Reading Women Challenge 2020

Hosted by Reading Women

1342 participants, 4610 books added

Starts: Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Ends: Thursday, 31 December 2020

It’s time for the 2020 Reading Women Challenge! Reading challenges are a great way to read outside your comfort zone—and you get to do it with other bookish friends! The 2020 challenge officially begins January 1st, 2020 and ends December 31st, 2020.

Here’s the rundown: complete as many challenges as you can from the list below. If you have one book that covers two categories (or more!), feel free to count it for both. It's not a contest. Our goal is to encourage you to read widely (and fight the patriarchy, but that was probably a given), so just have fun with it!

Be sure to share your progress, using the hashtag #ReadingWomenChallenge.

Need some recommendations?

- Search the Reading Women Podcast Episode Show Notes of our past episodes (here's a secret, most of the categories are a variation on last year's episodes). They're organized by theme, so it should be pretty easy to zero in on the category you're looking to fill.

- Our Guest Blog Posts are a great resource for international fiction.

- Join the Reading Women Goodreads group for a wealth of recommendations and to chat with others about what you're reading.

Challenge prompts

2. A Book Translated from an Asian Language (144 books added)

Bonus if the translator is a woman!

3. A Book about the Environment (170 books added)

4. A Picture Book Written/Illustrated by a BIPOC Author (146 books added)

BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. For more information on the acronym, visit

7. A Book Featuring Afrofuturism or Africanfuturism (59 books added)

Africanfuturism is defined by Nnedi Okorafor on her website.

Afrofuturism is often defined as “a way of imagining possible futures through a black cultural lens” (Ingrid LaFleur).

You can find out more about Afrofuturism in Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack.

Examples include N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy, Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora edited by Sheree Thomas, My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due, Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, and Black from the Future edited by Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle.

We’ll be discussing Afrofuturism in as our theme for February (2020), so stay tuned!

8. An Anthology by Multiple Authors (170 books added)

Your choice for this prompt can be any type of literature—short stories, essays, poetry, plays, etc.— as long as it’s written by a group of different authors.

All of the authors do not have to be women.

Bonus points if the editor is a woman.

9. A Book Inspired by Folklore (237 books added)

Any country or culture’s folklore works!

10. A Book about a Woman Artist (217 books added)

For this prompt, we are focusing on women visual artists, like sculptors, painters, potters, etc.

11. Read and Watch a Book-to-Movie Adaptation (167 books added)

A Television Show or Mini-series is fine too.

If you typically use audio description tracks with movies/film, but can't find one for the book-to-film adaption you're looking for, listening to a radio drama adaption will count for this challenge.

13. A Book by an Arab Woman (101 books added)

15. A Biography (169 books added)

A biography is an account of someone's life written by someone else. This isn’t to be confused with autobiography or memoir.

Bonus points if the biography is written by AND about a woman. :)

16. A Book Featuring a Woman with a Disability (206 books added)

This includes any kind of disability, whether from mental illness, learning disabilities, or physical conditions.

17. A Book Over 500 Pages (211 books added)

18. A Book Under 100 Pages (261 books added)

20. A Feel-Good or Happy Book (315 books added)

This is completely up to interpretation—just pick a book that brings you joy!

21. A Book about Food (130 books added)

Both cookbooks and food writing work for this challenge.

23. A Book by an LGBTQ+ Author (402 books added)

25. A Book by Toni Morrison (25 books added)

26. A Book by Isabel Allende (33 books added)