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

  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 (May 2020)
  15. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (May 2020)
  16. Common Sense by Thomas Paine (June 2020)
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (June 2020)
  18. The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico (June 2020)
  19. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (June 2020)
  20. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (July 2020)
  21. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (August 2020)
  22. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (August 2020)
  23. Ulysses by James Joyce (October 2020)
  24. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (November 2020)
  25. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (December 2020)

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) A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
  • June - a book from a series Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  • July - a book voted for you by Bookstagram Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • August - a buddy read The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  • September - a book you've owned so long you forgot where/why you got it Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs
  • October - a book that scares you - in content or length Ulysses by James Joyce
  • November - a book from your favorite genre A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
  • December - the shortest book on your shelf Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge
  • A book published the decade you were born The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
  • A debut novel Well Met by Jen de Luca 
  • A book recommended by a source you trust  A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
  • A book by a local author  Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler 
  • 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  Don't Overthink It by Anne Bogel (Goodreads Choice Awards)
  • 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 An Unwanted Guest; The Couple Next Door; Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Schol√© Sisters 2020 5x5 Challenge 
  • Biography/Memoir
    • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary (own)
    • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
    • The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
    • A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle
    • A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
  • Catholicism 
    • Made This Way by Trent Horn and Leila Sales
    • Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion by Abigail Rine Favale
    • Giving Thanks and Letting Go by Danielle Bean
    • No Greater Love by Mother Teresa
    • Bless Us, O Lord by Robert M. Hamma
  • Books About Books 
    • For Reading Out Loud by Margaret Mary Kimmel 
    • The Proof of the Pudding by Phyllis Fenner 
    • Books in Search of Children by Louise Seaman Bechtel  
    • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Concord, Massachusetts 
    • Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs
    • A Place to Come Back to by Nancy Bond
    • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    • "Self Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
  • Linguistics 
    • The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson 
    • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
    • The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English by Lynne Murphy
    • That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover's Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World by Lizzie Skurnick
Cathlit 2020
  • A Memoir by a Catholic Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion by Abigail Rine Favale
  • A Spiritual Classic  The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander
  • 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 St. Paul The Apostle by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
  • 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

  1. A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley
  2. Theater Nights Are Murder by Libby Klein
  3. Game Changer by Jennifer Brown
  4. Sell Low, Sweet Harriet by Sherry Harris
  5. Death Waits in the Dark by Julia Buckley
  6. Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay
  7. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  8. Leave No Scone Unturned by Denise Swanson
  9. We'll Always Have Parrots by Donna Andrews
  10. Owls Well That Ends Well by Donna Andrews
  11. Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
  12. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
  13. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  14. Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan
  15. Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown
  16. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer Chow
  17. No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews
  18. A Fatal Fiction by Kaitlyn Dunnett
  19. One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay
  20. Death with a Dark Red Rose by Julia Buckley
  21. Telephone Line by Julie Mulhern
  22. The Penguin Who Knew Too Much by Donna Andrews
  23. Cockatiels at Seven by Donna Andrews
  24. Six Geese A-Slaying by Donna Andrews 
  25. A Dark and Silent Night by Julia Buckley

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