Read in 2020

January

National & International DaysTitle
Australia Day, Australia. 26th JanuaryHappy Valley by Patrick White Australian classic; Australian Nobel prize-winning author; set in Australia.
Republic Day, India. 26th January.The far field : a novel, by Madhuri Vijay Set in India; Indian author.
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Literary AwardsTitle
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award To Name Those Lost, Rohan Wilson
2014 Winner Victoria Premier’s Literary
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Two of the words in the title start with the letter M.Meet Me at Lennon’s by Melanie Myers
The theme of the book is survival that does not involve war situations.After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
The book is set in a small town. Taking Tom Murray Home by Tim Slee
The book is set in Italy, India or Indonesia.The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay
The theme is North American aboriginal people.The Round House by Louise Erdrich
There is a wild animal on the cover.The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
Set in the 19th centuryTo Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson
A book written by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner.Happy Valley by Patrick White
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. Read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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

February

National and International DaysTitle
Waitingi Day, New Zealand 6th FebruaryDied in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh Set in New Zealand; New Zealand author.
Estonia Independence Day 24th FebruaryThe Willow King : the birds of the muses, by Meelis Friedenthal Set in Estonia; Estonian author
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Literary AwardsTitle
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Winner announced 29th February 2020The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
2020 shortlist
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
The cover has a keyThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The book is set between 1760 and 1820.The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan
The book’s genre is time travel.The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence
The word “king” is in the titleThe Willow King : the birds of the muses, by Meelis Friedenthal
Originally published 2018The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones
There is one or more sheep on the cover.Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh
The book was translated from another language to EnglishA Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
First or second in a seriesThe End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. Year-long Trivia Challenge: 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

March

National and International DaysTitle
World Wildlife Day 3rd March. Celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. Tiger by Polly Clark – about the Amur (Siberian tiger), of which there are only about 500 left in the wild.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 21st MarchThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin One of the themes of the novel is race discrimination.
Ghana Independence Day 6th MarchThe Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry The story is set partly in Ghana 1957.
Pakistan Republic Day 23rd MarchThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid Mohsin Hamid is a British/Pakistani writer. The novel takes place partly in Pakistan, dealing with its cultural and political issues.
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Literary AwardsTitle
Indie Book Awards (Aus) Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar Indie Book of the Year Debut Fiction 2016
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
The book has “tiger” in the title. Tiger by Polly Clark
The book is set in New YorkThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Hamid Mohsin
The cover has a woman wearing a hat.The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry
The genre is Scandinavian mysteryLittle Siberia by Antti Tuomainen.
A book by an Irish author, other than C. S. LewisThe Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan
The cover has a detailed feather on it.Here We Are by Graham Swift
Setting is between 1900 and 1920House of Glass by Susan Fletcher
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment.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
OtherTitle
A known author. I’ve also read: “The Gathering” and “The Green Road”.Actress by Anne Enright
Recommended to meThe Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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April

National and International DaysTitle
St George’s Day, England.To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
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Literary AwardsTitle
The Pulitzer Prize for FictionThe Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx 1994 winner
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Set in one of the 4 Maritime Provinces of Canada (The Shipping News is set in Newfoundland/ Labrador).The Shipping News, by E. Annie Proulx
Written by French author.The Braid by Laetitia Colombani
Set in Iceland, or written by an Icelandic author.The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson
Cover is 75% green.Greenwood by Michael Christie
The genre of mythology. Circe by Madeline Miller
A classic written by a woman.To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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
OtherTitle
Genre: Historical fictionThe Year Without Summer Guinevere Glasfurd
Known author; Australian historical fictionTrue History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
Australian historyMrs Kelly by Grantlee Kieza
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May

