2021 year-long reading challenges ✧*

one reason that helped me achieve my strongest reading year ever is the year-long reading challenges that i had set out to complete at the start of 2020. i had the best time coming up with a tbr. stuck to some initial reads and changed others when i found necessary. though this might feel like a set tbr, there’s still flexibility.

in the new year, i’m doing FOUR such challenges that will push me to read more. i’ll be continuing on with the popsugar, beat the backlist and YARC challenges. a new one is the around the year in 52 books challenge. while most of the prompts are filled up with the desired books, there are some left blank. hence, i’ll be updating here monthly. keep an eye on this place if you’re interested in what i’m going to read.


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promptbook chosen
published in 2021six crimson cranes – elizabeth lim
afrofuturistthe city we became – n.k. jemisin
heart/diamond/clubs/spade on coverthe heart principle – helen hoang
author shares your zodiac signtiger’s quest – colleen houck
dark academiaa lesson in vengeance – victoria lee
gem/mineral/rock in titlechain of iron – cassandra clare
MC works at your current/dream jobmuch ado about you – samantha young
won the women’s prize for fictionthe tiger’s wife – téa obreht dnf @10%
with family treethe cousins – karen m. mcmanus
bestseller from 1990stuesdays with morrie – mitch albom
about forgettingeleanor oliphant is completely fine – gail honeyman
book seen on someone’s bookshelf how the king of elfhame learned to hate stories – holly black
locked-room mysterythe devil and the dark water – stuart turton
set in a restaurantcrazy stupid bromance – lyssa kay adams
black-and-white coverninth house – leigh bardugo
by an indigenous authorrace to the sun – rebecca roanhorse
same title as a songi wanna be where you are – kristina forest
about a subject you’re passionate aboutamerican predator – maureen callahan
discusses body positivity the upside of unrequited – becky albertalli
found on a Black Lives Matter reading listhow to be an antiracist – ibram x. kendi
genre hybrid mexican gothic – silvia moreno-garcia
set mostly/entirely outdoorghost squad – claribel a. ortega
with something broken on the coverbroken web – lori m. lee
muslim american authorwe free the stars – hafsah faizal
published anonymouslythe bad beginning – lemony snicket
oxymoron in titlesecond first impressions – sally thorne
about do-overs/fresh startsthe sword of summer – rick riordan
magical realismwatch over me – nina lacour
set in multiple countrieswith the fire on high – elizabeth acevedo
set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021tokyo ever after – emiko jean
by blogger/vlogger/youtuber/other online personalitygoing solo – zoe sugg
title start with q/x/zxoxo – axie oh
featuring 3 generationstweet cute – emma lord
social justice issuemiss meteor – anna-marie mclemore & tehlor kay mejia
different format than what you normally readnimona – noelle stevenson
<1,000 reviews on goodreads/amazonclues to the universe – christina li
you think your best friend would likeamong the beast and briars – ashley poston
about art/an artistfrom twinkle, with love – sandhya menon
everyone seems to have read but youthe night circus – erin morgenstern
by person of color (fav. past prompt)how we fall apart – katie zhao


promptbook chosen
longest book the sweet far thing – gemma doyle
shortest book when the tiger came down the mountain – nghi vo
prettiest book yolk – mary h.k. choi
ugliest covershadow kiss – richelle mead
on tbr for longest timeinfinite – jodi meadows
meant to read last year but didn’tthe silence of bones – june hur
associate with a fav. person/place/thingno paths are bound – moxiang tongxiu
chosen at randomthe silvered serpents – roshani chokshi
dnf book from tbrthe siren – kiera cass
free book from tbrimagine me – tahereh mafi


