2020 Reading Challenges Mandy is Joining pt. 2 (somehow she’s still not done)

Well, well, well, look what we have here – pt. 2 of all the challenges that Mandy is joining in 2020. We all know I’m a lost cause, but did we realize just how far down the rabbit hole I had fallen with competitions with myself? No, I think not. But alas, here we are, and below are a few more challenges I plan on trying to tackle this year.


#YARC 2020

Year of the Asian, a 2020 Reading Challenge. Hosted by CW, Lily, Shealea, and Vicky

Links: Visit Lily’s YARC sign-up post./ Visit Vicky’s YARC sign-up post./Visit Shealea’s YARC sign-up post./Visit CW’s YARC sign-up post.

Sha and I did this challenge last year, and I’m going to tackle it again this year. I’m going to go for the next level up than what I did last year (we joined in late so I didn’t have a strong plan there). I’ll be going for a Indian Cobra (11 – 20 books) this time around. See below for my list of books.

Green and blue award badge with a Indian Cobra in the center, and with two gold stars above the award.

➡️ The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
➡️ The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
➡️ Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
➡️ Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
➡️ My Summer of Love & Misfortune by Lindsay Wong
➡️ A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
➡️ The Girl King by Mimi Yu
➡️ Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
➡️ This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
➡️ Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
➡️ Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
➡️ The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
➡️ Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
➡️ Stargazing by Jen Wang
➡️ Frankly in Love by David Yoon
➡️ Parachutes by Kelly Yang
➡️ I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
➡️ Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca

I have more on my overall TBR, but these are the ones that I want to make sure I get to this year for sure.


Complete a Series or Two Challenge

Link: Sign up here 

I have a really bad habit of staring series, and then, well, never coming back to them. So many times I’ll start a first book, enjoy it decently, get sidetracked with a bunch of other new releases, and then never coming back to the other books that came after. Therefore, most of the time, I let those books drop off my TBR since I really don’t feel like going back to the first one to reread it. When I saw this challenge on Sakhile’s blog, I knew I had to take part.


  • Pick a book that’s part of a series each month to read.
  • Tag the creator
  • The book must have been published pre-2020
  • For every book that’s part of the challenge which you finish you get a star
  • This challenge will run from the 1st of January 2020 to the 31st of December 2020
  • Use the hashtag #completeaserieschallenge on Instagram or Twitter to keep track of your progress and what others are reading.
  • Have fun, don’t think about it too much.

Here are the series I’m currently in the middle of in series that I need to tackle:

➡️ Every Heart is a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (I read the second book first)
➡️ Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
➡️ Finale by Stephanie Garber
➡️ Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
➡️ Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker
➡️ Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
➡️ Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
➡️ Spectacle Vol. 2 by Megan Rose Gedris
➡️ Clockwork Princess Graphic Novel

I don’t have too many up here, but I think I’ll be adding more as the year goes on. I’m going to be trying to try to binge read series now in the past to keep it going, so I’m going to try to do the series back to back reading now.


2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

Take the 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Link for more info here

I’ve been seeing the Popsugar challenge for a while now, and I absolutely love the whole prompt aspect with readathons. There have been quite a few months where I haven’t found a suitable readathon, and I get so lost sometimes without it. Unless I’m really really in the mood, I sometimes get aimless on what to read next. I think this will definitely help me decide where to go since I will want to complete the challenge.

2020 Challenge – Regular prompts
1. A book that’s published in 2020: The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
3. A book with a great first line: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli 
4. A book about a book club: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Seoul)
6. A bildungsroman: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys
8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover: TBD
9. A book with a map: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club: Finale by Stephanie Garber (so many of my favorite blogs convinced me to try this series again)
11. An anthology: A Phoenix First Must Burn by misc. 
12. A book that passes the Bechdel test: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it: TBD
14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name: TBD
15. A book about or involving social media: Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson 
16. A book that has a book on the cover: What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
17. A medical thriller: TBD
18. A book with a made-up language: Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”: My Summer of Love and Misfortune by Lindsay Wong
20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention: Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
21. A book published the month of your birthday: Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
22. A book about or by a woman in STEM: The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Pérez
23. A book that won an award in 2019: TBD
24. A book on a subject you know nothing about: Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Hero Twins)
25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson
26. A book with a pun in the title: Frankly in Love by David Yoon
27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character: TBD
29. A book with a bird on the cover: The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters
30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader: Running by Natalia Sylvester
31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
32. A book by a WOC: Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
34. A book you meant to read in 2019: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
35. A book with a three-word title: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
36. A book with a pink cover: Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer
37. A Western: Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters (it mentions a fiddle, so I’m counting it as a Western)
38. A book by or about a journalist: Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega
39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (possibly)
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (a reread of a favorite book): Furyborn by Claire Legrand

2020 Challenge – Advanced prompts
1. A book written by an author in their 20s: Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title: TBD
3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision): TBD
4. A book set in the 1920s: King of Crows by Libba Bray
5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics: I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title: TBD
8. A book published in the 20th century: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
9. A book from a series with more than 20 books: Clockwork Princess Graphic Novel 
10. A book with a main character in their 20s: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James


What do you think? What challenges are you joining in this year? Are we joining any of the same one? Do you have any suggestions for any of the TBDs I have on my Popsugar Challenge? Let’s discuss in the comments below!



13 thoughts on “2020 Reading Challenges Mandy is Joining pt. 2 (somehow she’s still not done)

  1. I’ve heard awesome things about the #YARC challenge and how it really promotes diverse books… I wish I had the time to do more reading challenges this year!! Also I hope u get the chance to finish Finale! It is sooo good! Good luck with all these reading challenges Mandy 🙂

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    1. Yes!! I did it last year, and it was so great that I wanted to bump it up more. And ugh, they are certainly a commitment, so when time is on the line, best to just read what you want. And yes – your review of it really had me going back for more on it. Thank you, Jamie!! 🙂


  2. Wow so many reading challenges and the popsugar one has so many promtps!!
    I’m doing the Asian reading challenge and I’m really excited!! I’m aiming for the Indian Cobra too!!
    I think the completing a series challenge is really good because I have some series I need to finish and it is a great way to get you to prioritise them!!
    Best of luck with all your challenges and happy reading!! ❤

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    1. Yes!!! There are so many. D: I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing??

      And wishing you luck with it!! It’s such a fun challenge, and I’m super excited to get back to it. 😀

      And yes!! I always push those series aside since I always forget the first few books in the series anyway, haha.

      Thanks, Sophie! You too! ❤

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  3. These are such cool challenges! I think the series one is super useful because it gives you an incentive to catch up on series. At this point I’ve practically given up on completing series so much that I barely even start new ones because I know I’m not likely to keep up with the new releases! The Popsugar challenge always interests me as well. I love how they have such an interesting range of prompts! But at the same time I’m always scared to participate because of one or two prompts that are super difficult or I have no interest in completing. I’m an all or nothing kind of girl, so since I don’t think I’d complete all the prompts I choose not to participate, even though I’d probably end up enjoying it!

    Best of luck on all of your reading goals! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

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    1. Yes! I keep giving up on so many great series because I just don’t want to try to have to go back. I’m hoping this will fix it – but I realized I really don’t have many, haha.

      And yes! I’m totally the same way – it bothered me so much that I had to put “TBD” on a few of those. I just want them all!!

      Thanks so much, Malka!! 🙂


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