2020 Reading Challenges

Recently I sat my overachieving ass down to really think about my priorities and goals, instead of just jumping on every challenge that looked fun. (Because let’s face it, they all look great. And I love collecting accomplishments.)

So this year I’m playing it somewhat safe — at least for a start — and we’ll see how it goes. With that disclaimer out of the way, though, I’m excited to share the challenges I’ll be participating in this year!

(Graphics associated with each challenge were created by the host(s).)

Last updated Jan 9, 2020

Goodreads Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 7 / 150 (5%)

Yes, this is lower than I managed last year, though it is simultaneously higher than many of my friends are aiming for. (I tend to read relatively quickly and frequently, so I’ve exceeded 150 for the past three years.)

I’m okay with surpassing and/or increasing my goal; since I’m not sure what my schedule will look like this year, this is more realistic than reach.

Beat the Backlist Challenge (+Bingo)

PROGRESS: 7 / 100 (7%)

Coupled with #StartOnYourShelfathon [see below], this should be a breeze: over 50% of the books I read last year were backlist.

I could honestly fit in with any of the Beat the Backlist teams — Borrowers, Re-Readers, TBR Stackers, and Multi-Taskers — and, quite honestly, in 2019 I constantly forgot to submit my titles for points. So I won’t be participating in the mini competition, but I’m cheering on everyone who is!

Last year I managed to complete every prompt on the epic bingo board, but for 2020 I’ve decided to start with the regular bingo board. Though if I finish early — say, by May or so — I may upgrade to the epic bingo.


PROGRESS: 11 read, 4 DNF’d

CW @ The Quiet Pond launched this readathon in December 2019, so I already have a post up — you can check it out to see the details, including my monthly TBRs and star maps!

I still have way too many owned-and-unread books to get through, and I’m definitely hoping to make significant progress towards demolishing my owned TBR. So I’m really glad that I’ll have the rest of the year to work on it.

Year of the Asian 2020

PROGRESS: 1 / 31
Current badge: Philippine tarsier

Every year is a good year to read books by Asian authors, but especially when you’ve got the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge for extra motivation! Last year I read 58 books by Asian authors, earning the Bengali tiger badge; this year I’m aiming a little lower: 31-40 books, for the Giant Panda badge.

Books and Tea Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 0 / 12

I love prompt challenges, especially when they’re so manageable — these prompts are straightforward, and it’ll only take one a month to stay on track.

Match the Dragon Queen: a purple book
You Might Not Have Known: an author’s lesser known book / a lesser known author
Why Haven’t I Read This Yet? a book you’ve owned since 2017
Awesome, Of Course: a book by author(s) of color
In Satan we Stan: a book with 666 pages or longer
Full of Pride: an LGBT+ book / author
Highly Recommended: a staff member’s favorite
A Fresh Look: a book that has an adaptation this year
Star’s the Limit: set somewhere otherworldly
New Kids on the Pub(lisher): 2020 debut author
IM DYING TO READ THIS BOOK … yet you haven’t!
Small Stories: an anthology or book that’s shorter than most

Of course there are tons more awesome challenges out there — including the POPSUGAR Challenge, which I’ve done in past years but am opting out of in 2020. However, my life only gets busier and busier every year, forcing me to be more selective about my commitments. (Probably a lot of y’all can relate.)

I’m sure that I’ll end up increasing my goals and joining more challenges and readathons as the year goes on, just like I did last year. But I think this is a pretty good start: both achievable and exciting.

  • What reading goals do you have for 2020?
  • Which challenges and readathons, if any, are you participating in?
  • Do you have any titles picked out (whether for a prompt or monthly TBR or just to read soon), or do you prefer to leave your options open?

12 thoughts on “2020 Reading Challenges

  1. Goodluck with thoses challenges!

    I once attempted #BeatTheBacklist and erm… I kinda forgot about it in a whole with tracking & updating it xD
    #StartOnYourShelfATon interrested me alot; I mean- I usually do a mix of loan/on my shelves anyway so it should’ve been easy right? yeah.. that’s what I thought with #BTB on my first year of blogging and it turns out to poop because I discovered arcs ahaha so i’m not risking it this time x)

    I’m still not too confident about challenges, so i’m just gonna keep the goodreads one. As of which i’m aiming low with only 20 books- but heyy I’ve already has 2 books read and we’re only the 10th!!

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    1. thanks Kristina! honestly, keeping my challenges updated is definitely an ongoing struggle; last year I mainly just added books to GR shelves for challenges which I think worked okay? so that’s what I’m doing this year and hopefully it’ll continue to work 🤞🏻

      but keeping your goals achievable for low-pressure is definitely a valid way to do it, and I wish you continued good progress!

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  2. wow, you are a reading BEAST, and I have no doubt that you will demolish all of these challenges! the only one i’m participating in this year is YARC, and I’m aiming for the Malayan Tapir! Last year, I read 30 books for YARC, falling one book of short of my goal of the giant panda, so it’s amazing that you were able to get the Bengali tiger!

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    1. haha thanks Caitlin! honestly I probably just got through a lot of books because I was procrastireading instead of studying, so honestly I might need to consider actively aiming to read fewer books this year 😅

      I was surprised and a little ashamed to find how few Asian authors were initially on my TBR, but it’s been so awesome to find other bloggers’ recs (including yours!) and pick up a few more auto-borrow authors; it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to with a second year of YARC! best of luck with your challenge too 💕

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      1. omg then you’re better at procrastinating than I am! Even though I procrastinate a lot, I always just mindlessly scroll through my phone :((

        ahhh, i’m so glad that some of my recommendations helped you out! and same.. i’m kinda disappointed in the amount of books I read that are by POC authors, and i love that YARC helped me change that!

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  3. Yay! Love your challenges! I’m in the YARC and StartYourShelfathon as well! I’m also doing the Fairyloot one in the reading journal they included.I think YARC and Start your Shelf are the only ones I actually tried to make a tbr for and they crossover too, thankfully lol


  4. I am doing my own challenges this year – continuing my one year buying ban, I’ve been reading only books from my shelf and library in that case and I also am reading more backlist books titles than anything else. I hope these challenges go well and that you can achieve all of them! You’ve got a good range here ^.^

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