What a year 2020 has been! Who knew last year at this time, when I posted about the 2020 Reading Challenge, that the REAL challenge this year would be just getting through the 366 days (did you remember we had an extra day this year? I didn’t). But 2020 doesn’t seem quite done with us yet. As I write this (December 23rd), we are anticipating the first blizzard of winter later today, which makes me want to be home with a good book and a hot beverage.
If you are like many of us, you are ready to turn the page, so to speak, and move on to 2021. With that in mind, I would like to welcome you to the fourth Marshall Lyon County Library Reading Challenge! The past three years have been about challenging us to read more diversely and, in my case, just read more. After this past year, however, I thought instead of a “read harder” challenge, we might be ready for a kinder, gentler challenge. It is our usual 25 books, but we have added the maximum flexibility. All of the challenge prompts can be fulfilled by either a fiction or nonfiction title. We have also made each prompt as general as possible so it is likely that you will have books already on your to-be-read (TBR) list that will fit many of the prompts.
Signing up is simple…just visit the Library’s GoodReads page (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/223422-marshall-lyon-county-library) and respond to the discussion post about this challenge that you would like to participate (a GoodReads account is required but it is free to sign up). To find out more about the challenge and to get a list of the challenge prompts, visit this page.
If you DO want to read “harder” in 2021, here are a few other challenges to try:
- If you know about reading challenges, you are likely most familiar with PopSugar’s. Following last year’s template, it’s 40 book prompts and a 10-book advanced list focusing on your TBR list: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/reading-challenge-2021-47892177
- The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge, in its 7th year, focuses more on quality than quantity. In 2021, they also want to help you achieve your ideal reading life by choosing your own reading adventure. From their site: “In our 6-page Reading Challenge kit, we get you started with guided questions so you can quickly determine where you’d like to go this year. Then we walk you through a simple process to create your personalized list of twelve Reading Challenge prompts, tailor-made to your needs.” https://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-life-challenge/
- For a nearly exhaustive list of 2021 Reading Challenges, check out GirlXOXO’s list: https://www.girlxoxo.com/the-master-list-of-2021-reading-challenges/
In 2020, I started reading Newbery Award Winners (given by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution in American children’s literature, first awarded in 1922). One of my favorite books that I read in 2020 (Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo) came from this challenge. I managed to read 15 of them and will continue to whittle down the list in 2021. I hope you will join me in the Library’s 2021 Reading Challenge!