2021 Book Goals and Reading Challenges



  • Finish the books I wanted to read in 2020.
  • A – Z Reading challenge.
  • Monthly mini challenge.
  • Review more books on Netgalley & Booksirens

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So, what’s the plan for 2021?

I think we are all going to be glad to see the back of 2020. One good thing that came out of the pandemic though, which I think we can all agree on is that more people than ever picked up their books and started reading. 

So on this post I’m going to compile the upcoming year 2021 reading goals and challenges!

2020 was an amazing year for reading and I personally picked up and read more books than I have in years. I got some brilliant recommendations and also started my journey as a reviewer.

There is no rhyme or reason to the books that I chose over the past 12 months and it was basically a case of selecting at random from my Goodreads shelf. This worked fairly well and I ended up reading a mixed bag of stories, some good and some not so good.

I don’t want to set myself a strict reading goal or schedule because I like to feel like I can be flexible in the stories that I choose. Having said that though I thought a reading challenge looked like fun so I am going to sort of give it a try (maybe, we’ll see)

At least we can’t say that I didn’t go into the new year with the best of intentions!


My first goal – finish all the books I aimed to read by the end of 2020.

I think we’ve all been there, right? I have a (virtual) pile of books that I had intended on finishing before the year was up and for one reason or another they are still sitting there just waiting to be read. I would love to do this by the end of January 2021.

  • The Binding – Bridget Collins
  • Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield
  • Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  • The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale
  • Pine – Francine Toon
  • Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare
  • American Dirt – Jaenine Cummins
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies – John Boyne
  • These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong
  • The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman
  • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue – V.E. Shwab


A – Z Reading Challenge

I saw this on a few other blogs and thought it looked nice and simple and fun without being too restricting. I will be aiming for these but I reserve the right to change my mind for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

A. Assassins Apprentice – Robin Hobb

B. Bird box – Josh Malerman

C. Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

D. The Devil and the Dark Water – Stuart Turton

E. Embrace – Jessica Shirvington

F. The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

G. The Girl in the Steel Corset – Kady Cross

H. Horrid – Katrina Leno

I. The Institute – Stephen King

J. Just One Damned Thing After Another – Jodi Taylor

K. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

L. The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

M. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

N. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

O. The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow

P. The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

Q. Quidditch Through the Ages – J.K. Rowling

R. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

S. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin

T. The Teacher – Katerina Diamond

U. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

V. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

W. Wakenhyrst – Michelle Paver

X. xxxHolic (Yes, I know this is Manga but needs must!)

Y. Year One – Nora Roberts

Z. Z for Zachariah – Robert C. O’Brian


Monthly mini challenges

Another cute idea that I saw online and decided to attempt! Every month I will read one book according to the mini challenge. (I saw this challenge at bookstackgoldenmoms)

January —  A book you purchased in 2020 but didn’t read — Once Upon a Dream – Liz Braswell

February — A book with non-romantic love (siblings, parent-child, friendships) — A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

March — A book written by a person of a different race than you — The Girl with the Louding Voice – Abi Daré

April — A book with an Autistic main character (April is Autism Awareness) — Mockingbird – Kathryn Erskine

May — A book about a nurse (Nat. Nurses Week 2021 is May 6-12) — The German Midwife – Mandy Robotham

June — A co-written book (2 authors) — Illuminae – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

July — A Christmas book (Christmas in July!) — The Winter Garden – Heidi Swain

August — A book by an Indie author  (self-published or independent) — The Changelings – Elle Casey

September — A memoir/biography — Once Upon a Tyne – Ant & Dec

October — A book written by a new-to-you author — Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

November — A book outside your normal genre — Confessions of a Curious Bookseller – Elizabeth Green

December — A backlist title (published BEFORE Jan 1, 2021) — Cinderella is Dead – Kalynn Bayron


And the final challenge…

The overall goal for the year is to read 100 books. Across all the previous challenges there are 49 and so I would like to fill the remaining 51 spaces with as many books as I can from Netgalley and Booksirens.


If you have read this far (well done) and you have any recommendations or suggestions then please feel free to leave a comment. I am always ready to have my TBR increased.

After all, one can never have too many books.





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