2020 Reading Challenges: How did I do?

Hi guys, welcome! For today’s post I am going to talk about how I did in the reading challenges that I took part in 2020.

But, first thing first,

What challenges did I take part in?

I took part in 5 challenges:

  • 2020 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
  • 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge
  • 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge
  • 2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
  • 2020 Non fiction Reader Challenge

Now taking each of these one by one, let’s start with 2020 Alphabet Soup reading Challenge

2020 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted by Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book. In this challenge you had to read one book for each of the 26 alphabets, where the book name needs to start with that alphabet. All the books I read for this challenge are as follows:

A: After the Accident by Kerry Wilkinson

B: Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson

C: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F.Scott Fitzgerald

D: Depart! Depart! by Sim Kern

E: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

F:

G:

H: Heartstopper: Volume one by Alice Oseman

I: Idiot by Laura Clery

J:

K: Kings and Queens by J.N Eagles

L: Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai

M: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

N: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

O:

P: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Q: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

R: Red Mistress by Elizabeth Blackwell

S: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

T: True to Me by Kay Bratt

U: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

V: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

W: We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

X: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Y:

Z: The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor

Result: 21/26

Verdict: Fail


2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

For this Challenge you had to read one book for each of the given prompt. There were total 40 normal prompts and 10 advanced prompt. I actually tried doing all 50 of them and as expected failed miserably.

All the books I read for this one are:

A Book that’s published in 2020: After the Accident

A Book by a Trans or Non-Binary Author: Depart, Depart!

A book set in a city that has hosted Olympics: Before I Go to Sleep (London)

A bildungsroman: Kings and Queens

A Book With a Map: We Were Liars

A book recommended by your blog, vlog, podcast or online book club: Six of Crows

A book that passes the Bechdel Test: An Ember in the Ashes

A Book you picked because the title caught your attention: Nimona

A Book Published in the month of your Birthday: What Lies Between Us (May)

A book about or by a woman in STEM: The Kiss Quotient

A Book on a Subject you know Nothing About: The Twins of Auschwitz

A Book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A book by WOC: We should All Be Feminist

A book with at least a 4-star rating on Goodreads: Idiot

A book with a three word title: True to Me

A book with a pink cover: The Prince and The Dressmaker

A Western: Upright Women Wanted

Banned Book During Banned Books Week: Animal Farm

Your Favourite Prompt from past Popsugar Challenge- A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore (2019): The Palace of Illusions

A book set in Japan: Memoirs of a Geisha (advanced)

A book with more than 20 letters in the title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (advanced)

A Book With Main Character in their 20s: Mexican Gothic (advanced)

Result: 22/50

Verdict: Fail


2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Initially I had set my Goodreads Goal at 52, but I later reduced it to 25 so that it gets more manageable given the circumstances. This one I passed with flying colours.

44 books would be too many to list here so if you want to know what books I read for this challenge (which is also the total number of books I read in 2020!), then head over to this link.

Result: 44/25

Verdict: Pass


2020 Non fiction Reader Challenge

Another Reading Challenge I completed was 2020 Non fiction Reader Challenge. For this reading challenge you had to read one non-fiction book for each of the given categories. You can select how many categories (Memoir, Disaster Event, Social Science, Related to an Occupation, History, Feminism, Psychology, Medical Issue, Nature, True Crime, Science, Published in 2020) you want to do and according to that you get a level. There were three levels,

Nonfiction Nipper : Read 3 books, from any category

Nonfiction Nibbler : Read 6 books, from any category

Nonfiction Know-It-All : Read 12 books, one for each category

This Challenge was hosted by Book’d Out.

My goal was Non-fiction Nipper. I finished that goal quite a few months before the year end, so I decided to try for Non-fiction Nibbler, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to complete that. But as my initial goal was to read 3, I will consider this challenge as complete. Here are the four books I read for this challenge:

1) Feminism: We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

2) Memoir: Idiot by Laura Clery

3) Nature: When Plants Attack: Strange and Terrifying Plants By Rebecca E. Hirsch

4) History: The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor

Result: 4/3

Verdict: Pass


2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

There was no compulsory prompts or goals for this one. The only goal for this one was to read books published on or before 2019. There were prompts for the more ambitious, but they were all optional, and I didn’t partake in those. This Challenge was hosted by Novelknight. All the books I read for this one are:

1) True to Me by Kay Bratt

2) Before I go to Sleep By SJ Watson

3) We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

4) The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

5) Idiot by Laura Clery

6) The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang

7) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

8) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

9) The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 

10) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F.Scott Fitzgerald

11) Lihaaf by Ismat Chugtai

12) The Pact by Jodi Picoult

13) We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

14) 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

15) Animal Farm by George Orwell

16) A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

17) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

18) Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

19) Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

I don’t think I did very bad in the reading challenges department this time, apart from obviously The Popsugar Reading Challenge, which I totally bombed. But barring the Popsugar one, I did complete 3 out of the 5 reading challenges and came pretty close to completing the fourth one. So, I think I did okay-ish this time. Hopefully in 2021 I will be able to complete all the challenges I take part in.

That is all for this post, thanks for reading!

But before I sign off,

What Reading Challenges did you take part in 2020 and how did you do in them?

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