2020 Reading Challenges Mandy is Joining (Hold on tight, because, y’all, there are so many??) pt. 1

Last year, Sha and I were determined to join in a few more readathons and challenges. However, like I always do, I decided to do the extra with my 2020 reading plans. Instead of making the logical leap to one or two reading challenges after enjoying the few readathons I did last year, I, well, decided “many” was the appropriate response. Challenge is in the title, so I mean, I needed to challenge myself? IDK, I have struggles, which is why Sha and I can never just do a simple enjoyable readathon or review together and somehow ended up a straight up fairytale battle.

Anyway, I’m diving into to this new reading challenge life, so check out the few I will be trying to tackle this year (if my resolve and inner competition with me, myself, and I continues on strongly as I assume it will).

Yes, there is a part 2, because, um, this is Mandy.


2020 Goodreads Challenge

2020 Goodreads Challenge

As usual, I am entering into the Goodreads challenge. In 2018, I did 200 books, which was 25 over my reading goal for that year. In 2019, I did, well, not that. My goal was 200, since I had achieved it the prior year. And I somehow went way wrong?? I barely managed to scrape by with 140 reads. Yes, this is still an amazing number, but it was just…well, I wanted 200 and to officially complete my challenge.

I can see where I did go wrong. In 2018, I had a lot more DNFs, more audiobooks, and more manga/graphic novels. I read all 12 Sailor Moon and 10 Happy Marriage mangas, so there is easily 22 reads that bumped up my number. In 2019, I counted (and actually did) less DNFs (ugh, does this mean I have to relinquish my DNF queen crown??), and I didn’t read as many audiobooks, graphic novels, and manga. I also hit a major reading lull at the end of the year, which appears to be an on trend thing for me, so there was a major dip in my reading schedule.

Therefore, this year, I think I’m going right in the middle. I decided for a goal of 150 reads. I know I can do it since I’ve done it before and almost did it last year – however, I want to still aim for something and go for something more than what I did last year.


2020 Audiobook Challenge

audiobook challenge 2020

Link: Sign up here & here

Audiobooks and I have had an interseting relationship over the year. I still really enjoy them, and dear gosh, they can make a mood. They were the perfect thing to get me through a monotonous almost hour drive each way back and forth on my way to work. I even read three of my favorite books as audiobooks, so they can be a total jam! However, I got a new car, and with it, an ability to jam to all my Spotify playlist jam. Lately, blasting “Blanco” by J Balvin has seemed a bit more appetizing than listening to a story that might make me a little drowsy.ย 

I really want to give back in the audiobook groove, and I think this challenge will be the one to do it.


  • Runs January 1, 2020 โ€“ December 31, 2020. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2020 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

I will be aiming for: Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30

I am looking to possibly do at least 2 – 3 books a month which will leave me with 24 to 36 books at the end of the year. I read a total of 15 last year, so this could be a good bump up. I’ve already read one this month, so PROGRESS.


What’s in a Name 2020 Challenge

Link to sign up here

This challenge was something that I stumbled upon (I saw challenge and instantly clicked cuzzzzz i desperate), but I was immediately drawn in. I thought this was a really quirky, intriguing premise for a challenge, and I liked the prompts, so I’m going to go for it.

๐ŸŒธ An ampersand โ€“ &ย (ex.ย Blanca & Roja,ย Rot & Ruin) – MY PICK: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (well, they mentioned it in there, so I might as well go for it – I really want to read this, but it keeps getting slid down my TBR since I’m a bit scared of the magical realism aspect)

๐ŸŒธ An antonymย (ex.ย Big Little Lies,ย Wicked Saints) – MY PICK: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (I’ve been meaning to read this one for a little bit now, but it keeps getting backlisted. I feel like this is going to be a perfect spring/summer read.)

๐ŸŒธ 4 letters or lessย (ex.ย Feed,ย Vox) – MY PICK: *still working on this one*

๐ŸŒธ A given/first nameย (ex.ย Tess of the Road,ย Flowers for Algernon) – MY PICK: Sadie by Courtney Summers (I heard the audiobook is amazing, so I think it might help me with the above challenge as well)

๐ŸŒธ Reference to childrenย (ex.ย Baby Proof,ย Children of Blood and Bone) – MY PICK: The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams (I meant to get to this like three times last year – even got the book checked out from the library twice), so this will be the year for it!

๐ŸŒธย One of the 4 natural elements โ€“ water, air, fire, earthย (ex.ย The River at Night,ย The Name of the Wind) MY PICK: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (this book is literally on the first page of my Goodreads profile so I think it’s time)


What do you think? What challenges are you joining in this year? Are we joining any of the same one? Let’s discuss in the comments below!



18 thoughts on “2020 Reading Challenges Mandy is Joining (Hold on tight, because, y’all, there are so many??) pt. 1

  1. I do best when I don’t have too many challenges to keep track of, so as of now I only intend to participate in the Goodreads challenge. Although to be honest, sometimes in the middle of the year I look at other challenges, and if I’ve already made progress coincidentally, I unofficially try to complete it. It’s totally cheating, but it makes me happy!

    Good luck completing the challenges! The What’s In a Name challenge definitely looks like fun!

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  2. OHHHHH these challenges sound like fun! I would love to be a part of the audiobook challenge especially with the way I’ve been consuming romance audiobooks! (Bc apparently I prefer to have smexy scenes read to me than actually read them myself???–I will do a post about this psychology lol) Best of luck with all your goals Mandy! I know you can do it! And keep blasting J Balvin!


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