2021 Reading Challenges

The List

(In roughly alphabetical order,
with links to announcement/signup posts/pages.)

The challenges listed here are, in general (although it's not a strict rule), year-long challenges, open to everyone. I don't usually list read-a-thons, read-alongs, "personal" challenges, or challenges linked to special days or time periods.

This list is NOT meant to be a complete list of ALL the reading challenges available for 2019. It's mainly just challenges that seem attractive to me. And I'm not necessarily recommending any of these — just keeping track.

Also ― I haven't signed up for ALL these challenges! I'm sure I'll be joining in for a few, but definitely not all. (See the challenges I'm participating in HERE.)

Two more things. In general I'm not a fan of the "check list" type of reading challenge with a bunch of set categories — so I'll list a few, but not every one of them. Also, I don't do a lot of social media hanging out, so if a challenge is being hosted primarily on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, you probably won't find it on this list.

For more comprehensive, up-to-date lists of 2019 Reading Challenges, you can check the Reading Challenge Addict website.

  1. 2021 A to Z Reading Challenge | Host: Bookstacks & Golden Moms
  2. 2021 Aussie Author Reading Challenge | Host: Booklover Book Reviews
  3. Back to the Classics Challenge 2021 | Host: Karen K. @ Books and Chocolate.  
  4. 2021 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge | Host: Novel Knight
  5. Books in Translation Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Introverted Reader.
  6. British Crime Classics Challenge | Host: The Book Decoder.
  7. Calendar of Crime Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK
  8. 2021 Children's Book Reading Challenge - for Adults | Host: Belle's Library.  
  9. Chunkster Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Impressions in Ink.
  10. 2021 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge | Host: Carol @ Carol's Notebook
  11. Color Coded Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK.  
  12. Creativity Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of! 
  13. Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  14. 2021 Diversify Your Reading Challenge | Host: Kelly Mongan @ Mongan Moments
  15. 2021 Diversity Reading Challenge | Host: Celebrity Readers.
  16. 2021 Diversity Reading Challenge | Host: Lukten av trykksverte
  17. 2021 Dystopia Reading Challenge | Host: Brittani @ Game, Read, Teach
  18. Epistolary Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  19. 2021 European Reading Challenge | Host: Gilion Dumas @ Rose City Reader.
  20. 2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge | Host: Celebrity Readers.
  21. 2021 Georgian Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  22. Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Marg @ The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.
  23. Humor Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  24. Japanese Literature Challenge 14 | Host: Dolce Bellezza. (Note: This challenge runs from January to March 2021)
  25. Memoir Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!.  
  26. Mental Health Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Jamie Ghione @ Whatever I Think Of!
  27. 2021 Monthly Book Award Reading Challenge | Host: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO
  28. 2021 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge | Host: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO.
  29. 2021 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge | Host: Kim & Tanya @ GirlXOXO.
  30. Mount TBR Challenge 2021 | Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK.  
  31. Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  32. 2021 Newbery Reading Challenge | Host: Julie @ Smiling Shelves
  33. 2021 New Release Challenge | Hosts: Linda & Brandee @ (Un) Conventional Bookworms
  34. 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge | Host: Book'd Out.  
  35. The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews.
  36. Read It Again, Sam 2021 | Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK
  37. Read the Alphabet Challenge | Host: Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?
  38. Southern Literature Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Introverted Reader.  
  39. The Sweet Southern Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Readeropolis.
  40. Space Time Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Jemima @ Jemima Pett
  41. 2021 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  42. 2021 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Belle's Library.
  43. Vintage Scattergories: Vintage Mystery Challenge 2021 | Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK
  44. Virtual Mount TBR Challenge 2021 | Host: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK
  45. What An Animal Reading Challenge 2021 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews.  
  46. What's In a Name 2021 | Host: Andrea @ Carolina Book Nook
  47. When Are You Reading? Challenge 2021 | Host: Sam @ Taking On a World of Words
  48. 2021 Witchy Year Reading Challenge | Host: Julie @ Julie Cornewell.
  49. 2021 World War II Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews.



