My 2020 Reading Challenge

2019 was my year of redemption. I was determined to reignite my love for reading and I did! Not only did I go over and above my Goodreads reading challenge but I also managed to cross off almost every book on my reading list.

2019, the year of the reader comeback will be followed by a year of relaxed reading and exploration.

Having read a mix of genres and authors last year, I’m feeling a little refreshed and fulfilled when it comes to diversity in the written world.

Although my Goodreads reading challenge stands at a hundred books for the year, I’m not going to push myself too hard to get there this year but read as and when I can.

That being said, having joined a couple reading communities like NetGalley, Reedsy and the Online Book Club, I will be giving more preference to supporting up-and-coming debut authors in their publishing pursuits through the form of voluntary book reviews.

Being a writer myself, I can relate to the struggle of getting your book out there and building word-of-mouth for it. I would like to pitch in and help those newly publishing their novels, especially through self-publishing and independent publishing houses.

However, to keep things light and fun, I do intend to tick off the following categories in this year’s reading challenge:

  • an audiobook
  • a book from your pre-2018 TBR pile
  • a book featuring a stereotypical ‘bad boy’/’bad girl’ trope
  • a book featuring a non-conventional hero/heroine
  • a book with a color in the title
  • an epistolary book
  • a funny/humorous book
  • a memoir
  • a book with the theme of mental health
  • a Newbery winning novel
  • a book with antonyms in the title
  • a “guilty pleasure” book
  • a book set in the place where I currently live
  • a LGBTQ+ fic novel

Have any suggestions for more categories? Do let me know in the comments. This is a growing list!

I hope everyone’s reading pursuits in 2020 go splendidly well! I’m looking forward to what the literary world has to offer me in the year ahead.