2021 Reading Challenges

2021 reading challenges
My dedicated 2021 Reading Challenge page! (See announcement here!)

I’ll be posting associated reviews under these tags here and on IG:
NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist 2021 Reading Challenge — #BeatTheBacklist, #BeatTheBacklist2021, #BTB2021
#QueerBookFun2021 — #QueerBookFun2021
Shimmering Worlds Reading Challenge: #ShimmeringWorlds 
Spells & Spaceships 2021 Virtual Badge Collection — #2021SFFBadgeCollection
Back to the Classics Challenge — #BacktotheClassics2021
Diversify Yo’ Bookshelf Bingo 2021 — #DYBBingo2021

NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist 2021 Reading Challenge
from NovelKnight

1. The book must be published in the previous year or earlier (for the 2021 challenge, anything published in 2020 or earlier counts).
2. You have to start and finish the book in 2021.
3. And that’s it!

1. More than one author

2. Dragons OR lizards
(Violent Delights, Dragon Republic, Priory, Blazewrath Games?)

3. It’s on a ship!
– Network Effect by Martha Wells

4. Purple cover
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

5. Set in a major city
(Violent Delights, Cemetary Boys, The Poet X, The City We Became, Seven Husbands Evelyn Hugo, RWRB, Kim Jiyoung, The Gilded Wolves?)

6. Book you forgot you had

7. Caused a major book hangover
– Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

8. Multiple points of view

9. Book you’re giving another chance
(Felix, Dragonflight?)

10. Quest to find lost/hidden object
(Clap When You Land, Every Heart a Doorway, Gilded Wolves, Lore, Starless Sea, Percy Jackson, Library of the Unwritten, Spin the Dawn?)

11. Chapter title page has art
(Gilded Wolves, Stalking Jack the Ripper, Elatsoe, Salt and Sorrows, Horrid, Night Spinner, A Secret of Birds and Bone?)

12. Kept you up late reading
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

13. Picked by a friend/trusted reviewer

14. Non-human character
(The Unspoken Name, House Cerulean Sea, Invisible Life?)

15. First line is less than 10 words
(Addie LaRue, Gilded Wolves, Celestial Mechanics, Wilder Girls, Year of the Witching?)

16. Banned book
Native Son by Richard Wright *NEW*

17. Cover features your favourite colour prominently (purple again)
(Loveless, The Bone Witch, See Me in a Crown, Stars and Blackness, Daughter Burning City, Night of the Dragon?)

18. All about music
(On the Come Up, Kingdom of Back?)

19. Character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding
(Bone Shard, Puppy War, Homegoing, RWRB, Addie LaRue, ACOTAR, Scythe, Late to the Party?)

20. Genre you never/rarely read

21. Standalone
(Elatsoe, Girl Made of Stars, Watch Over Me, Cemetary Boys, House Cerulean, Doors of January, Mexican Gothic?)

22. Lost royalty
(Crownchasers, Furyborn, Breaking Legacies?)

23. Cover with your country’s flag colours (Canada: red and white)
(Vicious, Empire of Sand?)

24. Written in letters or diary entries
(Time War, Piranesi, Dear Justyce?)

25. Book centred around politics
(Memory Called Empire, Set Dark on Fire, Burning God?)

26. Features a carnival or circus
(The Night Circus, Hot Dog Girl, Pantomime, Where Dreams Descend, Legendary?)

27. Snake on the cover
(Queen of Conquered, Kingdom of Wicked, Order of Pure Moon, Blood and Honey, The Midnight Lie, Girl, Serpent, Thorn?)

28. On the Indie Bestseller list in 2020 or earlier

29. Historical with a twist
(Gilded Wolves, Doors of January, River of Teeth?)

30. Character has a dream scene
– Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

31. Set in autumn
(Cemetery Boys, Night Circus, Curse So Dark?)

32. Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology
(Gods of Jade and Shadow, Black Sun, Song of Wraiths, Guinevere, Ironspark?)

33. Non-binary protagonist
(Phoenix Extravagant, The First Sister, Across Green Grass?)

34. A book with illustrations
(Sailor Moon)

35. WTF plot twist
(Every Heart a Doorway, Hell’s Library Books, Violent Delights?)

36. Second book in a duology
(Drowned Country, Coven Won’t Break, Vengeful, Faithless Hawk, Iron Heart?)

37. Non-fairytale re-telling
(Violent Delights, Guinevere Deception, Written in Stars?)

38. From your 2020 backlist TBR

39. Book where the woods/forest are important
(Uprooted, Spinning Silver, Year of Witching, Winterwood, Silver in the Wood?)