  1. This is great. As 2015 comes to a close, I've been looking for reading challenges to contemplate joining for the new year.

  2. So many challenges! If only there was time to join in on them ALL! lol Thanks so much for including mine in your listing today :)

  3. Ah this challenge tab is so awesome! Thank you for this. I'm going to try to not go crazy this year :P

    I just posted my own challenge if you want to take a look (:

  4. Thanks for featuring the #ShelfLove Challenge. We would love to have you on board!

  5. What a fantastic list here! I need to find an hour now to sift through these and make my choices for 2016.

  6. Thank you so much for a very thorough list of Challenges, I found many here that I am now considering!!

  7. You might want to include this one, too.

    1. Thanks, Jamie. I've added it to the list. I had seen something about the MIA challenge earlier, but couldn't figure out if it was still active.

  8. Wow these are great---thanks for including mine!

  9. And this one, too;

    1. Hi, Jamie. Thanks for pointing the way to this challenge. Actually, though, there are so many "check-list" type challenges out there like this one, I decided not to include them in this list. I sort of think of them as personal reading goals-lists which, while they are definitely valuable tools, tend to differ from individual to individual. I thought about including the POP-Sugar list, since it seems to be the most popular, but in the end just decided to do a separate listing of all the checklists -- I just never got around to it!

  10. Thanks for sharing the Deal Me In challenge & great work on creating this list!

  11. Thanks! This list is very helpful! ;3

    One snag though: Hippes Read Too's blog is giving me a 404 error. http://readingeveryseason.hippiesreadtoo.com/2015/11/warm-up-for-winter-reading-challenge.html

  12. Thanks for linking Literary Distractions! Would you mind updating the link to "http://www.literarydistractions.com/2015/12/14/2016-b-y-o-b-reading-challenge/" please? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Mary! No problem. I think the links are all updated now.

  13. This is very helpful. I found several I'm going to try. Thanks!

  14. I've been looking for the ones for 2017, but there aren't very many yet. I got all mine posted on my blog in October. I'm doing three new ones as well as the one I did this year. A list is up here:

  15. Joy, I hope I can entice you to any of my 4 this time! As always: they run February 1 to January 31, so finishing them off never takes up time at Christmas! :) Sincere thanks for listing me again! Gratefully, Carolyn Of RIEDEL Fascination.

    CELTIC COASTS 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/celtic-coasts-2017/
    ETHEREAL 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/ethereal-2017/
    GENTLE SPECTRUMS 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/gentle-spectrums-2017/
    MY KIND OF MYSTERY 2017 https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/mykindofmystery-2017/

  16. I am unsure how often you pick up messages at Goodreads. Even though Blogspot does not make commenting easy for Wordpress or rural internet and rejects them, if there is a captcha; I had better see about adding my 3/4 2019 groups that are ready.

  17. GENTLE SPECTRUMS 2019 is done as well, Joy! Thank you dearly for not using a captcha. Happy new year 2019, for us all! Yours, Carolyn https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/gentlespectrums-2019/

  18. Thanks so much for linking our 2020 AtoZ Reading Challenge on your list! We really appreciate it :)

    Megan & Crystal | Ginger Mom & Company

  19. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. View this also - Best 2020 dystopian books

  20. Thanks so much for including my 2021 link to the Aussie Author Challenge to this wonderful resource!

  21. Hi Joy -- I'm hosting the European Reading Challenge again in 2021, for the 9th year now! Can you add it to your list? I'd appreciate the boost! It makes a nice crossover with other "read the globe" or "books in translation" challenges. And we'd love to see you back. Here's the link to the sign up page with more information: https://www.rosecityreader.com/p/2021-european-reading-challenge.html

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the 2021 Challenge. I'll add it to my list. And I'll definitely be signing up, too!

  22. Thank you for joining the Monthly Book Award, Monthly Motif, and Monthly Key Word challenges!


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