Reading Challenges 2021 Check-In

Did you participate in any reading challenges this year? We are big reading challenges fan here – and usually participate in a few. Here’s how we did.

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Again, in 2021, it was all about the 3 challenges we host here at Girlxoxo. I started the year out strong but found myself derailed in October. At the last minute I decided to apply to be a judge for the Cybil’s Book Awards and was accepted. I started reading the nominees mid October and won’t finish my judging duties until the end of this year. Unfortunately I had to drop all of my challenge reading in order to keep up!

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge Recap

Number of Months Completed 11/12. I’m honestly shocked I nearly completed this challenge but so glad I did as well as I did.

Favorite Books Read for the Challenge – It’s so hard to pick a favorite but I really enjoyed reading The Girl in The Tower, Katherine Arden which I read clear back in January for the Fantasy, Fairytale, Mythology, or Folklore Sub Genre prompt.

Least Favorite Book Read for the Challenge – I really struggled to get through The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton. It’s not that I didn’t like it but I tried to listen to it on audio during a time when I was really distracted by work and just couldn’t focus on it.

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Recap

Number of Months Completed11/12 – I missed December and probably won’t get to it before the end of the year.

Favorite Book Read for the Challenge The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig really stuck with me. 

Least Favorite Book Read for the Challenge – I liked everything I read for the challenge but didn’t love everything. 

Monthly Award Reading Challenge Recap

Number of Months Completed 8/12 – I missed the second half of the year as I got busy reading for Cybils. It’s my goal to finish this one next year. 

Favorite Book Read for the Challenge – I really enjoyed The Chain, Adrian McKinty which won a 2020 Thriller Awards Best Hardcover award. 

Least Favorite Book Read for the ChallengeMiddlegame, Seanan McGuire was such a slog for me. I find that I’m hit or miss with their books. 


How did you do with your reading challenges?


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