2020 Booklist queen reading challenge - 52 CATEGORIES
First and foremost, I look at challenges as a gateway to new reading paths, a way to nudge me in a new direction with my reading. It's not a competition and if I don't finish, I don't care; but, I'm going to give it a shot! Are you inspired to join me?
Rachael at The Booklist Queen has just rebranded her blog and is focusing on providing reading list ideas galore. Her reading challenge list is LONG (52 categories for a book a week) and full of ideas.....not sure how many I'll get through, but I'll track it here. As she reminds us, her goal is to inspire people to read more, just one more book - but whether you read 12 books or all 52, the goal is to enjoy reading.
Here's where I'll track my efforts to complete the challenge in 2020. I'll be double dipping some of the books that will also fit categories in other challenges. I started by taking the lists and perusing my own bookshelves to see what I already own that will fit the challenge. Then, as I search the forums for ideas, I watch for books I know are already on my TBR list. Finally, I fill in with books totally new-to-me. Completed books will be in bold with a cover image and links to the reviews. (AOC, author of color)
15 - set in Asia:
Night Tiger (The) by Yangsze Choo (Malaysia)
a little magical realism as a weretiger is thought to be terrorizing an area and an orphan boy, a young woman and her handsome step-brother, and a morally corrupt white doctor try to appease it
22 - book from the bottom of my TBR:
Fifth Season (The) #1 by N.K. Jemison
on my list and shelves for years, finally dusted it off and found I loved this fantasy book about people who are held almost as slaves because of their ability to connect with the earth
28 - by an indie author:
Ghostland by Duncan Ralston
an 'amusement park' opens that enables visitors to walk among actual ghosts, but while the "guests are dying to get in, the ghosts will kill to get out"
37 - book that will make me smarter:
intriguing memoir of a young college woman who travels to Thailand to study monks and nuns and decides to become an ordained Buddhist nun
39 - book I haven't read by an author I love:
a 60+ year old ex-spy comes out of retirement and gets involved with Russian espionage, his family is threatened, there's a surprising friendship and a wonderful legal tussle
40 - book with a color in the title:
Red Queen #1 by Victoria Aveyard
this YA fantasy is a fairly standard plot of a rebellion of the underprivileged against the upper class who also happen to have special 'super' powers. When one young girl discovers she also has powers, she takes an active role in the underground rebellion.
44 - about politics:
Assassin's Apprentice (The) by Robin Hobb
Excellent fantasy story about a bastard son raised in the castle; book one focuses on his formative years as he's taught assassin skills and tries to find his place in the royal hierarchy.
46 - by two authors:
a suspenseful, dysfunctional story of a social climbing young woman trying to usurp the position of the wife of a wealthy man