Oh, man. I am super late on this post. Even though in many places, social distancing orders are still in effect, I'm busier than ever with a new baby and working from home. If you find yourself with more downtime, the weather is getting nicer, so grab a book and head to your backyard or a quiet park. [Outside isn't canceled.] Tackle some of your TBR list or get some new ideas (Kindle and Audible books are easy to order without leaving your bed). 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.
May Book Ideas: A book that takes place in the state you live in.
This month’s category is a book that takes place in the state you live or where you grew up. This is probably the most straight forward category. See my list of recommendations below, organized by state. If you live outside of the United States, pick a book that takes place in your city or country.
For the purpose of this month's challenge, you can pick children's literature, young adult, or adult fiction. It can even be non-fiction! Perhaps there's a memoir where the author lives in your area.
Here are some of my recommendations for May:
- Alabama: Looking for Alaska | John Green
- Alaska: Mud Vein | Tarryn Fisher
- Arizona: Star Girl | Jerry Spinelli
- Arkansas: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain
- California: Landline | Rainbow Rowell
- Colorado: The Shining | Stephen King
- Connecticut: Orange is the New Black | Piper Kerman
- Delaware: Beloved | Toni Morrison
- Florida: F*ck Love | Tarryn Fisher
- Georgia: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda | Becky Albertalli
- Hawaii: The Descendants | Kaui Hart Hemmings
- Idaho: Educated | Tara Westover
- Illinois: Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
- Indiana: Turtles All The Way Down | John Green
- Iowa: Rooville | Julie Long
- Kansas: Dark Places | Gillian Flynn
- Kentucky: Memory Keeper's Daughter | Kim Edwards
- Louisiana: Never Never | Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
- Maine: Empire Falls | Richard Russo
- Maryland: Spool of Blue Thread | Anne Tyler
- Massachusetts: We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
- Michigan: Bird Box | Josh Malerman
- Minnesota: Shiver | Maggie Stiefvater
- Mississippi: The Gone Dead | Chanelle Benz
- Missouri: Sweet Dreams | Joan Monk Potter
- Montana: The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Emily M. Danforth
- Nebraska: Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
- Nevada: The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
- New Hampshire: The Storyteller | Jodi Picoult
- New Jersey: One for the Money | Janet Evanovich
- New Mexico: Haters | Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
- New York: An Anonymous Girl | Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
- North Carolina: Where The Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens
- North Dakota: Apple in the Middle | Dawn Quigley
- Ohio: Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng
- Oklahoma: The Outsiders | S.E. Hinton
- Oregon: What Light | Jay Asher
- Pennsylvania: The Perfect Stranger | Megan Miranda
- Rhode Island: My Sister's Keeper | Jodi Picoult
- South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
- South Dakota: Little House on the Prarie | Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Tennessee: An Abundance of Katherines | John Green
- Texas: Confess | Colleen Hoover
- Utah: The Never-Open Desert Diner | James Anderson
- Vermont: The Secret History | Donna Tartt
- Virginia: To All The Boys I've Loved Before | Jenny Han
- Washington: Where'd You Go Bernadette | Maria Semple
- West Virginia: Shiloh | Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Wisconsin: The Westing Game | Ellen Raskin
- Wyoming: My Friend Flicka | Mary O'Hara
Outside of United States
- Australia: Big Little Lies | Liana Moriarty
- China: Cinder | Marissa Meyer
- England: In a Dark, Dark Wood | Ruth Ware
- Ireland: Sweet Little Lies | Caz Frear
- Japan: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Marie Kondo
- Scotland: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman
I will be reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates since I currently live in Virginia.
So let me know which book you are choosing for May! And remember to tag me @judgingmorethanjustthecover and use the hashtag #JudgingMoreChallenge.