Saturday, December 28, 2019

Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid: 2020 Reading Challenge

Thank you for joining The Scented Library and The Redolent Mermaid for our third reading challenge! Jay and I enjoy reading and even better, reading with friends. Below are the prompts Jay and I created as a guide to reading outside the box. Feel free to join us in challenging ourselves to read them all or simply join us for one or two!

1. Quickie- 200 pages or less.
2. On the briny- a saltwater reading experience.
3. Ready set read- Finish a series, or start a new one.
4. Memory lane- a book you missed out on from childhood.
5. Name dropper- get proper with a titular character [named after the book's subject].
6. Magical realism
7. Make it the year of the lycan-read a wolfish book.
8. Eye candy cover
9. A tear jerker- I'm not crying, you're crying!
10. Get lost in time- book set in the future or past, or both.
11. A book you'd turn to when feeling blue.
12.  Cover Text Intertwined With Images: big 2019 novel trend.
13. Stay Golden with gilded pages or shimmering cover accents.
14. Do you have a nightlight? Read something spooky if you do.
15. Borrowed book- library, lil’ free library, or friend, don't forget to return it!
16. Seek the throne-heraldry or castle on the cover.
17. New-to-you author
18. A centenarian book, one that is 100 years or older. 
19. Our pets are the best of us. Read a story with a dear dog or cherished cat companion.
20. Colorless- a stark cover with only black/white/gray.
21. Forest Bathing- trees on the cover, in the title or as subject matter.
22. Generation Z- A teen or young adult author.
23. Book based on a real event- true story based fiction, or non-fiction. 
24. Reading rebel- a controversial book, or featuring a literary rebel.
25. Illuminated Illustrations: a book with photographs or art within.
26. 20/20 Vision. A book that helped you to see something clearer. 
27. Gold Star. You get one just for reading a book. Your choice.
28. The White Whale- book on your tbr forever, a weighty book, or one you couldn't bring yourself to read before [or that you think will be the end of you].
29. Home is where the heart is. A house on the cover. 
30. Old Fashioned: A book with a table of contents.

If you join us for even one prompt please share your book and rating, mini-review, or simply a “what I am currently reading photo” on social media by adding the tag #bookishjayandthereadingmermaid. We hope that 2020 brings us all health, happiness, great opportunities and wonderful stories to read.

What are you most looking forward to reading? I am finally going to dive into The Name of the Wind series, I have been holding on to it for years now.


  1. We've done it again:)

    I also dnf'd the challenge, but am not beating myself up over it. I'm looking ahead at all of the juicy reads to come and envy your first reading of TNofW, it's the epitome of epic! I do hope Rothfuss gets to writing that finale soon, I'm sweating catching up to it.

    1. YAY!! And thank you!! I am so very excited!!! I am reading The 5th Wave right now because Scarlette read it and wants to watch the movie so I wanted to read it as well.

      SEEEE!!!!! I really want to try to wait it out until he finishes the series but I have wanted to read it for years. And who knows how long it will take him? I am still waiting on old Georgie Martin.

    2. Okay, you two, well done, these are some great prompts, and I'm going to attempt to follow along nicely, but I seriously biffed last year's challenge, so we shall see! Long, run-on sentence to say - I'll try. ;)

    3. Thank you! I was very much excited that Jay was willing to do this again. It is one of the things I look forward to throughout the year. <3 Cannot wait to see what you chose for your prompts! And no pressure... just join us for the ones you feel you can get to.