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2020 linz the bookworm

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?


As I was perusing the hundreds of challenges flooding book blogs, this one caught my eye: 2020 Reading at Linz the Bookworm. The format is a bit different in that she's organized it into 5 tiers of 12 books each, so you can read just from one tier at a time, read randomly (me), or attack the list however you choose.

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) 

Tier one: book of the month club

1 - title that starts with W:

2 - book you got for under $3:

4 - by my favorite author:

5 - with the word 'light' in the title:

6 - book set in future:

7 - book from Project Gutenberg:

Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The) #1 by L. Frank Baum (the whole series of 14 books can be found in order here)

8 - short stories or novella:

9 - on my TBR for more than a year:

10 - takes place in winter:

11 - re-read recommended to a friend:

Tier two: casual reader club

16 - a retelling of  'classic fairy tale'  

in #15:

17 - suspense or horror:

19 - book with a building on the cover:

21 - turned into a movie or TV show:

22 - author named James / Jim or variant:

23 - recommended by my library's website:

Tier three: dedicated reader club

26 - an urban fantasy:

27 - a book published in 2020:

31 - over 600 pages long:

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry - our Buddy Read for Feb'20 - the epic western classic of Gus and Call and Texas and a cattle drive

32 - by Isaac Asimov:

33 - has the word 'star' in the title:

34 - about a historical figure (fiction or non):

35 - book about an assassin:

Tier FOUR: SPEED reader club

41 - by an author using a psuedonym:

43 - book with a season in the title:

42 - a graphic novel:

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

A graphic memoir of Takei's time in a Japanese internment camp as a child

44 - with exactly 4 words in the title:

45 - book about a writer (real or fictional):

46 - book with a title that rhymes:

47 - author's name of Elizabeth / Beth or variant:

48 - FREE space - pick any book:

Tier Five: over-achiever club

49 - a motivational / inspirational book:

51 - book by John Creasey:

52 - published in 1980:

53 - a 'rags to riches' story:

54 - book with an occupation in the title:

55 - book about travel or that involves travel:

56 - takes place in outer space or another planet:

57 - a title that starts with J:

58 - book set in Middle East or is inspired by Middle Eastern culture:

59 - about a video game or virtual reality:

60 - FREE space - pick any book: