2020 Booklist queen reading challenge

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) 

1 - becoming a movie in 2020:

Woman in the Window (The) by A. J. Finn

suspenseful thriller of an agoraphobic psychologist thinks she sees a murder in a neighbor's house but no one believes her because of her circumstances

4 - published in the 1920s:

5 - by an AOC (author of color):

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie  

siblings in a wealthy family in Nigeria live in constant fear of their abusive father and when political unrest comes to their town, the are sent to stay with a poor aunt - their eyes are opened to a different way to live

7 - historical:

Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka 

an epic tale of the Samurai in Japan as they try to deal with incoming Outsiders and the changes that are imminent

10 - book with a clever title:

Never-Open Desert Diner (The) by James Anderson  

a quiet book of an ordinary man living a solitary life as a trucker until he meets a mysterious woman and gets embroiled in her life

11 - a short story collection:

Different Seasons by Stephen King 

a collection of four "short" stories, none of which is horror, just good solid intriguing tales

12 - book with more than 400 pages:

Nightingale (The) by Kristin Hannah (564 pages) 

the story of two French sisters and how they survive WWII; one joins the Resistance, one stays in her small village

13 - book that makes you laugh:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

a serious story about a lonely, socially awkward young woman, but the dialog sometimes made me laugh out loud!

17 - a celebrity memoir:

Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi

a memoir about a young black man's difficult upbring and how he overcame them to follow his passion

18 - NY Times #1 best seller:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

a thought provoking look at family, motherhood and an adoption issue that affects the neighborhood as well as indivuals

20 - a genre I don't usually read:

Bride Test (The) by Helen Hoang  (romance)

a young Korean single mom comes to the US to meet and marry a man picked for her; he's autistic, she's got secrets; jealousy and sex and affection and drama ensue

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

23 - a beach read:

I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

the storylines of Edith and Clare are very different and yet converge in a surprising way as each struggle to find their path

24 - book everyone is talking about:

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson  - a story of the horseback librarians of Kentucky and an outside 'blue' woman who joins their ranks

25 - recommended by a family member:

Never-Open Desert Diner (The) by James Alexander 

a quiet story about a quiet man who finds himself in the midst of a mystery when he falls for a beautiful, mysterious woman

26 - a book from the 50 states reading list:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

nonfiction written by a lawyer who's dedicated his life to freeing people wrongly convicted of crimes (mostly black people) and put on death row.

27 - about a controversial subject:

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"

32 - next book in a series:

Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor 

sci fi about a young woman who leaves Earth to go to college and ends up finding her strength and facing her fears

33 - nonfiction about a topic I love:

On Writing by Stephen King

I love reading about reading and writing and this entertaining book is filled with both personal tidbits as well as strong tips for writing a good story

34 - middle grade fiction:

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

an amazing story of determination and resilience as a young boy is displaced during the Sudan war and survives in refugee camps and grows up with the desire to help his country; based on true

35: recommended by local librarian:

37 - book that will make me smarter:

Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun by Faith Adiele

intriguing memoir of a young college woman who travels to Thailand to study monks and nuns and decides to become an ordained Buddhist nun

38 - a modern classic:

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

an epistolary collection of correspondence between a New York author and a used bookseller in London 

39 - book I haven't read by an author I love:

Eighth Sister (The) by Robert Dugoni  

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.

42 - has a hideous cover:

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

part sci-fi, part historical fiction as a young woman time travels back to the 1300s England and ends up in the midst of the bubonic plague  (the cover on my book is uglier than this!)

44 - about politics:

Assassin's Apprentice (The) by Robin Hobb

45 - by a local author:

Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (The) by Robert Dugoni 

The coming of age story of a boy, his family, and his community as they deal with devastating losses

46 - by two authors:

Last Mrs. Parrish (The) by Liv Constantine (2 sisters writing under 1 name)

a suspenseful, dysfunctional story of a social climbing young woman trying to usurp the position of the wife of a wealthy man

47 - book I own but haven't read:

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry  - our Buddy Read for Feb'20

the classic, epic western

48 - re-read a favorite book:

Ender's Game #1 by Orson Scott Card 

loved it 20 years ago, received it as a Christmas gift last year, and loved it again!

49 - a 2020 new release:

Space Between Worlds (The) by Macaiah Johnson (ARC)

a multiverse story where an outlier female who travels between worlds gathering information and she discovers secrets from her life on one of the other worlds 

51 - book I saw someone reading:

52 - self improvement book:

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