2021 Reading Challenges

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2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Lark of The Bookwyrm’s Hoard has read 0 books toward her goal of 180 books.
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I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal at 180 books for 2021. That seems to be about the average I can manage, year to year.

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021

Host: Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Progress: 1/15 (7%)
1 January, 2021 — 6 January, 2022
In Progress

7
  1. Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

I host The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021, so of course I’m participating again this year. My goal is to read 15 books published in 2019 or earlier that have been on my TBR list (on Goodreads) for a while, with an emphasis on books I have been given as well as older ARCs. My secondary goal is to actually post reviews for all of them… or at least most of them.

Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I reread, but haven’t read in more than 10 years and had largely forgotten.

  1. Knitting Without Tears (Elizabeth Zimmerman)
  2. Amendment of Life (Catherine Aird)
  3. The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (Leonard Goldberg)
  4. Vogue Dictionary of Knitting Stitches
  5. The Tea Dragon Society (Katie O’Neill)
  6. Last Writes (Catherine Aird)
  7. Jackaby(William Ritter)
  8. The Code of the Woosters (P. G. Wodehouse) – audiobook
  9. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
  10. Scandal Above Stairs (Jennifer Ashley)
  11. Death in Kew Gardens (Jennifer Ashley)

Audiobook Challenge 2021

Audiobook Challenge 2021

Host: Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
1 January, 2021 — 31 December, 2021
In Progress

None yet!

I’m participating in the Audiobook Challenge 2021, hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. This year, I’m aiming for the Weekend Warrior level of 5-10 audiobooks.

Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed. Books marked with a * are books I have read or listened to before.

  • The Windsor Knot (S. J. Bennett)
  • The Code of the Woosters (P. G. Wodehouse)
  • The Bookshop on the Corner (Jenny Colgan) – currently listening
  • Binti (Nnedi Okorafor) – currently hibernating

COYER Seasons 2021: Winter

COYER Seasons 2021: Winter

Host: Berls & Michelle @ Because Reading
Progress: 1/4 (25%)
1 January, 2020 — 28 February, 2021
Failed

25
  1. An Extravagant Death by Charles Finch

Winter Season: January 1 – February 28. My goal was to read and review at least 4 of my January and February ARCs, plus any other qualifying books. (Qualifying books are ebooks you own that cost under $1.99, and audiobooks you own that cost under $5.)

COYER Seasons 2021: Spring

COYER Seasons 2021: Spring

Host: Berls & Michelle @ Because Reading
Progress: 5/5 (100%)
1 March, 2021 — 23 June, 2021
Completed!

100
  1. An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn
  2. Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley
  3. The Unforgiven, by Heather Graham
  4. The Art of Betrayal, by Connie Berry
  5. Beyond, by Mercedes Lackey

Spring Season: March 1 – June 23. My goal is to read and review at least 5 qualifying books. (Qualifying books are ebooks that cost under $1.99, and physical books and audiobooks that cost under $5. This season, library books are also allowed.)

Below are the books I have read but not yet reviewed for the Spring COYER Seasons challenge, or books which I have reviewed previously on the blog:

  1. Jackaby (William Ritter)
  2. The Code of the Woosters (P. G. Wodehouse) – audiobook
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
  4. Scandal Above Stairs (Jennifer Ashley)
  5. Death in Kew Gardens (Jennifer Ashley)

TrekAThon (Round 1)

TrekAThon (Round 1)

Host: Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales
Progress: 0/5 (0%)
1 July, 2021 — 31 July, 2021
In Progress

0

None yet!

Prompts:

  • Captain Kirk — Read a 5-Star prediction~ The Vanished Days (Susanna Kearsley, ARC)
  • Commander Spock — Read a Science Fiction book: Possibly Chaos on CatNet (Naomi Kritzer) or Binti (Nnedi Okorafor). NOTE: these two are interchangeable with my picks for the Nurse Chapel prompt.
  • Lieutenant Sulu — Read a book with a weapon on the cover: Possibly A Dance with Fate (Juliet Marillier)or The Solstice Connection (Lisa Shearin) or Once and Future (Capetta and McCarthy)
  • Lieutenant Uhura — Read a book everyone’s talking about: ~ Probably The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue(V. E. Schwab), or possibly Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir) or Winter’s Orbit (Everina Maxwell), if I can get my hands on one of them
  • Ensign Chekov — Read a YA or MG book: ~ Possibly The Girl With the Dragon Heart (Stephanie Burgis) or Thursday’s Child (Noel Streatfield, ARC) or Spin the Dawn (Elizabeth Lim)
  • Doctor McCoy — Read a book featuring death or a character injury: Possibly The Conductors (Nicole Glover; ARC)
  • Yeoman Rand — Read a book with a red cover: Possibly A Darker Shade of Magic(V. E. Schwab – hey, there’s a fair bit of red on it), or Bella at Midnight (Diane Stanley – I have been meaning to read it for years) Fireborne (Rosaria Munda), or the illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J. K. Rowling) or The Art of Winnie The Pooh (James Campbell)
  • Lieutenant Commander Scott — Read a book either set somewhere you’ve never been or somewhere you’ve never read about: ~ Possibly Guild Boss (Jayne Castle – I’ve never been to Harmony) or A Dance with Fate (Juliet Marillier – I’ve never been to Ireland)
  • Nurse Chapel — Read a book with a face on the cover: ~ Possibly Chaos on CatNet (Naomi Kritzer) or Binti (Nnedi Okorafor). NOTE: these two are interchangeable with my picks for the Commander Spock prompt.

Additional Goals

I want to read and review at least some of my backlog of review copies. (As a bonus, they will all count for COYER Seasons, and the 2019 books will count for The Backlist Reader Challenge.

I want to read more of my own books, especially books that were given to me, or books recommended by close friends and family.

I want to be better about reviewing generally. For some reason, I have been in a major reviewing slump for a while now. I hope it’s just inertia, and that I can do better this year. However, I am not setting a specific goal; the quarantimes blues are still a thing, after all.

I want to read more diversely. Books by and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) people; LGBTQIA+ people; people of non-Christian religious faiths; people with disabilities or mental illness.