In the Bookcase


2020 Book Reading Challenges

Hang tight! Here's a list of reading challenges I'm signing up for in 2020...

Here at In the Bookcase, you'll find the Louisa May Alcott challenge during June:

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge

I also host A Literary Christmas during November/December:

A Literary Christmas: Reading Challenge //

Please join me for these 2 annual events in 2020! We always have a ton of fun, setting our own goals, connecting with other readers, and getting really good book recommendations, and usually there's a prize in store you all. :)

I'm also signing up for the following challenges, which I'm excited about! This post will be updated with my booklists throughout the year.

The Goal:
Professor Genre: Historical Fiction // Genre Beginner Class (credits: 1)

Professor Mix-It-Up // Mix-It-Up Beginner Class (credits: 1)

Mix-It-Up Reading List:
An Endless Christmas, The Christmas Sisters, Heartless, Operation Trinity, Twig the Collie

Note to self: Spring report card: the second week of May.
Register in April for summer classes (May-August).

Giveaway: Two $5 Amazon gift cards (end of the semester).


The Goal:

1. 19th Century Classic.
     (ideas: Malcolm)

2. 20th Century Classic.
     (finished: The Beasts of Tarzan)

3. Classic by a Woman Author.
     (ideas: Storm in the Village)

4. Classic in Translation.
     (finished: War and Peace)

5. Classic by a Person of Color.
     (ideas: The Tunnel, Memoirs of a Woman Doctor, Passing --Larsen)

6. A Genre Classic. (fantasy, science fiction, Western, romance, crime, horror, etc.)
     (finished: The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes)

7. Classic with a Person's Name in the Title.
     (finished: Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal)

8. Classic with a Place in the Title.
     (finished: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

9. Classic with Nature in the Title.
     (finished: The Apple Tree)

10. Classic About a Family.
     (finished: Behind a Mask)

11. Abandoned Classic.
     (finished: Around the World in 80 Days)

12. Classic Adaptation.
     (finished: The Return of Tarzan)

Note to self: Books must be published no later than 1970. Finish 6, 9, or 12 categories.

Giveaway: $30 Amazon gift card (end of the year).

The Goal:

1. A book with an emotion in the title
     (finished: Unyielding Hope)

2. A young adult novel
     (finished: Allegiant)

3. A book translated from another language:
     (finished: Around the World in 80 Days)

2. A book that's centered around a holiday
     (finished: Gingerbread Treasures)

5. A novel based on a true story
     (finished: Psalm at Journey's End)

6. A book with song lyrics in the title
     (ideas: I Love to Tell the Story)
7. A book that’s been on your shelf for more than a year
     (finished: Nowhere to Be Found)

8. A book with a non-human narrator
     (finished: Toto's Tale and True Chronicle of Oz)

9. A book with a month in the title
     (finished: March)
10. A book you heard about on TV/Radio/a podcast
     (finished: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)

11. A book set in the state you live in
     (finished: Marked)

12. A romance novel
     (finished: Follow the Dawn)

Note to self: When finished, send in final booklist.

Giveaway: Amazon gift card (end of the year).

The Goal:
1. Read a classic over 500 pages
2. Read a classic by a POC and/or with a POC as the main character
3. Read a classic that takes place in a country other than where you live
4. Read a classic in translation
5. Read a classic by a new to you author
6. Read a book of poetry
7. Read a classic written between 1800-1860
8. Read a classic written by an LGBT author and/or with an LGBT main character
9. Read a classic written by a woman
10. Read a classic novella
11. Read a classic nonfiction
12. Read a classic that has been banned or censored

Note to self: Books must have been first published 50+ years ago. Books may be used for up to two prompts. Only finish as many categories as you want/can.
On the 1st of the month, a review link-up will be posted.

Giveaway: Three book giveaways: January 1 – April 30, May 1 – August 31, September 1 – December 31.
2020 Book Challenge
{Bee of the Earth}

The Goal: Push yourself to read anything and everything that you need to read.

