2021 Reading Challenge: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

A New Year brings new ways for me to increase my productivity and reach my goals. I restarted my blog late in 2020 and didn’t do any reading challenges, so it’s time to change that for a new year. This can help me with my accountability and keep me focused on what to do next. I would like to keep my goals quite attainable this year. Since I had my children, I’ve noticed the main thing that’s suffered has been my reading. Since reviving my blog, I’ve really been trying to manage my time wisely and make time for the things I enjoy, reading to be at the top of that. As my typical Goodreads reading goal has been a book a week, this one seems to be the perfect challenge for me. I hope to exceed that by far this year, but this is a goal I consider pretty attainable, so why push it?

This reading challenge is hosted by Rachael at The Booklist Queen. It presents 52 separate categories to encourage readers to step outside their comfort zones and read new things, but these categories are pretty fluid and can be altered if you don’t feel one suits your tastes. Double others, switch them out, make it your own. Considering all that, this seems like a pretty great challenge to tackle. The categories are as follows:

1. A Productivity Book
2. Book Becoming Movie in 2021
3. Goodreads Winner in 2020
4. Biography
5. About a Pressing Social Issue
6. A Book About Books
7. Set in the 1920s
8. An Author Who Uses Initials
9. Poetry
10. A 2020 Bestseller
11. Recommended by a Colleague
12. With a Number in the Title
13. Bottom of Your To-Read List
14. Reread a Favorite Book
15. Own Voices Story
16. Published in the 1800s
17. Local Author
18. Longer Than 400 Pages
19. A Book Turned Into a TV Series 
20. A Book That Makes You Think
21. A WWII Story
22. A Highly Anticipated Book
23. Eye-Catching Cover
24. A Summer Read
25. Coming of Age Story
26. Bestselling Memoir
27. Book Club Favorite
28. A Book About Friendship
29. An Audiobook
30. Set in Australia
31. By a Nobel Prize winner
32. About an Immigrant
33. Time Travel Novel
34. An Author You Love
35. Childhood Favorite
36. Classic Read in High School
37. Borrowed from the Library
38. Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller
39. From an Indie Publisher
40. Fantasy
41. A Sequel
42. Recommended by a Librarian
43. Psychological Thriller
44. Oprah Winfrey Book Club Pick
45. A Book About Technology
46. Title with Three Words
47. Debut Novel of Famous Author
48. Genre You Don’t Usually Read
49. A Book Everyone Is Talking About
50. You Own But Haven’t Read
51. Borrowed from a Friend
52. A 2021 New Release

Some of the categories link to helpful lists by the Booklist Queen in case you need ideas for books in the category. And be sure to check out her page and sign up for the printable checklist that you can use to help you track your challenge progress. I’m excited to be able to check some of these off my list, and I’ll get to check one off very soon when I get my next review posted. Let me know what you think about these, and join in the challenge if you feel so inclined! I look forward to seeing what everyone is reading in 2021.

Happy Reading!


About Amy @ A Librarian and Her Books

I'm a law librarian from the state of Missouri and a graduate of Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. My real passion is in fiction, which is why I started my blog to share my thoughts with other bibliophiles. I live with my husband and two wonderful children and a collection of furry feline companions.
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2 Responses to 2021 Reading Challenge: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

  1. Best of luck to you!😇 I hope you have fun as you do this challenge. This year I’m doing the Pop Sugar Challenge and 52 Weeks of Women of Color.

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