Monday, January 6, 2020

More 2020 Reading Goals

I have decided to take part in a few more challenges and put them all in one post.

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020
Hosted by My Reader's Block
January 2020 kicks off the ninth year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.

I have participated before but it has been a few years and I need some motivation to focus on the TBR books I own, rather than getting books from other sources.

A few of the rules:
*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2020. Items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. Audio books and E-books may count assuming you own them.
*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate.

There are challenge levels. I am going for Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s.

Japanese Literature Challenge 13
Hosted by Dolce Bellezza

The guidelines are simple:

The Challenge only lasts for thee months.
It runs from January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020.
Read and review one or more books which have originally been written in Japanese.
There is a separate review site for the Japanese Literature Challenge 13 to add links to reviews.

I will read: The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura.
I also have books by Seichō Matsumoto  and Keigo Higashino.

2020 Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
Duration: January - December 2020
Goal: Read between 4 to 6 Books (4 minimum)

There are two options:  the basic challenge (quarterly) or the advanced challenge (themed months). This is described in more detail here.
All books must fall into the "Victorian" category being either a) books originally published between 1837 and 1901 b) books originally written (but not published) between 1837 and 1901 c) general nonfiction about the Victorian era (the times, the culture, the people, the events) d) biographies of Victorians.

MY GOAL:  4 books

2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Hosted by Passages to the Past

Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)

Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created to share links to reviews. However, you don't have to have a blog to participate.

Duration: January - December 2020

You can pick different reading levels, from 2 books to 50+ books.
I choose the Victorian Reader level = 5 books. I will probably read more.


Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Tracy, I like the way you mix your reading challenges, which gives you a great variety to choose from. I'd be interested in your choices and reviews of Mount TBR books and Historical Fiction.

Cath said...

They all sound like huge fun, Tracy! I'll be keeping a particular eye on what you read for the Japanese one as I really don't read enough foreign authors (I don't count the USA or Canada) and need to branch out a bit more. I'm also in awe that you're going for 48 books for Mt. TBR! Good luck and have fun with all of these.

Bellezza said...

I should probably do the TBR challenge; I’m the person who buys used books for .50 cents each at the library every time she goes to check out books! So glad that you’ve decided to join in the Japanese Literature Challenge 13! I look forward to sharing great literature with you. Xo

TracyK said...

Thanks, Prashant. I am hoping I have not overextended myself but I look forward to reading for all the challenges.

TracyK said...

Cath, I have been introduced to Japanese authors of mysteries because my husband likes to read them. They vary, of course, but I have enjoyed all of the ones I have read. I am going to pay special attention to reading from my TBR books this year because I did not do so well with that last year.

TracyK said...

Meredith, I am glad I remembered the Japanese Literature Challenge this year. It has been a while since I read any mysteries by Japanese authors.

My struggle with my huge TBR piles will never be over because I always go to an annual book sale in September and purchase many many books at very good prices. But I have to keep trying.

Margot Kinberg said...

Those are great challenge ideas, Tracy. I like the variety in what you chose. I like historical fiction, too, so I'll look forward to your reviews as the year goes on.

TracyK said...

A comment via email from Rick Robinson:

You are really challenging yourself (yes, a pun)! Totaling it up, that’s at least three-quarters of your reading year, just in these challenges.

I read from just three places, my TBR, the library, and the dozen or two books I buy in a year. I’m trying to cut that last bunch down, and increase the first. One problem is the TBR grows at birthday and Christmas, so just now I have a surfeit. But then I guess I always do.

I’ll be particularly interested in your choice(s) for Victorian and historical, and will be unsurprised if those are combined in a single book. Unless, of course, you go with an historical set during WWII. It would be interesting if you included, somewhere, at least one hard-boiled mystery, perhaps by Hammett, Chandler or one of Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer books. I wonder if you have any of those in your TBR?

So good luck with the various challenges. I’m sure you’ll keep us, your loyal readers, informed of your progress?

TracyK said...

With my huge TBR piles, Margot, I do have lots of historical fiction, some I had forgotten about. So there will be overlap between those two challenges for sure. I figured out that last year about 40% of my books read were NOT from the TBR and I would like to lower that percentage.

TracyK said...

Thanks, Rick, and thanks for having patience while I try to figure out the best way to change my commenting (and then I hope it actually works for you). You would think since my background is computer programming, etc. it would be easy but it has not been.

I am trying to cut down the books I buy also, Rick, but I have no discipline when I go to the September book sale. I do have both Chandler and Ross Macdonald's books in my TBR, and I do plan to read some of both of those authors this year.

Now that I am retired, my goal is to review more of the books I read and keep better track of my challenges.

Katrina said...

I should definitely be joining the TBR Challenge as my piles grow weekly and sometimes daily. Then there's the library!

TracyK said...

Katrina, I am always aware of trying to pare down the TBR piles but this year I decided I needed a tangible reminder to focus on. I hope it helps.

Bill Selnes said...

I have not been involved in a challenge for some time though I have read the shortlists for some awards in recent years. I would be tempted if someone were to resurrect Kerrie's Crime Alphabet challenge. It was interesting and demanding and I miss it.

TracyK said...

Bill, I had been thinking about the Crime Alphabet that Kerrie used to do and wishing it was still around. I agree, it was demanding but that was good. I have been tempted to do something similar now and then just on my own. Maybe focus on a author or a type of mystery.

Bev Hankins said...

Thanks for joining me on the TBR Mountain slopes again! Good luck with your climb.

TracyK said...

Thanks, Bev, for hosting the Mount TBR challenge. A lot of us really need to work on this.

col2910 said...

Good luck, I'm notoriously poor at completing these things. I think I'll mainly make up my own in future.

TracyK said...

Making challenges up is a great idea, Col. That way they can be tailored to fit your needs. My problem is I have less motivation that way. I do plan to come up with some long term personal challenges sometime though.