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: 12/03/2019, 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)


Checklist/Scavenger Hunt


  • Diversity Reading Challenge hosted by Celebrity Readers (read books in which the main or lead character belongs to a diverse group, includes optional monthly mini-challenges)
  • Diversify Your Reading Challenge hosted by Mongan Moments (each month is assigned a genre, can be of your choosing or can follow host’s selection, goal of this challenge is to diversify yourself by reading one book a month outside of your comfort genre)

Format Specific

Genre Specific






Science Fiction

  • SpaceTime Reading Challenge hosted by Jemima Pett (level up by reading books that fall into the science fiction and/or time-travel genres)

Monthly Challenges

Review/Blog Based


Series/Author Specific


  • #ARCApocalypse hosted by Howling Libraries (read ARCs)
  • Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge hosted by Novel Knight (read TBR books published prior to 2020, includes optional team mini-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)
  • 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)
  • TBR Reading Challenge hosted by Stacked Reviews (read TBR books, 22 prompts, tag 5 people to participate)
  • #StartOnYourShelfathon hosted by The Quiet Pond (read books that you already own, begins December 13th, 2019)
  • 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)


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