My 2020 Reading Challenges: How Did I Do?

With the end of the year only hours away, it’s time to take a final look at how I did with the reading challenges I set myself in 2020, a year I don’t believe any of us will forget soon.

What's in a Name? 2020What’s In A Name? 2020

This challenge, hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook, involves reading books with titles that match each of six categories. Thanks to a handy ampersand in a title and recently finishing a book whose title is an antonym, I completed this challenge with a few days to spare.  Andrea is hosting the challenge again in 2021 with six new categories – find all the details here.  I shall be signing up and I hope some of you will too.

The Classics ClubThe Classics Club

The challenge involves creating a list of 50 classic books you would like to read within five years and working your way through them (with the help of the occasional Classics Club Spin where a book from your list is selected for you) to earn yourself a place on the Wall of Honour. My deadline is December 2021 and so far I’ve read 43 of the books on my list so I’m heading for the home strait. However, it has to be said that some of the books I’ve read were also part of my Buchan of the Month reading project, of which more below.

Buchan of the Month Banner 2020.jpgBuchan of the Month Reading Project

Now in its third year, this personal challenge involved reading a different book by John Buchan – fiction or non-fiction – every month.

You can find my reading list for the year and links to my reviews here.

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020

I set my target at 120 books this year and achieved that when I finished A Conspiracy of Silence by Anna Legat back in October. My current tally is 153.

when-are-you-reading-2020When Are You Reading? 2020 (hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words)

This challenge involves reading a book set in each of 12 different eras, starting with pre-1300 and ending with the future.  I managed to complete them all but I’ll admit a few were more difficult than others to find books to fit.  If you’d like to read more historical fiction or you’re a fan of the genre but want to challenge yourself to read books set in different time periods, you’ll be pleased to know Sam is planning to host it again in 2021.  Details coming soon!

20-books-of-summer-201920 Books of Summer 2020 (hosted by Cathy at 746Books)

Spend the summer reading books?  Sounds good to me! Taking place between 1st June and 1st September, the challenge involves picking your own 10, 15 or 20 books you’d like to read during the challenge period.  That’s it!  The rules are accommodating as well which is how I managed to complete the challenge for the first time this year.

Did you take part in any reading challenges in 2020? If so, how did you get on? Do you have new challenges in mind for 2021?

My 2020 Reading Challenges: Progress Update

With less than a month to go until the end of the year, it’s time to take a final look at how I’m progressing with the reading challenges I set myself this year.

Ongoing Challenges

What's in a Name? 2020What’s In A Name? 2020

This challenge is hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook and involves reading books with titles that match each of six categories. Thanks to a handy ampersand in a book title I’ve now managed four of the six so far. If I’m to complete it, I need to read a book with a four letter title and a book whose title is an antonym. The book I have lined up for the latter is quite a chunky read.

The Classics ClubThe Classics Club

Create a list of 50 classic books you would like to read within five years and work your way through them (with the help of the occasional Classics Club Spin where a book from your list is selected for you) to earn yourself a place on the Wall of Honour. My deadline is December 2021 and so far I’ve read 42 of the books on my list so I’m heading for the home strait. However, it has to be said that some of the books I’ve read are also part of my Buchan of the Month reading project, of which more below.

Buchan of the Month Banner 2020.jpgBuchan of the Month Reading Project

Now in its third year, this is a personal challenge involving reading a different book by John Buchan – fiction or non-fiction – every month. You can find my reading list for the year and links to my reviews of the eleven I’ve read so far here.


Completed Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020

I set my target at 120 books this year and achieved that when I finished A Conspiracy of Silence by Anna Legat back in October.

When Are You Reading? 2020 (hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words)

20 Books of Summer 2020 (hosted by Cathy at 746Books)

Are you taking part in any reading challenges? If so, how are you getting on?