2021 Reading Challenges

The challenges below are in alphabetical order. It is my intention to keep this updated as I read. Unless prohibited by the challenge rules, there will be crossovers between the challenges. Obviously, I wouldn’t have a chance of completing these otherwise. As it is I might not complete all of them. I’m just participating for fun. The blog names are linked to the original challenge page. Books are linked to my review or Goodreads. 

Audiobook Challenge – Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer

Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10


    1. A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik

Beat the Backlist – Hosted by Novel Knight


Chunkster Reading Challenge – Hosted by Impressions in Ink

Books over 450 Pages – Goal: 6 books


Cruisin’ Thru the Cozies – Hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews

Level One – Snoop

A) 1.

       B) 1. 

Diversify Your Reading – Hosted by Mongan Moments

  • January: Literary Fiction
  • February: Memoir/Autobiography
  • March: Historical Fiction
  • April: Classics
  • May: History & Biography
  • June: Romance
  • July: Contemporary Fiction
  • August: Thriller
  • September: Crime
  • October: Science Fiction
  • November: Non-Fiction
  • December: Fantasy

Fantasy Reading Challenge – Hosted by Books in Wonderland

  • January: A fantasy book inspired by mythology
  • February: A fantasy book by a black author
  • March: A fantasy romance
  • April: A fantasy book written over 50 years ago
  • May: A fantasy book set at sea
  • June: An urban fantasy
  • July: A fairytale retelling
  • August: An award-winning fantasy book
  • September: A young adult fantasy
  • October: A fantasy book with witches
  • November: A fantasy book by an LGBT author
  • December: A historical fantasy

Finishing the Series – Hosted by Celebrity Readers

C-List Series Finisher (1-4 series)

    1. Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas – Currently read 1/7
    2. Bone Season – Samantha Shannon – Currently read 1/4
    3. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff – Currently read 0/3
    4. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard – Currently read 3/4

Library Love – Hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

       Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books


Linz Reading Challenge – Hosted by Linz the Bookworm

Level 1: Book of the Month Club

1.) Read a book obtained from Kindle Unlimited, Audible, Amazon First Reads, Paperback Swap, or the Library – Dark Harmony – Laura Thalassa
2.) Read a book under 400 pages
3.) Reread a book that makes you happy
4.) Read a stand-alone novel (not in a series)
5.) Read a book that starts with the letter D
6.) Read a book that was recommended to you
7.) Read a book with the color white on the cover 
8.) Read a book where the main character is a High School or College Student
9.) Read a book by an author named Michael/Mike/Michelle or variant
10.) Read a book that’s been turned into a TV series or a Movie – Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
11.) Read a book with exactly two words in the title
12.) Free Space! Pick any book!

Monthly Book Award – Hosted by Girl XOXO


Jan- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
* 2018 Costa Book Awards – First Novel Award *
Feb- Heavy – Kiese Laymon
* 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction * (I’m counting this towards Feb since they are being announced Feb 4th this year.)
Mar- Where Reasons End – Yiyun Li
* 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award *
OR The Only Plane in the Sky – Garrett M Graff
* 2020 Audie Award *
OR Nothing to See Here – Kevin Wilson
* 2020 Audie Award *
OR The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
April- The River – Peter Heller
* 2020 Edgar Winner *
May- The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead
* 2020 Pulizer Prize *
OR A Song for a New Day – Sarah Pinsker
* 2019 Nebula Award *
OR Uprooted – Naomi Novik
* 2015 Nebula Award *
June- Middlegame – Seanan McGuire
* 2020 Fantasy Locus Award *
OR Black Leopard, Red Wolf – Marlon James
* 2020 Horror Locus Award *
July- The Book of X – Sarah Rose Etter
* 2019 Shirley Jackson Award *
Aug- The Fifth Season – N K Jemisin
* 2016 Hugo Award *
Sept- The Power – Naomi Alderman
* 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction *
Oct- The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
* 2008 Booker Award *
Milkman – Anna Burns
* 2018 Booker Award *
Nov- Jade City – Fonda Lee
* 2018 World Fantasy *
OR The Sudden Appearance of Hope – Claire North
* 2017 World Fantasy *
OR The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
* 2018 National Book Award *
Dec- One from above that wasn’t read

Monthly Motif – Hosted by Girl XOXO

Jan- Once Upon A Time
Feb- Laughter and Love
Mar- Countries and Cultures
April- Books on the Menu
May- Magnificent Middle Grade
June- The Great Outdoors
July- Short But Fabulous
Aug- Bag of Tricks
Sept- Back to School
Oct- Lurking in the Shadows
Nov- In the Library with the Candlestick
Dec- That’s History

New Release – Hosted by Unconventional Bookworms

1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie


NJM Challenge – Hosted by NJM

  1. Book published in 2021
  2. Non-fiction book
  3. Self-published book
  4. Set during a historical event
  5. Made into a film/TV series – Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  6. Bad boy hero
  7. Biography/autobiography
  8. Written pre-1900
  9. Sassy heroine
  10. Over 500 pages
  11. Multiple authors
  12. Read in a single day
  13. Based on folklore/myth
  14. Book with images
  15. By a favorite author
  16. Genre you don’t often read
  17. LGBTQIA+ rep
  18. Debut author
  19. Translated book
  20. New-to-you author
  21. Nominated for an award
  22. Spec-fic book
  23. Weather word in title
  24. An occupation in the title
  25. Set in another country

Pink and Dizzy Challenge – Hosted by Pink and Dizzy

  1. Book with 2 or more authors
  2. Book from a genre you would avoid
  3. Book with a one-word title
  4. An author you’ve never read before
  5. Book adapted into a TV series
  6. Book based on a true story
  7. Non-fiction book
  8. Book in a series you’ve been reading
  9. Audiobook – A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik
  10. Book written by a celebrity
  11. Re-read of your favorite book
  12. Book with a cat in it

Popsugar Reading Challenge – Hosted by Popsugar

  • 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 (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
  • A locked-room mystery
  • 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 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, YouTube video creator, or other online personality
  • A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
  • A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
  • A book about a social justice issue
  • A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
  • A book that has fewer than 1,000 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 favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


  • The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover
  • The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover
  • The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
  • A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t
  • A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing
  • A book from your TBR list chosen at random
  • A DNF book from your TBR list
  • A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)

Read Harder – Hosted by Book Riot

  1. Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read
  2. Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism
  3. Read a non-European novel in translation
  4. Read an LGBTQ+ history book
  5. Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author
  6. Read a fanfic
  7. Read a fat-positive romance
  8. Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author
  9. Read a middle grade mystery
  10. Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color
  11. Read a food memoir by an author of color
  12. Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color
  13. Read a book with a cover you don’t like
  14. Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada
  15. Read a memoir by a Latinx author
  16. Read an own voices book about disability
  17. Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain
  18. Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader
  19. Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist
  20. Read a book of nature poems
  21. Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability
  22. Read a book set in the Midwest
  23. Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness
  24. Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die

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