Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Read the Alphabet Challenge 2021


Reading Challenge Name:  Read the Alphabet Challenge 2021

Hosted By:  Lauren @Shooting Stars Mag

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021


This year I am partnering with the amazing Lindsi from Do You Dog Ear?, and we’re doing a little something called: Read the Alphabet Challenge. What? Another challenge? Yes! Why not? We all love challenging ourselves, and this one has very unique limitations. Starting in January, you will be challenged to read books that start with specific letters, and obviously some months will be harder than others (what books start with Q, X & Z??).

The months will be organized like so:


  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 (your local time). You can sign up now or in June — it doesn’t matter! The form will remain open all year (on this post and the corresponding post at Do You Dog Ear?).
  2. The goal is to read books that start with a certain letter, and each month will present a new challenge.
  3. The books can be in any format (audio, ebook, physical — whatever floats your boat).
  4. Any and all genres count — whoop.
  5. Re-reads are also allowed! If you read the book this year — and it starts with the right letter — it counts.
  6. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate! You just need a way to track your progress (Goodreads, Instagram, LibraryThing, YouTube, etc.).
  7. Create a post somewhere that states your intention to participate. If you’re a book blogger, you can just grab the button from the top of the page (please give credit and list the blogs hosting this challenge), and do a quick post letting everyone know that you’ve accepted the RTA challenge. Sharing is caring! Competition is fun!
  8. We will do an update and a giveaway every quarter (that’s once every three months: March, June, September, December), and there will be a Google form that you can fill out all year! Read a book. Add a book. There is no limit to the number of books you can read for this challenge!
  9. You have to review the book in some capacity (on any platform). It can be a tweet, an IG post, a vlog — whatever makes you happy. You’ll need to leave a link for each review that you want an entry for.
  10. Have fun! Re-read some old favorites, challenge yourself to read a title you’ve never heard of, or dig deep and only read books with specific letters every month. It’s entirely up to you!
  11. Books that start with the can be used during October, or you can choose to go with the next word in the book’s title. We’re not going to be picky about this, just play honestly!

Don’t forget to SHARE your updates on social media! Official Challenge Tags: #ReadTheAlphabet2021 #ReadTheAlphabetChallenge2021 #RTA2021 #RTAC2021

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

2021 Read Harder Challenge


Reading Challenge Name:  Read Harder Challenge 2021

Hosted By:  Book Riot

Duration:  2021


The Read Harder Challenge is back, and 2021 will be its seventh year! We’re excited to embark on this annual reading journey once more, and hope you find your way to some wonderful reads through Book Riot’s challenge. Once again, Read Harder has 24 tasks designed to help you break out of your reading bubble and expand your worldview through books. With new genres, new authors, and new points of view, the challenge will (hopefully) help you discover amazing books you wouldn’t have otherwise picked up.

We’ve rounded up another great mix of fun and serious tasks that ask you to consider some topics, forms, and parts of the world you might never have experienced in literature before. All will push your reading limits, and we hope you love them.

Just as in years past, there are 24 tasks, averaging two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks or read one book per task. The point of the challenge is to push yourself to expand your horizons and break out of set reading habits; the hope is that you’ll discover voices, settings, characters, formats, and more you may not have encountered without that nudge. Be accountable to yourself, share what you learned along the way, and enjoy the experience!

If you want to join a community of fellow challenge-goers, share your challenge progress, and get suggestions for tasks, check out the Read Harder Challenge Goodreads group. It’s a great place to hang out and discover books to fit your tasks and discuss the challenge. You can also use the #ReadHarder hashtag all over social media and join Book Riot Insiders for access to an exclusive Read Harder podcast where the hosts will offer suggestions and discuss a new task each episode.

Click here for a downloadable and editable PDF of the 2021 Read Harder Challenge tasks.

We’ll be publishing recommendations for each of the tasks in the coming weeks to help you complete this year’s Read Harder (links will be added to this post as the recommendations are posted).

