The 2021 Master List of Reading Challenges

The Master List of Reading Challenges is a compilation of yearly challenges designed to level up your reading year. Check back every Sunday from now through January 2021, as the list is updated with new reading challenges for 2021 (2020 challenges can be found here).

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The Master List of 2021 Reading Challenges

~ Fresh Additions ~

+ British Crime Classics Challenge. Read Mystery Classics written in or before 1965 and written by British Author(s). You can choose any book(s) or follow along with the themes provided.

+ 52 Books in 52 Weeks. The goal is to read 52 books from the 52 different categories provided – find a book that meets the criteria and check it off!

+ Diversify Your Reading Challenge. This challenge features 16 prompts: 12 genre prompts, and 4 bonus categories. You’ll be reading from the prescribed genre each month, with an additional bonus read for each quarter.

+ Pretty Mess Reading Challenge. There are 26 different categories to expand your reading selection. Whether you read 6 books a year or 52, I want to encourage you to step outside of your normal genre and try something new.

+ The (Unofficial) Magnus Archives Reading Challenge. As an ode to The Magnus Archives Horror Podcast, this reading challenge has 52 reading prompts. Read books from any genre as long as they fit the themes.



+ A to Z Reading Challenge. A year-long reading challenges that encourages readers to choose a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. Along the way, we’ll have quarterly read-a-thons and mini challenges that you can use to replace any of the more difficult letters. If that isn’t enough, try out our Monopoly-style game for book lovers!


+ Beachcomber Mystery Reading Challenge. Become a Beachcomber by filling up four beach bags as you read mysteries! Fill up four and get a prize.


+ Calendar of Crime. Read 12 mystery books, each from of the categories in the month on the Calendar of Crime. Link up at the blog, or on social media using #CalendarOfCrime2021

+ Color Coded. Choose books where the color may either be named in the title or appear as the dominant color for the cover.

+ Creativity Reading Challenge. This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.


+ Epistolary Reading Challenge. The challenge is to read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way.


+ Humor Reading Challenge. Read books that you consider funny or humorous.


+ Medical Examiner’s Mystery Reading Challenge. You are the Medical Examiner, and your goal is to issue as many Toe Tags as you can by reading murder mysteries and determining the cause of death of the unfortunate victim(s).

+ Memoir Reading Challenge. Read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category.

+ Mount TBR. Knock out some of those books you OWN that have been waiting in the wings for weeks … months … even years.


Read It Again, Sam. Let’s re-visit our favorite books and re-read them this year. Déjà vu: Reread 4 books – Feeling Nostalgic: Reread 8 books – A Trip Down Memory Lane: Reread 12 books; Living in the Past: Reread 16+ books!


+ The Uncorked Reading Challenge. There are 12 categories, one for each month, with books to inspire travel and diverse, international reads. Check in on the Facebook Group, Uncorked Readers and on social media using the hashtag #UncorkedReading2021 and tag  @theuncorkedlibrarian (@theuncorklib on Twitter).


+ Vintage Scategories: Vintage Mystery Challenge. Your mission will be to fulfill at least eight of the categories in a single vintage era and, as always, you are welcome to complete all categories and both eras if you would like.

+ Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge. This challenge is for all those folks with mile-long “wish-list” of TBRs who would like a chance to climb as well – similar to the Mount TBR Challenge.

If you’re hosting a reading challenge and you don’t see it here – leave a comment to let me know, and I’ll add it.

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23 Replies to “The 2021 Master List of Reading Challenges”

  1. Anna says:

    I don’t run Booklist Queen but their challenge is up.

  2. Kim says:

    Love this list!! Wrapping up crazy 2020 and already in planning mode for next year’s goals. Thanks for curating it.

  3. Danielle says:

    Thank you so, so much for adding Pretty Mess Reading to your list. It means a lot to me that you would include me. It makes my heart dance!

  4. […] Our Master List of 2021 Reading Challenges is not live and is being constantly updated with new […]

  5. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf is also hosting the Chunkster Reading Challenge. It’s hosted on Twitter and Instagram. Here are the details. She said we could share.

  6. Hi! The 52 Book Club ( is hosting a 2021 challenge consisting of 52 books in 52 weeks (formerly hosted at It’s a ton of fun!

  7. Christine says:

    Thanks so much for advertising & linking the Uncorked Reading Challenge and FB group here. I really appreciate it.

  8. I’m so excited to see this page up and running! I’ve been using it for the past three years or so, and it’s always a highlight of the year’s end. Thank you so much for hosting it!

    I’m hosting a reading challenge based on/in honor of the podcast The Magnus Archives on my bookblr for 2021. It’s not official – I’m sure the podcast creators have no idea it exists – it’s just something I’m doing for fun and community. Is this something that y’all could take for the masterlist, or is it too fandom-y/niche? If it’s not something that fits the masterlist vibe, I totally understand! But I thought I’d ask, just in case.

  9. Elba M Sosa says:

    Are you doing the Word Challenge book again in 2021? Is one of my favorite.

  10. Thank you for compiling this list each year; I so appreciate it!

  11. Thank you for compiling this master list, I appreciate it!

  12. Jamie says:

    Can you please include my Creativity, Humor and Mental Health challenges, please?


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