Need a new year’s resolution? Look no further! The 2020 Thoughtful Reading Challenge is designed to indulge your reading habit while also nudging you out of the box of your usual genres. I really enjoyed the 2019 challenge and found myself loving books I wouldn’t have typically read, like Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and The Martian by Andy Weir.
Thanks to everyone who joined me for the 2019 challenge and I hope you like 2020 topics.
January – Read or Re-read the First Book of a Series
January is the first month of a brand new year, so it seems fitting to read the first book of a series. Or, if you have a favorite series, it would be interesting to re-read the book that hooked you.
February – Read a Biography of a US President
In the US, we celebrate Presidents Day in February. I thought this would be a good chance to learn more about the men who led our country.
March – Read a Mystery Novel
I’m dubbing March “Mystery Month” and I’ll be reviewing several mysteries this month.
April – Read a Pulitzer Prize Winner
This is a category from the previous challenge that I thought was worth repeating. I like to do this one in April because that’s when the newest winners are announced.
May – Read a Novel by a Mexican Writer
In the month of Cinco de Mayo, why not learn more about Mexican culture while you’re sipping on that margarita?
June – Read a Novel with a Strong Father Character
Why? Happy Fathers Day!
July – Read a Nonfiction Book About Sports
The summer Olympics begins in July and I absolutely love the Olympics. Get in the mood by reading about historical sporting events or noteworthy athletes. If you need a suggestion, here’s my favorite.
August – Read a Novel Set in a Cold Climate
Beat the August heat by immersing yourself in a cold, snowy setting. If the author does it right, you’ll temporarily forget it’s sweltering outside. Here’s a good one for this category.
September – Read a Book (Fiction or Nonfiction) Set in World War II
September, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of V-J (Victory in Japan) Day. Recognize this historic event by reading about the war. Here’s one specifically about the war in the Pacific. There’s no shortage of good books in this genre!
October – Read a Novel Set at a College
October always reminds me of college football. There’s nothing like an October home game in South Bend! Cozy up to a book that’s set at a college, football optional.
November – Read a Political Thriller
Oh, good grief! It’s time for another Presidential election. Escape from reality by immersing yourself in a political thriller and see if fact is really stranger than fiction.
December – Read a Book with a Religious Theme
December is a great month to reflect on God and spiritual matters. End the year on a positive note!
Hope some of these categories catch your interest. Please join me for another year of thoughtful reading.