  1. Read a book you’ve been intimidated to read
  2. Read a nonfiction book about anti-racism
  3. Read a non-European novel in translation
  4. Read an LGBTQ+ history book
  5. Read a genre novel by an Indigenous, First Nations, or Native American author
  6. Read a fanfic
  7. Read a fat-positive romance
  8. Read a romance by a trans or nonbinary author
  9. Read a middle grade mystery
  10. Read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color
  11. Read a food memoir by an author of color
  12. Read a work of investigative nonfiction by an author of color
  13. Read a book with a cover you don’t like
  14. Read a realistic YA book not set in the U.S., UK, or Canada
  15. Read a memoir by a Latinx author
  16. Read an own voices book about disability
  17. Read an own voices YA book with a Black main character that isn’t about Black pain
  18. Read a book by/about a non-Western world leader
  19. Read a historical fiction with a POC or LGBTQ+ protagonist
  20. Read a book of nature poems
  21. Read a children’s book that centers a disabled character but not their disability
  22. Read a book set in the Midwest
  23. Read a book that demystifies a common mental illness
  24. Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die

Finished your 2020 Challenge? Don’t forget to take a picture of your completed list, email it to readharder@bookriot.com by December 31, and get 30% off one order at Out of Print! We’ll be offering the same prize to readers who complete the 2021 challenge. If you’re struggling for your last task or two, don’t forget you can search Book Riot for “Read Harder” and find help from our contributors for some of the trickier tasks.

Don’t just read…Read Harder!

Monday, December 7, 2020

2021 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge Name:  2021 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021



Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction mysteries in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. The crime-solver is an amateur sleuth, usually but not always a woman, who is thrust into the aftermath of the murder. The protagonist frequently has an occupation or hobby that brings appealing information to the reader.

The challenge runs from January 1, 2021, and ends December 31, 2021.


1. Choose the level at which you would like to participate in:


  • Peckish – 1 – 25 Cozy Mysteries
  • Famished – 26 – 51 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning – 51 – 75 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving  – 76 – 100 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous – 101 – 125 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious – 126 – 150 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Overindulged – 151 – 200 Cozy Mysteries
  • Pigged Out – 201 or more Cozy Mysteries

You can always go up a level but you can’t go down. 

2. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital, or audiobooks.

3. You do not have to post a review but the authors would appreciate it if you did. If you need help just let me know. 

4.  You do not need to have a blog to participate. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. 

5.  Join the Craving for Cozies Facebook Group here and share your progress with everyone. 

6. Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book for cozy giveaways and reviews.  

7. You can keep track any way you wish. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track!  It is super easy, Just click the MY BOOKS tab at the top of the page. When that page opens just click – ADD A SHELF in the left-hand sidebar. Title it Craving for Cozies Challenge and you are all set. 


This year the form has a spot to request a copy of your responses so you can save it and be able to refresh your memory as to which level you signed up for.

If you post about your books on Social Media, please use the hashtag #CravingCozies


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2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

Reading Challenge Name:  2021 Literary Escapes Challenge

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021




Challenge Runs January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Challenge – Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia. (51 Points). If you complete the challenge you earn 50 Bonus Points. You also can earn Bonus Points for books set in Counties around the world. 1 Bonus Point for each country. (No repeats – only 1 point can be earned for each country.)

Your books can be fiction or non-fiction and can be in any format, print, digital, audio. 

So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)

2. Nonfiction reads categorize in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.

3.  If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.

The way you keep track is up to you. I like making the map to visualize where I have been and where I need to go but I also keep a list on Reading Challenges Page. Here are directions on how to create a map. – http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Map. You do not have to just use Google Maps, you can use a map program you choose.

or just use this list









District of Columbia





















New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota







West Virginia



On my list, I link to the review posted on my blog, but this is not a requirement. In fact, you do not need to be a blogger to participate. You can keep your list anywhere. 

Bloggers please grab the graphic above
and post about this challenge on your blog.

If you post about your books on Social Media, please use the hashtag #LiteraryEscapes

To sign up just fill out this form.

I have found people like to share and communicate about the challenge and their progress, so I have set up a Facebook Group for that purpose.

Literary Escapes Facebook Group


Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021

Reading Challenge Name:  The Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted By:  Susan @Bloggin' 'bout Books

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021


With the end of the year fast approaching, I've become a little obsessed with finishing up my 2020 reading challenges and deciding which I want to take on for 2021.  Not only have I created a reading challenge roundup blog, but I've also decided to host my own challenge for the first time ever!  I've wanted to do this for some time and just haven't ever taken the plunge.  So, drumroll please, let me introduce you to The Children's Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.  It features one of my favorite genres, plus my favorite kind of reading challenge (reading prompts).  I hope you'll join me for what I hope is a fun, horizon-expanding, and rewarding (that means a prize!) challenge.

