Welcome back Reading Challenge alums, and welcome all new comers. As 20/20 is a synonym for perfect vision, we can look forward to a year of reading adventures and discoveries.

As in prior years, each us chooses books fitting 12 from the list of categories to read and discuss throughout the year. We each read our own 12, unless you have titles in common and want to discuss; that would be quite cool. Sorry, no cash or prizes for finishing first. The only rule is to have fun.

Please read the sticky in this forum regarding spoilers.

Aaaaaand away we go:



  1. Another’s Mother Tongue: Any book in the foreign language of your choice.
  2. Armchair voyages: A book taking place somewhere you have always wanted to go, but have never been.
  3. Dearly Departed: A book by an author who died within the past four years.
  4. I spy: A book featuring spies or espionage.
  5. Holiday cheer: A book focusing on a holiday.
  6. Eyes to the skies: A book connected to weather, or with a weather-themed title.
  7. Year of the Rat: 2020 is the year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac. Choose a book written by someone born in any year of the Rat: 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900 (keep subtracting by 12 if you want to go earlier).
  8. It’s kind of a funny story: Any book you discovered or obtained through an amazing coincidence that just doesn’t happen under normal circumstances.
  9. Youthful exuberance: A first-person book with a child narrator.
  10. So that’s what they think of us: A book about your country by someone from another country.
  11. Interrogatively speaking: A book whose title is a question.
  12. Take note: A book where music features prominently, or about musicians.
  13. Do you deliver?: A book where food, cooking, restaurants, chefs, etc. play a major role.
  14. No Cliff Notes this time: A book that’s required reading in most high schools or universities.
  15. Anyward, ho!: A travel story (any genre, including non-fiction).
  16. By its cover: A book you know nothing about, chosen solely by the FRONT cover (no reading the jacket flap, back cover blurb, or reviews).
  17. Better known for . . .: A book by someone who’s more famous for something other than writing.
  18. Out of Africa: A book taking place in Africa (including North Africa).
  19. Howdy, stranger: A book about immigrants or immigration, or with an immigrant main character.
  20. Flights of fancy: A book in which airplanes figure prominently.
  21. Still time for more chapters: A memoir/biography by/about someone who’s still alive (as of January 1).
  22. Setting sail: A book taking place mostly or all on water.
  23. New horizons: A book in a new-to-you genre.
  24. Getting started: Read the first book of a series.
  25. Support the home team: A book by a fellow AWer (Check people’s sigs, or this thread might help: https://absolutewrite.com/forums/sho...rently-reading).
  26. Face your fears: A book that intimidates you, for any reason.
  27. Old world charm: A book taking place in or about Europe.
  28. Mail call!: An epistolary novel.
  29. Three-color mythology: A graphic novel or comic book.
  30. Happy days are here again: A book published between 1945 and 1960.
  31. Revenge of the nerds: Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) about science and STEM, or where scientists are the main characters.
  32. The heart and mind of a writer: An author memoir or collection of essays by an author.
  33. Bits and pieces: An anthology (poetry, short stories, whatever).
  34. Out of this world: A book taking place in space or on another planet.
  35. Namesakes: A book by an author who shares your first or last name (maiden name counts).
  36. Tag team: A book by more than one author.
  37. Literary literal alliteration: A book whose title or author’s name is an alliteration.
  38. Loose ends: A book you started last year and haven’t yet finished.
  39. You really shouldn’t have: A book bought for you as a gift.
  40. Ripped from the headlines: A true crime book.
  41. Succinct: A book with a one-word title.
  42. You might also like. . .: A book recommended by someone real, or by a bot.
  43. Speed demon: A book you can read in one day.
  44. Epic Odyssey: Read an epic poem (or any poem more than 25 pages long).
  45. Down on the farm: A book featuring farmers, agriculture, or taking place in an agrarian setting.
  46. Learn the Quadrille: A regency romance.
  47. Just the facts, Ma’am: Non-fiction on any subject.
  48. Takin’ care o’ business: A book taking place in a corporate setting, about a business, or about a business leader.
  49. What your great-grandparents read: A book written more than 75 years before you were born.
  50. No hablo: A book originally written in another language (i.e., a translation).




Have fun everyone!