Sign-Up: Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020

Posted November 27, 2019 by Andi in 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges / 29 Comments

Three years down, another one to go(Is this really my 4th year?!?!). That’s right, Andi’s ABCs is once again the host for the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge for 2020*!

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge was originally created and hosted by Pearl’s World of Romance, passed on to Fatin at Romance Book Maven, then passed on to Brianna at The Book Vixen, Then it was Gone with the Words and Love at First Page‘s turn. and is now hosted by Andi’s ABCs.

Grab the Button:

Ok, so here are the challenge details and rules….

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (books read prior to 1/1/2020 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2020.
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be any kind of pairing as long as there is a strong romance. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2020 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button above and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY RECOMMENDATION @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Recommendations:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance book(s) I will recommend/suggest. If you read that book(s) and review it or do some kind of creative post about it that month it will count as an entry.
  • Monthly Recommendation posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

If you have any questions, please email me ( . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2020 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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29 responses to “Sign-Up: Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020

  1. Hallo, Hallo,…

    Spied this coming through my feeds — I’m looking for some lo-key challenges for the New Year as I already knew I wanted to approach what I do for challenges/RALs/RATs a bit differently than I attempted in 2019; mostly, I made it too much of a challenge and took out a heap of the fun so I’m trying to add in more fun for 2020! lol

    Despite reading a lot of the subniches of Contemporary Roms you’ve mentioned esp Romantic Suspense – I do read enough straight-up Contemporary Romance to qualify for this challenge. I read a combination between mainstream & INSPY markets which I think would be delightful as I want to read more of both in the New Year. I’m finally finding my route back into Contemporaries as for a marked number of years I struggled just to find a few authors I could soak into which gave me the read I was seeking. Harlequin Heartwarming helped loads in that direction, actually!

    I’ll have to sort out an intro post soon and join this officially! Thanks for hosting and tweeting about it as that’s how I found you!

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