Reading Challenge 2021

Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid challenge list:

1. It’s the end of the world as we know it…—an apocalyptic tome, dystopian nightmare, or something set in/about the year 2020.

2. Choose a book from an independent book store.

The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker

3. Reclaim her name—choose from a multitude of titles which feature generic pronouns; “girl”, “woman”, “wife”, “lady”, or “she”, and discover the true story of the character. Or, select from the sponsored list by the Women’s Prize for Fiction of 25 authors who used male pseudonyms to publish.

4. Shelf control—pick up a dusty, neglected book that’s already sitting unread on your shelf.

5. Big Book Energy;) —level up with an 750+ pager.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell | Susanna Clarke

6. Bright lights, big city—get lost in a Metropolis, real or fictional.

The Bronze Horseman | Paullina Simons

7. Small town vibes— find yourself in a cozy village setting, where everybody knows your name.

8.Don’t you, forget about me— relive the 80s, whether it was your glory days or decade of excess, choose a throwback book from that time, either set in the 80’s or published in the 80’s.

We Ride Upon Sticks | Quan Barry

9. Embrace your elemental—align with a fiery, earth, air or water feature in title/on cover.

Be Water, My Friend | Shannon Lee

10. Rule of 3—three main characters, a friendly trio, love triangle or 3 objects on the cover.

11. Font geek—if an appealing typeface catches your eye, give the book a try.

12. Book that bites—snakes, bones or teeth on the cover or the title.

13. Go to the dark side—villains, rogues, bad bois or anti-heroines–pick your reading poison.

14. Note your improvement—read up on your favorite hobby, or new interest.

15. Book with a map.

16. Story set in, or written during the 1920s.

17. Comfort read—need a feel-good story right now, who doesn’t? The cozier, the better.

The Midnight Library | Matt Haig

18. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, read a story with themes of hard work or manual labor. “Without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much.”

19. The UN declared 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables- pick a book that has a cover ripe with edible plants.

20. Choose a book with regency couples- the art of smoldering eyes while maintaining social distancing.

21. Space Force, astronauts back on the moon and missions to Mars- read something out of this world.

22. Social Justice- read a book to provide more perspective.

23. Animated film adaptation.

24. Cooking up something more than just food in the kitchen: a chef inspired tale.

25. Poetry: Lyrical limericks, buried metaphors and big feelings. Dive right on in.

26. Find small moments of adventure with some short stories.

27. Christmas in July anyone? Find a holiday centric story to read out of season.

28. Brush up on a Native American tribe or historical event involving Native Americans.

29. Pick a candy read, a fluff read, a junk food read. You know the kind. The guilty pleasure you can fly through in a day or two that makes you smile and reminds you that not every book has to be top shelf literature to be enjoyed.

30. Royalty reading: monarchies of the past, present or fantastical times.

31. Thinning of the veil- tales involving ghosts, spirits or spectral phenomena.

Note that we added a bonus prompt this year, but as a reminder, this is a no pressure challenge. Whether you join us for all, a handful, or one or two, our hope is to inspire you to pick up a book and remember to share it with us! Julie and I felt in tune with each other for this year’s choices and I am looking forward to all the discoveries a new book challenge brings.

Share your reads here, over at The Redolent Mermaid or find me on Instagram @the_scented_library ❤

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