Top Ten Tuesday — Reading Challenges

10 Dec

Back in the day when I didn’t schedule the books I read, I participated in a number of reading challenges. It was a good way to get out of my rut, check out new genres and authors, and clean out the TBR universe ๐Ÿ˜‰ . ย A Novel Challenge is a good site to find links to a number of fun challenges. Although I probably won’t participate in any of the ones I am listing ๐Ÿ™ , I thought it would be fun to highlight the ones that piqued my interest. I have only listed 5 of the 2020 challenges posted so far — there are many more. Also be sure to check back; new challenges are continually added.

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Top Reading Challenges


2020 Alphabet Soup ย hosted by Escape with Dollycas

Crusin’ Thru The Cozies hosted by Socrates Book Reviews

Monthly Key Word hosted by GirlXOXO

Mount TBR ย hosted by My Reader’s Block

Vintage Mystery Extravaganza hosted by My Reader’s Block


Do you participate in reading challenges?

Which one would you choose?



37 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday — Reading Challenges”

  1. dinipandareads December 10, 2019 at 8:17 am #

    Great topic for today’s freebie! I only started participating in reading challenges this year when I became more active in the book community but I don’t do them often because I’m really quite terrible at sticking to set TBRs ๐Ÿ˜‚ I wouldn’t mind trying out some more next year though, so I’ll defo check some of these out!

    My TTT post

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:28 am #

      Hope you find some fun challenges!

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz December 10, 2019 at 8:37 am #

    An ABC challenge always looks fun. I’m challenging myself to read all of the 1001 children’s books and a book from every country of the world.

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:27 am #

      How fun!

  3. RS December 10, 2019 at 8:49 am #

    I don’t generally participate in reading challenges, but Mount TBR looks super appealing. I’ve been thinking about it for a few months, getting a feel for how it works through a participating friend, but it really seems like the perfect incentive to dig into books you own — especially if you have a bunch of books you’re only keeping because you haven’t read them yet, and suspect you’ll be fine getting rid of them once you have.

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:55 am #

      Definitely helps to clean off those shelves.

  4. kathyscottage December 10, 2019 at 8:50 am #

    Yes I do. In 2019 I participated in Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies. I’ve participated in that challenge for a few years now. I also participated in, The Alphabet Soup Challenge.
    In 2020 I’m participating in Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies again and I’ve also joined the Classic’s Club. I’m reading 50 classic books in the next five years. Fun! Here is the link to my list of classics I’ll be reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks so much for the link. Before I got into reviewing a lot of books, I was trying to read more classics too. I also liked the classic mystery challenge I participated in.

      • kathyscottage December 10, 2019 at 9:48 am #

        A classic mystery challenge would be fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:53 am #

        I did one several years back. Opened up a whole new list of books ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! Many of the books are out of print, so I used Manybooks to get them free.

  5. Barbara Harper December 10, 2019 at 8:56 am #

    I do the Mount TBR one. It’s been a great way to motivate myself to get to those books I have but haven’t read yet. There’s another TBR one where you choose ten books on your TBR list or stack to read for the year, but I am not sure if the man hosting it is doing so again. For years I have participated in the Back to the Classics Challenge, where we choose classics in different categories to read through the year. I wasn’t exposed to many classics and had already made it a point to read them as an adult, so this was a fun way to accomplish that goal. I did the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge this year but probably won’t again. I like the categories, but the group is too big and impersonal. Plus her taste in books differs from mine so much, I can’t enjoy her recommendations. I’m also doing a Literary Christmas Challenge over the holidays. I should see if there is a challenge for Christian fiction, since I read so much of that anyway. Of course, some books work for multiple challenges–I’d never be able to do more than one if they all had to be different books.

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:26 am #

      I cross over challenges too. I hope you post on the Literary Christmas Challenge. I’d love to read your picks and what you thought.

  6. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books December 10, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    Great choice for the topic! I never really participate in specific reading challenges, just the general Goodreads goal, but I’m thinking about picking one to participate in for 2020. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 9:24 am #

      I do the Goodreads goal too. Hope you find a fun one to participate in!

  7. Sumedha December 10, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    Well, I ~was~ thinking about finding challenges for 2020, so you made my job a little easier haha.

    Here’s my TTT of the week ๐Ÿ™‚

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 12:24 pm #


  8. lydiaschoch December 10, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    Oh, what a fun list! Thanks for compiling it.

    My TTT.

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm #


  9. Megabunnyreads December 10, 2019 at 10:28 am #

    In 2019 I did the Goodreads Challenge (of course) and the Beat the Backlist Challenge. In 2020 I am planning to do both of those again, and am adding in the Finishing the Series Challenge as well!

    My TTT:

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

      Great challenges. There are a number of series I need to finish. That one would take care of my TBR pile too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Melinda Dozier December 10, 2019 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for more reading challenges! I think theyโ€™re so fun!

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 12:22 pm #


  11. susanblogginboutbooks December 10, 2019 at 2:14 pm #

    I always join a few challenges, even though I rarely end up actually completing them. It’s still fun to participate. The cozy challenge is one I’m planning to do in 2020.

    Happy TTT!


  12. anovelglimpse December 10, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

    I’ve been doing one challenge this year that I’ve enjoyed. It’s reading a book set in each of the 50 states. I only have like 4 left to reach my goal.

    My TTT.

    • rbclibrary December 10, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

      Thatโ€™s great! Sometimes itโ€™s hard to find books set in certain states.

      • anovelglimpse December 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm #

        Yes, I’m down to the most challenging ones… like North Dakota and Delaware. Yikes. I don’t read historical very often so that makes it even harder.

      • rbclibrary December 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

        I have put a state name in as a keyword at Christian Book Distributors then filter by book and fiction. I googled for a list of Alaskan books before my cruise. Lots of mysteries popped up. Good luck on N. Dakota and Delaware!

  13. carhicks December 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

    Great choice for this week, especially with the year coming to an end. This year I participated in the Popsugar Challenge which I enjoyed. i did not complete them all, but met my goal.

    • rbclibrary December 11, 2019 at 5:19 am #

      I need to check out that challenge. Many have mentioned it.

  14. alisbooks December 10, 2019 at 9:34 pm #

    I am definitely going to be participating in some challenges but I haven’t made up my mind which ones yet.

    • rbclibrary December 11, 2019 at 5:18 am #


  15. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer December 10, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

    I’m bookmarking this! I’ve only participated in my Goodreads challenge and the Popsugar Challenge, but I love considering other ones to add. I’ve just been scared to try more. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My TTT

    • rbclibrary December 11, 2019 at 5:18 am #

      Hope you find a challenge that is perfect for you. And thanks for sharing your TTT!

  16. Paula Shreckhise December 14, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

    I do the goodreads goal. Iโ€™m only four behind for the year! I might catch up!
    Goodreads has a group called Christian Fiction Devourers. They have lots of different challenges to choose from and they even track them for you! Just name the shelf!

    • rbclibrary December 16, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

      I am a couple behind for the year as well. Less optimistic I will catch up! I need to check the GR group — sounds like fun!

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