Today we have a very special topic for Matters of Shelf Control. We will be providing the beginnings of an ongoing list of reading challenges that we find and think you all might love. We both love reading challenges as a way to bring an extra bit of fun to our reading lives and are always looking for the next great challenge to take part in. Best of all, we think there is a challenge out there for everyone! We will be highlighting shorter length challenges throughout the year here on Stuck in the Stacks and regularly making recommendations for the more difficult prompts, but we also wanted this to be available as a resource!
So, without further ado, here is a list of challenges that will go throughout 2020 so you can start planning your reading for next year now! We have scoured the Internet, but if we missed your favorite challenge, please feel free to e-mail us at stuckinthestacks123 (at) gmail.com and we will get it added to the list!
Master List of 2020 Reading Challenges
A to Z Reading Challenge — this challenge asks you to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet throughout the year, complete with mini-challenges and readathons. Hosted by Ginger Mom and Company.
Alphabet Reading Challenge — this challenge asks you to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet, but divides the letters so that you have to read certain letters over certain months. Hosted by Do You Dog-ear and Novels and Notions.
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge — this challenge asks you to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet, with some special rules for Q, X and Z and a Facebook group for support. Hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Alphabet Soup Author Edition Reading Challenge — an alphabet challenge, but this time for authors rather than titles, which also uses the Facebook group mentioned above. Hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Challenge Corner — a Goodreads group that hosts multiple reading challenges, primarily focusing on YA novels.
Library Love Reading Challenge — a challenge meant to help readers spend less $$$ and use their local libraries more. Must finish 12 books (any format) minimum, but there is no maximum limit. Hosted by Angela’s Guilty Pleasures.
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge — Try to read one book set in each of the 50 states (plus one for Washington D.C.). Extra points can be earn for reading books set in different countries around the world (1 point/country- no repeats). Books can be fiction or non fiction. Hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.
Medical Examiner’s Mystery Reading Challenge — receive “Death Certificates” for characters in the books you read (1 per book) and issue “Toe Tags” for them; top 10 issuers receive a prize. Hosted by Rick Mills Project.
Memoir Reading Challenge — meant to encourage readers to dive into memoirs this challenge comsists of 32 categories and readers must pick a minimum of 5 and read those within the year. Hosted by Whatever I Think Of.
Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge — Six “key words” are given every month. Readers must read 1 book that includes one ore more of the key words in the title. Words are flexible. Includes monthly check ins. Hosted by GIRLXOXO
Mount TBR — Encourages readers to tackle their TBR piles (physical and digital). There are different challenge levels to fit every reader. Books must be owned prior to January 1, 2020. Hosted by Bev @ My Reader’s Block
Newbery Reading Challenge — Challenges readers to pick up Newberry and Caldecott books (both awards and honors). Includes levels and readers are awarded points for what they read. Hosted by Smiling Shelves.
NetGalley/Edelweiss Reading Challenge — dedicated to helping you increase those percentages and clear the ARC backlogs (signups go live Dec. 11, 2019)
New Release Reading Challenge — reading new releases from 2020
RMFAO — a Goodreads group that hosts many year-long reading challenges to help you make a dent in your TBR, including genre challenges, audiobook challenges, series challenges, classics catchup, and more.
Romance Lovers for the Challenge Impaired — a Goodreads group that does various reading challenges, both year-long and monthly, focusing on reading romance novels.
Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge — a challenge to read all 336 books mentioned/shown as being read by Rory Gilmore from The Gilmore Girls. This one exists in a couple places, and likely will take longer than a year. The most active place we found is this awesome Goodreads reading group.
TBR and Beyond Book Club — we may be biased, since we are both moderators in this Facebook group, but this is one of the best reading groups on Facebook. They do monthly challenges, readalongs, author interviews, and more, but are also running a 2020 reading challenge with 32 challenges, each of which has two options. Hosted by TBR and Beyond.
TBR Reading Challenge — read books from your TBR list for each of the 22 given prompts
Unread Shelf Project — A challenge encouraging bookworms to read, or donate, the unread books on their shelves. The 2020 challenge will be announced soon! Hosted by @theunredshelf on Instagram.
Virtual Mount TBR — Similar to the Mount TBR challenge, except this challenge is for books that you do not own (borrowed from the library, a friend, found on a free e-book site, etc…). No date limit like on Mount TBR. Hosted by Bev @ My Reader’s Block.
What An Animal Reading Challenge — Read books in which animals play major roles. Also counts a main character is, or turns into, an animal. Different levels based on how many books the reader wants to read. Hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews.
2020 Reading Challenge Goodreads Group — an active group on Goodreads with over 20,000 members to help you reach your personal reading goals, along with monthly readalongs.
What About You?
Let us know in the comments what challenges you will be participating in or if you see a challenge that we missed! We can’t to hear all about your reading plans for 2020!