Monday, December 9, 2019

The 2020 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

Wow.  Another year.  Another decade.  Another reading challenge.  This is my fifth year doing the Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge, and I'm very excited by this year's list.  I've tried to include some stash busting categories as well as some that are a little more challenging.

2019 was a bit of a rough year for me.  My mother passed in early March.  Mom got her first job in a library when she was 14, and went on to work in different libraries throughout her life. It's from her that I really got my love of reading and my huge respect for the important role that libraries play in our society.  My younger sister has carried on the proud librarian tradition, working as an archivist preserving knowledge for the future.  My older sister has had some serious heart issues, and finally this fall had heart surgery, which required a lengthy hospital stay and help at home for several weeks, so I have spent a lot of time on the road listening to audiobooks as I traveled back and forth to my hometown.  Thank goodness for audiobooks.  I would really be struggling to finish my challenge this year if it weren't for them.  I'm pretty sure I'll finish just in time for the New Year.

I'm looking forward to 2020 as an opportunity to celebrate my mother and my love of reading and also the fact that my older sister is still here with us and doing much better.

So here it is, the 2020 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge.

For folks who like to be able to print off a the list so they can take notes or make changes, click here for a downloadable PDF.

For folks who like to use spreadsheets to keep track of their books, click here for a spreadsheet you can save to your drive.

And as always, super special thanks to Good Karma for all the great graphics and fonts.  Show her some love by checking out her shop and grabbing some goodies for yourself.


  1. I am ready to start!! This will be my first time doing a reading challenge!!

    1. A book with the word "maker" in the title
    [ ] The Echo Maker
    2. A cult classic
    [ ] Alice in Wonderland
    3. I see dead people -- a ghost story
    [ ] The Broken Girls
    [ ] Bag of Bones?
    4. A book by an author you always read
    [ ] The Great Alone
    5. A book about twins
    [ ] Deceptions
    6. A book that has been reissued with a new cover
    [ ] Room
    7. A book by an author whose name starts with N
    [ ] Scythe
    8. A book from the NY Times Best Sellers list
    [ ] Where the Crawdads Sing
    9. A book that inspires you to go for a walk
    [ ] A Walk in the Woods
    10. A book by an author with fewer than 10 letters
    [ ] The Woman in the Window
    11. A book set in the mountains
    [ ] No Exit
    12. A memoir/A book written in first person
    [ ] Escape
    13. A book written before you were born
    [ ] Little Women

  2. I'm in - first timer, so I'll go for a Baker's Dozen. Lots of great choices.
    Glad I found this challenge, listed on Reading Challenge Addicts list.
    Avid Series Reader

  3. This is my first time too. I'm going to go for a Baker's Dozen as well. Will keep track HERE.

  4. I'm joining very few challenges this year, as I host (and participate in) four of my own, but I had to join in on this one. So many options! I haven't done my post yet, but will come back with a link when I do.

    So sorry for the loss of your mother. This is a lovely tribute to her. Hoping your older sister continues getting stronger, and that 2020 is a much better year for you.

    1. My 2020 Reading Challenges page where my (partial) list is posted, and where I'll update/keep track. :)

  5. This one looks like so much fun! I'm in.

  6. And now I'm joining. Will aim for Baker's Dozen.

  7. This one has very unique categories for sure. I want to do it and will be tracking my progress at

  8. I'm in! I will read a Baker's Dozen of books in 2020.

  9. This is my first time too.
    I'm going with the Fortnightly challenge, starting off the Dark Genres: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

  10. This will be my first time and I am super excited! I am going to do the Fortnightly challenge.

  11. Do you have any hashtags to use for posting on Instagran by any chance? Or would a link to your blogpost do?

  12. I'll be joining in at the Baker's Dozen level! I like the variety of categories in this challenge. Here's my 2020 reading challenges post:


    Here is my blog post for this challenge. I am participating for the Freaky Reader level. I can't wait to get started with this. It's so much fun!!

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  15. Hi, I was wondering if you will be having this challenge again next year. It's a lot of fun.
    BTW, I ended up upgrading to Fortnightly for this year.

    1. I was a little behind in posting, but it just went up this evening! Sorry for the delay. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed last year's challenge!