2020 Reading Challenges: 1st Quarter Update

Posted March 31, 2020 by Lillian in Features / 1 Comment

Today is only the last day of March….y’all I feel like 2020 should be over! This year is dragging by. The first quarter (excluding COVID-19) saw a lot of changes in my life. We decided to homeschool our son, and I started that in January. A week later my husband’s job was caught in corporate “downsizing.” A month after that we took a big gamble and opened his clinic. Three weeks later we were forced to close the clinic because it wasn’t considered an “essential business.” To say 2020 is stressful is an understatement. BUT I know most of you are in the same boat. Despite the stress (or maybe because of it), I’ve been reading more than I have in a long time. During the first quarter, I managed to read/listen to 28 books. ๐Ÿ™Œ Read on to see how those books fit into my challenges.

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The 2020 Audiobook Challenge is hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Hot Listens. For this challenge, you simply have to listen to audiobooks. You can sign up anytime between now and December 31, 2020. My goal this year is Look Ma No Hands (50+ audiobooks). I’m not sure I’ll get that level this year. I didn’t take into account that I listened to books mostly when little man was at school….well he’s home now SO I’m not listening as much. During this quarter, I managed to listen to 4 audiobooks. Here are the books I listened to during the 1st quarter:

  1. Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak
  2. Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine
  3. Heir of Iron Hearts by Bekah Harris
  4. Influence by David R. Bernstein

2020 Audiobook Challenge: 6/25

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The 2020 Book To Movie Challenge is hosted by Michelle @ Gather Together and Read. This challenge challenges the reader to read books that will become movies during the current year. Michelle has already done the hard work for you by compiling a list of 2020 movies with their release dates. You can sign up here anytime between now and December 31, 2020. My goal for this challenge is First One to the Theater (4+ books). Iโ€™m also going to participate in the additional levels Not Ready to Let Go (1+ books from 2019) and The Movie Was Better (What?!) (seeing the movie that goes with the book). During this quarter, I read 0 books for this challenge ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

However my son and I are currently reading The One and Only Ivan together so that will count….I wonder if comics count? Read and watched Locke & Key this quarter ๐Ÿ˜

2020 Book to Movie Challenge: 0/6

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The 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge is hosted by Celebrity Readers. The point of this challenge is to finish those series youโ€™ve already started or if the series isnโ€™t completely published yet to catch up to the most current book. You can sign up here anytime between now and December 1, 2020. My goal this challenge is A-List Series Finisher (9+ series completed). During this quarter, I read 5 books and finished 1 series. Here are the books I read during the 1st quarter:

  1. Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine
  2. The Tempest Sea by Robin D. Mahle
  3. The Forgotten World by Robin D. Mahle
  4. An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham
  5. The Problem With Cupid by Robin Daniels
  6. River Gate by Kay L. Moody

Here are the series I’ve completed so far this year:

  1. The Great Library by Rachel Caine

2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge: 12/15

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The Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2020 is hosted by Reading Between the Pages Basically this challenge is for reviewers, and for me, those that need to get above 80%. You can sign up for this challenge until December 31, 2020. My goal for this challenge is Gold (50 books). I’m hoping to clean of that Netgalley shelf for good this year ๐ŸคžDuring this quarter, I read 4 eARCs from Netgalley. Here are the books I read during the 1st quarter:

  1. Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine
  2. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
  3. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
  4. An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham

#NGEW2020: 10/50

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The 2020 New Release Challenge is hosted by Linda & Brandee @(un)Conventional Bookworms. The rules of this challenge are simple: read any book that was released after January 1st of the current year that is at least 100 pages and review it. You can sign up any time between now and September 1, 2020. My goal for this challenge is New Release Pro (31-60 books). During this quarter, I read 16 new releases. Here are the books I read during the 1st quarter:

  1. Jesse and the Ice Princess by Michelle MacQueen
  2. Fae Hunter by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  3. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
  4. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic by Michelle MacQueen
  5. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
  6. An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham
  7. The Lost Link by Michelle Bryan
  8. The Problem With Cupid by Robin Daniels
  9. The Lost Legends by Cait Marie
  10. Spencer and the Younger Girl by Michelle MacQueen
  11. If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
  12. Dragon Rising by M. Lynn
  13. Spindle and Dagger by J. Anderson Coats
  14. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Fae Captive by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  16. River Gate by Kay L. Moody

2020 New Release Challenge: 31/40

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The 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge is hosted by Ms. Nose in a Book. This is a sci-fi and fantasy reading challenge made up of twenty prompts. You can sign up here until December 31, 2020. My goal for this challenge is to read at least half of the prompts (so 10 books). During this quarter, I read 7 books. Here are the books I read during the 1st quarter:

  1. Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak (Read a Sci Fantasy)
  2. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (Read a book with stars on the cover or in the title)
  3. The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne (Read a book that takes place in space, on a ship or on a different planet)
  4. The Lost Link by Michelle Bryan (Read a militaristic sci fi book or a portal fantasy)
  5. Dragon Rising by M. Lynn (Read a book with dragons in it)
  6. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (Read a book over 500 pages)
  7. Amber Vial by Frost Kay (Read an SFF novella)

2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge: 11/10

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Your Turn! Are you participating in any challenges this year? Are you meeting your goals? Share below ๐Ÿ’—

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