Reading Challenge 2020
Welcome to Pink and Dizzy's 2020 Reading Challenge!
I hoped you enjoyed taking part last year. I had so much fun discovering new books and stepping out of my comfort zone. I also enjoyed preparing the blog posts every couple of weeks for you to give you suggestions for the books that fell under each category.
I've decided to do things a little differently this year. Firstly, I've cut the challenge down to just 12 books, as the feedback I was getting (and I felt it, as well) was that 24 was just too many. 12 is a much more doable figure, as it means one book a month and can be fit nicely into your busy schedule. Secondly, I'm giving you the suggestions for all the categories straight away! Aren't I nice!
So I have been working hard to create a new and refreshing challenge and also to find a diverse range of options for you to choose from. You can download a copy of the challenge below, and you can also click through to suggestions for each category.
This, for me, is a really challenging category. I don't often step out of the world of fiction. However, whenever I have over the past couple of years, I've really enjoyed the books I've taken the chance on. So, I am looking forward to seeing what this category has in store.
Again, not a favourite category of mine, but one to certainly make you step out of your comfort zone. I've never been a fan of books written ages ago nor ones that people wax lyrical about just because they are a 'classic'. Every one I've read so far has been a letdown. However, Morgan bought me a book bucket list poster last year, and I have just a measly ten books crossed out of 100! That is quite shameful! So all the suggestions I've given in the link below have come from the poster.
Richard and Judy pick six books every couple of months that they endorse and discuss in their book club. Their picks are made famous by them, and the author does really well as a consequence of being chosen, which is excellent. The suggestions I’ve given in the link below are the last ten books they have discussed. There are so many of these that I wouldn’t mind reading, choosing which one I would choose for this category proved really difficult as they all look good.
When I first chose this category I had in my mind that it would be an author that only had a debut novel out; however, then I realised they had all started somewhere! So, I have given a varied sample of suggestions, some from a while back when the author first started out and some that are indeed the author’s one and only book as they are just starting out.
There are so many exciting books coming out next year, I have read a few early copies, and I’m very impressed. Of course, the suggestions I’ve given are only books that have been announced so far; there will be hundreds of others released and published as the year progresses.
I thought it would be fun to read a book set 100 years ago! It blows my mind that the 20s are now what we are living in (if you are reading this from January onwards anyway!) Varied suggestions, however, were hard to come by. To be honest, I’m not looking forward to reading a book from this category; we shall see, though!
I've tried to find a variety of books for this category. Illness covers such a broad spectrum of options to choose from, and they don't have to be an obvious illness like cancer (although I've included some for that). They can be anxiety, Alzheimers or depression. I think this is an excellent category as it gives you the chance to curl up all cosy and indulge in a book that you know is going to wring you out emotionally.
Since I started on this book blogging journey, I have taken to Twitter to follow all of my favourite authors. This means I can keep in the loop for when they are bringing new books out. It is also a great way to see which books are trending. The suggestions I've given for this category are ones that I was seeing everywhere. The author or publisher wasn't just promoting them, but everyone was waxing lyrical about them. I've read some of them, and I can certainly see why everyone was recommending them.
This is a great category to start a new series. So many authors write a run of books following the same characters and sometimes it can be quite daunting to start one of these collections as you know you are going to be in for the long haul. The majority of suggestions I've made are from series that I have read, and I can say for the majority the books just get better and better as they go on.
Everyone that knows me knows that I like the colour pink. When I was first thinking of this category I wanted to say 'a book with the colour pink in the title', but then I started the research, and there aren't that many, so I had to change it to any colour. This really opens up the options, the books I've suggested all have a different colour, so hopefully, you will find one that matches your favourite!
Some of these categories can be quite tough and make you step out of your comfort zone. If you have been struggling with the list, then this category gives you a break. It gives you the chance to read a safe book and maybe by one of your favourite authors that you know you will enjoy as you always do. The suggestions I've made are all ones that I want to read by my favourite authors, but I've not had the chance to yet.
If you have been doing this challenge as one a month, then this category fits in perfectly for the festive time of year. For the past couple of years, I've been trying to hunt down the perfect Christmas reads and, to be honest, I've really been struggling. Many just haven't been hitting that mince pie and eggnog spot. The suggestions I've given include some that I read before starting this site and really do fit the bill of making you want to start belting the Christmas tunes and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Others I've not tried yet, but I'm hoping they will fit the bill.
I’ll be posting my thoughts on the books I read for the challenge on here and over on twitter so follow me @pinkanddizzy and use the hashtags #pinkanddizzy #2020readingchallenge Please let me know how you get on and which books make the cut for this year. I do love doing these challenges with as many people as possible and finding out what choices everyone has made. Have fun and happy reading!