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promptbook choice
more than one author miss meteor – tehlor kay mejia & anna-marie mclemore
dragons/lizardsthe priory of the orange tree – samantha shannon
it’s on a ship!the other miss bridgerton – julia quinn
purple covertheir fractured light – amie kaufman & meagan spooner
set in a major citythe city we became – n.k. jemisin
book you forgot you hadthe upside of unrequited – becky albertalli
caused a major book hangoverno paths are bound – moxiang tongxiu
multiple point of viewthe bone shard daughter – andrea stewart
book you’re giving another chancethe siren – kiera cass
quest to find lost/hidden objecttiger’s quest – colleen houck
chapter title page has artthe damned – renée ahdieh
kept you up late readingthe vanishing half – brit bennett
picked by a friend/trusted reviewerfrom blood and ash – jennifer l. armentrout
non-human characterlair of dreams – libba bray
first line is less than 10 wordsendless knight – kresley cole
banned bookburned – p.c. cast & kristin cast
cover features your favorite color prominentlya night to surrender – tessa dare
all about music leah on the offbeat – becky albertalli
character lets out a breath they didn’t realise they were holdinggoing solo – zoe sugg
genre you never/rarely readhow to be an antiracist – ibram x. kendi
standalonethe kingdom of back – marie lu
lost royaltythe orphan queen – jodi meadows
cover with your country’s flag colorsa conjuring of light – v.e. schwab
written in letters/diary entriesto all the boys i’ve loved before – jenny han
📖never fade – alexandra bracken
book centered around politicsthe winner’s kiss – marie rutkoski
features a carnival/circuslegendary – stephanie garber
snake on the coverserpent & dove – shelby mahurin
on the indie bestseller list in 2020 or earliercemetery boys – aiden thomas
historical with a twistmexican gothic – silvia moreno-garcia
character has a dream sceneclockwork prince – cassandra clare
set in autumnthe girl who drank the moon – kelly barnhill
based on non-greek/roman mythologythe sword of summer – rick riordan
non-binary protagonistwhen the tiger came down the mountain – nghi vo
book with illustrationshow the king of elfhame learned to hate stories – holly black
wtf plot twista torch against the night – sabaa tahir
second book in duologyruse – cindy pon
non-fairytale retellingmy calamity jane – cynthia hand, jodi meadows, brodi ashton
from your 2020 backlist tbrthe silence of bones – june hur
book where the woods/forests are importantuprooted – naomi novik
black and whiteninth house – leigh bardugo
novellaneferet’s curse – p.c. cast & kristin cast
person on the coverp.s. i still love you – jenny han
anthologycome on in – adi alsaid
mapskyhunter – marie lu
about bones/”bone” in titlethe bone season – samantha shannon
good book, bad covergirl of nightmares – kendare blake
brings out the geek in youthe tower of nero – rick riordan
bought it for the coverhouse of earth and blood – sarah j. maas
written in versethe poet x – elizabeth acevedo
includes a 2nd-person point of viewthe night circus – erin morgenstern
author has book releasing in 2021the silvered serpents – roshani chokshi
mentions a pineappletempt me at twilight – lisa kleypas


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promptbook chosen
related to “in the beginning”the sword of summer – rick riordan
by author whose name doesn’t contain A/T/Yblack water sister – zen cho
related to lyrics for “my favorite things” from the sound of musicconcrete rose – angie thomas
monochromatic coverrule of wolves – leigh bardugo
by author on USA today’s list of 100 black novelists you should readact your age, eve brown – talia hibbert
love storythe heart principle – helen hoang
fits a prompt suggestion that didn’t make the final list ➪ 5-star predictionsix crimson cranes – elizabeth lim
set in state/province/country you have never visitedfrom little tokyo, with love – sarah kuhn
associate with specific season/time of yearthe girl who drank the moon – kelly barnhill
female villain/criminalserpent & dove – shelby mahurin
celebrate the grand egyptian museum the kingdom of copper – s.a. chakraborty
eligible for the warwick prize for women in translationtokyo ueno station – miri yū
written by author of one of your best reads of 2020how we fall apart – katie zhao
set in made-up placean ember in the ashes – sabaa tahir
features siblings as main charactersthe inheritance games – jennifer lynn barnes
building in titlehouse of earth and blood – sarah j. maas
muslim character/authorwe free the stars – hafsah faizal
related to “past”the night circus – erin morgenstern
related to “present”one last stop – casey mcquiston
related to “future”their fractured light – amie kaufman & meagan spooner
title and author both contain letter ‘u’skyhunter – marie lu
posted in one of the ATY best book of the month threadswith the fire on high – elizabeth acevedo
cross genre novelthe bone season – samantha shannon
about racism/race relationsthe vanishing half – brit bennett
set on an islandthe bone shard daughter – andrea stewart
short book (<210 pages) by a new-to-you authora duke for miss townsbridge – sophie barnes
character who can be found in a deck of cardsendless knight – kresley cole
connected to icedevil in winter – lisa kleypas
comfort readinga night to surrender – tessa dare
long bookthe priory of the orange tree – samantha shannon
author whose career spanned more than 21 yearsdeath in the clouds – agatha christie
cover shows more than 2 peoplecemetery boys – aiden thomas
collection of short stories/essays/poetrycome on in – adi alsaid
travel themethe unhoneymooners – christina lauren
set in country on/below the tropic of cancermexican gothic – silvia moreno-garcia
six or more words in titleto all the boys i’ve loved before – jenny han
from the are you well read in world literature listthe ghost bride – yangsze choo
related to word given by a random word generator ➪ “horoscope”: released in octoberamong the beast and briars – ashley poston
involving an immigrantthe last story of mina lee – nancy jooyoun kim
flowers/greenery on coverthe damned – renée ahdieh
new-to-you BIPOC authorthe city we became – n.k. jemisin
mystery/thrilleryou’ll be the death of me – karen m. mcmanus
elements of magic empire of storm – sarah j. maas
title contains a negativedarius the great is not okay – adib khorram
related to a codeword from the NATO phonetic alphabetvicious – v.e. schwab
winner/nominee from the 2020 goodreads choice awardsrace to the sun – rebecca roanhorse
non-fiction book (not biography/autobiography/memoir)how to be an antiracist – ibram x. kendi
cause someone to react “you read what?!?!”gideon the ninth – tamsyn muir
with an ensemble castchain of iron – cassandra clare
published in 2021a vow so bold and deadly – brigid kemmerer
title refers to person(s) without giving their namethe winner’s kiss – marie rutkoski
related to “the end”peril at end house – agatha christie


