Follow Along with My 2020 Reading Challenge!

Reading challenges seemed interesting to me, but it was hard to find one I liked. This particular challenge was started by From My Bookshelf back in 2015, but I’m going for it this year. I may even make my own reading challenge for next year.

There are many ways to go into a reading challenge. For one, they can actually help me determine what to read next when I go to the bookstore. For another, they’ll give me excuse to try things I want, like reading a graphic novel, which I’ve been curious about forever.

I usually don’t read THIS many books in a year, but we’ll see how far I can go! I’ll write down the titles below, along with a link to a review or at the very least, my Instagram post on it. Unfortunately blog traffic has come to a weird standstill, especially for reviews, so you can find some thoughts there now. Books can only count for one category on the list.

Come and join me in a Reading Challenge for 2015! A friend posted this on Facebook and it sounded like fun to try this year.
Thanks to From My Bookshelf for the inspiration!

A book with more than 500 pages:
A classic romance:
A book that became a movie:
A book published this year:
A book with a number in the title:
A book written by someone under 30:
A book with nonhuman characters: The Dog I Loved, Susan Wilson
A funny book:
A book by a female author:
A mystery or thriller: The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena
A book with a one-word title:
A book of short stories:
A book set in a different country: The Ex-Girlfriend, Nicola Moriarty (Australia)
A nonfiction book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb
A popular author’s first book:
A book from an author you haven’t read yet: The Family Next Door, Sally Hepworth
A book a friend recommended:
A Pulitzer-winning book:
A book based on a true story:
A book at the bottom of your TBR list:
A book your mom loves:
A book that scares you:
A book more than 100 years old: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
A book based entirely on its cover:
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t:
A memoir: Endurance, Scott Kelly

A book you can finish in a day:
A book with antonyms in the title:
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit:
A book that came out the year you were born:
A book with bad reviews:
A trilogy:
A book from your childhood:
A book with a love triangle:
A book set in the future:
A book set in high school:
A book with a color in the title:
A book that made you cry:
A book with magic:
A graphic novel:
A book by an author you’ve never read before (another one of these?):
A book you own but have never read:
A book that takes place in your hometown:
A book that was originally written in a different language:
A book set during Christmas:
A book written by an author with your same initials:
A play:
A banned book:
A book based on or turned into a TV show:
A book you started but never finished:

CURRENT 2020 TOTAL: 7/50

Follow along this 2020 and see what titles you can discover!


Thanksgiving Dinner Book Tag

Coming out of temporary hiatus to do a fun-looking book tag! (I have since put out a review of JP Delaney’s “The Girl Before” on my Instagram, come check it out!)

Thanksgiving is upon us here in the USA, so Mayah at Library in My Mind created a fun new tag. The goal is to assign a book to each Thanksgiving food based on its characteristics.

Roast Turkey

A boss among books, because of it’s strong willed and well rounded characters: Things You Save in a Fire

The MC has a personality all her own, and so do the other firefighters and even her mother who insists that they bond together.

Mashed Potatoes

that book that makes you all mushy inside just to think about it: Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe!

This one got me into fluffy chick-lit stories and reminded me how much fun they could be. A bakery, a legitimately cute love interest, a doting grandpa…what more could you want? It semi-inspired my novella Twelve Days till Dating.

Green Beans

is the book that you personally love, but isn’t for everyone: The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

There are a lot of skeptics about hypnosis out there, but whether you think it could work or not, I love this story. The suspense of a stalker is an interesting angle for a book to take, especially when it’s a women who you can kind of sympathize with. This is an interesting book for me because I think it loses something in the last 3rd with a silly subplot about the protagonist finding her father, but otherwise, I really like this one.


a book you will never get tired of rereading: A Dog’s Purpose.

Insightful and incredibly well-researched, I love watching the dog grow up with several families and owners, especially Ethan’s. By far Cameron’s best work. People say the sequel is better but I strongly disagree and actually think it’s his weakest work.

