2020 Reading Challenges

Here are all the challenges I’m planning to do this year. I’ll fill in each prompt with the related book as I go. Wish me luck!

Aussies Rule:


  1. An Aussie book by a trans or non binary author. (Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans)
  2. An Aussie book recommended by an Aussie podcast. (A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu)
  3. A book of poetry or short stories by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author. (Throat by Ellen van Neerven)
  4. A non fiction book by an Aussie author of colour. (White Tears Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad)
  5. One of the Growing Up in Australia series. (Growing Up African in Australia ed Maxine Beneba Clarke)
  6. An Aussie romance. (The Place on Dalhousie by Melinda Marchetta)
  7. A book from the 2020 Stella Longlist. (There was Still Love by Favel Parret plus most of the others)
  8. A book by a refugee. (The Happiest Refugee by Ahn Do)
  9. A book by a woman, Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander, author of colour or LGBTQIA+ person published the year you were born. (Because a White Man’ll Never Do It)
  10. An Aussie book based as close as possible to either where you grew up or where you live now. (The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory by Corey White)
  11. A book about being a Muslim in Australia. (The Lost Arabs by Omar Sakr)
  12. Some Aussie YA Spec Fic. (Aurora Rising by Kaufman and Kristoff)
  13. A book by an Aussie woman over 50 (The Weekend by Charlotte Wood.)
  14. A book long listed for the Miles Franklin (any year.) (Storyland by Catherine McKinnon)
  15. An Aussie book about nature. (The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy)
  16. An #ownvoices book with a disabled or neurodiverse main character. (Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr)
  17. Some Aussie historical fiction set at a time other than early settlement. (The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell)
  18. A book by a young (under 25) Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. (Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch)
  19. A book by a young (under 25) queer Aussie.
  20. A book by an Aussie carer.
  21. An Aussie book recommended by your local indie book store. (Hysteria by Katrina Bryant)
  22. An Aussie book published by a small press. (Cherry Beach by Laura McPhee-Brown)
  23. A middle grade or picture book by an Aussie Author of Colour.
  24. An Aussie book set in space. (Illuminae by Kaufman and Kristoff)

Rogue Book Coven:

  1. Is a favourite of a friend or family member.
  2. Has a queer Jewish protagonist or is by a queer Jewish author. (21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari)
  3. You heard about on a podcast or other social media
  4. Was written by an Indigenous Australian author in the 21st century
  5. Is a Pulitzer Prize winner or nominee (any year)
  6. Is by an author who lives within 25 miles of you.
  7. Is a translated short story collection
  8. Was written by a politician
  9. Is a Shakespeare retelling
  10. Has titled (not numbered) chapters
  11. Is on body positivity,by a body positivity author or featuring a body positivity main character
  12. Is set in parts of the UK other than England
  13. Is a graphic novel that started as a web comic (Heartstopper)
  14. Is an #ownvoices YA novel.
  15. Is non fiction about racism, anti-racism or racial justice. (How to be an Anti-Racist)
  16. Has a rainbow colour in the title.
  17. Is about or set in East Asia (China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau)
  18. You previously DNF’d (Storyland by Catherine McKinnon)
  19. Is a book of poetry by an author of colour
  20. Is published by a not for profit press.
  21. Is about the refugee experience.
  22. Is about animal rescue
  23. Is at least 500 pages long. (The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox)
  24. Was published the year you were born.
  25. Bonus: Is about another Coven member’s interest, hobby or field.

The Reading Women:

  1. Author from Caribbean or India
  2. Translated from an Asian language
  3. About the environment
  4. Picture book by a BIPOC author
  5. Stella or Women’s Prize winner (Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany)
  6. Non fiction by a woman historian
  7. Afrofuturism or Africanfuturism
  8. An anthology by multiple authors
  9. Inspired by folklore (Circe by Madeline Miller)
  10. About a woman artist
  11. Read and watch a book to movie adaption
  12. About a woman who inspires you
  13. By an Arab woman
  14. Set in Japan/ by a Japanese author
  15. A biography
  16. Featuring a woman with a disability
  17. Over 500 pages
  18. Under 100 pages
  19. Frequently recommended to you
  20. A feel good/happy book
  21. A book about food
  22. By a favourite or new to you publisher
  23. By an LGBTQIA+ author
  24. From the 2019 Reading Women Award Shortlists

Swords and Stars:

  1. Read a book from the sub genre New Weird
  2. Read a book with a map
  3. Read a book with time travel or time in the title
  4. Read a book with stars on the cover or in the title
  5. Read a book whose author is new to you
  6. Read an SFF novella
  7. Read a book with magic in it
  8. Read a book with a spaceship on the cover
  9. Read a book over 500 pages (Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey)
  10. Read a sci fi book written by a female author
  11. Read a book that takes place in space, on a ship or a different planet
  12. Read a book with dragons in it
  13. Read a book based on or from a fantasy or science fiction game
  14. Read a militaristic sci fi book or portal fantasy
  15. Read sci fantasy
  16. Read grim dark or urban fantasy
  17. Read a sci fi classic
  18. Read a fantasy classic
  19. Read a book recommended or blurbed by another SFF author
  20. Read an SFF New release.

Enthralled Bookworm’s 20 LGBTQ+ Books in 2020


  1. Circe by Madeline Miller
  2. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  3. Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch

#STFU and Read Challenge

  1. Found on Bookstagram Australia
  2. An Australian Classic
  3. Book by an Indigenous Australian author.
  4. Book about climate change
  5. Book by an LGBTQ+ author
  6. #LoveOzYA book
  7. Memoir by an Australian woman (Get the Girls Out by Lucy Bloom)
  8. A poetry collection
  9. 2020 finalist for a State Premier’s literary prize
  10. A book by a territorial – NT or ACT.
  11. Read and watch a book to movie adaption
  12. A book from across the ditch. (The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox)