Well, Baby G made an early appearance. She was born one month early and earned herself a 10 day stay in the all-inclusive NICU. Now we are home, but I know my reading time will be limited. In order to stay honest about my reading goals, I invite all of you to join me in the Judging More Than Just the Cover 2020 Reading Challenge. Each month, we have a category to follow.
Pick at least one book that falls into that category. I’ll let you know what book I chose and give a few other suggestions.
Once you pick your book, make sure to tag me on social media and use the hashtag #JudgingMoreChallenge. I’ll share my favorites! At the end of the year, I’ll have lots of giveaways. I’ll pick winners based on who completed all 12 months of challenges!
Here’s the 2020 Reading Challenge:
January: A book with a strong female protagonist.
February: A book about nontraditional love.
March: A book you were supposed to read in high school, but didn’t.
April: An #OwnVoices character different than you.
May: A book that takes place in the state you live.
June: A book in your favorite genre.
July: A book in your least favorite genre.
August: A book that takes place near the beach.
September: A book you loved as a child.
October: A modern ghost story.
November: A book about a dysfunctional family.
December: A book that takes place in a snow storm.
February Book Ideas: A book about nontraditional love.
This month’s category is nontraditional romance. I’ll leave this up to your interpretation. Some people might interpret this as anything different from the mainstream romance trope of man and woman from the same race and similar age. That's fine! Or you can interpret this as any story that’s the opposite of a standard lovey-dovey romance novel. That is how I will be focusing my recommendations.
February is typically about Valentine’s Day and love. But not every love story is perfect. And not every story has a happy ending. So think of these as the relationships that are so wrong they are right. Or maybe they are plain wrong. Maybe they are taboo...or even illegal. Some are disturbing. Maybe it’s a relationship with a huge age difference. Maybe it’s about star-crossed lovers. Maybe it’s an affair. Maybe it’s between a boss and employee or teacher and student. These are not your “feel good” romance stories. And they typically don't have a happy ending.
Here are some of my recommendations for February:
- Verity by Colleen Hoover
- You by Caroline Kepnes
- Tampa by Alissa Nutting
- Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Since I have already read all of those, I will be reading Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.
So let me know which book you are choosing for February! And remember to tag me @judgingmorethanjustthecover and use the hashtag #JudgingMoreChallenge.