2021 Reading Challenges 1st Quarter Check-In

With one quarter of 2021 in the books, it seems like an appropriate time to check in on my progress toward the goals I set in January! This semester has completely swamped me, so there has not been as much progress as I had hoped for, but some is better than none. Here’s the breakdown:

Place-Based Challenges

A Book Set on Each Continent

Tune It Out

Asia: Chi’s Sweet Home Vol. 2 by Konata Konami – Japan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

North America: Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner – United States of America ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

15+ Books Set in Different States

Oklahoma: Lapse Americana by Benjamin P. Myers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tennessee: Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Eubeltic Quest (Eubeltic Realm #2)

Track Fantasy/Fictional Worlds

Garland, Eubeltic Realm (Eubeltic Quest by Nadine C. Keels) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stonetown Harbor (The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart) ⭐⭐⭐

Other Personal Challenges

Read Six Classics

Nothing yet!

Read Six Christmas Books Before Thanksgiving

Again, nothing yet.

Laddie: A True Blue Story

Read Every Book on My 2021 High-Priority TBR List

I started House of Leaves and Laddie, but did not finish either before setting them aside to spend more time on assigned readings for school.

External Challenges

Goodreads Challenge

18/65 books; 2 books behind schedule

What’s in a Name? hosted by Carolina Book Nook

for Botanical Word: A Beginner’s Guide to Succulent Gardening by Taku Furuya

Seasonal Challenges

#NewYearsReads2021 hosted by Elza Kinde

First Line Friday Featuring My Most-Read Author of 2020 | 10 Favorite Books From 2020 | Book Spine Poetry

I did not set any goals or ways to track the nonfiction books I read this year, but it turns out that is the genre I am spending the most time with so far! This is mostly because of school. I might add in a nonfiction tracker at my mid-year check-in; even without a goal to work toward, it’s an interesting dataset. If that is what the ‘story’ of the year is for me, then I want to have a reflection of it. But, we’ll see how things go in the next season. Who knows, maybe my summer and fall classes will be so much more relaxed that I end up with lots of time for fiction reading!

I could be disappointed with where I am currently at regarding my reading goals for the year, but I’m not. I know how hard I am working on school assignments and work projects. It is what it is, and I’m okay with that.

Did you set any reading goals at the beginning of the year? How are you coming on them? Do you have any recommendations for my remaining goals (especially books set on a different continent – I have such a hard time finding good books set in South America or Antarctica!)?

Until the next chapter,


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  1. Do not be hard on yourself, studying is exhausting. I keep track of non-fiction, not that I have read any this year. I watched a TV programme called 30 Best British novels, I read well over half, so my challenge was to read the rest. Some progress as I keep finding other books to read instead.

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    1. That sounds like a fun goal! I probably ought to keep track of my nonfiction reading, if only for my own curiosity. Thank you for your kind words, and happy reading!


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