Monthly Book Award Reading Challenge 2020

Welcome to the first annual Book Awards Reading Challenge hosted here at GXO. We searched around for a reading challenge featuring book award winners, but couldn’t find any active ones, so we decided to host it!


  • This is a MONTHLY challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
  • Your task is to read at least 1 book each month that has WON a book award in that month.
  • EXCEPT December. Read ANY book award winner.
  • Post what you’ve read anywhere online – your blog, Goodreads and social media using the hashtag #GXOAwardReadingChallenge
  • Come back to our check-in post published at the beginning of each month, and which will also be linked here, to leave a comment with a link to where you’ve posted or tell us in the comments about the book(s) you chose to read.


~ To count for the challenge, the book read must be an AWARD WINNER.

~ The award must have been announced in the same month the book is read. e.g. For January – any book that won the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction in 2019 would qualify, because it was presented on January 27, 2019 – but a National Book Awards winner would not count for that month – because that award is presented in November.

~ All types of books and genres count – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Novellas, Audiobooks, Kid-lit, Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade Fiction, etc.

Book Awards Reading Challenge graphic


Two good places to start are with our own Major Book Awards Calendar for 2019 and the Book Awards list at BookTalk.


~ Sign up by commenting below to participate – make sure you leave a link to your sign up post in your comment! Announce your participation via your blog, Goodreads, or other social media platform using the hashtag #GXOAwardReadingChallenge and link back to blog or Instagram (awesomerxoxo) & (chapter_adventure).

~ And don’t forget to come back to this post OR our monthly check in post where you can comment with the book you read and a link to your discussion.



// Comments //

  1. For January, I read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle(aka The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) by Stuart Turton (Costa Book Awards 2018)

  2. Heather Kochan

    Jan 31

    For this month I read The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai. Absolutely loved it! It won the the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. I’m also adding my instagram post about the book!

  3. Jen

    Jan 06

    I’d love to participate in this reading challenge! It’s a great idea.

    I’m having kind of an issue on the requirements though. Are we going by when an award was announced or presented? Like, The Audie Awards has a press release in February of the winners, but the awards ceremony is in March. Some awards sites are not easy to navigate for dates. >.<

    Will you be updating as new information is available, like February and September awards?

    • @Jen Go off of when the award was presented and yes, we’ll be updating the book awards calendar as the year goes on. Also, we’ll post a challenge check in post at the beginning of every month with some ideas on it. Lastly, you can join our Goodreads group (GXO Reading Challenges) to see other ideas.

  4. Dallas

    Jan 01

    Count me in!

  5. Kim

    Dec 31

    I wanted to start 2020 with a good book and found your reading challenge…so excited to get started. Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

  6. Vanessa

    Dec 24

    Hi Kim and Patrice! I would love to sign up for your challenges! No blog but here is where I track on GoodReads!

  7. Kara

    Dec 14

    I tried posting this comment before – but maybe I didn’t do it right..I’m in for this challenge for next year!!! I posted about it and shared my reading list on my blog –

    Looking forward to a great year of reading!!!

  8. Kara

    Dec 07

    I’m in for 2020. Getting back to my love of reading. Have joined several on Goodreads, but this one (in fact all of yours) look really intriguing!! Working on my list this month, so I’m ready for January!! I will be posting on my blog or on Goodreads –

  9. Traci Lowrey

    Nov 23

    I have just found your challenges and am interested in doing some for 2020. I do have a question though. When you talk about posting about the challenge is writing about it on Goodreads acceptable or do you actually need a blog to participate?

    • @TraciLowrey Yes! Goodreads is totally acceptable. We’re very low key so post about it on whatever platform you have.

  10. Rachel

    Nov 15

    Wow! This is a challenging challenge! But it’s also tempting. I’ll have to think about it.

  11. You are new to me and I am happy to sign up for 2020! I post all the challenges I intend to do this coming year on the same page.

    Find me at Reading Authors Network

  12. Thanks, Tanya! I am ready to go then. Here’s my sign-up…now I just have to wait (however impatiently) for the new year.

  13. Are there any Book Awards that are given out in September? I’ve been hunting, but haven’t found anything yet.

    • Okay…found the Ngaio Marsh Awards–they seem to move around date-wise from Sept to October. Would it be okay to pick a book from a year that they awarded it in Sept?

      • And…the Hugo Awards have also bounced between August and September. Same question–can we do a Hugo in either month as long as that particular year it was awarded in the proper month?

        • Tanya Patrice

          Nov 14

          Hi Bev – Great question. The book you choose – the year it won the award – the award must have been presented in that month.

      • Tanya Patrice

        Nov 14

        Also in September – Dragon Con Awards (Science Fiction and Fantasy)

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