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Happy New Year and happy new Reading Challenges!

2020 has started and I wish you all a joyful year! Personally I am hoping that 2020 will bring better health as 2019 was a surprisingly bad year health-wise. As a result, my new year’s resolution is to put my well-being first and slow down to prevent breaking down.

And what’s the best way of slowing down? Reading! Except if you’re racing to complete a Reading Challenge, or TWO Reading Challenges like me this year. Yes, that’s right: I will try to handle two Reading Challenges, yikes.

The Helmet Reading Challenge is provided by Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries

I will again try to complete the Finnish reading challenge called “Helmet Reading Challenge” that’s provided by Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries. This is the one I completed in 2019 and it really made me happy to complete it with so many different books from new authors. A new Helmet Reading Challenge for 2020 has been published and it looks like this:

Helmet Reading Challenge 2020

1. The book is older than you
2. A happy book
3. A book that you have prejudice against
4. There are many people on the cover or in the description of the book
5. A book by a Sámi author
6. The book’s title begins and ends with the same letter
7. Someone breaks the law in the book
8. A book that someone else chooses for you
9. Someone faces their fears in the book
10. The book is located in a country that has fewer residents than Finland
11. An alternative history
12. The book has been made into a play or an opera
13. Someone gets lost in the book
14. A book that is related to sports
15. A work of fiction that includes a real person
16. A book plays an important role in the book
17. A book written by a researcher
18. A book on a subject you are unfamiliar with
19. A book that you read together with someone
20. A book on biodiversity
21. You like the first sentence of the book
22. The book has an unreliable narrator
23. The book has also been published in plain language
24. A book by an author who has published more than 20 books
25. In the book, someone is on an island
26. The author’s last name begins with the letter X, Y, Z, Å, Ä or Ö
27. A story written in verse, narrative poetry or a verse novel
28. A book about the future
29. A book or a comic book related to Japan
30. In the book, someone’s life is saved
31. The book depicts life in the countryside
32. A book originally published in a language that you do not know
33. A transformation happens in the book
34. The title of the book contains a word related to nature
35. Someone in the book uses social media
36. A book recommended by someone famous
37. The era in which the book is set plays a key role in the book
38. There is a tree on the cover or in the description of the book
39. Someone flies in the book
40. A book by an author who passed away in the 2010s
41. Someone cooks or bakes in the book
42. There are grandparents in the book
43. A book published as part of a publisher’s series
44. The book contains correspondence
45. The first published book of an author
46. There is a sauna in the book
47. and 48. Two books with very similar titles
49. A book published in 2020
50. A book recommended by a member of the library staff

Looks nice, right? There are some definitely challenging prompts, like the one with a Sámi author, but overall I’m excited! 🙂

And just to make things interesting, I will also try to complete the Popsugar Reading Challenge! This will be a secondary challenge for me, meaning that any books I read for the Helmet Reading Challenge I will also use for the Popsugar Reading challenge. So the goal isn’t necessarily to read 100 books but to see how many prompts I can fill with the first 50 books I’ve read (one book for one prompt in both challenges) and then anything I read in addition will be just a nice extra. 🙂 And who knows, maybe I’ll end up reading 100 books! Here’s what the Popsugar Reading Challenge looks like:

So let’s see how things will go with all the books I will read in 2020! I will again try to read from many new authors and read at least some of the books in my native language (Finnish). I will also continue to write light reviews of the books I’ve read, at least for most of them.

The most important part of any reading challenge is of course to enjoy reading, no matter how many books one reads. And that said, I think I will make a cup of tea and curl up with the first book for this year. ❤


I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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