Sure, I might squeeze in another couple of books before midnight on December 31, 2020 but I think I can safely draw a line under the reading challenges for the year.
I participated in six challenges this year – finished three; one is ongoing; and I failed two – (one miserably, one by a whisker).
Australian Women Writers – I read 18 books by Australian female authors (the target was ten). AWW delivered a stand-out novel this year, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, and two amazing nonfiction books – Stasiland by Anna Funder and Phosphorescence by Julia Baird.
Memoir – I read 16 memoirs (the target was five). It’s difficult to pick favourites because nearly every book I read for this challenge was fantastic, but This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, Wham! George & Me by Andrew Ridgeley, and Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur stand out.
What’s In a Name – this challenge is always good fun, and an excellent way to reacquaint myself with titles in the TBR stack. I finished the challenge easily, and the highlight was Lily King’s superb novel, Writers & Lovers.
Mount TBR – it’s as if I didn’t even try… I only read 14 of the pledged 48. I will be signing up in 2021 though – it keeps me ever-ever-so-slightly reading from what I already own. Happily, this challenge delivered some rippers – Patchett, Keefe, Strout and Semple.
Around the World in 80 Books – my fourth year of an ongoing challenge and I managed to add five countries to the 19 I covered in 2017, 18 in 2018, and 9 in 2019, bringing my total to 51. It’s getting increasingly more difficult! Glancing down the list, my pick for Taiwan stands out.
Nonfiction Reader Challenge – the aim was 12 books over 12 nonfiction categories, and I read eleven, falling short on a book focused on social science. My favourites have all had mentions in other challenges (Baird, Keefe, Brodeur and Kay).
As for reading challenges in 2021, I’ll be participating in all of these again (with the exception of What’s In a Name, which doesn’t appear to be continuing) and perhaps looking for one or two new ones (GirlXOXO has lots of suggestions).
Are you trying any new challenges?