It’s been four months (already?!) since the beginning of the year, and I have yet to do a post about my book challenges for 2021, so hope you’re ready for THE POST today :p
At the start of 2021, I decided to continue 7 books challenges, and add 16 to what I would be experimenting with the next months, totalling 23 challenges for 12 months. It may seem a lot of challenges for 365 days, but some are only composed of 3 prompts, or more of a way for me to see what I actually like reading than exactly to challenge my reading habits (you’ll see).
🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕continuing challenges 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑
2021 is the third year I’m participating in the Popsugar challenge, which are 40 prompts, plus 10 advanced ones, that diversify your reading. This year the advanced theme is TBR, and it does challenge me to search new genres and themes that I never heard of before.
DONE: 25/50 Prompts
I always found it funny to read books with months names, so I took it upon myself to actually read a book a month with the months name in either its title, or in the author’s name. It’s been funny to research the book I want to read, and it’s been so random, but, BUT, I only did March’s book from the past 3 months xD
DONE: 1/3 books
🌓Goodreads Challenge 🌔
As you may know, goodreads has an annual challenge where we can count the books we read that year, setting a specific goal at the beginning of the year and trying to accomplish it in the next 12 months. I’ve been doing it since 2015, and it’s fun for me to see how much I’m reading yearly, although it doesn’t mean a lot- what I mean by this is it’s really easy for me to read 6 mangas a day or more, so it seems I’m reading too much when… it’s actually a lot of 100p mangas in there xD
🌔Stephen King Challenge 🌕
I’m an off-and-on reader of horror, and I’ve been adding some books from Stephen King in my shelves for some year, so in 2020 I decided to read all the books he wrote. I got 4 or 5 books that year, and will be continuing this year to see how many more I add to my collection. Side note: I haven’t read any yet xD
🌕A to Z books🌖
As the name says, the challenge is to read 26 books, each starting from one letter of the alphabet, plus starting with a number in the title, totalling 27 prompts to do. I also count the first letter of the books I read, so it’ll be fun to see what are the most read letters, and the “almost not touched”.
I like to have something playing in the background when I’m driving or doing things around my home, so why not be books playing? I started this challenge when I was driving two hours a day to my internship, 2 years ago, and I’ve been trying to keep up with listening to 12 audiobooks. And no, I haven’t finished one yet.
🌗Tackle my TBR🌘
As any booknerd ends up doing, I have a long tbr pile, and list, that needs some shortening. Like, I have a book that has been sitting there on my shelf for 3 years and hasn’t been touched yet. So, I want to read at least 12 books from my 52 book (and ebook) pile. I can happily say that I read 6 of them already. Yet!
DONE: 6/12 books
Focusing on reading more books in french, I need to find 12 books to read that were writing or translated into french. As I buy most of my manga here in Belgique, I’ve been reading it in french and have finished this challenge this week, actually xD
DONE: 12/12 books
As last year, I want to challenge myself to read 12 books around psychology, so I can tackle my personal bibliography that was abandoned while I was writing my thesis.
🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕New challenges 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑
🌑52 Books in 52 Weeks 🌑
“The 52 Book Club is part of an annual challenge: to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Every year, the challenge is composed of (you guessed it!) 52 different categories. Find a book that fits the category, read it, and check it off the list”
I’m actually doing this challenge twice, one reading a book each week, but not following the prompts. Other, striking the prompts when I finish them but not doing them weekly. That way, I can read more freely as there are weeks I don’t feel like reading.
DONE: 15 + 29/52 books
🌒Diversify your reading🌒
As the name says, this challenge also focus on diversifying what I read, but in a monthly basis. So each month has a genre dedicated to it, and you can either read one book from it (what I’m doing), or if you feel adventurous, go the whole month surrounding the genre. I may try it next year xD
DONE: 1/3 books
Like the challenge before, each game has a specific theme to read, but this time it’s only about Fantasy sub-genres, which, as you may know from my other posts, it’s my favourite genre to read.
DONE: 3/3 books
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“The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything (…)You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it’s supposed to be a tour.”
I’m european, and I do jump around countries to see my family every year, so I thought this challenge would be cute to do, and I will be going for the deluxe entourage XD
🌕A to Z Authors🌕
Since I’m doing A to Z books again, I thought it would be cool to do the authors initials too.
DONE: 13/26 letters
The challenge is really simple, you just need to pick a level and read any book that has been translated from one language to another. Since it complements my français challenge, and with the quantity of translated manga I read, I’m going for the linguistic level of 10+ books read.
🌗Cloak and Dagger challenge🌗
Like the fantasy challenge, in here you “can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres.” You can read anywhere between 5 and +56 books here, but I’m going for the amateur level of 5 books and see if I stay there until the end of the year.
🌘SFF Badge challenge🌘
This challenge is basically a book bingo in the fantasy and science-fiction realm, where you get a badge for every prompt read. There’s 21 in total and “each badge represents a certain type of book or element in a story.” I’m trying to collect them all 😉
🌑Color coded reading🌑
A color coordinated challenge where you go around the rainbow for your reading. “…the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book.” I do wish it had more color prompts than it’s 9 total ones, but it’s different for the other challenge I’m doing.
🌓Debut author challenge🌓
An easy challenge, “it’s a year long reading challenge in which you are encouraged (and, of course, challenged) to read as many debut books as possible. There are different tiers that I’ll get into in a second, so whether you’re a slower reader or a rapid reader, there will be a tier that will challenge you. The Debut Author Challenge begins 1st January 2021, and ends 30th January 2022. These dates will allow December ’21 debuts (if there are any) to be included in the challenge.” A debut author is someone new to the book world that was debuted in the current year, and I’m going to start slow with 3 books (Tier 1), and if I change tiers along the year, even better.
DONE: 3/3 (Tier 1)
🌕Mental health reading🌕
As a psychologist and a mental health supporter, this challenge encourages you to read books, no matter the genre, that are focused on mental health issues. It doesn’t have levels, you can read one book and be finished with it, but I’m going to read at least 5 that aren’t educational (see my challenge for psychology) but that mention the topic in any way.
“To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category. Re-reads are acceptable. You do not need a blog to participate. All book formats count.” The challenge has 33 prompts total, but you only need to read 5 from them, which is what I’ll be doing.
My, oh my, this post was a long one! Hope you weren’t bored and found a new challenge to diversify your reading this year, even if you’ll be starting it in April xD
Are you doing any reading challenges, or just reading whatever floats your boat this year? Let me know in the comments if we’re doing the same challenges, or even if you’re participating in one that I may like. I always love challenges!
Stay safe, stay kind, and don’t forget your mask when you go outside!