2020 Reading Challenge Categories

Hello and welcome to the Third Annual While I Was Reading Challenge!

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All you have to do is read, no other participation is required. If you start and don’t finish, that’s okay. And if you want to interact with me and other readers, I’ve got some ways for you to do that at the end of this post.

I put a lot of thought into this list after listening to feedback from previous years’ participants.  My goal is to create categories that are challenging and personalized, yet not too difficult as to be extremely limiting or frustrating. I stuck with 12 categories to keep it realistic and accessible to people with less reading time than myself!

So here we go…..

2020 While I Was Reading Challenge Categories

  1.  A book with an emotion in the title
  2.  A young adult novel
  3.  A book translated from another language
  4.  A book that’s centered around a holiday
  5.  A novel based on a true story
  6.  A book with song lyrics in the title
  7.  A book that’s been on your shelf for more than a year
  8.  A book with a non-human narrator
  9.  A book with a month in the title
  10.  A book you heard about on TV/Radio/a podcast 
  11.  A book set in the state you live in
  12.  A romance novel

You can get a printable list of this year’s categories here.

There’s a Facebook Group and a Goodreads Group for participants to gather for discussion and brainstorming.

I can’t wait to hear from everyone who is planning to participate in 2020! I had planned to send out a monthly newsletter this year, but life got in the way so that’s my biggest goal for 2020. I’ll be in touch with category suggestions, and other reading related tips, and recommendations.

**And if you’re still working on the 2019 challenge, remember to send me your completed list no later than December 31, 2019. Everyone who submits a list will be entered in a drawing to win an Amazon gift card – That will give you a head start on buying titles for 2020!










  1. Bev

    November 27, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Great prompts for 2020. I will be participating.

  2. Jamie

    November 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I’m joining again!

  3. Ramona Mead

    November 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks Bev, I’m glad you like them and I’m happy to have you join us!

  4. Ramona Mead

    November 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    I’m glad to have you! I hope you enjoy it.

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  7. Angie

    December 12, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I’m joining in for sure! Trying to get back into reading. 🙂

  8. Cleo @ Take A Look

    December 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for making this interesting challenge! I’m taking part in it this year 🙂

  9. Jo

    December 17, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for this reading challenge, it looks awesome! I’ve signed up here

  10. Tarissa

    December 30, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Awesome challenge! This is my first time joining. Just shared about it on my blog. You’ve chosen some interesting categories. Can’t wait to see how I’ll fill them all in. 🙂

  11. Ramona Mead

    December 31, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Thanks Tarissa, I’m happy you’re joining us. What’s your blog called?

  12. eri

    December 31, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Does it have to be a physical book or can audiobooks count? I know some challenges are physical only, others are audio only.

  13. Ramona Mead

    January 1, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Audiobooks definitely count! I read a mixture of both audio & physical books on a daily basis. I hope you can join the challenge!

  14. Cinzia

    January 4, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I’m in! I’m new, never tried this challenge before, but I like it!

  15. Ramona Mead

    January 5, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Hi, I’m happy to have you join! Join our Facebook and/or Goodreads groups and take part in our discussions!

  16. Trudy

    January 7, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Sounds fun! I’ll give it a shot and look you up on Goodreads! Thx

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  18. Carla

    January 21, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    This sounds like fun and I am joining in. I have linked my sign up post below.

  19. Jamie

    August 19, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve completed all the categories!

  20. Ramona Mead

    August 20, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Nice work! Send me a picture of your list or post it in our Facebook group and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win an Amazon gift card on January 1st!

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