2021: To Reading Challenge or to Just Read?

Every year I spend a long time (far too long) looking through all the reading challenges. I love pouring through all of them on GirlXOXO’s Master List of Challenges. My challenges never go perfectly and, usually, I only finish my Goodreads challenge but I enjoy participating. Recently, I came across this discussion post on Way Too Fantasy which got me thinking, maybe 2021 I just….read?

After all, my biggest goal every year is just to read the books I already own. I have over 100 books sitting on a shelf waiting to be read. I am not talking about my virtual Goodreads TBR – these are actual books looking at me right now. Some I have bought, the entire YA shelf is from when I subscribed to Owlcrate, and the majority of the middle grade shelf are pre-owned but loved. That’s my entire Goodreads challenge right there!

4 bookshelves full of a variety of books.

According to We Are Bookish, the first thing you are supposed to do is match your challenges to the books you own / your TBR. This may seem like an obvious step but it’s one I have managed to skip nearly every year. What’s wrong with me?!

Now I just need to sit down and decide if there are any reading challenges that will help me with my ultimate goal: whittling down these shelves. Or, whether it would be better in 2021 to just read already.

Tell me, please! How are you feeling about reading challenges for 2021?


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  1. This past year I tried to match my challenges to my TBR and somehow still failed most of them haha. I think it was just my mood! Good luck with your TBR–I know what it’s like having a large number of unread books. Thanks for the shout-out and I hope you have a wonderful year of reading in 2021!

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  2. I haven’t done a reading challenge in a while, and I think I am going to attempt one again in 2021. I saw an Agatha Christie challenge online and thought I would give it a go. 🙂

    Maybe pick a challenge or two but give yourself permission to not complete them or to just read what you want, if that is what you end up needing.

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  3. I’m also mostly just focusing on reading my shelves this year. So far, the challenges I’ve found most helpful for this are those with a random collection of prompts, like ‘read a book with a heart on the cover’ or ‘read a book that’s mostly orange’. I can usually find some books on my shelves that meet the prompt and they keep me from feeling completely overwhelmed by the number of options I have on my shelves 🙂

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    1. Those are the BEST prompts arn’t they? I love challenges that help you continue to move forward. I have been pulling the thinnest books off my shelf first because it makes me feel like I’m making progress. Hah! Happy reading!


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