Happy New Year!
Each year in November I resolve not to sign up for any reading challenges the next year. By the time late December rolls around, I’m sucked back into the excitement that reading challenges bring.
My general focus for 2020 will be to read books I already own. I did several large culls of my books in 2019 to prepare for our move back in October, so the books that are left are ones I really do want to read.
Here are some of my reading plans for 2020.
Year-Long Reading Challenges:
Australian Women Writers
- I’ve be doing this one for years now. As I wrote yesterday, in 2019 I read only 3 of the 4 I’d planned, but that’s still three more than I would have read without this challenge on my mind.
- Learn more/sign up here: https://australianwomenwriters.com/sign-up/
- Hashtag is #AWW2020
- I’ll be attempting the Stella Level again which is to read four books and review three.
Read More German Books in 2020
- This is a new challenge created and hosted by two BookTubers that I regularly watch, Mel of Mel’s Bookland Adventures and Britta Böhler of The Second Shelf. I have a number of books on my shelves that are translated from German to English and would love to get them read.
- Learn more/sign up here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1044753-reading-german-books-in-2020
- Hashtag is #ReadGermanBooks2020
- I plan to read 5 books. Mel created fun levels based on German elevation points. Reading 1-5 books is the Neuendorf-Sachsenbande level, which is the lowest point in Germany at 3.54 m below sea level.
The Classics Club
- I stalled on reading from my Classics Club list this year and definitely want to get back to it. I recently reviewed my list and am still looking forward to reading all the books on it.
- Learn more/sign up here: https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/how-to-join/
- Hashtag: there are hashtags for different contexts, including #theclassicsclub for general posts and #ccbookreviews
- I’d like to read 12 from my list this year, but will be more realistic and cut that in half . My goal will be six.
Month-Long Book Event
- Paula of Book Jotter created and hosted this event for the first time in 2019. I wasn’t able to jump in this year, but will in March 2020. Last March I purchased The Literature of Wales by Dafydd Johnston to be ready for this year.
- Learn more here: https://bookjotter.com/2018/03/26/dhq-dewithon19/
- Hashtag in 2019 was #dewithon or #dewithon19 so I’m assuming (😬) 2020’s will be similar.
- I’ll read at least two for this. Johnston’s book above and I have Everything I Found on the Beach by Cynan Jones on my shelf. I’d also like to read a mystery written by a woman.
- Emily and I have chosen Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk for our first Book Cougars readalong of 2020.
- We have a discussion thread started on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/20943862-drive-your-plow-over-the-bones-of-the-dead-by-olga-tokarczuk
- Hashtag #bookcougarsreadalong
- We’ll no doubt have more readalongs in 2020. Not sure how many yet, perhaps a total of four, one per quarter.
The Willa Cather Book Club
- This group meets quarterly at the Wood Memorial Library and Museum in South Windsor, CT.
- Our first meeting of 2020 is January 16th at 2pm. We’ll discuss Shadows on the Rock, historical fiction set in 17th-century Quebec. This is a public group, so if you’re in the area come join us!
- Hashtag: None
- This year we’ll also be reading O Pioneers!, Lucy Gayheart, and Alexander’s Bridge.
The Willa Cather Short Story Project
- I launched this project in February 2019 as a way to read more of Cather’s stories. Short stories are not my go-to, not even when they’re by a favorite writer.
- In 2019 I/we read 11 short stories and we’re definitely keeping this project going in 2020.
- Details here: https://chriswolak.com/the-willa-cather-short-story-project-on-chriswolak-com/
- Hashtag: I need your help with this. I didn’t create a hashtag for 2019 but I’m thinking it might be useful to have one for 2020. What do you think of #wcssp2020 or #shortwilla ? I’ve used #WillaOnWednesday in the past. Or does something else come to mind?
Whatever I end up reading this year, I do want to get back to writing more about my reading week. I also plan on getting back to a monthly library post.
What are your reading plans for 2020? Whatever they are, I wish you a year filled with great reads!
P.s. There’s a seasonal challenge that slipped my mind that I’ve participated in for the last two years. Sue of Book By Book hosts her Big Book Summer Challenge which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The challenge is to read at least one book that’s 400+ pages. There are certainly a few big books on my Classics Club list that will qualify.