2020 Reading Challenges

Reading challenges and readathons can be very hit or miss. But I have discovered a few that really, really work for me. They are fun, they motivate me, they have a great community surrounding them, so of course I’ll be joining again in 2020.

2020 Retellings Challenge

Tracy from Cornerfolds is back with another Retellings Challenge. This was so much fun last year so I definitely want to participate again. I’m going to aim for High Fae (16-20 retellings) but of course, I not-so-secretly hope to get a bingo blackout again!

Here is the excellent bingo card for 2020. There are so many new prompts that already make me scratch my head as to what to read. But I’m sure the Goodreads group will give fantastic recommendations again, and I also look forward to our group reads. This is easily the challenge I am most excited for!

German Myth/Fairy Tale: Anna-Marie McLemore – Blanca & Roja
1001 Nights: E. K. Johnston – A Thousand Nights
Sherlock Holmes: Brittany Cavallaro – A Study in Charlotte/William Ritter – Jackaby
Debut Author: Joan He – Descendant of the Crane
Goodreads Award winner: Alwayn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands
Edgar Allan Poe: Cat Winters – The Raven’s Tale
Sirens or Mermaids: Julia Ember – The Seafarer’s Kiss/Andrzej Sapkowski – Sword of Destiny
Jane Austen: Diana Peterfreund – For Darkness Shows the Stars
Set in Space: Alexa Donne – Brightly Burning
POC Author: Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Mirrorstrike
King Arthur: Kiersten White – The Guinevere Deception
African Myth/Fairy Tale: Marlon James – Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Free Space: Juliet Marillier – Beautiful
500+ Pages: Tessa Gratton – The Queens of Innis Lear
Les Misérables: Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell – Sky Without Stars
Middle Grade/Graphic Novel: Leigh Dragoon – Little Witches
Mulan: Cameron Dokey – The Wild Orchid
Mythical Creature on Cover: Sara Ella – Coral
Villain Origin Story: Gregory Maguire – Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
South American Myth: Guadalupe Garcia McCall – Summer of the Mariposas/Pat Murphy – The Falling Woman
Author Duo: Katherine & Elizabeth Korr – The Witch’s Kiss
Dracula/Frankenstein: Ahmed Saadawi – Frankenstein in Baghdad
2020 Release: Carrie Vaughn – The Ghost of Sherwood
Hades & Persephone: Martine Leavitt – Keturah and Lord Death
Own Voices: Roshani Chokshi – The Star-Touched Queen

BookQuest by The Paper Tavern

An RPG-style readathon where you can level up, gain points for your team by fulfilling quests and reading extra books. The goal is to defeat a dragon that is threatening the kingdom.

Get Fitted for Armor (read a hardcover): Brandon Sanderson – Starsight
Pick out a Weapon: Andrzej Sapkowski – Sword of Destiny
Meet With the King: Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Mirrorstrike (reading)
Visit the Stablemaster: Maggie Stiefvater – Call Down the Hawk (reading)
Defeat Your Sparring Partner: Marissa Meyer – Archenemies (reading)
Sign Up for the Joust: Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Winterglass (re-read)
Study the Code of Chivalry: Kiersten White – The Guinevere Deception

O.W.L.s Magical Readathon

Will happen in April. Details to follow.
But I am so in! Last year, I didn’t know about this first part of the Magical Readathon until after it happened and I rushed through my O.W.L.s in July so I could participate in the N.E.W.T.s on time.

N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon

Will happen in August. Details to follow.
I don’t think I’ve ever read as much in a month as I did during last year’s NEWTs readathon. So here’s hoping that the 2020 edition will be just as epic, if not better. The theme this year will be Prisoner of Azkaban (my favorite Potter book), so I cannot wait!

Worlds Without End

See the button near the top right? That’s where these challenges hide. Technically, Worlds Without End offers many different reading challenges created by users of the page. I always pick a few of them to participate in but I don’t put a huge effort into finishing them. The two most important ones to me are “New Publications” and “Read the Sequel”, because I want to keep up with new books in any given year, and at the same time I don’t want to forget to continue all those series I’ve started. Again, I am not as ambitous with these challenges as I am with the ones above, but they make it easier for me to track my reading throughout the year.


  • Brandon Sanderson – Starsight
  • Andrzej Sapkowski – Sword of Destiny
  • Marissa Meyer – Archenemies
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Mirrorstrike

2020 Publications:

  • Isabel Ibañez – Woven in Moonlight

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I always say I don’t take the Goodreads Reading Challenge all that seriously but it still feels very nice to have read a certain number of books in a year. But because I want to make sure I am able to complete the challenge, I don’t set my goals too high. Last year, I did really well, so I’ll up my goal but I won’t stress myself out over it.

  • Books to read: 75
  • Books read: 5