2020 Reading Challenge


My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020

At the beginning of 2020 I set myself the challenge of reading 100 books for the year. In 2019 I set a goal of 55 books and I managed to read 105 books – so I know I can do it!

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January 2020

1. Aunt Dimity and the Duke – Nancy Atherton 3*

2. The Yorkshire Pudding Club – Milly Johnson 3*

3. The Psychology of Time Travel – Kate Mascarenhas 4*

4. The Other Wife (Joseph O’Loughlin) – Michael Robotham 4*

February 2020

5. The Testaments (The Handmaids Tale #2)- Margaret Atwood 4*

6. Seventeen – Suzanne Lowe 4* – Friday Fiction #1

7. Rage – Suzanne Lowe 4* – Friday Fiction #1

8. Where the Story Starts – Imogen Clark 4*

9. Marriage Unarranged – Ritu Bhathal 5*Friday Fiction #2

10. It’s OK that you’re not OK – Megan Devine 4*

11. The Body in the Dales – J R Ellis 3* – Friday Fiction #3

12. When we believed in Mermaids – Barbara O’Neal 4* – Friday Fiction #3

13. The Quartet Murders – J R Ellis 4*

14. The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse 4*

15. The Dinner – Herman Koch 3* (Book Club #1 for 2020)

March 2020

16. The Murder at Redmire Hall – J R Ellis 4*

17. Holy Island (book 1)- L J Ross 4*

18. The Royal Baths Murder – J R Ellis 3*

19. Sycamore Gap (book 2) – L J Ross 4*

20. Heavenfield – (book 3) – LJ Ross 4*

21. Angel (book 4) – LJ Ross 4*

22. We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad: A practical guide to parenting our ageing parents – Jean Kittson 4*

23. Highforce (book 5) – LJ Ross 4*

24. Cragside (book 6) – LJ Ross 4*

25. Kings and Queens – Terry Tyler 4*

26. Dark Skies (book 7)- LJ Ross 4*

27. The Other Side – Terry Tyler 4*

28. Teacher – Gabi Stroud 4* (book club)

29. Seven Bridges (book 8) – LJ Ross 4*

30. The Hermitage (book 9) – LJ Ross 4*

April 2020

31. Big Sky – Kate Atkinson 4*

32. 55 – James Delargy 4*

33. Longstone (book 10) – LJ Ross 4*

34. The Moor (book 12) – LJ Ross 4*

35. Penshaw (book 13) – LJ Ross 4*

36. The Secrets of Midwives – Sally Hepworth 4*

37. The Good Turn – Dervla McTiernan 4*

38. Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space – Toni Pike 5*

39. Borderlands (book 14) – LJ Ross 4*

40. Wasteland – Terry Tyler 5*

41. Ryan’s Christmas (book 15) – LJ Ross 4*

May 2020

42. The Woman Next Door – Liz Byrski 4*

43. Bruny – Heather Rose 4*

44. Swimming in the Dark – Paddy Richardson 4* (book club)

45. Silver – Chris Hammer 4*

46. The Shrine (book 16) – LJ Ross 3*

47. The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan 4*

48. Grown Ups – Marian Keyes 4*

June 2020

49. Suspect – Michael Robotham 3*

50. Grandmothers: Essays by 21st century grandmothers – Helen Elliott 5*

51. 8 Lives – Susan Hurley 4* (book club)

52. The Scholar – Cormac Reilly #2 Dervla McTiernan 4*

53. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hunger Games #0) – Suzanne Collins 4*