The Nitty-Gritty:

  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
  • You may sign-up to participate at any time during the challenge.
  • You do not need to have a blog to participate.  You can keep track of your reading on social media, Goodreads, etc.  Just be sure to link back here any time you post about the challenge.
  • All books read must be historical fiction written for children (including teens).  Picture books do not count.  Books must be at least 50 pages in length to qualify.  
  • Any genre counts as long as at least part of the book occurs in a real place at a real time in the past.  For example, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis would count because at least part of the book is set in 1940s London.  A book set entirely in a made-up country in 1855 would not count because although it is set in a real time, it's not set in a real place.  Since the point of the challenge is to learn about real history, alternative history stories that occur in a real place in a real time where real history did not actually occur (say, a book set in space in 1702) will not count.
  • For the purposes of this challenge, "historical" will refer to any time before the year 2000.
  • Although the goal of this challenge is to celebrate children's historical fiction, expand our reading inside the genre, and have fun doing it, in order to be eligible for the prize, you must read books that fulfill 20 of the reading prompts.  There are 25 prompts given to allow flexibility of choice, but only 20 need to be fulfilled in order to complete the challenge and be eligible for the prize.
  • A prize of a new book of your choice (up to a $20 value) from Amazon or Book Depository is on offer.  A winner will be chosen at random from among those who complete the challenge.
  • I will post a review link-up each quarter as a way to check-in with challenge participants and share books read.
  • Since I don't have a fancy widget, you can sign up by commenting below.
  • Okay, I think that's it.  Any questions or comments?  Comment on this post or email me with questions: blogginboutbooks@gmail.com
The Reading Prompts:

  • About a war other than World War II

  • Takes place before 1800

  • Set in a country you do not live in

  • Main character travels on a ship, train, or covered wagon

  • Set in a decade you don’t usually choose to read about

  • A major holiday is celebrated

  • Takes place in a city or region where you have lived

  • Features time travel to the past

  • About a historical disaster, natural or otherwise

  • With a proper noun in the title

  • Features a real female hero from the past

  • Book that relates somehow to your own family history (the main character emigrates from the same country your ancestors did, the MC participates in a historical event your family member did, about someone you’re related to, etc.)

  • Written by a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) author

  • Features a main character with a different ethnicity, religion, or culture than your own

  • Has an animal on the cover

  • A ghost story

  • Features a castle or an old house

  • Set in South or Central America

  • A mystery

  • Set in the decade that one of your parents was born in

  • Concerns an event of historical significance that happened during your lifetime (or your parents’ lifetimes if you were born after 2000)

  • Features a search for gold or other kinds of treasure

  • A person in period clothing on the cover

  • Based on a true story

  • A main character who is a Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian

Want a printable checklist? Click here.


2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

Reading Challenge Name:  2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

Hosted By:  Shelleyrae @Book'd Out

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021


The aim of the Nonfiction Reader Challenge is to encourage you to make nonfiction part of your reading experience during the year.


The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2021. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2021

Create a blog post committing to your participation in this challenge.

* If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing, post via Instagram, or Twitter. Just add your name and a link to your shelf/account in the sign-up.


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Select, read and review a book from the categories listed below during the year for a total of up to 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.


Nonfiction Nipper : Read 3 books, from any category

Nonfiction Nibbler : Read 6 books, from any category

Nonfiction Know-It-All : Read 12 books, one for each category

* You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish. Use your best good faith judgement as to whether a book fits the category or not.

* Where a book is identified by more than one category, it may only count for one, not both.

* You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2021


1. Biography

2. Travel

3. Self-help

4. Essay Collection

5. Disease

6. Oceanography

7. Hobbies

8. Indigenous Cultures

9. Food

10. Wartime Experiences

11. Inventions

12. Published in 2021

Bookmark this page for further reference!

Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and/or the challenge image badge to the post. Use the hashtag #2021ReadNonFic and/or tweet @bookdout

Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky, below. Please take the time to visit a few links and leave a comment after adding yours!