40. Black and white
– If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (cover was black and white) *NEW*

41. Novella

42. Person on the cover

43. Anthology

44. Has a map

45. Book about bones OR “bone” in the title
– The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex by Tamsyn Muir

46. Good book, bad cover
(Alice Payne?)

47. Brings out the geek in you

48. Bought it for the cover

49. Book written in verse
(Clap When You Land, The Poet X, Punching the Air, The Black Flamingo, Long Way Down?)

50. Includes a 2nd person point of view
(Addie LaRue, Fifth Season, Night Circus?)

51. Author has a book releasing in 2021
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

52. Mentions a pineapple

#QueerBookFun2021 (successor to #20LGBTQBooksin2020)
from Enthralled Bookworm | @obscure.pages

1. Fake Dating
(Written in the Stars, She Drives Me Crazy, Falling in Love Montage?)

2. Pansexual Rep
(Addie LaRue, Ravenous Dark?)

3. Retelling
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

4. Intersex Rep
(Across the Green Grass Fields?)

5. Mystery/Thriller
(Magic for Liars, She’s Too Pretty To Burn, Dead and the Dark, Study in Honor?)

6. Non-binary Rep

7. Trans Rep
(Felix, Cemetery, Sun/Sea Daughters?)

8. Best Friends to Lovers
(Wild Beauty, Bonds of Brass, One of the Good Ones, Stars Blackness Between?)

9. Novella

10. Rom-Com
(Falling in Love Montage, Love Curse Melody?)

11. BIPOC Lead
– The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

12. Science Fiction

13. Free Space
Pyotra and the Wolf by Elna Holst

14. Bisexual Rep
A Meeting of Two Prophets by Judah Tasa

15. Dark Academia
–  If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio *NEW*

16. Graphic Novel
(The Times I Knew I was Gay, On a Sunbeam?)

17. Superheroes
(Not Your Series, Extraordinaries/Flash Fire, We Could Be Heroes, Nubia, Cute Mutants?)

18. Gay Rep
(Be Dazzled, Fell of Dark, Fascinators, Skybound?)

19. Contemporary

20. Gothic/Horror
– Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

21. Lesbian Rep

22. Enemies to Lovers
(Iron Heart, Time War, Feathered Flames, Ruby Veil, Weight of Stars?)

23. Asexual Rep
(Loveless, Every Heart a Doorway, Elatsoe, Beyond Black Door, Little Black Bird?)

24. Genderqueer Rep
(Wild Beauty, She Who Became the Sun, Dark and Hollow Star, Peresephone Station?)

25. Rivals to Lovers
(The Henna Wars, Be Dazzled, Loveless, Time War, I Think I love You, Girl, Serpent, Thorn?)


Shimmering Worlds Reading Challenge
from @afantasysky

All books must be by authors of colour.

1. Set on Earth
(Violent Delights?)

2. Robots/AIs
(Ninefox Gambit, Phoenix Extravagant, The Prey of Gods, War Girls, Midnight Robber, Tea Master and Detective, Remote Control, All-Consuming World, Gearbreakers, Tram Car 015?)

3. Graphic Novel
(Monstress, Volume 1?)

4. Special Powers
(Trail of Lightning, Queen of the Conquered, Elatsoe, The Gilded Ones, Song Below Water, Black God’s Drums, Kingdom of Souls, Rage of Dragons, Candle and the Flame, Sorcerer to the Crown, Raybearer?)

5. Travel Between Worlds
– Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

6. LGBTQIA+ protagonist
(Cemetery Boys, Chosen and Beautiful, Girls of Paper and Fire, Weight of Stars, Time War, Salt and Fortune, Jasmine Throne, Fireheart Tiger?)

7.Written over 20 years ago
(Octavia E. Butler, Midnight Robber, Brown Girl in the Ring?)

8. Gods
– The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

9. Anthology

10. Set in Space
(Ninefox Gambit, Unkindness of Ghosts, Star Daughter, Binti, Tea Master, The All-Consuming World, Escaping Exodus, Mirage?)

11. Translated

12. Dragons
(Dragon Pearl, House of Shattered Wings, Phoenix Extravagant, Blazewrath Games, Rage of Dragons, Sorcerer to the Crown?)


Spells & Spaceships 2021 Virtual Badge Collection
from Spells & Spaceships

1. The Artificial Intelligence Badge
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

2. The First Contact Badge
(Children of Time?)

3. The Space Opera Badge

4. The Epic Fantasy badge
(Is this finally the year I read the damn Kingkiller Chronicles?)

5. The Non-Human Badge
(I’m probs doing The Unspoken Name bc I’ve already read The Goblin Emperor but I do highly recommend The Goblin Emperor!)