54. The Wall – John Lanchester 4* (bookclub)

55. The End of October – Lawrence Wright 4*

July 2020

56. Sheerwater – Leah Swann 3*

57. Broadland (DI Tanner #1) – David Blake 3*

58. Phosphorescence – Julia Baird 3*

59. St Benet’s (DI Tanner #2) – David Blake 3*

60. Imposter – (Alexander Gregory Thrillers #1) – LJ Ross 3*

61. Hysteria – (Alexander gregory Thrillers #2) – LJ Ross 3*

62. Bedlam – (Alexander Gregory Thrillers #3) – LJ Ross 4*

63. Moorings – (DI Tanner #3) – David Blake 4*

August 2020

64. Commuters – Emily Gray Tedrowe – 2*

65. Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly 4*

66. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid 3*

67. Three Rivers – (DI Tanner #4) – David Blake 3*

68. On with the Butter – Heidi Herman 5*

69. The Weekend – Charlotte Wood 3*

70. My Husband’s Wife – Jane Corry 3*

71. The Dead Ex – Jane Corry 4*

72. Baby, It’s you – Joanne Tracey 5*

September 2020

73. Big Girls Don’t Cry – Joanne Tracey 5*

74. Dictionary of Lost Words – Pip Williams 5*

75. The Light in the Hallway – Amanda Prowse 4*

76. The Mother Fault – Kate Mildenhall 4*

77. Lost (Joe O’Loughlin #2) – Michael Robotham 4*

78. Skylarking – Kate Mildenhall 4*

79. Bittersweet – Colleen McCullough 3*

October 2020

80. The Survivors – Jane Harper 4*

81. I Want You Back – Joanne Tracey 5*

82. All Our Shimmering Skies – Trent Dalton 5*

83. When the Night Comes – Favel Parrett 4*

84. The ones you trust – Caroline Overington 4*

85. Trust – Chris Hammer 4*

86. The Best Boomerville Hotel – Caroline James 4*

November 2020

87. Boomerville at Ballymegille – Caroline James 4*

88. Brave Girl, Quiet Girl – Catherine Ryan Hyde 4*

89. The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier 4*

90. The Thursday Murder Club #1 – Richard Osman 4*

91. Careful what you wish for – Joanne Tracey 5*

92. The Visitor – Terry Tyler 4*

December 2020

93. Holding – Graham Norton 5*

94. A Keeper – Graham Norton 4*

95. Home Stretch – Graham Norton 4*

96. Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six – Jane Goodwin 3*

97. Macca the Alpaca – Matt Cosgrove 5*

98. The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson 5*

99. A Stack of Alpacas – Matt Cosgrove 5*

100. Plunge – Liesbet Collaert 4*

101. Pax – Sara Pennypacker 3.5*

102. In the Company of Strangers – Liz Byrski 4*

103. Friend Request – Laura Marshall 4*


I have included links to Goodreads on each of these titles, so if you want more information on what the book is about, click the title and away you go! I read a wide range….just saying!

Please note I will bold all of my 5* star ratings – I’m fairly strict with what I give 5 stars to, so you can be assured that these are my favourites.

My rating code: 1* did not finish/terrible; 2* OK; 3* enjoyable; 4* really good ; 5* excellent

Let’s see how many I get up to this year! I don’t set any rules or follow any plans, I just read what I feel like, what friends have recommended and what takes my eye. I rarely start a book and not finish it, but it does happen sometimes!

Are you on Goodreads? – you can join me 🙂

My wrap-up post for my 2019 challenge is here:

My 2019 Reading Challenge and Top Reads

You can find my lists for 2019, 201820172016 and my 2014/2015 books by clicking on the links.

Every now and again I do a Friday Fiction post just to keep updating my reading collections!

Friday Fiction banner

Friday Fiction – Confronting Reads


Friday Fiction this week has a theme of confronting books! It seems I’ve moved on from comfort reads. what are you reading at the moment?

I’d love to hear what you’re reading too. And any recommendations are always welcome 🙂

Deb xx


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10 Replies to “2020 Reading Challenge”

      1. I like your short way of keeping track I did that for a while, then I started writing reviews. That slowed me down a lot. Recently I haven’t even had time to read anything but blogs, so good for you! Your page inspires me to start in next year and set a reading goal. You have a great website. It’s well organized and interesting. 🙂

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        1. Many thanks for your comments Marsha, I often wonder what people think when they visit my blog, so I do appreciate hearing your thoughts. It’s been a huge job to get it the way I want it and I’ve done it all myself, so a steep learning curve, but I’m in a happy place just now with it all. I’ve just updated my reading page as your comment reminded me that I needed to do it! Thanks 🙂

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  1. Wow Deb. Such an amazing list. I will pick books from this list. Do you select books published this year only or just any book that you find interesting?
    Do you read them on kindle? I recently saw that some books actually cost more to buy on kindle than to order a paperback copy.

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    1. Hi Deepa, thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment. To answer your questions I select any books that I have heard of, sound interesting and i usually read on a kindle. I use the local library’s app and download the books I want to borrow then return them digitally when I’m done. It works well.

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