2020 Reading Challenges (From Around the Web)

Who is ready for 2020 and new reading challenges? I love compiling this list every year because I love the sense of community these challenges bring. The creativity and ambition is impressive, not to mention those of you who are successful in meeting your goals. (I always bite off more than I can chew, but I have a feeling I’m not alone in that.)

Unless otherwise stated, these challenges run from January 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2020. I won’t list challenges that run for multiple years unless they start in 2020. A few challenges are listed twice (ex. a genre specific challenge that’s also a scavenger hunt).

Last updated: 12/27/2019, Items added with this update are shown in bold

Around the World

A to Z

  • The AtoZ Reading Challenge hosted by Ginger Mom & Company (read books where each title starts with a different letter of the alphabet, includes optional monthly mini-challenges, quarterly read-a-thons, and an AtoZopoly board)
  • Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book (books with each author name starting with a different letter of the alphabet)
  • Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (books with each title starting with a different letter of the alphabet)

Bingo

Checklist/Scavenger Hunt

Diversity/Outside Your Comfort Zone

Format Specific

Genre Specific

Classics

Historical Fiction

Humor

Middle Grade

  • Middle Grade Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (read middle grade books, optional challenge of reading pairs of books that fit the same theme and represent them vs now, one book per month minimum or 6 paid minimum)

Mystery/Crime

Nonfiction

Religious

  • 90-Day Bible Reading Challenge hosted by Knowable Word (read/listen to all 66 books of the Protestant Bible within 90-days, can start at any time but must end by March 31st, 2020)
  • Embrace Bible Reading Plan hosted by North Carolina Baptists (takes readers through New Testament and Psalms twice a year, includes individual or family reading for each day)
  • Growing4Life Bible Reading Challenge hosted by Growing4Life (read specific passages/books each month)
  • Tea-ology Reading Challenge hosted by Operation Actually Read Bible (read the Bible or Christian writings while slowing down and enjoying a tea/coffee)

Romance

Science Fiction/Fantasy

LGBTQ+

Monthly Challenges

Retellings

Re-Reads

Review/Blog Based

Series/Author/Publisher Specific

TBRs

  • Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge hosted by Novel Knight (read TBR books published prior to 2020, includes optional team mini-challenge, weekly photo challenge, and two bingo boards – one with 24 prompts, the other with 80 prompts)
  • Book Jar/Book List Reading Challenge hosted by Gather Together and Read (Book Jar: read books selected from your book jar; Book List: read books selected by random number generator; can do one challenge or both, one book per month minimum)
  • Clearing the Hoard Bookwyrm Challenge hosted by The Caffeinated Fae (Read owned TBR books and decide whether to keep or rehome, one book per month minimum)
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block (level up by reading books owned/ordered/requested prior to January 1st, 2020, no library books allowed)
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Reading Between the Pages (level up by reading your NetGalley and Edelweiss ARCs)
  • Read Your Bookshelf Reading Challenge hosted by An Intentional Life (12 prompts, 1 per month)
  • #StartOnYourShelfathon hosted by The Quiet Pond (read books that you already own, begins December 13th, 2019)
  • Tackle My TBR Challenge hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads (level up by reading books from your TBR list, minimum of 1 book per month, optional monthly theme)
  • TBR Challenge hosted by The Misadventures of Super Librarian (read 1 TBR book per month, each month has a theme (optional))
  • TBR Challenge hosted by shalzmojo and soumya (24 prompts: 20 regular, 4 bonus)
  • TBR Reading Challenge hosted by Stacked Reviews (read TBR books, 22 prompts, tag 5 people to participate)
  • The Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block (level up by reading borrowed books on your TBR List, no owned books allowed)

Year/Decade/Era/Other Time Period Specific

  • Georgian Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (books published in England during or about the Georgian Era or movies, and TV shows set during the Era)
  • New Release Reading Challenge hosted by (un) Conventional Bookworms (read/review books published in 2020)
  • Victorian Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (read Victorian books or nonfiction books about the Victorian era/authors, optional challenge of reading a book from that month’s theme, one book per quarter minimum)

Misc.

  • 52 in 2020 Challenge hosted by Infinite Courage Coaching (read 52 books)
  • #ARCApocalypse hosted by Howling Libraries (read ARCs)
  • Creativity Reading Challenge hosted by Whatever I Think Of! (read books about creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.)
  • #LetsReadIndie Reading Challenge hosted by As Told By Tina (read indie books)
  • Mental Health Reading Challenge hosted by Whatever I Think Of! (read books depicting mental health)
  • Newbery Reading Challenge hosted by Smiling Shelves (level up by reading Newbery or Caldecott award-winning books)
  • Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Becky’s Book Reviews (read pictures books, optional challenge of reading pairs of books that fit the same theme and represent them vs now, one book per month minimum)
  • The Purrfect Reading Challenge hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews (level up by reading books in which a cat has a major role)
  • Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Because Reading (choose your “teacher” (author, genre, or number of books) and your “class” (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), then strive to get a good “grade” in the class (defined in page), each challenge runs for a semester, four semesters in the year)
  • Royal Women of History Reading Challenge hosted by Literary Romance (Read 10 novels featuring selected great women from history)
  • What an Animal Reading Challenge hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews (level up by reading books in which an animal has a major role)

Are you looking to spread the word about your challenge? Make sure to leave a comment on these 2020 Reading Challenge Lists.