Note to self: Update list, halfway through/when finish/if more finished.

2020 AtoZ Reading Challenge

The Goal: Read book titles that start with all the letters of the alphabet, one book for each letter, link-up. 

A: The Apple Tree
B: The Black Dog Mystery
D: Dead Man's Switch
E: An Endless Christmas
F: Follow the Dawn
H: Heartless
N: Nowhere to Be Found
O: Operation Trinity
P: The Pink Bonnet
R: The Return of Tarzan
S: Snoopy, First Beagle in Space
T: Titanic: The Long Night

Giveaway: Win a book of your choice (end of the year). Each book review submitted to the link-up will be entered into a drawing.

The Goal: Library Addict - 48 books

Note to self: Link up on review linky as I finish each book.

Giveaway:  Monthly.

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2020

The Goal: Read older books that have been piling up in my TBR pile/list [I'll try for 80+ books!].

Note to self: Books must be published before 2019 & already be in my TBR pile/list.
Link up on review linky as I finish each book.
Wrap-up linky will be available.

Giveaway: $15 Amazon gift card (end of the year), possibly others. Each book review submitted to the link-up will be entered into a drawing.

The Goal: Amateur Sleuth - 5-15 books

Note to self: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Crime genres, 100+ pages.
Monthly linky.

Giveaway:  2 prizes (half-way & end of the year).

The Goal: Robert Burns - 6-10 Books

Note to self: Books must be set in Scotland, about Scotland, or written by a Scot (by birth or immigration).
Link up reviews in the discussion as I finish each book.

The Goal: 1-10 – Discussion Dabbler

Note to self: Discussions can be about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to books or book blogging.

Giveaway: Monthly book prizes.

The Goal:
1. Read at least 90 books, from all formats.
2. At least 25% of my reads must be published before 2000. [17 as of 12/10]
3. Listen to 20 audiobooks.
4. Read 5 non-fiction titles.
5. Try 20 new-to-me authors.
6. Get my Netgalley percentage up to 55%.
7. Read at least one novel that is 500+ pages long.
8. Review every single book I read this year.  
9. Read 20,000 pages (tracked by Goodreads stats).  

Note to self: 2 check-ins: May 1st and September 1st. The last update will be the wrap-up post.

Giveaway: Two $5 Amazon gift cards (end of the year).
For each goal you complete you get one entry.

The Goal: Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20

Note to self: Updates & giveaway will be posted twice.
First update: June 30. Last update: December 15.

The Goal: Conquer this literary behemoth by year's end. 1 chapter a day.


  1. Thanks for sharing these! I'm particularly interested in the Backlist one, as another TBR challenge I used to do isn't being held this year.

    I'll definitely be here for the LMA and Literary Christmas challenges.

    I have not announced it yet -- I should have already -- but I'll have the Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge again in February. I'm thinking this will probably be the last year for it.

    1. Barbara, I always love participated in your LIW reading challenge. I just need to think up which title(s) to read in February. Can't wait! :)

  2. Wow, you've got a full year of challenges. Good luck! I'll be glad to join you for your Literary Christmas later this year. I've already got my favorites lined up.

  3. Mostly looking at Back to the Classics 2020 Challenge (cuz that's one I'm in). Good luck with War and Peace. It's intimidating of course, but I thought it was quite accessible and enjoyable. Good luck with all your challenges.

  4. Wow, that's a lot of books and challenges! I'm also doing the Back to the Classics challenge. The Reading Assignment challenge is a cool concept. Also - I love Christmas! I definitely hope to be involved with that one this year! Two years ago, I read A Vintage Christmas - which is a collection of classic Christmas short stories and poems. Last year, I read all 5 of Dickens' Christmas books as well as 9 of his Christmas short stories. I also reviewed 3 of my favorite Nativity picture books. This year, for the BTTC challenge, I have The Father Christmas Letters by Tolkien on my list!

  5. Have fun with all your challenges!