12 Great 2020 Reading Challenges To Join

Looking for motivation to hit your reading goals this year? Try giving one of these great reading challenges a try! I searched the book blogger community for a few favorites, as well as cast a wide net for some that you might not know about, and came up with a list of a dozen great reading challenges for 2020.


Click on the link to see their original posts and for all the details about each challenge!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge hosted by Goodreads

This is a basic staple for most who utilize the Goodreads app/site. The Goodreads Reading Challenge is a number of books that you pledge to read by the end of the year. If you don’t make your goal, it’s not a huge deal, because you are only challenging yourself, so it’s perfect for anyone who would like to challenge themselves and their reading habits, but without too much pressure!

2. Book Blogger Fiction Reading Challenge by Fictionphile

  1. You must read a fiction title that fills each criteria (any genre)
  2. Whenever possible, the books you use for the challenge should be ones that you already have on your TBR (as part of our ongoing TBR takedown)
  3. You snag the graphic below to use on your post to announce your intentions to take part in the challenge with a link back to this post.
  4. When you read and review a book for the challenge, post the link to your review on Twitter and add the hashtag #FFRC2020

3. TBR Reading Challenge by Stacked Reviews

  • Pick a novel for each of the 22 TBR prompts. If that’s too much for you, it’s OK to go for less. However…
  • Those who finish all 22 prompts and post their reviews on their blogs/vlogs have a chance to win a book of their choice as a reward! (International, as long as Book Depository ships to your country)
  • You can’t start reading those books before January 1st!
  • Follow my Twitter account as I will create a blog hopping sheet (when the challenge begins) where you can leave your links. Also, to make it easier for me to keep up, please use #2020TBRReadingChallenge tag.
  • Thank the person that tagged you
  • Tag the original challenge page (this one)
  • Tag at least 5 people

4. Monthly Motif by GIRLXOXO

  • This is a monthly challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
  • A Motif, or theme, is given for each month. Your task is to read 1 book that fits the motif for that month.
  • Post what you’ve read to social media using the hashtag #MonthlyMotifGXO.
  • Please link back to Girlxoxo, Tanya, or Kim any time you post about the challenge so that we can follow along with your progress!!
  • New This Year: A check in post will be published at the end of each month where you can see what we read for the challenge and comment with the book you chose and a link to your review.

5. 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge by POPSUGAR

“We’re not even going to try to play it cool. This year’s reading challenge is about to up your 2020 reading game in a big way, and we can’t wait to share our 50 new book prompts with all of you. In addition to the 40 standard book challenge prompts, we’re bringing back the 10 “advanced” prompts for those bibliophiles out there looking for something extra. Are you ready for a plot twist? This year, the advanced section is all 2020-themed, from “a book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics” to “a book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision).”

6. South-Asian Reading Challenge by Fannatality & Novels and Nebulas

Let’s start a new decade with more South-Asian books and appreciate more desi representation in literature.

This reading challenge will start on the 1st of January, 2020 and is essentially about reading more south-Asian books. From creating TBRs to simply logging the books as and when you read them, this challenge is purely about acknowledging the desi books you pick up. More information will be updated next week and sign-ups will open soon.

7. The Unread Shelf Project by The Unread Shelf

It’s not about numbers (although sometimes knowing your unread number helps) or a lifelong buying ban (unless you really want to). The project is about stepping back from the constant buying of new books and actually reading the books already on our shelves.

8. The AtoZ Reading Challenge by Ginger Mom & Company

The AtoZ Reading Challenge is here once again, for it’s third year! This challenge will encourage you to read one book whose title begins with each letter of the alphabet. Along the way, we’ll have quarterly read-a-thons and mini challenges that you can use to replace any of the more difficult letters. If that isn’t enough, try out our Monopoly-style game for book lovers!

9. The 20 in 20 Challenge by A Bookworms Musing

The challenge starts at 12am IST on January 1st 2020, and ends at 12pm IST on December 31st 2020.

Below are twenty categories (or prompts, if you want to call them that). The challenge is to read 10 fiction and 10 non fiction books that fit a category. Thus reading 20 books in 2020!

  • You can choose to read a fiction and a non fiction for the same category if you want, but not more than one fiction and one non-fiction for any category.
  • You can read one book each prompt and do all the twenty categories too. Up to you! I only ask that the books be over 100 pages.
  • You can read 2 each month and finish at the end of the year, or read 1 each week and finish by May. That’s totally your call. (Even 1 per day is okay, but that’ll be some feat!)
  • You can track your progress in any way you feel comfortable. I’m not likely to be behind you saying “You’ve not read! You’ve not read!” (It might happen though! No promises)
  • If you review a book you’ve read for this challenge on your blog, Goodreads or Instagram, feel free to come to this page and comment.

10. The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge

Devoted readers and aspiring readers: want to get more out of your reading life in 2020? We’ve got a challenge just for you, and a free reading challenge kit to help you see it through.

Here on Modern Mrs Darcy, we love reading, but don’t believe it’s a competitive sport. We care about quality way more than we care about quantity: reading well doesn’t necessarily mean reading more.

We’re entering our tenth (!!) year of helping readers get more out of their (reading) lives here on Modern Mrs Darcy, by sharing great books, seasonal reading guides, and tips and encouragement for the reading life. Maybe your reading life is amazing, and you want to keep a good thing going. Maybe your reading life needs some serious rehab. Either way, we can help.

11. Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

The Read Harder Challenge is back for its sixth year! We’re excited to embark on this annual reading journey once more, and hope you find your way to some wonderful reads through Book Riot’s challenge. Once again, Read Harder has 24 tasks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books. With new genres, new authors, and new points of view, the challenge will (hopefully) help you discover amazing books you wouldn’t have otherwise picked up.

12. The 52 in 52 Weeks Challenge by Mommy Mannegran

This is my third year creating and hosting this annual reading challenge and I am so excited by the amazing group of readers we’ve collected along the way. (If you’d like to meet the best group of bookworms on the internet, join our challenge Facebook page!)

The format for this year’s challenge is the same as in the past: 52 different categories to be met over the course of the year. These are fresh categories that can each be interpreted in a variety of ways, so pick a book that you think fits and start reading!

This 2020 challenge will officially begin January 1, 2020! (The challenge is released in November, in order to give you plenty of time to start planning and preparing!)

There you have it, twelve great challenges to go for in 2020! I will definitely be giving the Goodreads Challenge and The Unread Shelf Challenge a go again this year, and maybe check out a few prompts from the others if I need inspiration throughout the year. Let me know what ones you’d like to attempt this year in the comments! Happy reading!

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4 replies

  1. I usually do Goodreads and MMD and then choose one other one like a histfic or nonfiction challenge! They make for fun end of year posts!

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