Reader, I love a good reading challenge. Not only is it a great way to discover both new and blacklist titles, it’s also a way to read out of your comfort zone. Each year I map out which challenges I want to do and work on that. For 2021, I have set out to do 5 that I think are best suited for me.

1. The Women Prize For Fiction Project

I shared about this project last year and you can get the full details and books that I have read here. Basically, I’m working my way through the Women’s Prize For Fiction shortlist from the year it was created.

2. Reading Like Rory

I’m doing the Rory Gilmore Challenge where I want to read all the books that are mentioned in Gilmore Girls. You can read more on this challenge here.

3. Classicsathon

The Classics Community challenge was created by Lucy Powrie is essentially reading one classic book a month or reading as many classics you are able to in a year. I’ll be sharing my tbr tomorrow so look out for that.

4. 12 Books In 12 Months
I saw this trend on Twitter where you ask your followers to recommend 12 books and read one each month. I thought it fun and wanted to do it.

I asked the question here and got some interesting recommendations which I’m actually happy and excited to get to.
The 12 books I’ll be reading:
1. The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
2. The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
3. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
4. The Silk Roads, a new history of the world by Peter Frankopan
5. The Mountains Sing by Phan Qué̂ Mai Nguyẽ̂n
6. One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina

7. Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
8. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
9. The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller
10. Blink by Malcom Gladwell
11. Red Notice by Bill Browder
12. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

5. Something Bookish Reading Challenge

Now this is a challenge created by one of my favourite book blogger Amyn of lipglossmaffia

As you can see from the image she’s put some really fun an interesting prompts that I’m so excited to tackle.

I do have other mini challenges, more like personal goals I want to achieve and I have lists upon lists of books that I want to read to help with that. I also know I may take part in a few readathons but these 5 challenges are the ones I’ll be mainly focusing on.

Are you doing any reading challenges this year? Let me know