit of an unusual/ controversial one now for this category. There are so many books out there that I could have chosen but I think due to recent campaigns to raise awareness of talking to people to prevent suicide, this seems quite poignant. Thirteen Reasons Why has been banned in a multitude of schools and colleges across America and Canada. Reasons include ‘glamorising suicide’ and ‘negative portrayals of helping professionals.’
New York Times (NYT) Bestseller
Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
This has been on my TBR list since it was released and I think it’s all the more poignant with it being based on a true story. When I read this one, I’m going to need a box of tissues, this one is bound to be a tear jerker!
Booker Prize-Winning Book
Schindlers List/ Ark – Thomas Keneally
Now I’m going to be honest, I hadn’t really heard of this book until I was watching a British television series called ‘Bloody Tales of History’ where they uncover the truth about some major characters in history. The main characters in Schindler’s List were featured and ever since then I’ve wanted to read it. In the US, the book was published as Schindler’s List, in the UK it was published as Schindler’s Ark.
Book by a Nobel Prize Winner
Beloved – Toni Morrison
This book sounds like yet another tear-jerker, so tissues at the ready everyone! This is another book (and author) I’ve never heard of, so I’m intrigued to see how this one goes!
Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
Winner of the 2019 Goodreads awards, with what seems like Royal Weddings galore, it seems only right that a book about royalty is featured! This has been on my TBR list since I saw it all over my instagram!
Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge
The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
So a little bit of background on our next category. Rory Gilmore is a character in the television series Gilmore Girls. Over 7 seasons, Rory reads 339 books and a list is compiled of all of them, hence The Rory Gilmore Challenge. I don’t think I would have heard of this book but I remember watching a CSI episode years ago which was based around it and since then I’ve loved the idea of Dante’s Inferno.
Book with One-Word Title
Secrets – Freya North
This has been on my bookshelf for an age because I have an ever-growing pile of books to read! So I plucked this one out to finally read! Let’s see what secrets are inside…
Book over 500 Pages
Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
This book has been in my TBR pile since it was released and I am yet to hear a bad review so I’m very excited to read this one!
Books Set in Different Countries
Now for this category, you don’t need to do several countries, one is enough but if you’re feeling like a bit more of a challenge or just want to choose some different books then pick as many as you like!
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
Set: London, England.
Yet another book that has been on my TBR list for ages and since watching the BBC television series, I’m excited to read the first book in this series.
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
Set: Beijing, China.
This is a fairytale with a twist. Think you know the story of Cinderella, think again!
Mark of the Lion – Suzanne M. Arruda
Set: Kenya, Africa.
I saw lion in the title and I was hooked. Sorry! I’m hoping this is as good as it sounds and I’m hoping it does actually feature some lions!
Voyage of the Beagle – Charles Darwin
I genuinely can’t wait to read this book! I remember learning all about Charles Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos Islands as well as other places on his travels and I’ve always been fascinated by his discoveries. Now’s my chance to read it for myself!
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Set: Sydney, Australia
This is actually now a very successful television series but I haven’t watched it. I’ve heard good things though and word of mouth is as good as any recommendation! A modern Australian drama!
Book Set in Your Home Country
The Perfect Match – Katie Fforde
Set: The Cotswolds, Wiltshire, England
I actually live not far from the Cotswolds, so this book is perfect! A different genre from the majority of the books on my list, something to brighten the mood!
The Divergent Series -> Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant – Veronica Roth
Ever since getting hooked on the film trilogy, I’ve been wanting to read the books! But like so many others, they have been at the back of the shelf, well now’s your time to shine books!
A Young Adult (YA) Book
City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
Someone recommended this series to be years ago and I found the first in this series in a charity shop not long ago! A perfect young adult book!
A Historical Book
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
I love Greek mythology, and anyone who knows anything about the Ancient Greeks must know the tale of Achilles. So I genuinely can’t wait to get my greek nerd on with this book!
A Fantasy Book
The Shadow Queen – C.J. Redwine
Yet again, another book that has been on my TBR pile but pushed to the back of the shelf. The cover reminds me of a darker version of Snow White, so i’m really excited about this one.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Finally, a classic and where else would I look but with one of the queens of classics. I started this book back in college when I was doing a levels but never finished it and didn’t feel I appreciated it enough as I should have!
There you go! 26 books on my TBR list! I’m determined to stick to it but we’ll soon see! Even if it gets to the end of 2020 and I’ve still not finished this challenge, I’m going to still complete it!
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Until next time,