5 Reading Challenges to Jump Into in 2021

The only thing more exciting than the fresh new year that we’re about to dive into is the prospect of some fresh new reads as well! What better way to engage with these oncoming literary experiences than by challenging yourself and your TBR like never before? To celebrate the start of 2021, and the many new bookish adventures that await you there, we’ve provided a list of five thrilling new reading challenges!

Jump into some novel written terrain with these biblioriffic book challenges for 2021!


  1. The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time




You can’t go wrong with the classics! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been slowly chipping away at the most revered of literary novels, and rereading your favorites, but wishing you could find the time to devour the whole lot of them. Why not do just that? With The Guardian’s list of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time, you can turn your goal of literary edification into a reality! It’s certainly a large undertaking, but now, at the beginning of the new year, it’s the perfect time to get started.



2. The Fifty Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far)




There’s always lists of upcoming fantasy reads for the new year, and those are incredible booklist gold… however, there’s something to be said for the fantasy novels of years past and the unmatchable life lessons therein. This list of the Fifty Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century connects us with the most popular (for a reason) stories of our recent past. How about taking a stroll down this fantastical memory lane, maybe rereading a favorite or two, and creating a strong foundation of the fantasy greats that built us in our lifetime (so far)?


3. The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge




This one is for fans of Gilmore Girls, and literary and contemporary fiction. The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge is one that I’ve wanted to complete for years, consisting of all 339 books that Rory is seen or said to have read during the seven years of Stars Hollow that are shared with viewers. With a mix of the most timeless works of every genre, including children’s classics, this list is the perfect combination of spontaneity and smarty-pants goals. Will you be one to follow in Rory’s footsteps this year?



4. 15 Must-Read Translated Books From the Past 5 Years




Here’s an interesting subcategory that often falls to the wayside. Translated books are a marvelous way to learn new things while reading, from various cultures around the world to differing writing formats, and this list of 15 Must-Read Translated Books From the Past 5 Years is the perfect place to start. You’ll get the best of the best in relatively recent releases, and maybe even a new outlook or two. Pick up one of these page-turners and feed your brain!


5. Non-Fiction Published in Year: 2021




This new list of Non-Fiction Published in Year: 2021 brings memoir, essay, daily meditations, research in science, history and energy chakras, and much more. We can expect great things this year to come, at least in the literary world (to be sure), and non-fiction books are not be forgotten amongst the powerful tomes pending our read. Broaden your mind with some well-written and endearing non-fiction this new year!


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