2020 Reading Challenge

As I have said it is already February so indeed time to set my Reading Challenge for 2020.  I have decided to do a challenge called Clear the Shelves.  I need to get to all the books that I haven’t read that are still on my shelves.  I need to make a list and then set about reading them.  I can assure you that in our study I have quite a number of books that I haven’t read. Many of those books are books that my husband has read and his taste in fiction is not the same as mine so I will be branching out a bit.

I will still be able to read books that are not on my shelves, mainly from the library, but I will try not to buy any books this year.  I will still record books that I have read in January as I hadn’t started the challenge then.


The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (borrowed from a friend)

The Yield by Tara June Winch (from the library)


Runaway by Peter May

Heart of the Dreaming by Di Morrissey

Carved in Bone by Jefferson Bass

Peace by Garry Disher

The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh


The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan

The Brush Off by Shane Maloney

The Good Woman of Renmark by Darry Fraser

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

Silver by Chris Hammer

Everything and Nothing by Araminta Hall


Amnesia by Peter Carey

The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks

Falling Angels by Tracey Chevalier

Different Class by Joanne Harris


The Journey by Josephine Cox

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  (I started this in January 2017 and have just returned to it and finished it very quickly.  Not quite sure why I left it, maybe because it was a really thick book.)

The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall

No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson

Passage of Love by Alex Miller

See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill

The Peppered Moth by Margaret Drabble


In The Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris

All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark

Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo

L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais

Thirst by Jo Nesbo

Freeze Frame by Peter May


Entry Island by Peter MAy

Indigo Slam by Robert Crais

Taken by Robert Crais

The Promise by Robert Crais

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

The Wanted by Robert Crais

Hush Hush by James Patterson

The Silent Inheritance by Joy Dettman

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams


Platform Seven bu Louise Doughty

The Lying Room by Nicci French

A Thousand Days in Venice by Mariena de Blasi

The Strays by Emily Bitto

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Trespass by Rose Tremain

The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve

Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride


The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

Still Life by Val McDermid

When She was Good by Michael Robotham

Wrongful Death by Lynda La Plante

Cheaters by J R Carroll

Twisted by Lynda La Plante

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The Nowhere Child by Christian White

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White


The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Mertel

The hanging Valley by Peter Robinson

Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson

Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson

A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin

The Shipping News by Annie Prouix

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

No Cure for Love by Peter Robinson


Piece of my Heart by Peter Robinson

Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson

Brooklyn by Colm Tobin

Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre

The Talisman by Lynda La Plante

The Red Dahlia by Lynda La Plante

Clean Cut by Lynda la Plante


Tennison by Lynda La Plante

Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante

A Face in the Crowd by Lynda La Plante

Silent Victims by Lynda La Plante

Find Them Dead by Peter James

The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin

The Survivors by Jane Harper

Did I succeed in my challenge? No I didn’t.  My bookshelves still have many unread items on the there but I have read many that had been there for quite a while.  My down fall was attending a second hand book sale where I purchased many more books.  What will my challenge be for 2021?  I would like to try some new authors.  I will endeavour to read a new author each month.