As I think about my reading in 2021, I’ve set a few goals.
One is a goal for number of books via Goodreads, where I’m aiming for 60 total books read. I’ve mostly hit that number for some years… except in 2020 when all bets were off!
Another is to read all or most of the books I’ve accrued on my Net Galley account! Doesn’t mean I won’t add more, but maybe I can catch up with some of my backlist! (I’ve actually kept my percentage pretty high, which is something.)
Finally, I chose a hosted reading challenge. I considered several, but wanted to keep it really simple and flexible this year. So, I will be participating in:
This mother-daughter duo is in their fourth year of this challenge, and it’s a popular one! I chose it because the challenge is for 26 books, which gives me plenty of room for other reading through the year, plus it’s a good balance of direction vs. flexibility for the challenge books! They’re also offering some mini challenges, one for each month… I may hit a few of those, but they won’t be my focus.
This will be my running post that I will update and link back to throughout the year. Below, I’ll list the alphabetical challenge and continue to come back and add books as I check letter off the list. Bookmark this, and check back anytime to see my progress! (If I have a review here on the blog I’ll link it after the title… otherwise you can check out my Goodreads page for ratings!)
December Update: Well, I’m running short on time but we’ll see if I can knock out a couple more letters! I did resort to a couple small cheats for a few letters, counting a word that’s in the title even if it’s not the first word, LOL! But all’s fair in love, war, and book lists.
End of year update: I filled in 19/26 letters, and four of the monthly challenges. Not bad for my first try! On to 2022!
The Biblio Blonde’s A to Z Challenge Titles!
A: A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan
C: Candy Cane Crime by Amanda Flower
D: Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel
G: Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
H: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I: Ink & Shadows by Ellery Adams
K: The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
M: The Mall by Megan McCafferty
N: The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
O: On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young
P: Profiteroles and Poison by Agatha Frost
R: Raspberry Lemonade and Ruin by Agatha Frost
S: The Secret, Book, & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
V: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
W: The Whispered Word by Ellery Adams
And, the monthly mini challenges, which I’ll update if I complete:
JANUARY – A book you purchased in 2020 but didn’t read (Don’t Overthink It)
FEBRUARY – A book with non-romantic love (siblings, parent-child, friendships) (The Secret, Book, & Scone Society – women’s friendships)
A book written by a person of a different race than you
A book with an Autistic main character (April is Autism Awareness)
A book about a nurse (Nat. Nurses Week 2021 is May 6-12)
A co-written book (2 authors)
A Christmas book (Christmas in July!)
A book by an Indie author (self-published or independent)
OCTOBER – A book written by a new-to-you author (A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons)
A book outside your normal genre
DECEMBER – A backlist title published BEFORE 2021 (A Wedding in December, 2019)
Feel free to join in the fun! If you have any great suggestions for those tougher letters, or for the monthly challenges, drop them in the comments! Happy reading!
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