Five Reading Challenges to Try in 2021

With a new year comes the opportunity to challenge yourself and what better way to do that then with books! Whether it’s just selecting the amount of books you hope to read in a year or attempting to read books outside your comfort zone, there is a challenge out there for everyone. So take a gander at the compiled list below and pick and choose which are the best for you!


2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge – Goodreads is a social platform for books where you can keep track of what your currently reading, what you want to read, and all the books that you’ve already tackled. Each year you are able to choose the number of books and then its off to the races.

NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist Challenge – Rule 1. For a book to count towards the challenge it must be published in the previous year or earlier (basically anything before 2021). Rule 2: It must be read from start to finish in 2021. If you want to make things a little more challenging there are prompts and graphics available at the link.

Read Native 2021 – The American Indian Library Association crafted this challenge to celebrate and support Indigenous authors, creators, legislators, scientists, and more all year round.

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge – Every year Book Riot puts out a new challenge designed to get you out of your reading comfort zone and encourage readers to pick up books off their radar. With just 24 prompts to complete, you can space these books throughout the year.

Booklist Queen’s 2021 Reading Challenge – If you want the ultimate challenge, Booklist Queen offers one that features a book a week! That’s 52 prompts to follow along with! Best thing is you can make it work for you.


Here at Lorain Public Library System, we have a Winter Reading Challenge running through February 15 which can be found in Connections on page 26. Tell us what challenges you are participating in this year and what reading goals you’ve set for yourselves in the comments below!

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