2021 Reading Challenge

Every year I set myself some reading goals to see me through the next year. With the success of last year behind me, there’s a lot to build on for 2021. Who knows how much time we’ll be spending indoors to be able to read, anyway?

With a brand new 365 day stretch ahead, it’s time to think about what’s to come for my reading goals. As per usual, I’ll be taking part in two reading challenges – the Goodreads Reading Challenge and the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Again, I’ll be marking off everything I’ve read towards the Popsugar challenge on this post.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

Last year I set the target as the same as the previous year. I felt like 80 was a pretty achievable figure for a year when I spent most of the time working.

Since last year was pretty successful in terms of how many books I read, I decided to finally up the numbers. In 2021, I’m aiming to read 90 books. Let’s see how close I got to it by 31 December.

Popsugar Reading Challenge

I take this challenge every year, and every year I seem to do better than the previous. There are again 40 basic prompts and 10 advanced ones to get through.

If you can think of any books that fit any of these prompts, please let me know. I always love getting reading tips from my followers, as it opens me up to so many books I might otherwise have missed.

Basic Prompts

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 favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Advanced Prompts

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 favourite 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)

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