Reading Challenges for 2020

I’m trying to keep things simple this year and only take part in a few reading challenges. I have already joined the Calendar of Crime Challenge 2020 and have now decided to join the 2020 Historical Fiction Reading and also the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020.


The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is hosted by Amy at Passages to the Past,

Here are the details of the challenge:

  • The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2020.
  • Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created.
  • Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)

Also there are the following different reading levels to choose from:

  • 20th Century Reader – 2 books
  • Victorian Reader – 5 books
  • Renaissance Reader – 10 books
  • Medieval – 15 books
  • Ancient History – 25 books
  • Prehistoric – 50+ books

I will be aiming for the Ancient History level, because last year I read 23 historical fiction novels, so I think that should be manageable.

Mount TBR The Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020. is hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block.

Here are the details:

Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2020. No library books.  Any reread may count, regardless of how long you’ve owned it prior to 2020, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.  Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books. You may count “Did Not Finish” books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]

For the full rules please visit Bev’s sign-up post here.

There are a number of different levels to choose from:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro*: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s (*aka Cerro El Toro in South America)
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

and for now I’m going for Mt Vancouver, which is to read 36 books and hope to move up to the higher levels if I can.

For now, that is all, although I may be tempted by other challenges as well …

12 thoughts on “Reading Challenges for 2020

  1. Those are both fine challenges, Margaret. I don’t blame you for thinking over and deciding carefully which challenges you want to embark on; it’s easy to get caught up! I’ll look forward to your thoughts on the books as you go on.

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  2. Theoretically I’d be aiming for El Toro since I’m planning to read about 80 from my TBR. But I never succeed! Mount Vancouver sounds much more realistic – good luck! Don’t forget to pack plenty of chocolate in your rucksack… for emergencies…


  3. I used to do the Historical Fiction reading challenge and remember it fondly. I might look at my want to read list and see if I can swing it this year. I tend to read a lot of historical fiction without any challenge at all! Happy reading!


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