28 December 2020

4 Reading Challenge Wrap Ups for 2020

I'm a little behind on my reading challenge wrap ups, but I've been reading up a storm this year. In this wrap up, I'm going to check back in on the following four reading challenges I participated in this year.

- Non Fiction November 2020
- Book Bingo 2020
- 2020 Non Fiction Reader Challenge
- 2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Non Fiction November Wrap Up

How was your Non Fiction November? Here are the non fiction titles I read during the month. Unfortunately A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip by Alexander Masters was a DNF for me at 26% as it just wasn't holding my interest. It happens.

- Sh*t Moments In New Zealand Sport by Rick Furphy and Geoff Rissole
- Northside: a time and place by Warren Kirk
- The Ultimate Bucket List: 50 buckets you must see before you die by Dixe Wills
- Underland by Robert Macfarlane
- Nodding Off by Alice Gregory

I finished reading the last two books on this list in December which is why this wrap up is late.

Book Bingo 2020

This was my first time participating in the Book Bingo 2020 reading challenge hosted by my bookish friends Theresa Smith Writes, Mrs B’s Book Reviews and The Book Muse. To successfully complete the challenge, I had to read and review a book from each of the following 12 bingo squares: 

1. Themes of culture (And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic)
Book Bingo 2020 reading challenge image
2. About the environment (The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott)
3. Set in a time of war (To Sleep In A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini)
4. Themes of inequality (Gulliver's Wife by Lauren Chater)
5. Prize winning book (The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie)
6. Set in a place you dream of visiting (The Midnight Library by Matt Haig)
7. Themes of crime and justice (Reasonable Doubt by Dr Xanthe Mallett)
8. Friendship, family & love (A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski)
9. Set in an era you'd love to travel back in time to (Spirited by Julie Cohen)
10. Themes of politics and power (Katheryn Howard - The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir)
11. Coming of age (The Austen Girls by Lucy Worsley)
12. A classic you've never read before (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

This challenge isn't being run in 2021, but it was really fun to take part in this year.

2020 Non Fiction Reader Challenge

As you know, I love reading the odd non fiction book and mid way through the year, I decided to jump on board and join the 2020 Non Fiction Reader Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae over at Book'd Out. In order to complete the Know-It-All level of the challenge, I had to read one book for each of the categories below.

2020 Non Fiction Reader Challenge

2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

In order to complete the Renaissance Reader level of the 2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Passages to the Past, I had to read 10 historical fiction novels. Here's what I read:


It was a lot of fun participating in these four challenges throughout the year and I was very pleased to successfully complete all of them. Soon I'll be wrapping up the last two reading challenges I participated in this year: the 2020 Australian Women Writer's Challenge and 2020 Aussie Author Reading Challenge. 

In the meantime, let me know if you participated in any of these challenges or if any of the books mentioned above take your fancy. Are you thinking about reading challenges for 2021 or is it too soon?

Carpe Librum

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Theresa! I'm fortunate that the pandemic didn't have a negative impact on my reading at all.

  2. Congratulations on your reading challenge achievements, especially the Nonfiction Reader Challenge!

    1. Thanks Shelleyrae, I enjoyed completing all of them. Fingers crossed for another successful reading challenge year in 2021.


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