You all know that I like to challenge myself at the start of every year. So I looked through some reading challenges early on in December to see what was on offer and then kept looking to see what appealed. I’m trying not to start reading challenges in the middle of the year. (Because that would totally suck for my bujo set up ha).
Debut Author Challenge
The Debut Author Challenge 2021 is a year long challenge where you try to read 2021 books by debut authors. There are a few different tiers to strive towards. For me personally, I normally don’t take so much in account if someone is a debut or not. But often it is important to note. So I’d like to give it some attention. I will be striving for:
Read 6 Debut Books
- You must post your thoughts about each debut book you read for it to count towards the challenge. You can post these thoughts anywhere: Goodreads, blogs, Booktube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. I just need to be able to see that you’ve done so.
- You must sign up for the challenge by October 2021 to be entered into this first giveaway, but you may sign up at any point, really.
- The debuts MUST be published in 2021, and you MUST have read and posted about them between 1st January 2021 and 31st January 2022.
- Each link you submit will count as one entry into the giveaways. You can submit as many (legit) links as you like each month. Are you reading five debut books in February? Review them all and submit the links!
- The challenge and the giveaways are open internationally. You can write your reviews or thoughts in any language.
- The debuts can be MG, YA, NA, or Adult, and they must be the author’s first published book in that category. If an author has published an adult book before, but is publishing YA in 2021, this will count towards the challenge.
Hosted by PopSugar.co.uk
When I first started getting into reading challenges one of the first I found and did was PopSugar. This was many, many years ago. I haven’t in a while because I wasn’t quite as charmed by the prompts. But for this year I think I’m going to give it another crack. See where my reading takes me. 40 (or 50 with the bonus) Prompts should be fine for me since I do tend to read more towards 100 books a year anyway. And often it will match up with everything else I challenge myself with.
Diversity Reading Challenge
Hosted by Celebrity Readers.
This is a reading challenge that promotes reading books with diverse main characters or diverse authors. You can read more about the definitions here. Honestly, I am mostly joining in for their mini-challenge. I keep track of my diverse reading in my yearly stats so I don’t really need it for that. But I like being challenged by the themes for each month.
JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting
FEBRUARY – poc: Black/African American
MARCH – #ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction
APRIL – poc: Middle Eastern/South Asian
MAY – poc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander
JUNE – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
AUGUST – mental health/addiction
SEPTEMBER – poc: hispanic/latinx
OCTOBER – physical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities
NOVEMBER – poc: Native American
DECEMBER – religious minorities
I’m going to try for Da Bomb Level which is to complete 5 to 8 of the monthly themes.
The 2021 SFF Badge Collection
Alex from Spells and Spaceships announced in December that he was going to start a fun sff bad challenge for 2021 and you know I was going to be in for that. I love when things focus on just SFF. And he created some awesome badges.
There are 20 badges and I think that is very manageable for a whole year. For every badge you need to have completed a specific prompt. And one book can only work for one badge. And obviously they need to be SFF books. But other than that it is pretty low on rules.
And of course I am doing my own reading challenge of reading through Discworld. You can read more about the reading challenge here.
I went back and forth for a bit but decided to settle on level 3, Lancre again. This is to read 11 to 15 Discworld books this year. I haven’t completed the level this year but I do want to read one discworld book per month still so I’m just going to give it another try.
And of course I would not be me if I did not do some spreads in my bullet journal for these.