January 2020 Reading Plan


National Days:

  • 1st January, Independence Day, Haiti. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (set in Haiti)
  • 26th January, Australia Day, Australia Happy Valley by Patrick White (Australian classic; Australian Nobel prize-winning author; set in Australia)
  • 26th January, Republic Day, India. The far field : a novel, Vijay, Madhuri (set in India; Indian author).

Literary Awards:


Book Club Year-long Challenge

Twisted Trivia in 2020

On a quiz of trivia knowledge, answers determine the tasks. There are 30 cards with 6 categories each: Geography; Entertainment; History; Art/Literature; Science; Sport. Each question has two possible tasks, and you will chose a book for one of the tasks depending on the results of your answers. If you got the answer correct, you will do the “Yay” Task. If you got it incorrect, you will do the “Nay” Task. To earn Badge 1, read 12 books; Badge 2, 18 books; Badge 3, 25 books.

  • Badge 1, book 1
  • Card 11
  • Nay History
  • Meet Me at Lennon’s by Melanie Myers
  • 265 pages
  • Task – Two of the words in the title start with the letter M.
  • The book’s title has two words “Meet” and “Me” that start with the letter M.
  • Badge 1, book 2
  • Card 22
  • Nay Entertainment
  • After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
  • 419 pages
  • The theme of the book is survival that does not involve war situations.
  • Badge 1 Book 3
  • Card 12
  • Art/Literature Nay
  • Taking Tom Murray Home by Tim Slee
  • 288 pages
  • The book is set in a small town. 
  • The story starts in the small town of fictional Yardley in country Victoria. It then moves through a number of the actual small towns along the Southern coast of Victoria. So, not just one town. The story also reflects small-town values. 
  • Badge 1, Book 4
  • Card 26
  • Art/Literature Yay
  • The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
  • 432 pages
  • The book is set in Italy, India or Indonesia.
  • The book is set in Bangalore and Kashmir, India
  • Badge 1, book 5
  • Card 25
  • Sport Nay
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • 317 pages
  • The theme is North American aboriginal people.
  • This book is about the Ojibwe people of North Dakota. 
  • Badge 1, book 6
  • Card
  • Link to book read. REQUIRED: If the cover is part of the task, link the cover of the edition you read as well.
  • List the number of pages of the edition you read.
  • Give a very brief summary of the task.
  • State how the book fits the criteria.
  • Specifications required in the task. Some tasks require that you report a specific thing. IE – a task requires that you read a book from a Listopia. You need to identify which position number the book is on the list so that it can be verified.
  • Badge 1, book 7
  • Card
  • Link to book read. REQUIRED: If the cover is part of the task, link the cover of the edition you read as well.
  • List the number of pages of the edition you read.
  • Give a very brief summary of the task.
  • State how the book fits the criteria.
  • Specifications required in the task. Some tasks require that you report a specific thing. IE – a task requires that you read a book from a Listopia. You need to identify which position number the book is on the list so that it can be verified.