6. The African inspiration Badge

7. The Monster Badge
– Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

8. The Debut Badge
– The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

9. The SPFBO Badge
– last memoria

10. The Big Battle Badge

11. The New Release Badge
(this one was made before Alecto the Ninth was moved to 2022 RIP my heart and soul)

12. The Animal Companion Badge
(I’m just gonna restart Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb)

13. The Big’un Badge (over 600 pages in length)
(Priory of the Orange Tree?)

14. The Asian Inspiration Badge
(The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang?)

15. The Uncovered Diamond Badge
(god this is such a gamble)

16. The Dragon Badge
(maybe I’ll give Dragonflight etc. a second shot?)

17. The Big Screen Badge
(Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski?)

18. The Sea Setting Badge
(The Bone Shard Daughter?)

19. The Standalone Badge
(oh crap maybe I’ll do Priory here instead)

20. The Post Apocalyptic Badge

21. The Collector 2021 Badge
gotta catch ’em all + any book

Back to the Classics Challenge 2021
from Books and Chocolates

1. All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify.
2. The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 31, 2021.
3. Participants must post a wrap-up and link it to the challenge, and it must include links to all the books they’ve read for this challenge, specifying which books for each challenge.
4. The wrap-up post MUST include contact information so that I can contact the winner privately before announcing the winner on this blog.
5. Children’s classics are acceptable, but no more than three total for the challenge!
6. Single short stories and short poetry collections do not count, but you may use full-length narrative poems and short story collections as long as you read the entire book.

1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
– Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971
– The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

3. A classic by a woman author
– Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

4. A classic in translation (first published in your non-first language)
– The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
– Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

6. A classic by a new-to-you author
Native Son by Richard Wright *NEW*

7. New-to-you classic by a favourite author
– oh shit I’ve only read like 2 authors

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title
– The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

9. A children’s classic.
– Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 

10. A humorous or satirical classic.

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction)

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category.

Diversify Yo’ Bookshelf Bingo 2021
from @diversify.yo.bookshelf

1. We encourage you to pick up Own Voices books!

1. Trans MC
(Felix Ever After?)

2. SFF with a LGBTQ+ MC

3. 3+ LGBTQ+ Cast
– Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

4. Asexual MC
(Loveless, Every Heart a Doorway, Elatsoe, Beyond Black Door, Little Black Bird?)

5. Refugee/Immigrant MC

6. Middle Grade with BIPOC MC

7. SFF with BIPOC MC

8. Black MC
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

9. Visually Impaired MC
(All the Light We Cannot See, Wilder Girls?)

10. Free Choice
Pyotra and the Wolf by Elna Holst

11. Graphic Novel with a BIPOC MC
(Monstress, Nubia?)

12. MC with Mental Illness
(Addie LaRue, We Are Okay, Darius, Come Tumbling Down, History Is All You Left Me, The Good Girls?)

13. Biracial MC
(Sing, Unburied, Sing, Firekeeper’s Daughter, City We Became, Honey Girl, Darius, Fire on High?)

14. Thriller/MC with a BIPOC MC
(Mexican Gothic, My Sister, the Serial Killer, Ace of Spades, The Conductors?)

15. Nonbinary MC
(I Wish You All the Best, Tiger Came Down Mountain, Phoenix Extravagant , Spellhacker?)

16. Poetry by BIPOC Author
(The Poet X, Long Way Down?)

17. Latinx MC
(Cemetery Boys, House of the Spirits, The Tenth Girl?)

18. Deaf/Hard of Hearing MC

– The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

20. Fat MC
(Darius the Great, House in the Cerulean Sea, Beneath the Sugar Sky, Here the Whole Time?)

21. LGBTQ+ Retelling

22. Hijabi MC

23. 2021 Own voices release
(Firekeeper’s Daughter, Telegraph Club?)

24. Gay MC

25. SFF with disabled MC

26. Jewish MC
A Meeting of Two Prophets by Judah Tasa

27. Graphic Novel with LGBTQ+ MC
(On a Sunbeam, Laura Dean?)

28. BIPOC on the Cover
Cinderella is Dead By Kalynn Bayron

29. Indigenous MC
(The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley?)

30. Memoir by a BIPOC Author
(All Boys Aren’t Blue?)

31. Lesbian MC

32. MC with a chronic illness
(Full Disclosure, Pixels of You?)

33. Non-Western Fantasy

34. Asian MC

35. Historical Fiction with a LGBTQ+ MC
(Swimming in the Dark, One Last Stop, Pulp?)

36. Bisexual MC