Summer Reading Challenge 2020

June 20, 2020 in Bookish

The summer of 2020 might not be like the summers we’ve loved in years gone by but we can still have a good time. And if you love reading, then I’ve got you covered! Starting today through to September 22nd, I’m inviting you to participate in my summer reading challenge.

There are 25 general and summer-themed reading prompts that will let you escape real life, at least for a few hours. You don’t need to complete all 25 prompts – just do whichever prompts speak to you and have fun with it!

Reading Challenge Rules

The challenge runs from today (20th June) all the way through until the 22nd of September 2020.

You can choose any book in any format to meet the prompt – it’s entirely up to you!

Each book can only count for one prompt. So if it meets multiple prompts, you’ll need to choose one.

You can read books in any order.

Feel free to share your progress on Instagram stories using the bingo graphic below! (If you do this please give me a tag @happilyeverhay because I’d love to see how you’re getting on!)

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Reading Challenge Prompts

1. Book that’s been adapted to film or TV
2. A book that involves a fire
3. Title begins with S
4. A book with a map
5. Graphic novel or comic book
6. Under 250 pages
7. Released in 2020
8. Blue cover or spine
9. Multiple POVs
10. One word title
11. Set in the summer
12. Dystopian
13. Free space – read any book on your TBR
14. Part of a series
15. Involves a journey
16. Yellow cover or spine
17. Set in a different country
18. Award winner or nominee
19. Beach in the title
20. Latinx author
21. Mystery or thriller
22. LGBTQIA+ character
23. Non-fiction
24. Set in the future
25. Water on the cover

I hope that you enjoy taking part in this summer reading challenge as much as I enjoyed putting it together. You can keep track of my progress by following me on Twitter and Instagram. And again, please do share your progress by tagging me in your Insta stories using the bingo graphic above! I can’t wait to see what you’ve read for these prompts!


  • Kadie July 8, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    This is a really neat idea. I love the bingo feel of it. A good way to get reading and to discover new books. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Kadie and best of luck with your summer reading challenge! 🙂

  • Stephanie July 9, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Oh my goodness, this challenge looks like so much fun! I don’t typically participate in challenges, since I stick to a pretty strict TBR, but I might at least take a few cues from this so I can get creative with my reads for the rest of the summer. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:13 am

      No problem Stephanie, hope you have a great summer of reading! 🙂

  • Meera July 9, 2020 at 8:24 am

    I LOVE this idea! Works really well at the moment seeing as we have so much time inside. Think I might have to give it a go. Any good suggestions for any of the catagories?

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Oooh thank you Meera! I have a lot of suggestions haha. The beachy/watery/summery ones all tend to be similar so some of the books that I considered for those prompts are Beach Read by Emily Henry which is a romance then for thrillers there’s A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell, Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, The Honeymoon by Rona Halsall and Conviction by Denise Mina.

      I’m loving graphic novels lately so my recommendation for that would be either Lumberjanes (about a summer camp with strong fantasy elements) or The Woods (about a school that winds up on a dangerous planet with a strong sci-fi vibe).

  • Adam July 9, 2020 at 8:49 am

    I’d have to up my reading game, to get all those in, but I like a challenge. I might give it a try.

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Good luck Adam!

  • Marissa July 9, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    What a fun challenge! Happy reading 🙂

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Marissa! 🙂

  • Shannon Obrien July 9, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I love this idea! I am definitely going to try and participate in this!

    • Hayley July 23, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Ooh yay, thanks Shannon! Hope you have fun! 🙂

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