One of my favorite days of the year is announcing which reading challenges I’ll be participating in. Clearly I’m late this year 😅 That has been the running theme of 2021. BUT better late than never! The last few years I’ve scaled back the challenges I’ve participated in, and I’ve done that again this year mainly because I’m signing up so late. For 2021, I’m keeping only my absolute favorite challenges around, narrowing them to only three. I’ve already signed up for one, #COYER (see my sign up post here). All of these began on January 1, 2021 and end December 31, 2021. Read on to see my goals for the rest of the year and how to sign up.
The 2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge is hosted by Celebrity Readers. This will be my fourth year participating and my favorite challenge 😀 Why is it my favorite? Because it gives me an excuse to binge read. I LOVE binge reading series. Before I became a blogger, this is exactly how I would read. I’d pick up a series and read it until I was either caught up or finished with the series. 2 books, 12 books, it didn’t matter the length. I just like binging series. Since I started blogging however, I’ve found that binging doesn’t happen much. As a result, I have a ton of series I’ve started but not finished. Thanks to this challenge I’ve completed 21 series over the last three years. If you are interested in joining me, it started January 1, 2021, and ends December 31, 2021. You can sign up here.
The challenge will run from January 1st, 2021 to December 31st, 2021. Books must be read during this time frame to count. Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2021, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.
Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing. For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2021.
We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2021 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts. Re-reads are not required.
Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.
Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).
Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!
Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.
For the first two years of the challenge, I had an A-List status. Last year, I dropped to C-List. My goal for 2021 is to obtain my A-List Series Finisher status again (9 or more series completed). You can track my progress below or on my Goodreads shelf. *Please note that the number below represents the number of books I believe I will need to read in order to reach my goal and NOT the number of series I plan to read.*
2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge: 8/15
The 2021 New Release Challenge is hosted by Linda & Brandee @(un)Conventional Bookworms and runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021. This will be my 6th year participating in this challenge. I love it because I find new releases that I hadn’t heard of previously all while reading the new releases I’ve been looking forward too. It’s not a hard challenge at all. The goal is simple, read any book that was released after January 1st of the current year. It must be 100 pages or longer to count. If you are interested, you can sign up here.
Books have to be released and reviewed in 2021.
Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2021 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2021, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2021.
You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
If you want to spread the love, please use #2021NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter 😉
I’ve never really had an issue meeting my goals for this one. Instead I usually underestimate myself. My goal this year is New Release Pro (31-50 books). Because I’m starting late this year, I’m shooting for 40. If I see that I will have no problem meeting that goal, then I will bump my numbers up. You can track my progress below or on my Goodreads shelf.
2021 New Release Challenge: 27/40
The Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021 is hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews and runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. This will be my fourth year participating in this challenge. Basically this one is for reviewers. If you have a Netgalley or Edelweiss account, chances are you have fallen below that golden 80% at one point or another. Or if you are like me, you’ve been below it for the last few years 🤦🏼♀️ Regardless, the point of this challenge is to clean off those shelves and get your Netgalley percentage up. If you are interested, you can sign up here.
The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. There is no deadline to sign up.
Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts – it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
My goal is the same as it has been the last few years…clean off my Netgalley shelf. I’d love to see myself with 100% feedback ratio. It’s not going to happen. I’ve accepted it. However I’d at least like to get above that magical 80%. I currently have *cough* 111 *cough* books on my Netgalley shelf alone so I will be focusing on that. My true goal is to stay caught up on any ARCs I receive this year and slowly work my way through the backlist. Doing the math, to get above 80%, I need to read at least 48 books from my Netgalley shelf. That’s doable, I think. You can follow my progress below or on my Goodreads shelf.
Your Turn! Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Share your goals below