The 2021 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread
#1  pdurrant 12-20-2020, 10:33 AM
2021 Reading Challenge Discussion Thread

Welcome to our 12th Annual Reading Challenge!

Maybe you would like to read a certain number of pages this year, finish a certain number of books, concentrate on a specific genre or deplete your ever-growing TBR list. Maybe you're looking for ideas or you just want to see how far you can go…

This is the thread where we can share our personal goals and strategies or ask for suggestions and support. New ideas are encouraged and always welcomed.

The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an “exclusive club”, anyone can join! This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading.

You are welcome to keep track of the books you have read (or another goal) in the List Thread, here:

2021 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

Plus, if you would like to discuss a particular book, please participate in the Hey!! Let's get some action going! What are we reading? thread and share your thoughts about the book with others

#2  pdurrant 12-21-2020, 10:45 AM
Welcome to the discussion thread.

I've decided the repeat my challenge from last year - to read more than I buy. It worked quite well in 2020, so I'm hoping to repeat this success in 2021.

In previous years, I've had a target number for my TBR pile. I think that just having 'as low as possible' helped.

#3  JSWolf 12-22-2020, 08:57 PM
I do read more then I buy as I get a lot of eBooks from Overdrive. But as I didn't read as much as I wanted to in 2020, I plan to read more in 2021. I had a lo of other things gioing on that won't be happening in 2021.

#4  Elektron 12-23-2020, 12:30 AM
Ooo, sounds cool!
Myself, I already read more than I buy, as I never actually buy books. Overdrive is my best friend

#5  pdurrant 12-23-2020, 02:45 AM
Quote Elektron
Ooo, sounds cool!
Myself, I already read more than I buy, as I never actually buy books. Overdrive is my best friend
If you'd like to join in publicly, just make a post over in the 2021 List thread.

#6  issybird 12-23-2020, 11:17 AM
I hope I’ve finally learned my lesson and will pick only one topic, in hopes I actually stick with it. There could be a rider of revisiting at the half-year mark, either to extend it or to replace it with something new. I’ve had a lot of topics clutching at me, which is why I generally overcommit; the other mistake I frequently make is to repeat a topic I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know what I’ll choose yet. Top contenders are Spain or the Middle Ages, but I’m absolutely open to a last-minute inspiration.

Otherwise, I’ll keep my standard benchmark of 120 books which generally isn’t a problem. I think I shall probably also add a “poem-a-day” goal, in the advance knowledge that I’ll slip up. Perhaps if it’s a goal I’ll be likelier to get back on the horse, to mix metaphors.

As far as buying goes, I flirted with a goal of reading everything I bought this year and in fact, I kept it up into April. I blame Covid. I think this is a worthy goal and wonder if I should add it, knowing that by year’s end I’ll have missed, or have some target percentage. The former would be more effective in terms of a goad (both in reading and in not-buying) the latter in terms of actually hitting it, which argues for the former.

Still thinking.

#7  Indio777 12-23-2020, 12:43 PM
Read as much as possible, hopefully more than I did in 2020. Didn't read as much as usual. One goal is to read more Russian literature. And non-fiction. I didn't read any non-fiction in 2020.

#8  PurpleStar 12-23-2020, 12:48 PM
I want to hopefully read more than this year as well. Lowest total since I started keeping track.

#9  astrangerhere 12-23-2020, 01:26 PM
Length Goals:
Substantive Goals:

#10  frailtyy 12-23-2020, 01:50 PM
I haven't joined in on this before and I hardly have any detailed goals but looking to wrap at least a book a week (52 total) with a stretch of 100.

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