2020 Reading Challenge: 20 Books For 2020

I was watching Narcos and I just randomly thought, “Girl, you said you’d read more last year and barely did any reading.” If you remember, I did a similar post which I wrote in advance to try to challenge myself to read and keep adding books to the post as the year went by. So I decided to do the 20 Books for 2020 challenge…

My love for reading started ways back in primary school around the age of 12. Back then I was hooked on the Sweet Valley High series that I used to check out from my school library. I was there quite often and sometimes I’d take more than 1 book at a time.

I spend a great deal of time at home at the moment so I have ample time on my hands available to read but I spend it doing other things like watching movies and series on Netflix for hours on end. Don’t even have a social life so when I say I’ve got time on my hands, I really freaken do.

It’s been decided that when I’m not studying or doing anything of importance, I will do some reading between binge-watching and before I go to bed. I’ll try to read before bed every day. I have set myself a reading goal of 30 minutes per day.

I have this tendency to start reading a book, put it down then forget about it for months so I’m trying to change that. At the moment I have about 3 books that are sitting around with bookmarks in them waiting to be picked up and finished.

The more intellectual books you’ll find in this list are my dad’s books that I found on the bookshelf in the study. They’ve been there for years and I just decided to give them a try.

Since the year is 2020 I’m going to stick with the theme of 20.

If you wanna read more then check out this post I came across: How To Read More Books: 15 Simple (Creative) Hacks by Hooked To Books; which has helped me with my reading mission.

Let’s see if I can actually read 20 books this year *fingers crossed* while balancing the rest of my life or minimum, a book a month which would equal 12. That sounds doable, doesn’t it?

I’ll try to keep my thoughts/summaries brief or else this is going to turn into an extremely long post lol. I won’t be giving a summary of every book on this list, some of them I will just mention by name. P.S this doesn’t mean that the book sucked or anything negative. I don’t finish books that I don’t like.

My reading pile

Before I continue I would just like to state that not all of the books mentioned below are in the photograph; in case some of you wanna jump down my throat about that.

I tried not to say too much just in case you wanna read these yourselves so there aren’t really any spoilers.


Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

I was curious about this one after completing the series. Very high school. I had been wanting to get my hands on it for ages out of curiosity but I must say, watching the series was way better! Read it in 2 days.

Success Intelligence by Robert Holden

This one gives great insight as to how to become a success in your own right and examines success in today’s “manic society”. It was such a good read and teaches us that success is something that is already in us we just need to bring it out. As you read along the book provides you with plenty of tips on how to obtain success.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Book 1 of a 4 book series. I found this to be a good fantasy type novel. The story takes place in the small town of Gatlin.

It follows the journey of the young caster, Lena Ducahannes as she comes into her powers as she nears her 16th birthday. Lena longs to be a normal teenager but with a family and a life like hers, life’s not that simple.

She’s recently moved into town and lives with her uncle Macon, the town shut-in and she faces a lot of backlash from her fellow high school classmates for being so weird and standing out. Lena falls in love with a boy who discovers just how “weird” she actually is. Oh and also; her mom (whom she’s never met) comes to town…

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Book 2 of the series.

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Book 3 of the 4 book series by the duo.

A price must be paid to forge the New Order. The world will end unless the 1 who is 2 is sacrificed. But who is it? John Breed? Ethan Wate? His caster girlfriend Lena Duchannes? Or is it someone else…

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The last book in the series by the duo and the end to such a great story. I don’t want to give too much away but I did shed a little tear.
Is death really the end?

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

“The secret to achieving more with less” Striving to get the most out of your life and improve significantly? Then this book is a must-read. Discover the secret to achieving success by being more efficient in the way that you do things. This book will change the way you think and help transform your life for the better in academics, business, and personal spheres.

Learn how to maximize your time!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The story of America’s first black president and first lady, written by the former first lady herself.

So well written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learning more about this remarkable woman. Proof of how hard work and perseverance really pays off.

I hope to be able to write my own story as Michelle Obama did. I learned a bunch of new words too hahahah.

Truly inspirational. She really is a remarkable woman.

The Motivated Mind by Dr. Raj Persaud

This one teaches you how to be and stay motivated and the power of having a motivated mind.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My first ever audiobook; which I got free with my Audible trial.

I must say it was actually quite a good read. I liked how it was written. The story is about a boy, Santiago, who travels from his homelands in search of treasure and learns a great deal along the way.

Highly recommend!

*side note, audiobooks are amazingly convenient as you can listen to your favourite books while you go on about your life whether you are busy cooking, cleaning, driving, etc. there’s no excuse not to read.

I’m more of a fiction fan when it comes to reading but I am trying to read more books that will help me to further myself in life.

Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned in this post? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

books piling up

If you don’t like reading actual books you can still enjoy a great classic novel via Audible.

If you don’t know what Audible is, it’s an app where you can listen to the audio version of all your favourite books. The great thing about audiobooks is that you can listen to them anytime, anywhere!

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P.S it’s not too late to complete your reading goal!

Happy reading!

A true-crime-obsessed, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa whose interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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