National and International DaysTitle
Jordan Independence Day 25th MayAppointment With Death by Agatha Christie
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Author is a Mary, Edith or SybilThe Inheritance of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis
Mountains on the coverThe Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The word “Orphan” is in the title or a significant character is an orphanA Thousands Moons by Sebastian Barry
Flower other than orchid on coverThe Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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
OtherTitle
RecommendedConjure Women by Atakora, Afia
Known authorThe Dickens Boy by Tom Keneally
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June

Literary AwardsTitle
International Dublin Literary Award 2020 awards postponed due to COVID-19Idaho by Emily Ruskovich – 2019 Winner – International Dublin Literary Award
Walter Scott Prize The Redeemed by Tim Pears2020 Shortlist – Walter Scott Prize
Australian Book Industry AwardsGood Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham – 2020 Longlist – Australian Book Industry Awards
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Genre is thrillerThe Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel
Hand on the coverThe Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet
Horse on the coverThe Redeemed by Tim Pears
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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
OtherTitle
Recommended; Australian setting and authorA Treacherous Country by K.M. Kruimink
Known authorGulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater
RecommendedHow Much of These Hills is Gold? by C. Pam Zhan
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July

National and International DaysTitle
Somalia 1 JulyCrossbones by Nuruddin Farah
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
The title is one word starts with the letter “D”. Dreamland, Nancy Bilyeau
Book is part of a trilogyCrossbones by Nuruddin Farah
Stormy seasOn the Java Ridge by Jock Serong
Originally published in FrenchAfter the Circus, by Patrick Modiano Translated by Mark Polizzotti
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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
OtherTitle
Recommended; Historical FictionShadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
Australian author; Historical FictionOn a Barbarous Coast by Craig Cormick & Harold Ludwick
RecommendedThe End of October, Lawrence Wright
Recommended; Historical FictionTyll, Daniel Kehlmann Translated Ross Benjamin
RecommendedEight Lives by Susan Hurley
RecommendedOne Good Deed by David Baldacci
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August

TitleFor:
How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee Reserved at L. #2 in queueNational Day of Singapore
The Secret City, Hugh Walpole Winner 1919 (Gutenberg online)James Tait Black Prize
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald Reserved at L. #2 in queueYLTO: Author’s name is Francis
The Death of Comrade President, Alain Mabanckou. Translated by Helen StevensonYLTO: Set in Africa/ African author
The Enchanted April, Elizabeth Von ArnimYLTO: The word “April” is in the title.
Quota, Jock SerongYLTO: The title of the book starts with Q or Z.
Astonish me, Maggie ShipsteadYLTO: Theme is Dance
Fallen land : a novel, Taylor BrownYLTO: Nay The story is about the American Civil War.
Simon the FiddlerYLTO: Nay The story is about the American Civil War.
One, Patrick HollandYLTO: Large eye
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer EganAuthor
Larchfield, Polly ClarkAuthor
Others:
All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton Reserved at L. The book is on order.
China, Edward Ruthfurd Reserved at L. The book is on order.
Abstainer, Ian McGuireReserved at L. The book is on order.
The Sandpit, Nicholas ShakespeareReserved at L. #1 in queue
The Lying Life of Adults, Elena FerranteReserved at L. The book is on order.
The Last Migration McConaghy, CharlotteReserved at L. The book is on order.
The Burning Island Serong, Jock.Reserved at L. The book is on order.
Sisters Johnson, DaisyReserved at L. The book is on order.
Pilgrims Kneale, Matthew.Reserved at L. The book is on order.
Stone sky gold mountain / Mirandi Riwoe.Reserved at L. #2 in queue
Utopia Avenue / David Mitchell.Reserved at L. #4 in queue
Mammoth / Chris Flynn.Reserved at L. #8 in queue
The Brisbane Line / J.P. Powell.Reserved at L. #14 in queue
The guest list / Lucy Foley.Reserved at L. #14 in queue
The dictionary of lost words / Pip Williams.Reserved at L. #18 in queue
A room made of leaves : a novel / Kate Grenville.Reserved at L. #23 in queue
The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin (Request from SLQ) Avail Book DepositoryNational Day of Benin – 1st August
The Roots of Heaven by Romain Gary (Request from SLQ) Avail Book DepositoryNational Day of Chad 11August
The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez Avail Book DepositoryNational Day of Bolivia 6 Aug

