2021 Reading Challenges


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2021 hosted by My Reader's Block

I am once again setting my goal at Mt. Ararat, at 48 books from my TBR shelves (which I just barely missed last year with 44). Note that the challenge allows e-books and audios to count, but my main goal is to get through some of the physical books I own (my TBR bookcase now has double rows), so I only count physical books. This challenge has monthly review link-ups.

  1. The River by Peter Heller
  2. Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
  3. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
  4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  5. A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
  6. Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg 
  7. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  8. All Together Now by Hope Larson
  9. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  10. Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright  
  11. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  12. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  13. Flamer by Mike Curato 
  14. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  15.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler 
  16. Force of Nature by Jane Harper
  17. 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up by Jimmy Gownley 
  18. End of Watch by Stephen King
  19. The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray


2021 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge hosted by Girlxoxo.

I enjoy this challenge every year! I only missed one monthly motif last year, so I will try to hit them all in 2021! This also has monthly review link-ups.

JANUARY-  Once Upon A Time. Read a book from the Fantasy, Fairytale, Mythology, or Folklore Sub Genres.  Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson (short story collection with fantasy & mythology elements)

FEBRUARY- Laughter and Love. Read a relationship story, romance, comedy, or feel good contemporary. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

MARCH- Countries and Cultures. Read a book set in a country, or about a culture, that’s different than your own and that you’d like to learn more about.  The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Ireland)

APRIL- Books on the Menu. Read a book that features food, restaurants, cafes, cooking, or baking, on the cover or in the story.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - food is very important to the main

MAY- Magnificent Middle Grade. Read a Middle Grade book – a book that is marketed toward ages 8-14.
7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up by Jimmy Gownley

 JUNE- The Great Outdoors. Read a book featuring a garden, nature, country, or harvest setting or plot. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Julia Grames

JULY- Short But Fabulous. Read a novella, comic, graphic novel, manga, or short book of poetry. 

AUGUST- Bag of Tricks. Read a book featuring any kind of magic, illusion, super powers, or enchantments.

SEPTEMBER- Back to School. Read a book with a school setting, featuring a student or educator OR read a book to educate yourself on a topic you’re interested in learning more about.

OCTOBER- Lurking in the Shadows. Read a book that has a gray, black, and/or white cover OR a book that shows a shadow on the cover. 

NOVEMBER- In the Library with the Candlestick. Read a mystery- cozy, detective, spies, true crime, whodunnit, or the like.

DECEMBER- That’s History. Read a historical fiction book or a book about a true historical event.

 


Back to the Classics Challenge 2021 hosted by Books and Chocolate.

Another challenge I return to each year. I usually set my goal at 6 classics (in 6 categories), and that works well for me - I did it last year! Here are the categories for 2021:


1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899

2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

3. A classic by a woman author.

4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer. 

5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.

6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.

7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author -- a new book by an author whose works you have already read. 

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).  Rabbit, Run by John Updike

9. A children's classic. 

10. A humorous or satirical classic.

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure. 

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

 


2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge hosted by Bookstacks and Golden Moms

This is a new challenge for me, but it's described as a laid-back challenge, so that sounds right up my alley! You just track the books you read, trying to cover all letters of the alphabet (first letter of the title, not counting articles). There are also monthly mini challenges, which convinced me to to add this one.

A – All Together Now by Hope Larson
B – Beartown by Fredrik Backman
C – Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
D – Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
E – End of Watch by Stephen King
F – Furious Thing by Jenny Downham
G – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
H – A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
I – The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
J –
K –
L – The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray
M – Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
N – Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
O – One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
P –
Q –
R – The River by Peter Heller
S – The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
T – Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
U –
V – The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
W – Whisky for Breakfast by Christopher P. Mooney
X –
Y –
Z –

Mini Challenges:

JANUARY – A book you purchased in 2020 but didn’t read - The River by Peter Heller
FEBRUARY – A book with non-romantic love (siblings, parent-child, friendships) - The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
MARCH – A book written by a person of a different race than you - Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
APRIL – A book with an Autistic main character (April is Autism Awareness)
MAY – A book about a nurse (Nat. Nurses Week 2021 is May 6-12) The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
JUNE – A co-written book (2 authors)
JULY – A Christmas book (Christmas in July!)
AUGUST – A book by an Indie author (self-published or independent)
SEPTEMBER – A memoir/biography
OCTOBER – A book written by a new-to-you author
NOVEMBER – A book outside your normal genre
DECEMBER – A backlist title (published BEFORE Jan 1, 2021)

 


I was looking for a pure fun reading challenge last year and saw this one at Helen's Book Blog, and it sounded like just what I was looking for! There are no sign-ups or link-ups, just a printable checklist of a wide range of 50 different categories and lots of ways to connect via social media. So, I'm in!

Rather than retyping all 50 categories here, I will just list the ones I check off each month.

