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#TBRChallenge2020: Let's Get Reading, Shall We?

Reading has been an integral part of my life since I laid my hands upon a book decades ago. Reading calms me down and gives me a sense of purpose at the same time. Reading takes me to so many worlds and teaches me so many things that I wouldn't have come across otherwise. Reading has taught me so much about life and people that I am a much better and a much calmer person today because of my reading habit. I'm a person who has varied interests and passions. But, if you ask me to choose just one, it would be reading.

While I was young, I couldn't afford to buy many books and mostly rented them out from a library, but I still managed to have a small collection of books at home. Once I started working and could afford to buy them, I collected as much as I could. Today, I have a mini library at home with an over-flowing shelf of books. While I give away or donate books periodically, I still continue to have a huge number of books at home. At this point, I have more than 50 books on my shelf that haven't been read yet. While some of them have been recent buys, most of them have been on my shelf for a really long time. I wanted to take care of this in 2020.

The #DecBookLove challenge on Instagram has been doing very well and Shalini and I are working together well as a team. So, we decided to get a bit more brave and come up with a reading challenge for 2020. The challenge is fairly simple, like any other reading challenge. Duh! There will be a prompt and you have to read a book that matches the prompt or at least comes very close to it. Since we know many bloggers who love reading, we did not want to limit their choice of books. We wanted to give them the time and the freedom to read other books of their choice as well. Keeping this in mind, we have come up with 20 prompts and a bonus of 4 other optional prompts. 24 prompts would mean 24 books a year, that means two books a month. For most of the avid readers that I know, this would be a breeze. Readers who plan/can/intend to read more than 24 books a year, can choose to read anything they want on the side. Makes sense, right?

I've never done a reading challenge in my life before, let alone host one. So, I'm excited to do this and I cannot think of anyone else better than Shalini to do this with. The challenge is pretty self-explanatory, but it does come with a set of rules and rewards. But first, the prompts.

Prompts for the #TBRChallenge2020:

1. A book from a genre you generally avoid.

2. A book that's a part of a series.

3. A book you started but never finished.

4. A book by an author you have been meaning to read but haven't dared to so far.

5. A book written 100 years ago/Classic.

6. A book picked up after reading a favorable review on a book blogger's site or a recommendation from a book obsessed friend/relative.

7. A book set in the past or the future.

8. Re-read an old favorite.

9. A book to be read on a vacation or the plot is based around a holiday (could be a travelogue).

10. A free hit (choose any book you wish here).

11. A book that would be a foodies delight.

12. A book with the cover in your favorite color.

13. A book with a love triangle.

14. WWI or WWII drama (could be a true story or fictional).

15. A book written by a famous personality (could be an autobiography/memoir or just fiction).

16. A book gifted to you.

17. A YA book.

18. A book based on mythology (Indian, Roman, Greek etc).

19. A book that’s been on your shelf for more than 5 years.

20. An award winning book.

Bonus Prompts (Optional):

21. A self help book.

22. A book by an author whose name starts with the first letter as your name.

23. An Audiobook/e-book or a PDF read.

24. A crime fiction.


1. Each book needs to be a minimum of 200 pages. Maximum is clearly your choice.

2. You can club 2 prompts and read a single book under them. However, this can only be done once for the year.

3. You can substitute one prompt with a book of your choice if you can't find any book under the prompt. Again, this can only be done once for the year.

What you need to do:

1. Go through your bookshelves or TBR list and come up with books that match the prompts. You can choose to read in any order of the prompts. Mix it up, but read!

2. Sign-up for this challenge by posting your TBR list for the above prompts and link that post on the linky below by 30th December 2019. This need not be a concrete list, it can be a tentative one. Reading should always be about flexibility.

3. If you would like to review the book you've read, please review them on your blogs and link up with us on the 25th of every month. This can be as detailed or as brief as you want it to be. The linky for this will be open for 10 days.

4. If you want to review the book on Social Media instead, please share the link of your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter post on the above mentioned linky. Share valid review links only, not your blog URL or SM handles.


1. An Amazon voucher of Rs 500/- each will be given to two winners. One for 20 prompts and the other for 24 prompts. This will be a random pick and will be done at the end of the challenge. Winners will be announced by 15th January 2021.

2. Every month, a reader who completes two prompts per month, will receive a pre-loved book from the host's collection. Eligibility for this will depend on your choice of books, your reviews, your social media posts or the mood of the hosts. This will be done on the 15th of every month, from 15th Feb 2020 to 15th Jan 2021.

The prizes will be dispatched to Indian addresses only. If you live abroad, please share a local postal address if you are the winner.

3. The prizes shall be announced on our Instagram pages @shalzmojo and @she_booked_it. Please follow us there to stay updated on the challenge.

If you are active on Goodreads, please add yourself to this group to stay updated.

I shall be posting my tentative TBR list for the prompts in my next post. Looking forward to some good participation and book reviews. Shalini and I cannot wait to look at the choice of books your guys come up with for our prompts. Your tentative TBR list should be posted on your blog and linked on the below linky by 30th Dec 2019. Also, add the below badge to your posts.

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  1. This sounds like something I actually need to do. Unlike 2018, 2019 has been pretty bad in terms of how many books I completed reading. I need to get back into the groove... will try though I wonder if there is any flexibility on sending the tentative list by 30 Dec :)

    1. Do join in, Doc! Come up with a tentative list at least na?

  2. 24 still looks like a big number to me. 15 was neat this year. I'm still double minded about this challenge till now. I'm working on my 20 TBR list though. Let's see how it works for me.

    Otherwise, you guys are doing a great job. All the best for hosting this challenge guys. Wishing you an awesome reading year ahead.

    1. I'm looking at 50 this year. 24 here and 26 others. Hope I'll be able to do it.

  3. This looks like an interesting challenge. Any ideas on the books that you want to read for each category?

  4. The challenge looks good. The minimum page limit is a brilliant idea too. I will check out my book shelves and decide. All the best to you.

    1. Do try to participate, Sulekha. It will be fun to have you around.

  5. Awesome to see your post out Soumya and I can see some more peeps intrigued by it.fingers crossed that loads of fun readers join in on this one too!!

    1. Looks like we have quite a number of people signing up! This could be fun.

  6. This is an interesting challenge. Looking forward to your line-up of books for the various prompts. All the best to you and Shalini for this challenge. Cheers!

    1. My list of books is out! You are participating, right?

  7. I missed the deadline. Sooo upset.

  8. Have finally made the post and joined the challenge. It's late but
    I was reading :D


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