September

National and International DaysTitle
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 9 SeptemberHow I Became a North Korean, by Krys Lee
Chile 18 SeptemberWays of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra
Armenia 21 SeptemberThe Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjelain L
Nicaragua 15 SeptemberThe naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt
Malta 21 SeptemberThe Kappillan of Malta – Nicholas Monsarrat
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Literary AwardsTitle
Women’s Prize
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle
Set in Scotland /a Scottish author. The Hunting Party.
The author’s first or last name is either Richard or Preston.Orfeo
The book was a prize winner in 2007.Carpentaria,
Honour Among Men, Barbara Fradkin Linda Little, Scotch River In the Country of Men
The book is set in China or written by a Chinese author. OR The book is written from an animal’s point of view. OR There is ice on the cover or the word “Ice” is in the title.Little Gods by Meng Jin; China, Edward Rutherfurd OR Mammoth OR The Ice Swimmer
The title starts with the letter K ORKintu
Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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

October

National and International DaysTitle
World Animal Day 4 October – to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.
World Cities Day 31 October – to promote interest in global urbanization, and to address challenges of urbanization.
The People’s Republic of China 1 October
Cyprus Independence Day 1 October
Nigeria Independence Day 1 October
Tuvalu Independence Day 1 October
Palau Independence Day 1 October
Guinea Independence Day 2 October
National Foundation Day, Republic of Korea National Foundation Day3 October
Day of German Unity, Germany 3 October
Lesotho Independence Day 4 October
Croatia Independence Day 8 October
Uganda Independence Day 9 October
Fiji National Day 10 October
Equatorial Guinea Independence Day 12 October
Spain 12 October
Niue Independence Day 19 October
Zambia Independence Day 24 October
Austria National Day 26 October
St Vincent and the Grenadines Independence Day 27 October
Czech Republic Independent Czechoslovak State Day 28 October
Turkey Republic Day 29 October
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Literary AwardsTitle
Queensland Literary Awards
Man Booker
Governor-General Canada Awards
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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

November

National and International DaysTitle
Universal Children’s Day 20 November
Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day 1 November
Anniversary of the Revolution, Algeria 1 November
Panama Independence Day 3 November
Dominica Independence Day 3 November
Tonga National Day 4 November
Cambodia Independence Day 9 November
Poland Independence Day 11 November
Angola Independence Day 11 November
Oman National Day 18 November
Proclamation of Independence, Latvia 18 November
Monaco National Day 19 November
Lebanon Independence Day 22 November
Suriname Republic Day 25 November
Mauritania Independence Day 28 November
Albania Independence Day 28 November
Barbados Independence Day 30 November
St Andrew’s Day, Scotland 30 November
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Literary AwardsTitle
Irish Book awards
National Book Award
Scottish Book Awards
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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

December

National and International DaysTitle
International Mountain Day 11 December
Myanmar (date varies)
Central African Republic Republic Day 1 December
Romania Great Union Day 1 December
Lao People’s Democratic Republic National Day 2 December)
United Arab Emirates 2 December
King Bhumbibol Adulyadej’s Birthday, Thailand 5 December
Finland 6 December
Bahrain 16 December
Kazakhstan 16 December
Jamhuri Day, Kenya 12 December
Bhutan 17 DecemberThe Circle of Karma by Kunzang Choden
Niger 18 December
Qatar 18 December
Emperor’s Birthday, Japan 23 December
Libya 24 December
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Literary AwardsTitle
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Australia)
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Year-long Challenge: Twisted TriviaTitle


Read to appreciate literature, and for mental stimulation. To read more widely. Read for enjoyment. 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