  1. Book you've seen on someone else's bookshelf: Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  2. A genre hybrid: Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
  3. Book set mostly or entirely outdoors: The River by Peter Heller
  4. Book about fresh starts: A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
  5. Book by a blogger, vlogger, or other online personality: Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky 
  6. A book with a heart on the cover: Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg
  7. A book set in multiple countries: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  8. A book by an indigenous author: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  9. A book in a different format than you normally read:  A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
  10. A book you think your best friend would like: The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
  11. The shortest book on your TBR list: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  12. A book about forgetting - My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
  13.  A book featuring 3 (actually, 5!) generations - Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur 
  14.  A book that has the same title as a song - All Together Now by Hope Larson 
  15. A book with fewer than 1000 review on Amazon/Goodreads -  Whisky for Breakfast by Christopher P. Mooney
  16. A book everyone seems to have read but you - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  17. A free book from your TBR list - The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart 
  18. A book where the main character works at your current job - Forest Dark (writer)
  19. A book that discusses body positivity - Flamer
  20. Pop Sugar prompt from a previous challenge: A book published in 2020 - One Way or Another
  21. Book with something broken on the cover - The Silent Patient 
  22. Book about social justice -  The Vanishing Half
  23. Book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover:  I figured End of Watch by Stephen King counts for gruesomeness!
  24. Book from your TBR list you meant to read last year: The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray
  25. Book from your TBR list chosen at random: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor (a lucky pick!)
     
     

 


2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Book'd Out.

I always sign up for a nonfiction challenge, and I enjoyed this one last year! I read 15 nonfiction books in 2020, so I will sign up for the Nonfiction Know-It-all category and shoot for reading at least 12.

  1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert 
  2. Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
  3. Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy 
  4. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  5. The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson


As an extra challenge, there are different categories:

1. Biography Becoming by Michelle Obama

2. Travel

3. Self-help - Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

4. Essay Collection

5. Disease

6. Oceanography The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

7. Hobbies

8. Indigenous Cultures

9. Food

10. Wartime Experiences 

11. Inventions

12. Published in 2021



Diversity Reading Challenge 2021 hosted by Celebrity Readers.

This is also a familiar challenge for me that I enjoyed last year. Since I read 38 diverse books last year, I will shoot for 40 this year! This challenge includes quarterly link-ups for reviews.

  1. A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
  2. Beartown by Fredrik Backman 
  3. A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong
  4. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich  
  5. Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg
  6. Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
  7. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  8. Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur 
  9. One Way or Another by Kara McDowell
  10. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
  11. Flamer by Mike Curato
  12. Astray by Emma Donoghue 
  13. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  14. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  15. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett  
  16. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  17. 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up by Jimmy Gownley
  18. End of Watch by Stephen King
  19. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Julia Grames 

 

This challenge includes optional monthly themes. Last year, I hit the monthly themes 6 months (out of 12), so I will sign up for Da Bomb Level for the Mini Challenges (reading on-topic 5-8 months):

JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting
FEBRUARYpoc: Black/African American A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong 

MARCH#ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction
APRIL – poc: Middle Eastern/South Asian Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (Israel)
MAYpoc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
JUNELGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Julia Grames 

JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
AUGUSTmental health/addiction
SEPTEMBERpoc: hispanic/latinx
OCTOBERphysical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities
NOVEMBERpoc: Native American
DECEMBERreligious minorities

 


Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge hosted by Mom's Small Victories 

I signed up for this one back in 2014, so this is a continuation (it's a perpetual challenge) - I can't wait to see what places I visit in books in 2021! In 2020, my books took me to 33 places outside the U.S., covering 18 different countries.

  1. The River by Peter Heller  (Canada)
  2. Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson (UK)
  3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman (Sweden)
  4. Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (UK)
  5. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (UK)
  6. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (Panama, Iceland, Australia, Peru)
  7. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Ireland)
  8. Whisky for Breakfast by Christopher P. Mooney (UK)
  9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Russia)
  10. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (Israel)
  11. Astray by Emma Donoghue (UK, Canada) 
  12. Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Australia)
  13. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (UK)
  14. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Julia Grames (Italy)
  15. The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray (Czech Republic, Austria)



2021 Literary Escapes Challenge hosted by Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

I love tracking where I read domestically, as well. In 2020, I read books set in 24 different states. I'm looking forward to reading in even more states this year!

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona One Way or Another by Kara McDowell, Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Arkansas

California - The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong, All Together Now by Hope Larson

Colorado

Connecticut - A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Conno, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Julia Grames

Delaware Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois Becoming by Michelle Obama

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Maine

Maryland Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire - Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg

New Jersey Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

New Mexico

New York Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson, The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray, All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

North Carolina

North Dakota - The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Ohio Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, End of Watch by Stephen King

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania - Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont - Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur

Virginia - My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares

Washington - The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play most months! Stop by to print out this month's Bingo card and play along!

 


Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by Book By Book (me!)

My own annual challenge that I host each summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend (end of May) and running until Labor Day (first Monday of September). Hope you'll join me for the laid-back fun this summer!

  1. End of Watch by Stephen King
  2. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Julia Grames
  3.  The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray
  4. All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

 

2 comments:

  1. So glad you're joining us for the AtoZ Challenge! And wow, what a list! Looks like you've got a busy year of reading :)

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    1. For sure! Looking forward to trying the AtoZ challenge for the first time!

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