As I was preparing and organizing my reading life for next year, I realized that I don’t really know that many reading challenges, besides the most popular ones. Therefore, to be able to get ready for 2020, I had to equip myself with the complete knowledge of all yearly reading challenges that exist out there.
Of course, I couldn’t keep all of that knowledge just to myself and had to share my findings with you, in hopes that you too will add more reading challenges to this list.
Since this week’s TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is a Freebie, this is the perfect timing to discuss the yearly challenges and make a list of the ones we find the most appealing!
10 YEARLY READING CHALLENGES
📚 1 – Goodreads Reading Challenge
Let’s start with the most obvious one – the Goodreads Reading Challenge! 2020 will be my 5th year in a row participating in this challenge, and honestly, I can’t imagine my life without it. It doesn’t require any extra effort from my part, and setting my GR goal for next year is usually one of the first things I don on January 1st.
I think I will stick with my usual 50 books for this one, even though I’ve been dreaming to magic number 100 for many years now. But I have to be realistic with myself – 2020 is going to be BUSY!
P.S. What color will the GR challenge be next year?
Leave your guesses in the comments below!
📚 2 – Popsugar Reading Challenge
Another VERY popular reading challenge that everyone knows about – The Popsugar Reading Challenge. Every year I tell myself: “This year I will participate in the Popsugar Reading challenge”, and every year I chicken out.
In my defense, their prompts are not easy! And some of them I have desire to accomplish. But at the same time… I want to be part of the “cool kids” gang and finally be able to say: “Popsugar? Oh, I’ve just completed all of the prompts of their challenge!”
📚 3 – The “20 in 20 Reading Challenge”
Yet another reading challenge that is very popular, the “10 in 10”, “15 in 15” and now “20 in 20” is one of those challenges that I find a little bit redundant to participate in. If my goal is to read 50 books in one year, do I really need to participate in the one that only obliges me to read 20?
However, this one has a twist to it! In 2020, you’ll need to read 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction books to complete this challenge! There are also come prompts to make your life more interesting.
📚 4 – Book Riot’s “Read Harder Challenge”
Book Riot came up with 24 new prompts to spice up our reading life in 2020. Some of them are really interesting, like Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman or Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical).
If you are looking for something to take you out of your comfort zone, the Book Riot’s challenge might be exactly that! Their prompts are not easy, but so different from anything I’ve seen before.
This one is even scarier than the Popsugar challenge! There is a prompt for every single week of the year! Of course, I know that reading challenges are supposed to be… well… challenging. But following prompts every single week for one year is a bit too much for me. Anyone who is brave enough to participate in this one, I admire your courage and determination!
📚 6 – Calendar of Crime 2020
Every crime and mystery lover should attempt this reading challenge. It requires you to read at least 12 books, using one of the month specific prompts. But of course, you can challenge yourself and read more books or try to accomplish every single prompt from the calendar :O That would be so cool!
📚 7 – Classic-a-Month Reading Challenge
This was my creation. 🙂 In 2017 I was determined to get back into reading classics. Reading one every week didn’t sound possible, so I decided to read 1 classic every single month. I even created a printable to go along this Challenge. Quite a few people downloaded the printable over the years, so I decided to finally update it for 2020. You can find the link down below.
📚 8 – Diversity Reading Challenge
I’ve seen many people participating in this challenge this year! It amazing that we get so much more diverse books nowadays, and that there are large groups of people who want to promote diversity even more, joining these challenges.
📚 9 – Reading Women Challenge
Just a few weeks ago I discovered this podcast – Reading Women, and it has been so much fun to listen to it! These lovely girls will also run the Reading Women 202 Challenge with 24 prompts to read 24 books written by women. Although, this is one of not many challenges where you can use one book for multiple prompts, as long as it fits them.
📚 10 – Epic Reads Reading Challenge
In 2019 Epic Reads hosted their own Reading Challenge for the first time, and I think they will be doing it again in 2020, however, I couldn’t find any information on it yet. There were 52 prompts, one for each week of the year and they had a cool feature when you could receive a newsletter every week with suggestions for that specific prompt (I love it when the creators try to make our life easier! 🙂 )
I’m sure that I’ve missed many challenges when I was doing my research, so feel free to add/recommend your favorite challenges in the comments down below and I will add them to this list, so next year we all have a handy dandy long list of various reading challenges to choose from!
As for myself, I have been making my reading and blogging plans for next year for a couple of weeks (months??) already. I love planning! 😀 There are some challenges I will 100% participate in, and there are others that I WANT to participate but will have to stay away from, at least next year, and try to prioritize IRL things instead.
What challenges do you find interesting or want to participate in? And what challenges you find too difficult to even try?
Let me know in the comments below!