2021 Reading Challenges

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Happy New Year bookworms!

How do you feel about reading challenges? I’ll be doing three of them this year: 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge, 50 States Book Challenge and the Goodreads Reading Challenge. The first has prompts to follow, the second is less formal, and the Goodreads challenge is the same one I do every year.

PopSugar Reading Challenge

Regular Prompts

  1. A book that’s published in 2021
  2. An Afrofuturist book
  3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
  4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
  5. A dark academia book
  6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
  7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job
  8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction
  9. A book with a family tree
  10. A bestseller from the 1990s
  11. A book about forgetting
  12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
  13. A locked-room mystery
  14. A genre hybrid
  15. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
  16. A book with something broken on the cover
  17. A book by a Muslim American author
  18. A book that was published anonymously
  19. A book with an oxymoron in the title
  20. A book about do-overs or fresh starts
  21. A magical realism book
  22. A book set in multiple countries
  23. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  24. A book by a blogger, blogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality
  25. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
  26. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
  27. A book about a social justice issue
  28. A book set in a restaurant
  29. A book with a black-and-white cover
  30. A book by an Indigenous author
  31. A book that has the same title as a song
  32. A book about a subject your are passionate about
  33. A book that discusses body positivity
  34. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
  35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
  36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
  37. A book you think your best friend would like
  38. A book about art or an artist
  39. A book everyone seems to have read but you
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar Reading Challenge

Advanced Prompts

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

50 States Book Challenge

This one might be a little harder. As I mentioned, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The goal is to read one book set in each of the fifty states. I don’t know how many I will get, but it will be fun to see at the end of the year.

For this challenge I am using a layout provided by Jules Buono from her website. If you aren’t familiar with her blog, I highly recommend checking it out for all kinds of awesome bookish content! Thanks for making these layouts, Jules!


In addition to these two challenges I will be tracking the number of books I read over on Goodreads. I’ve set a particularly low goal since I want to focus more on quality and less on quantity this year.

I’ll do check-ins on each of these challenges throughout the year as I track my progress.

Are you doing any reading challenges? Tell me about them in the comments!

5 thoughts on “2021 Reading Challenges

  1. Hi Hannah,

    I might amend #36 to have much lower number. As an author, reviews are one of the challenges of gaining readership. I think that new authors strive to get 10 as a goal and even that can be difficult for many. Having 100 would make any new author do a little happy dance!

    Just a thought,



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