My 2021 Reading Challenge

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Hi all,
Windie here with my 2021 reading challenge post.
After skipping reading challenge in 2020, I decided that this year I will push myself not just to read but to read beyond my usual genre and authors. As I am not an expert in this, I decided to browse other sites and blogs for inspiration.
There were 3 reading challenges that became my source: The 2021 Reading Women Challenge, the 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge, and the Book Riot’s 2021 Read Harder Challenge. Because there are so many items in the three, I didn’t take all the challenges. Below is the reading challenge I personalized based on my 2021 priorities. I fully admit that this covers very little of what’s out there, but hopefully this can be a start for me.

Besides the tailored 2021 Reading Challenge, I also wanted to do something different for this year. Something I probably should have done a long long time ago. You see, I’ve come from a country in Southeast Asia, a heavily underrepresented sub region of Asia in the literature world. However, I, myself, didn’t make enough effort to read more authors from my own region. Admittedly, it wouldn’t be easy to get hold of English-written or translated books from some of these countries, but the least I can do is try.
If you want to join in, I added here the PDF checklist of the 11 Southeast Asia countries.
I will also come with a list of books that can be accessed in ebook or other formats in upcoming posts. I’d also appreciate any recommendation or if you’re an author from these countries, do reach out to me through the contact me page. I accept recommendation for any kind of literature, whether it’s short stories, fiction, memoir, poetry books.

2021 Reading Challenge
Click here to download the 2021 Reading Challenge (PDF)
2021 Southeast Asia Reading Challenge
Click here to download the 2021 Southeast Asia Reading Challenge (PDF)

My 2016 Reading Goals

For the last 3 years, I’ve been participating in Goodreads reading challenge. This year is no exception, I’m doing the Goodreads reading challenge and setting my goal at 55 books. In 2015, I managed to read 54 books due to reading slump that hits me on January – June (is it a slump if it lasted 6 months? lol), so this year I’m aiming higher.

However, this year I also want to diversify my reading so I join the Book Riot read harder challenge. This challenge consists of 24 tasks and … I have to say that this will definitely be challenging to me, but that’s where the fun is at, right?

I also add two other reading goals, mostly for fun.

The first one is to read all Brandon Sanderson’s published works. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will definitely know that I’ve become mildly¬†obsessed with his books. Originally, I thought this goal is going to be easy seeing that I’ve read many books of his. But NOPE. It turns out that this author has a total of 35 published works in the span of 10 years since Elantris (his first published novel). And there’s also the problem of The Wheel of Time.

The last goal is what I’ve been calling The Door-stopper Reading Challenge. Basically, you try to read as many door-stopper books as possible. I defined door-stopper books as books with 1000+ pages, but it cannot be a bundle or a collection of stories. This idea came to me because I am that person who takes into consideration the ratio of number of pages to price when buying a book. I know, I know, quantity doesn’t guarantee quality, but when I am in love with a book I don’t want it to ever end. I’m sure you know what I meant. So yes, door-stopper reading challenge.

Last, but not least, because this year I have a resolution to being more organized, I’m keeping tracks of all these goals (minus the GR challenge) on a special page HERE. I even made tables and all that.

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Let me know, are you doing any reading challenge this year? What are they?


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