Go Big or Go Home

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2020
Number of books: 12
Hosted by: Dancing with Books

go big or go home 2020

This reading challenge is completely focused on reading all those bigger and intimidating books. I don’t know about you guys but I tend to put off reading some bigger books, especially as they look daunting on my shelf. Mass Market Paperbacks are so confronting with those big spines.

The Main Goal

The main goal of this reading challenge is to read 1 big book per month so 12 this year. But of course you can set your own goal.


  • Runs from January 1st to December 31st
  • Only books started in 2020 count. Sorry guys.
  • (E)Book has to be 500 or over pages in your copy.
  • Translated books that hit over 500 pages when the original isn’t, still count.
  • No rereads. Sorry, this is to knock out those books from your tbr.
  • Audiobooks count as long as the print copy is 500 pages or over.
  • Collections of stories or a bind-up counts as long as it is over 500 pages.
  • No Manga or Manga bind-ups. Sorry.

Bingo Card

go big or go home bingo card 2020(1)

For those that enjoy bingo cards I created one. Of course this is completely optional! It isn’t necessary to do it to join this yearly challenge. The bingo card has 8 prompts and one freebie. It does depend on the edition one has for if some of these books go over 500 pages or not. If you know of any big books that fit these prompts you are welcome to leave them in the comments.

January The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Classics bingo)

February Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (POC author bingo)

March Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (1000+ pages bingo)
– Extras:
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk edited by Sean Wallace
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

April Eldest by Christopher Paolini
– Extras:
Eldest by Christopher Paolini

May – 11/22/63 by Stephen King (Standalone bingo)
– Extras:
The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic edited by Mike Ashley
Human Development: A Cultural Approach by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

June A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (Sequels bingo)
– Extras:
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

July The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce (LGBTQ+ bingo)

August – Didn’t finish any

September The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

October Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Own Voices bingo)
– Extras:
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Stray by Rachel Vincent

NovemberThe Mammoth Book of Westerns edited by Jon E. Lewis (On Your Shelf for Longer Than a Year bingo)
– Extras:
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women edited by Marie O’Regan

December – Didn’t finish any

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