2021 Reading Challenges

Another year, another set of reading goals!

As always I’m trying to keep it relatively simple to start but expect to add on a few as the year progresses. But since so much about the upcoming year is still uncertain, I really have no idea how much I’ll actually be able to read.

Graphics associated with each challenge were created by the host(s).

Last updated January 3, 2021

Goodreads Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 3 / 150

Yeah, I somehow surpassed 400 books in 2020 (!!!), but that’s definitely not the kind of pressure I want to put on myself going into a new year; it’s psychologically much easier for me to increase than to decrease my goal later on.Β 

Beat the Backlist Bingo

PROGRESS: 0 / 52

In the past few years, I’ve found that the majority of the books I read are backlist, so I don’t feel the need to set a number goal. But I’ll still be aiming to complete the bingo prompts, because I love reading bingos.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 0 / 50

☐ A book that’s published in 2021
☐ An afrofuturist book
☐ A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
☐ A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
☐ A dark academia book
☐ A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
☐ A book where the main character works at your current or dream job
☐ A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction
☐ A book with a family tree
☐ A bestseller from the 1990s
☐ A book about forgetting
☐ A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf
☐ A locked-room mystery
☐ A genre hybrid
☐ A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
☐ A book with something broken on the cover
☐ A book by a Muslim American author
☐ A book that was published anonymously
☐ A book with an oxymoron in the title
☐ A book about do-overs or fresh starts
☐ A magical realism book
☐ A book set in multiple countries
☐ A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
☐ A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTuber, or other online personality
☐ A book whose title starts with Q, X or Z
☐ A book featuring three generations
☐ A book about a social justice issue
☐ A book set in a restaurant
☐ A book with a black-and-white cover
☐ A book by an indigenous author
☐ A book that has the same title as a song
☐ A book about a subject you are passionate about
☐ A book that discusses body positivity
☐ A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
☐ A book in a different format than what you normally read
☐ A book that has fewer than 1k reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
☐ A book you think your best friend would like
☐ A book about art or an artist
☐ A book everyone seems to have read but you
☐ Your fave prompt from a past PS challenge: 

Advanced Prompts
☐ The longest book on your TBR
☐ The shortest book on your TBR
☐ The book on your TBR with the prettiest cover
☐ The book on your TBR with the ugliest cover
☐ The book that’s been on your TBR for the longest
☐ A book from your TBR you meant to read last year but didn’t
☐ A book from your TBR you associate with a fave person, place, or thing
☐ A book from your TBR chosen at random
☐ A DNF book from your TBR
☐ A free book from your TBR

Books and Tea Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 0 / 12

I love prompt challenges, especially when they’re so manageable β€” these prompts are straightforward, and it’ll only take one a month to stay on track.

☐ hexed with color: ask a friend for a color, read a book with a cover to match
☐ hidden creations: an author’s lesser known book / a lesser known author
☐ stardust: a book you’ve owned since 2016
☐ awesome, of course: book by author of color
☐ in Satan we stan: a book with 666 pages or more
☐ full of pride: LGBT+ books and authors
☐ highly recommended: a recommendation from a friend
☐ a fresh look: a new to you diverse read
☐ star’s the limit: travel to another country or world
☐ new kids on the pub(lisher): 2021 debut author
☐ opposites attract: swap a TBR entry with someone
☐ small stories: an anthology or book that’s shorter than most

  • What reading goals do you have for 2021?
  • Which challenges and readathons, if any, are you participating in?
  • Do you have any titles picked out (whether for a prompt or monthly TBR or just to read soon), or do you prefer to leave your options open?

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