2021 Reading Challenges


This year I thought I’d try some book challenges and there are a lot to choose from.  I’ll create static pages underneath my header to keep track.  The first one I’m doing is a personal one and it is....


I have a lot of books sitting waiting for my attention patiently on my bookshelves, I have kindle books jostling for space on my downloaded pile.  I am overwhelmed with books, I’m sure you know how it goes.  I don’t want to buy any new books this year, I have enough books to read and review for the year.  Eagle eyed readers will notice a tiny note on the graphic stating some exceptions.  The exceptions are books I preordered this year that aren’t released till 2021, in my eyes they have been purchased in 2020!  I also suppose publisher copies will be allowed to...but nothing else.  If I can do it well it will be a miracle but I’ll stay strong!


In the last few years I’ve really been getting into translated fiction especially Japanese and books from Scandinavia.  Jen @ Introverted Reader is doing this challenge.  If you click on the logo it’ll take you to her signup page.  I’m hoping to hit the bilingual reading level which is 7 to 9 books.  I have a good few translated gems ready to be read!


The last time I was in America we had great fun playing the number plate game, we had a great start as our hire car in Orlando came all the way from California.  In books, I read a lot set in the States and it sounds great fun to keep track.  Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book is hosting, click on the logo for more details.



I love a good mystery, a crime to be solved, I’m there too!  I seem to be reading more and more mysteries, suspense and crime books than ever.  They make a great escape.  I’m going to try Carol’s Notebook Cloak and Dagger Challenge, I’ll set the bar low for myself with Amateur Sleuth which is 5 to 15 books.  Click the graphic to learn more.

I own a lot of Discworld books or should I say I own a lot of unread Discworld books.  I have read about ten books in the series and I’d like to go back to the start and work my way through.  Annemieke at A Dance With Books is hosting Turtle Recall. I’ll aim low with level one!  Click on the graphic to find out more!

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    1. I haven't decided if I'm going to do any reading challenges next year yet. Good luck with these!

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    2. Thanks for signing up for my Books in Translation challenge! I need to narrow down my choices and get my own signup posted. There are always so many good ones to choose from!

      I did notice that "With a few Teeny Weeny Exceptions" and laughed. I have to give myself an out on book-buying bans as well!

      Good luck with your challenges!

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      1. You are welcome, I love translated fiction so I’m very much looking forward to it!

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    3. These all sound like fun, except the "no buying books challenge," lol. I wish I could do that! I'm afraid I would fail the first week of the year. Good luck, Heather!

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      1. I’m going to try, if I see a book I really want I’ll just put it on my 2022 list!

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    4. It's already time to do reading challenges again??? At least that means this horrible year is almost over. ;) I'm not sure what I'll be participating in yet, but love the ones you've chosen!

      Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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      1. It’s not over yet, I wish it was but this gives me something to look forward to!

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    5. Oh, yay, you are doing Turtle Recall! 🐢

      The translations challenge sounds fun. 🌐

      Good luck with the book buying ban challenge. I think you can do it, I really do. 📚📚📚

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      1. I can do it! I am strong and full of willpower! Argh!

        Hogfather started so if I slow down the last chapter it can be the first entry for my Turtle Recall!

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    6. Woah, a whole year without buying any books? I couldn't do it. LOL I love mysteries and thrillers, so that Cloak and Dagger challenge looks fun. I also want to read more translated work.

      -Lauren
      www.shootingstarsmag.net

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      1. I have so many books to be read, I may have had a last minute book buying spree though!

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    7. Some interesting challenges up there. I always do Literary Escapes and fought, tooth and nail, to finish it this year.

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    8. I love the idea of the Not buying books challenge, but my first thought when I read it was "good luck with that !". "With teeny weeny exceptions" looks more like it, lol. Still, fingers crossed ;)

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      1. I figure if I preordered in 2020 then it doesn’t count as being bought in 2021!

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    9. Heather!! I feel as if I haven't spoken to you in ages! Now I see why... You are making your challenges for next year!! I haven't even started... I have a few in mind, but I will first need to see how can get them all to link up.

      I am hopping over to have a look at the Literary Escape Challenge. Maybe I can link that up with my own idea of "around the world in eighty books".

      Hope you are well otherwise!

      Elza Reads

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      1. I’ve not been doing Sunday Post or much visiting so I’m behind!

        I’m very well, hope you are!

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    10. I'm not going to do any challenges next year except trying to get my TBR reduced a bit. I really hope my reading efforts improve next year...

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      1. This is my first year properly trying, hopefully I’ll reduce my TBR!

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    11. Reading challenges are such a good way to get to books I am not getting around too. They can also give me a feeling of failure, lol. I agree with you on your first one but I just could not commit to not buying books. I know, I admit, I have a problem.

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      1. I have a huge problem, I’m going to give it a try, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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    12. Quite a few challenges that look like a lot of fun! I always have a harder time finding specific challenges because there tend not to be too many involving non-fiction vs fiction. Best of luck, can't wait to see how these all turn out for you!

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      1. There was a huge list to choose from, like you say some seem a bit more challenging, these ones look fun.

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    13. I really like the idea of the "I'm Not Buying Any Books" challenge. I too have way too many physical and digital books that I still haven't read and buying more books on top of that is proving to be overwhelming. When will I ever read all of these books? So I might try that one. I wish you best of luck on completing these challenges!

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      1. Thanks Natalie, I’m going to give it a try. I have so many great books waiting for my attention!

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