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 April 2, 2021

Goodreads Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 68 / 150

Yeah, I somehow surpassed 400 books in 2020 (!!!), but that’s 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: 34 / 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.

βœ“ more than one author – Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
☐ dragons OR lizards
βœ“ it’s on a ship! – Peter and the Starcatchers
βœ“ purple cover – This Is the Circle
☐ set in a major city
βœ“ book you forgot you had – Year of Yes
☐ caused a major book hangover

βœ“ multiple points of view – Sourcery
βœ“ book you’re giving another chance – Palimpsest
☐ quest to find lost/hidden object
βœ“ chapter title page has art – The Secret Commonwealth
βœ“ kept you up late reading – An Accusation
☐ picked by a friend/trusted reviewer
βœ“ non-human character – Fledgling

βœ“ first line is less than 10 words – The Wise Man’s Fear
☐ banned book
βœ“ cover features your favorite color prominently – The Midnight Library
☐ all about music
☐ character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding
βœ“ genre you never/rarely read (romance) – Truly, Madly, Royally
βœ“ standalone – If It Makes You Happy

βœ“ lost royalty – Ace of Shades
βœ“ cover with your country’s flag colors – Get Your Sh*t Together
☐ written in letters or diary entries
☐ book centered around politics
☐ features a carnival or circus
☐ snake on the cover

☐ on the Indie Bestseller list in 2020 or earlier
βœ“ historical with a twist – The Girl in the Tower
βœ“ character has a dream scene – Storm of Locusts
☐ set in autumn
βœ“ based on non-Greek/-Roman mythology – Trail of Lightning
☐ non-binary protagonist
βœ“ a book with illustrations – Let’s Make Ramen!

βœ“ WTF plot twist – The Dragon Republic
☐ second book in a duology
☐ non-fairytale retelling
βœ“ from your 2020 backlist TBR – Owls and Other Fantasies
βœ“ book where the woods/forest are important – The Queens of Innis Lear
βœ“ black and white – A Promised Land
βœ“ novella – The Slow Regard of Silent Things

βœ“ person on the cover – Hunted
βœ“ anthology – Devotions
βœ“ has a map – The Poppy War
βœ“ book about bones OR “bone” in the title – The Bone Shard Daughter
βœ“ good book, bad cover – How the GarcΓ­a Girls Lost Their Accents
βœ“ brings out the geek in you – Because Internet
βœ“ bought it for the cover – When You Ask Me Where I’m Going

βœ“ book written in verse – The Opposite of Innocent
βœ“ includes a 2nd person POV – Not for Nothing
βœ“ author has a book releasing in 2021 – Adaptation
☐ mentions a pineapple

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 30 / 50

βœ“ A book that’s published in 2021 – Tales From the Hinterland
☐ An afrofuturist book
βœ“ A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover – Ace of Shades
βœ“ A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign – Year of Yes
☐ 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
βœ“ A book about forgetting – The Bone Shard Daughter
☐ A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf
☐ A locked-room mystery
βœ“ A genre hybrid – One Last Stop
βœ“ A book set mostly or entirely outdoors – Across the Green Grass Fields
☐ 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
βœ“ A book about do-overs or fresh starts – Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
βœ“ A magical realism book – The Mirror Season
βœ“ A book set in multiple countries – The Midnight Library
βœ“ A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021 – Convenience Store Woman
☐ A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTuber, or other online personality
βœ“ A book whose title starts with Q, X or Z – (The) Queens of Innis Lear
βœ“ A book featuring three generations – How the GarcΓ­a Girls Lost Their Accents
βœ“ A book about a social justice issue – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
☐ A book set in a restaurant
βœ“ A book with a black-and-white cover – A Promised Land
βœ“ A book by an indigenous author – Trail of Lightning
βœ“ A book that has the same title as a song – Adaptation
βœ“ A book about a subject you are passionate about – Because Internet
βœ“ A book that discusses body positivity – If It Makes You Happy
βœ“ A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list – I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
βœ“ A book in a different format than what you normally read (audio + Kindle) – Know My Name
βœ“ A book that has fewer than 1k reviews on Amazon or Goodreads – Law School Confidential
βœ“ A book you think your best friend would like – Sourcery
βœ“ A book about art or an artist – Steal Like an Artist
βœ“ A book everyone seems to have read but you – The Poppy War
☐ Your fave prompt from a past PS challenge: 

Advanced Prompts
βœ“ The longest book on your TBR – The Wise Man’s Fear
βœ“ The shortest book on your TBR – TED Talks Storytelling
☐ 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
βœ“ A book from your TBR you meant to read last year but didn’t – Owls and Other Fantasies
☐ A book from your TBR you associate with a fave person, place, or thing
βœ“ A book from your TBR chosen at random – Hunted
βœ“ A DNF book from your TBR – Palimpsest
βœ“ A free book from your TBR – The Secret Commonwealth

Books and Tea Reading Challenge

PROGRESS: 8 / 12

☐ hexed with color: ask a friend for a color, read a book with a cover to match
βœ“ hidden creations: an author’s lesser known book / a lesser known author –Β This Is the Circle
☐ stardust: a book you’ve owned since 2016
βœ“ awesome, of course: book by author of color –Β Fledgling
βœ“ in Satan we stan: a book with 666 pages or more – The Wise Man’s Fear
βœ“ full of pride: LGBT+ books and authors –Β Adaptation
☐ highly recommended: a recommendation from a friend
βœ“ a fresh look: a new to you diverse read –Β How the GarcΓ­a Girls Lost Their Accents
βœ“ star’s the limit: travel to another country or world –Β Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
βœ“ new kids on the pub(lisher): 2021 debut author –Β The Sword in the Street
☐ opposites attract: swap a TBR entry with someone
βœ“ small stories: an anthology or book that’s shorter than most – Devotions

  • 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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