2020 Reading Challenges

A Year of Flannery O'Connor

  • January: The Geranium, The Barber, Wildcat 
  • February: The Crop, The Turkey
  • March: The Train, The Peeler
  • April: The Heart of the Park, A Stroke of Good Fortune, Enoch and the Gorilla
  • May: A Good Man Is Hard to Find, A Late Encounter with the Enemy, The Life You Save May Be Your Own
  • June: The River, A Circle in the Fire, The Displaced Person
  • July: A Temple of the Holy Ghost, The Artificial Nigger, Good Country People
  • August: You Can’t Be Any Poorer Than Dead, Greenleaf, A View of the Woods
  • September: The Enduring Chill, The Comforts of Home, Everything That Rises Must Converge
  • October: The Partridge Festival, The Lame Shall Enter First
  • November: Why Do the Heathen Rage?, Revelation
  • December: Parker’s Back, Judgement Day

2020 Classics

Read:
  1. Middlemarch by George Eliot (June 2019)
  2. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck (June 2019)
  3. Gunnar's Daughter by Sigrid Undset (July 2019)
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (August 2019)
  5. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (September 2019)
  6. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (October 2019)
  7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (October 2019)
  8. Nutcracker and Mouse King and the Tale of the Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman and Alexandre Dumas (November 2019)
  9. The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset (December 2019)
  10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (December 2019)
  11. The Mistress of Husaby by Sigrid Undset (February 2020)
  12. The Cross by Sigrid Undset (February 2020)
  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (February 2020)
  14. Adam Bede by George Eliot 

Number remaining to complete challenge: 6


The Unread Shelf Challenge
  • January - any unread book Delicious! by Ruth Reichl; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • February - a book gifted to you  Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien (from NetGalley)
  • March - the book that's been on your unread shelf the longest My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • April - the book you most recently acquired By the Book by Amanda Sellet
  • May - a backlist title (by an author with a newer book out)
  • June - a book from a series
  • July - a book voted for you by Bookstagram
  • August - a buddy read
  • September - a book you've owned so long you forgot where/why you got it
  • October - a book that scares you - in content or length
  • November - a book from your favorite genre
  • December - the shortest book on your shelf

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge
  • A book published the decade you were born 
  • A debut novel Well Met by Jen de Luca 
  • A book recommended by a source you trust 
  • A book by a local author 
  • A book outside your (genre) comfort zone Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • A book in translation The Mistress of Husaby 
  • A book nominated for an award in 2020 
  • A re-read  Half Magic by Edward Eager 
  • A classic you didn't read in school Adam Bede by George Eliot 
  • Three books by the same author


Schol√© Sisters 2020 5x5 Challenge 
  • Biography/Memoir
    • Butter at the Old Price by Marguerite de Angeli (own) 
    • Onions in the Stew by Betty MacDonald (own)
    • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary (own)
    • The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriott (own) 
    • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (own)
  • Catholicism 
    • Made This Way by Trent Horn and Leila Sales (own - Kindle)
    • Rocking Horse Catholic by Caryll Houselander (library)
    • Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion by Abigail Rine Favale
    • Giving Thanks and Letting Go by Danielle Bean
    • Don't Forget to Say Thank You by Lindsay Schlegel (Scribd) 
  • Books About Books 
    • Dreams and Wishes by Susan Cooper (own)
    • Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin (own - Kindle) 
    • Books in Search of Children by Louise Seaman Bechtel (own) 
    • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman (own)
    • On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior (Scribd) 
  • Concord, Massachusetts 
    • Walden by Henry David Thoreau (own)
    • Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs 
    • The Dragon Tree by Jane Langton (own)
    • A Place to Come Back To by Nancy Bond (own) 
    • Runner of the Mountain Tops by Mabel Robinson (library) 
  • Linguistics 
    • Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch (Scribd)
    • The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson (Scribd)
    • Made in America by Bill Bryson (Scribd)
    • The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy (library)
Cathlit 2020
  • A Memoir by a Catholic Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion by Abigail Rine Favale
  • A Spiritual Classic
  • Book by a Catholic Novelist Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset 
  • Poetry by a Catholic
  • A Book by a Doctor of the Church
  • A Book about Beauty
  • A Book about a Saint
  • A Book about Feasting
  • Short Stories by a Catholic
  • A Recently Published Catholic Book Your Blue Flame by Jennifer Fulwiler
Craving for Cozies
Goal: 1-25 cozy mysteries

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