Welcome to the third Marshall Lyon County Library Reading Challenge! If you are new to our Challenge, it started in 2017 when I wanted to push myself to read more. Due to work, moving around, and life in general, I had lost the habit of reading (sorry state of affairs for a librarian!). After trying on my own to accomplish my New Year’s Resolution of “reading more” and failing, I thought a little public accountability might help. And it has! This year, I finished the MLCL Challenge, along with another challenge (Calendar of Crime hosted by My Reader’s Block blogger), although I admit that this year it has be a real … well, challenge to finish.
After two years of participating in MLCL Challenges, I have finally achieved my goal of reading more, as well as seeing what other participants are reading. These Challenges have also brought an added bonus: I have read things I never would have in the past and for the most part, I have really enjoyed them, even when I was sure I wouldn’t. Who knew there were Science Fiction and Fantasy Mysteries?!
With that success, we are off on a new Challenge in 2020. It is the usual 25 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with the flexibility of choosing whether you want to read mostly fiction or mainly nonfiction. This year, however, we have a BONUS 26th book! In honor of Lyon County’s 150th birthday in 2020, we are challenging participants to read a book published in the first 75 years of Lyon County (1870-1945).
Signing up is simple … just visit the Library’s GoodReads page (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/223422-marshall-lyon-county-library) and respond to the discussion post about this challenge that you would like to participate (a GoodReads account is required but it is free to sign up). To find out more about the challenge and to get a list of the challenge topics, visit this page.
Want to read harder in 2020? Try these other challenges as well:
- If you know about reading challenges, you are likely to be most familiar with PopSugar’s. It is a bit longer at 40 books and they have added a 10-book “2020” feature: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/reading-challenge-2020-46857621
- At the other end of the spectrum is Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge, which focuses more on quality than quantity. At a dozen prompts, it’s one book per month: https://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-challenge-2020/
- If you are like me, you have books on your list that you just don’t get to each year (and books keep getting added!). This challenge, Beat the Backlist, gets you to read the books on your TBR list, and hopefully get it to a more reasonable size: https://www.novelknight.com/btb2020/
- For a nearly exhaustive list of 2020 Reading Challenges, check out GirlXOXO’s list: https://www.girlxoxo.com/the-master-list-of-2020-reading-challenges/
Personally, I am also trying the Alphabet Challenge (choosing an authors’ name for each letter), as well as beginning to read Newbery Award Winners (given by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution in American children’s literature, first awarded in 1922). I hope you will join me in making 2020 the best bookish year ever!