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Reading Challenge: 30 Books in 30 Days Start

September usually means back to school and also time for my Reading Challenge! Which means today is the first day of my 30 Books in 30 Days Reading Challenge! Plus, I’m making some adjustments in tracking and posting from what I planned in my previous post. You’ll also find the booklist in the linked post.


Each Friday, I’ll post reviews of the books I’ve read up to then, and I will update my Goodreads with every book I read as I read it. Follow me there for updates.

I adjusted my plans from the earlier post because once a day is a lot because of my health and other obligations, but a weekly post is a lot more achievable. I organized the reading list by the author’s last name and then by series for the two series I’m reading, and set up a Kindle collection as well, in reading list order. Anything to make it easier to remember where I am and what I’m reading and what I need to do next. A couple of books were not purchased from Amazon, but via the World SF Storybundle, and sent to Kindle so I could read in one place. I wish there was an app that is not the Kindle that syncs progress with Goodreads and other reading sites.

Reading Challenge Method

I use the Kindle app on an Android tablet and my Pixel and Pixel 3a phones, and for books not from Amazon, I use MoonReader+ Pro paired with Calibre Companion on the devices and Calibre on my laptop. I archive all my Amazon Kindle purchases in Calibre, as Amazon has a nasty habit of pulling back books without refunds. That’ll be a post at some point, so keep an eye out!

Time to start my reading challenge with Strange Love by Ann Aguirre. It’s been in my queue since Feb of this year.

30 Books in 30 Days A Reading Challenge.

30 Books in 30 Days – A Reading Challenge


My inspiration was 30 Books in 30 Days Challenge | Book Riot, with a few tweaks of my own, since I’ve been haphazard with what I read. So I went through my kindle app and picked a variety of books I’ve been meaning to read. There’s a wide assortment, I feel, with some non-fiction, and a diverse range in fiction genres. Could be a little more diverse, but I only had 30 slots, and let’s say over 30 choices, not counting all the Instapaper article collections I have sent to my Kindle app.

Everyone is welcome to follow along! Make your own rules, or follow mine. The only firm rule is that it has to be thirty books in thirty days. The definition of a book is up to your taste. I’m planning on doing similar challenges for poetry, plays, short stories, and essays at a later time.

I’ll be posting a review of each book, so bear with me as I shake the rust off my reviewing skills. I’ll start the challenge on September 1, 2020, and do a wrap-up post beside the book reviews so keep your eyes peeled, or subscribe to the blog.

30 Books in 30 Days A Reading Challenge.

My Personal Rules

These are the rules I set for myself for this challenge. Adjust the rules if you wish for your own personal challenge.

  1. Over 100 pages & able to read the entire book in a day. ~900 is my max length.
  2. Cannot reread over 15 books. (Not Applicable because all the books I chose I haven’t read yet.)
  3. A mix of genres, but cannot be a blogging book, writing craft book or a business book.
  4. Must already have a copy. No buying specifically for this.
  5. No box sets, anthologies, or series bundles. Individual books only. Can read a series, but they have to be individual books.

My Booklist – 30 Books in 30 Days

  1. Strange Love: An Alien Abduction Romance – Ann Aguirre
  2. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
  3. The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me – Christopher Beha {Nonfiction}
  4. Grumpy Jake – Melissa Blue
  5. The Emperor’s Edge – Lindsay Buroker
  6. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
  7. A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers
  8. Record of a Spaceborn Few – Becky Chambers
  9. The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman
  10. In the Vanisher’s Palace – Aliette de Bodard
  11. Servant of the Underworld – Aliette de Bodard
  12. Dragon Unleashed – Grace Draven
  13. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  14. The Price of Salt – Patricia Highsmith
  15. A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmber
  16. The Raven Tower – Ann Leckie
  17. Jade City – Fonda Lee
  18. Brazen and the Beast – Sarah MacLean
  19. Sex on the Moon – Ben Mezrich {Nonfiction}
  20. Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  21. Love & Other Poisons – Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  22. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Nuevel
  23. Waking Gods – Sylvain Nuevel
  24. Only Human – Sylvain Nuevel
  25. A Conspiracy of Truths – Alexandra Rowland
  26. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  27. White Whiskey Bargain – Jodie Slaughter
  28. Make Me No Grave: A Weird West Novel – Hayley Stone
  29. Artemis: A Novel – Andy Weir
  30. American Nations – Colin Woodward {Nonfiction}

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