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not sure if this is still going on officially since there aren’t any news yet. personally, i’ll be doing this just because i want to be conscious about supporting asian authors. this year, i’m trying to reach the BENGALI TIGER by reading more than 50 books.

  1. the silence of bones – june hur
  2. the damned – renée ahdieh
  3. to all the boys i’ve loved before – jenny han
  4. clues to the universe – christina li
  5. the knockout – sajni patel
  6. the gilded wolves – roshani chokshi
  7. when the tiger came down the mountain – nghi vo
  8. a taste for love – jennifer yen
  9. a pho love story – loan le
  10. fireheart tiger – aliette de bodard
  11. an ember in the ashes – sabaa tahir
  12. defy me – tahereh mafi
  13. reveal me – tahereh mafi
  14. we free the stars – hafsah faizal
  15. red, white, and whole – rajani larocca
  16. last night at the telegraph club – malinda lo
  17. the ones we’re meant to find – joan he
  18. accidentally engaged – farah heron
  19. yolk – mary h.k. choi
  20. imagine me – tahereh mafi
  21. p.s. i still love you – jenny han
  22. you’ve reached sam – dustin thao
  23. tokyo ueno station – miri yū
  24. tensei shitara slime datta ken #1 (web novel) – fuse
  25. soul lanterns – shaw kuzki
  26. the tangleroot palace: stories – marjorie m. liu
  27. tensei shitara slime datta ken #2 (wn) – fuse
  28. tensei shitara slime datta ken #3 (wn) – fuse
  29. aru shah and the city of gold – roshani chokshi
  30. tensei shitara slime datta ken #4. (wn) – fuse
  31. ruse – cindy pon
  32. crimson rain sought flower – moxiang tongxiu
  33. the god-pleasing crown prince – moxiang tongxiu
  34. dial a for auntie – jesse q. sutanto
  35. the dragon of jin-sayeng – k.s. villoso
  36. the infinity courts – akemi dawn bowman
  37. a crown of wishes – roshani chokshi
  38. a torch against the night – sabaa tahir
  39. where dreams descend – janella angeles
  40. the other side of perfect – mariko turk
  41. the last fallen star – graci kim
  42. the marriage game – sara desai
  43. arsenic and adobo – mia p. manansala
  44. no paths are bound – moxiang tongxiu
  45. counting down with you – tashie bhuiyan
  46. from twinkle, with love – sandhya menon
  47. sisters of the snake – sasha & sarena nanua
  48. gearbreakers – zoe hana mikuta
  49. black water sister – zen cho
  50. empire of sand – tasha suri
  51. the ghost bride – yangsze choo
  52. the chosen and the beautiful – nghi vo
  53. shadow of the fox – julie kagawa
  54. the last story of mina lee – nancy jooyoun kim
  55. always and forever, lara jean – jenny han
  56. white-clothed calamity – moxiang tongxiu
  57. an emotion of great delight – tahereh mafi
  58. the jasmine throne – tasha suri
  59. the forest of stolen girls – june hur
  60. girl of nightmares – kendare blake
  61. song of the crimson flower – julie c. dao
  62. six crimson cranes – elizabeth lim
  63. love and other natural disasters – misa sugiura
  64. the kingdom of back – marie lu
  65. the henna wars – adiba jaigirdar 
  66. heaven official’s blessing – moxiang tongxiu
  67. of princes and promises – sandhya menon
  68. xoxo – axie oh
  69. broken web – lori m. lee
  70. the emperor’s riddle – kat zhang
  71. tokyo ever after – emiko jean
  72. misfit in love – s.k. ali
  73. the dragon egg princess – ellen oh
  74. how we fall apart – katie zhao
  75. iron widow – xiran jay zhao

18 thoughts on “2021 year-long reading challenges ✧*”

  1. I love this list! I wish I could be this dedicated to lists and following challenges! I can’t wait to see what you think about all these wonderful books you plan on reading! 🥰 And most importantly: good luck Belle! 💕

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