The book I actually do reread more often? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Cranberry Sauce

the book that just drips sweet romance, but has a bitter ending: With You Always.

Bryce seems perfect…so perfect that the first part of the book is pretty slow and bland. However, you can’t say you wouldn’t want to be Julia…until his controlling side comes through, not just for him, but with his church family.


a book that seamlessly merges romance and adventure: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris.

um. Hmm. This was a tough one. I don’t read a lot of adventure books, or a lot of straight-up romances! (Even less adventure.) However, I’d say moving to Paris qualifies as an adventure, especially when you’re scheming to get your terminally ill French teacher aboard a ship so she can see her first love one more time.

Pumpkin Pie

a special book you look forward to once a year: Garfield?

Image result for garfield christmas

Uh. I don’t really have any of these. Christmas Garfield strips count, right? And the special is based off some lines from the strips, soo….yeah. Garfield it is. Whether you think it’s still a good comic or not, Garfield Christmases are always something special, and I do look forward to a new storyline every year.

Be sure to tell me what’s on your Thanksgiving table, and check out the original post listed above!


WWW Wednesday (10/16/19)

This is a weekly challenge hosted by Taking On a World of Words. The goal is to answer three main questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So, with that…

What are you currently reading?

I just visited several bookstores and a book festival over the weekend, so I have some interesting new picks! I know it has mixed reviews, but I’ve just started Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. It features a cast of characters who meet at a health resort, not all of whom I’ve met yet. I’ve liked her books in the past; though sometimes her endings are a little too glossed over. So far, it’s enjoyable…but is that the cardboard gay character stereotype peeking out at me again? Uh oh. Maybe I’m at an advantage; I’m not too educated on the so-called health resort fad.

What did you recently finish reading?

Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel. It was a cute, lighthearted fluff story that appealed to the private school student in me about a woman who gets back on her feet by taking an admissions job at a NYC private school. It wasn’t without issues, but a worthwhile read all the same. Also…for some reason it has no actual pageviews yet, despite being published yesterday. Care to check out the review? All of my social media has just been DEAD the last few days; come show it some love!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next on the agenda is Lock Every Door, a thriller for Halloween. The premise is intriguing and the cover is SNAZZY. The only thing is that I’m worried I accidentally read who the whodunit was while browsing Goodreads. This is why I don’t check Goodreads until I’ve finished the book and my review is published. Anyway, it looks interesting and I’m looking forward to diving in.

What are you guys reading? Have you read any of these? What did you think?


WWW Wednesday (Sept. 18 2019)

Wow, a bonus post! This is a challenge hosted by Taking On a World of Words. The goal is to answer three main questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So, with that…

What are you currently reading?

My current read is The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne. Honestly, I don’t think I’d ever get to reading this one. It seemed like a mass-market printing that was only available online, and on the British version of Amazon at that. I find so many interesting books there but they’re rarely ever at Barnes and Noble, and sometimes they’re hard to find in the USA period. I was so lucky to have found this one on my latest bookstore excursion.

In this novel, a couple takes in a babysitter but the babysitter may not be who she seems. That premise alone sounds made for me. There’s also something about her having watched her house burn down, but there is a prologue as well and I’m not sure how those characters factor in yet. So much suspense…

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished The Night Before by Wendy Walker. This was such a hard book to review…I didn’t love it, but I couldn’t find ways to express it in words either! Overall, it seemed kind of messy with the writing and too many issues were included, but it did do one particular thing better than many psychological suspense novels I’ve read recently…but I don’t want to give too much away in this post! I haven’t discussed it yet.

Look for the review to be out tomorrow (Thursday 9/19).

What do you think you’ll read next?

Funny story: when I bought The Babysitter, I didn’t realize there was another novel included. It’s called The Affair, and I’m skeptical because affairs bore me. I also can’t stand characters who willingly cheat. But it’s 2 books for the price of one, so I have to try it, right?

What is everyone else reading? Be sure to check out the original blog link on top of this post if you’re interested in learning more about this challenge.