Booklist Queen 2021

After last year's mammoth effort of joining five (!) challenges, I definitely feel the need to cut back. At first I wasn't going to commit to any, but then I found these two and thought "why not?" Remember, first and foremost, I look at challenges as a gateway to new reading paths, a fun way to nudge me in a new direction with my reading. It's not a competition and if I don't finish, I don't care; but, I'm going to give it a shot! Are you inspired to join me?  If this one doesn't appeal to you, here's a comprehensive list of reading challenges.


This is my second year of joining Rachael at The Booklist Queen in her reading challenge. Her reading challenge list is LONG (52 categories for a book a week) and full of ideas.....I did pretty well last year (you can see my results on the 2020 challenges tab) so we'll see how I do this year. As she reminds us, her goal is to inspire people to read more, just one more book - but whether you read 12 books or all 52, the goal is to enjoy reading.

Here's where I'll track my efforts to complete the challenge in 2021. I'll be double dipping some of the books that will also fit categories in my other challenge. I started by taking the lists and perusing my own bookshelves to see what I already own that will fit the challenge. Then, as I search the forums for ideas, I watch for books I know are already on my TBR list. Finally, I fill in with books totally new-to-me. Completed books will be in bold with a cover image and links to the reviews will be bold and blue

1 - a productivity book

will change this to: educational book

2 - book becoming a movie in 2021

Dune or Without Remorse

3 - Goodreads winner 2020

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Garcia-Moreno

4 - biography


5 - about a pressing social issue


6 - book about books

Lions of Fifth Avenue (The) by Fiona Davis

7 - set in 1920s

Snow Child (The) by Eowyn Ivey

8 - author who uses initials

Invisible Life of Addie Larue (The) by V.E. Schwab

9 - poetry


10 - 2020 best seller

Vanishing Half (The) by Brit Bennett

11 - recommended by a colleague


12 - a number in the title


13 - bottom of your TBR list

An Equal Justice #1 by Chad Zunker

14 - reread a favorite book


15 - own voices story


16 - published in 1800s


17 - local author

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

18 - over 400 pages


19 - book turned into TV series


20 - book that makes you think


21 - WWII story


22 - a highly anticipated book


23 - eye-catching cover


24 - summer read

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

25 - coming of age story


26 - best selling memoir


27 - book club favorite


28 - book about friendship

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

29 - audiobook


30 - set in Australia

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

31 - by a Nobel prize winner


32 - about an immigrant

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

33 - time travel novel


34 - by a favorite author

Law of Innocence (The) #6 Haller by Michael Connelly

35 - childhood favorite

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

36 - classic read in high school


37 - borrowed from library

38 - nonfiction New York Times best seller


39 - from an indie publisher


40 - fantasy


41 - a sequel


42 - recommended by a librarian


43 - psychological thriller

Guest List (The) by Lucy Foley

44 - Oprah book club pick

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

45 - about technology


46 - title with three words

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

47 - debut novel of famous author


48 - genre you don't usually read


49 - book everyone is talking about


50 - own but haven't read


51 - borrowed from a friend

Royal Assassin #2 by Robin Hobb

52 - 2021 new release

A Caller's Game by J.D. Barker

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