The 2020 Reading Challenge: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

It’s here!

Many of you have been eagerly anticipating the release of this year’s challenge, and the good news is — it’s finally here!

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!) 

Ready? Here we go!

2020 Reading Challenge

**See below to download your copy of the 2020 Challenge! **



The goals for this challenge are simple: stretch yourself out of your regular reading habits, read more, and have fun with it! While there are no “rules” to this challenge, here are a few helpful notes to keep in mind as you get started:

1. Don’t stress about whether or not you get through all 52 categories.
The goal is simply to read more. (Whatever that looks like FOR YOU.) Set a goal for yourself and see if you can reach it.

2. Venture out of your usual section of the library/bookstore.
As tempting as it may be to slot your regular reading into every category, use this as an opportunity to branch out a little too. These categories are a great way to uncover new authors and genres that you might not otherwise read.

3. Interpret the categories in whatever way you like.
Feel free to use the fullness of your creativity and imagination as you pick books for each category. If you think a book fits a certain category, then it does!

4. Read books you like!
This isn’t meant to be a stressful challenge. Due to our natural reading preferences some of the categories will be more difficult to complete than others — but just have fun with it! Do a little research and find books that not only fit that category but that you’ll also enjoy reading.

5. Join the Facebook Group.
The Facebook group is the perfect place to meet fellow readers and discuss the books we’re reading. We help each other out with ideas for different categories, share reviews, and talk about all things books! (Plus, it’ll help you out with this year’s category “A book suggested by someone else in the challenge.”)

Share with friends, and as always, happy reading!



To download a PDF copy (complete with checkable list),
Click here: 2020 Reading Challenge

To download a Word Document chart,
Click here: 2020 Reading Challenge Chart – Word Doc


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  3. RG says:

    I’ve returned to reading a lot in 2019, partly thanks to Goodreads challenge but I decided to change the challenge for 2020. Frankly, these challenges make very excited for 2020 – thank you 🙂


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  5. Carol Quan says:

    I am going to join this year fir the first time. A great way to read all those books I have on my shelf and on my Kindle. Love how it encourages us to read so many different genre.


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