Reading Challenge 2020

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This year, Toronto Public Library challenges you to read outside your comfort zone. Read or listen to 12 books in 12 categories from January to December 2020 to complete the 2020 Reading Challenge.

Reading Challenge form

Download the fillable, printable Reading Challenge form (PDF), view the categories below, or pick up a copy at any library branch.

Download the PDF Challenge Form

How to participate

  1. Read widely. Try books you wouldn’t normally read, in any format you like, and interpret the categories as broadly as you’d like.
  2. Track your reading. You can use the Borrowing History or Saved Lists features in Your Account, or any other method that works for you.
  3. Connect with other readers. Join the discussion on Facebook, or come to a Reading Challenge event.
  4. Win prizes. Share your booklist at the end of 2020 to be entered into a random draw for a prize pack.

The Challenge

Read or listen to 12 books in 12 categories in 12 months.

We'll be posting recommendations for each category over the course of the year in the order they're listed here:


The Advanced Challenge

Up for more? Read or listen to 14 more books to complete the Advanced Challenge.

*We have updated these categories to make them more accessible for people with visual impairments. We apologize for our initial lack of inclusion.

Join the Facebook group

Share reading recommendations with fellow readers.

Upcoming events

All Reading Challenge events