2020 Reading Challenges

I’ve decided to be ambitious in 2020 and join in a few reading challenges! I joined in one or two last year but pretty much failed in completing one before it even really got started so I wouldn’t say that I really gave it a proper go 😅 But ever since I joined the book blogging community, I feel like I’ve become a bit more serious with keeping track of my reads so I think I might even be able to complete all of these challenges I’ve set out for myself!

So… I’ve joined a total of FOUR reading challenges. You can find a description of the challenges below and clicking on the picture banner for each of the challenges will take you to my announcement posts. I will also be updating this page (as often as I remember!) with links to the monthly challenge updates.

I was really debating about whether to join again this year (this was the one I failed at completely last year) and I’m so glad I decided to go for it! The POPSUGAR Reading Challenge has 40 Regular Reading Prompts and 10 Advance Reading Prompts. There are no rules on how to do this challenge; if you’d like to read one book for five prompts, you can. If you want to read a book that loosely fits a prompt but you want to count it anyway, you can. POPSUGAR is basically a way to make reading more fun and to help readers step out of their comfort zone and to just read more books!

I don’t remember how I first came across this #ARMEDWITHABINGO reading challenge, it might have been on Twitter, but I’m glad I found it! The creators, Kriti & Ariel, do a really great job of customising participant bingo boards and creating a fun and interactive challenge with regular check ins, blogger spotlights and even giveaways! The challenge has 24 prompts that require individual books for each square (except for the book over 500 pages long, which counts for two!) and it runs throughout the year. Below is my untouched bingo board:

I have a large number of unread books by Asian authors on my actual TBR, but I’ve also read an embarrassingly small number of books by Asian authors. In an effort to push myself to consciously read more diverse books, and especially books by Asian authors, I decided to join the Year of the Asian 2020 Reading Challenge! #YARC is hosted by CW @ The Quiet Pond, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams and the idea of it is pretty simple: read as many books written by Asian authors as you can! These books can be backlist titles (i.e. released in 2019 or earlier), new releases, and ARCs, and they can be books of any genre, format, and length.

This challenge was created by Destiny @ Howling Libraries in an effort to tackle those ARCs! And what’s better than tackling these reads with a bunch of other book lovers with the same goal, right? When I wrote my announcement post I had about 20 e-ARCS that needed reading: 10 overdue, 10 upcoming; however, since then I’ve added a few more to the upcoming list so the number is closer to 25 e-ARCs now!

That’s it for the challenges that I’m participating in this year. As I make progress with these challenges, I might even think about joining more challenges later in the year but for now I’m good with trying to keep on top of these four 😅 You can find links to my monthly updates below!

January Reading Challenge Update
February Reading Challenge Update

Are you doing any reading or blogging challenges this year? Maybe you’ve also joined these reading challenges?