Reading Challenge

A Reading Challenge for 2020

I don’t often set myself reading challenges, particularly in terms of reading x books per year.  As soon as there’s a target to reach, I start to find reading less enjoyable as it becomes more about maintaining a certain pace rather than just sitting and enjoying a good book.  I know that I read approx. 10 books per month and 120 books per year.  Sometimes it’s a little over, sometimes a little under, but that’s fine for me.

When I started my blog in 2015, I had a vague notion to read all of the Booker Prize Winners at a rate of one per month, and failed miserably because, frankly, some of them I just didn’t enjoy at all! 😐  There are have been some real gems that I’ve discovered via the Booker Prize – most notably The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – but a lot of them just don’t hold much appeal.

However.  I have decided on something of a whim that this year I am going to set myself a goal of sorts.  I love fantasy fiction, but haven’t read as much of the genre since beginning my blog, and I also have a naughty habit of beginning a series and then not getting very far with it.  This year, it’s going to be different!  I’ve never been one to do things by halves, and so, rather than making it easy for myself and picking a single series to ease myself in gently, I’ve decided to tackle three! 😀  In fairness, it’s actually 2 and a half, as I’m already halfway through one of these series.

Here are the books and series I’m hoping to read this year.  It’s certainly feasible, but I’m not going to worry too much if it runs into 2021, and if a series becomes less enjoyable as it progresses (it happens!) then you may never hear anything more about it on this blog, and I will deny all knowledge should you ask me about it 😛


The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

I’ve read the first three of this series, and I have books four and five waiting patiently for me to pick them up.  There is also a sixth book – not strictly a Memoir of Lady Trent as the first five are, but featuring Isabella’s granddaughter, Audrey.  As it’s set in the same universe and linked to the original series, I’m counting it.

  1. A Natural History of Dragons
  2. The Tropic of Serpents
  3. The Voyage of the Basilisk
  4. In the Labyrinth of Drakes
  5. Within the Sanctuary of Wings
  6. Turning Darkness into Light

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

I recently saw a review for The Secret Chapter from Dave who blogs at https://espressococo.com/ (fabulous blog – please do give Dave a follow if you don’t already) and was immediately intrigued.  I managed to sneak The Secret Library – the first in the series – onto my Christmas wish list just in time, and I was delighted when Santa granted my wish.  I’ve read it and loved it, and I’m keen to continue with the rest of the series.

  1. The Invisible Library (review to be posted shortly!)
  2. The Masked City
  3. The Burning Page
  4. The Lost Plot
  5. The Mortal Word
  6. The Secret Chapter

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

I actually read the first few books in this series when they first came out – Temeraire was first published in 2006 and while I enjoyed it, I lost track of the later novels published in the series.  To be honest, I couldn’t remember a great deal about it other than the headline (and I really hope that this was Novik’s elevator pitch for the series) – the Napoleonic Wars, but with dragons!  I’ve recently reread Temeraire, the first in the series, and enjoyed it all over again!

  1. Temeraire (review to be posted shortly!)
  2. The Throne of Jade
  3. Black Powder War
  4. Empire of Ivory
  5. Victory of Eagles
  6. Tongues of Serpents
  7. Crucible of Gold
  8. Blood of Tyrants
  9. League of Dragons

Wish me luck!

11 comments

  1. Good luck with your reading this year. “As soon as there’s a target to reach, I start to find reading less enjoyable….” I’m so with you here, but this year I felt like planning a little of my reading–will i actually read them, though? WHo knows! i agree on Booker and other prize winners, Many just aren’t for me. Good post.

    1. Thank you! And I know what you mean – I think that there’s a balance to be had between some planning, and a clearly defined target. Left with a completely open “what shall I read next?” I spend a fair amount of time dithering as I try to choose!

  2. Good luck!
    I also want to finish The Memoirs of Lady Trent this year! But I’m excluding Turning Darkness into Light, because I’m considering it a standalone companion novel.

    1. Thank you! ☺️

      I wasn’t sure whether to include it or not, but thought that by including it that I’d be more likely to get to it sometime this year! 😂

  3. I LOVE the Lady Isabella Trent series – it’s one of my favourite all time series. I finished Turning Darkness Into Light last week. It’s not AS good as the original series, but it has the same feel and tone to it 🙂

    I read the Temeraire series years ago and really need to go back and reread it. Three books in that series have come out since then!

    1. I’m three books in, and I love it – I can’t wait to read the next book!

      I can’t remember how much of the Temeraire series I read before – I think maybe four books, but I don’t remember anything about the series. It’s quite nice revisiting it 🙂

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