Linz’ 2021 Reading Challenge

Run by Linz the Bookworm.


“Our challenge is really kind of like five challenges in one. There are five tiers divided into 60 categories. We try to alternate the types in a way that gives a lot of variety and increases in difficulty. Tier one is generally the easier category. You can complete it tier by tier, pick the tiers you want, pick the categories you want, or go about it haphazardly (my preferred method).”

Anything with (Completed Month/DD) has been read and ‘assigned’ to that category. Anything else indicates a possible option.


LEVEL 1
  • 1.) Read a book obtained from Kindle Unlimited, Audible, Amazon First Reads, Paperback Swap, or the Library: Queen of the Damned #1: Lucifer’s Daughter by Kel Carpenter (Completed January 31st)
  • 2.) Read a book under 400 pages: Queen of the Damned #2: Wicked Games by Kel Carpenter (Completed February 1st)
  • 3.) Reread a book that makes you happy: The Others #1: Written in Red by Anne Bishop (Completed February 2nd)
  • 4.) Read a stand-alone novel (not in a series): To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (Completed January 28th)
  • 5.) Read a book that starts with the letter D: Xenogenesis #1: Dawn by Octavia E. Butler (Completed February 1st)
  • 6.) Read a book that was recommended to you: Tiamat #1: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (Completed January 25th)
  • 7.) Read a book with the color white on the cover: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Completed April 6th)
  • 8.) Read a book where the main character is a High School or College Student: Secret Keepers #1: The House of Darken by Jaymin Eve (Completed July 7th)
  • 9.) Read a book by an author named Michael/Mike/Michelle or variant:
  • 10.) Read a book that’s been turned into a TV series or a Movie: A Song of Ice and Fire #3: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (Completed March 10th)
  • 11.) Read a book with exactly two words in the title: Imperial Radch #1: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Completed April 2nd)
  • 12.) Free Space! Pick any book!: Murderbot Diaries #4.5: Home by Martha Wells (Completed January 20th)
LEVEL 2
  • 13.) A book from https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com: Dune by Frank Herbert (Completed March 19th)
  • 14.) Read a Murder Mystery: And Then There Were None (Completed May 30th)
  • 15.) Read the first book in a series you’ve wanted to start: Night’s Dawn #1: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed March 1st)
  • 16.) Read a book that has a person on the cover: Skyward #2: Starsight by Brandon Sanders (Completed January 6th)
  • 17.) Read a book where the main character’s occupation is a chef or baker:
  • 18.) Read a book by an author born in the 20th Century (1901-2000): The Mists of Avalon #1: The Mistress of Magic by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Completed June 19th)
  • 19.) Read a book with a form of royalty in the title (Queen, King, Prince, Princess, etc.): The Chronicles of Dorsa #1: The Princess of Dorsa by Eliza Andrews (Completed January 30th)
  • 20.) Read a book you meant to read on (one of) last year’s challenge(s):
  • 21.) Read a book by Barbara Cartland:
  • 22.) Read a book that takes place in Spring:
  • 23.) Read a book with the word Human/Person/People in the title: Humans Are Weird: I Have the Data by Betty Adams (Completed February 6th)
  • 24.) Free space! Pick any book!:
LEVEL 3
  • 25.) Read a book by a Self-Published author: Origin Mystery #2: The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle [they used to be Indie before they were picked up, and they published this novel as Indie]
  • 26.) Read a book for under $5: The Burn of the Underworld by Meg Xuemei X (Completed July 5th)
  • 27. Read a book from https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (Completed April 5th)
  • 28.) Read a book published in the 2010s: Newsflesh #1: Feed by Mira Grant (Completed June 22nd)
  • 29.) Read a book from your favorite genre: Night’s Dawn #2: The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed March 28th)
  • 30.) Read a book that has had at least three different covers: The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Completed June 17th)
  • 31.) Read a book that takes place in Europe: His Fair Assassin #1: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Completed March 28th)
  • 32.) Read a book by an author with the same first name as one of your grandparents: Ringworld by Larry Niven (Completed April 3rd)
  • 33.) Read a book where the main character is a magic user: Soulwood #1: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter (Completed June 10th)
  • 34.) Read a book with a time of day in the title (Morning, Noon, Evening, Dusk, Dawn, etc.): Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Completed June 28th)
  • 35.) Read a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: Home Body by Rupi Kaur (Completed March 11th)
  • 36.) Free Space! Pick any book!: Sprawl #1: Neuromancer by William Gibson (Completed June 14th)
LEVEL 4
  • 37.) Read the next book in a series you’ve started: Xenogenesis #2: Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler (Completed February 13th)
  • 38.) Read a book with an orange cover: The Expanse #2.5: Gods of Risk by James S.A. Corey (Completed March 13th)
  • 39.) Read a book over 600 pages: Night’s Dawn #3: The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed May 11th)
  • 40.) Read a book that uses the “Chosen One” trope:
  • 41.) Read a book where the main character is elderly: Old Man’s War#1: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Completed June 7th)
  • 42.) Read a book with the letter V in the title or author’s name: Tales of Inthya #1: The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin (Completed January 22nd)
  • 43.) Read a Science Fiction novel: Revelation Space#1: Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (Completed Feberuary 27th)
  • 44.) Read a book that starts with the letter P:
  • 45.) Read a book with a bird on the cover:
  • 46.) Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) about a lady on this list:  https://www.historyextra.com/100-women/100-women-results/: (by) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — 1818 edition (Completed April 3rd)
  • 47.) Read a book with the main character of a different ethnicity than you: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Completed June 28th)
  • 48.) Free space! Pick any book!:
LEVEL 5
  • 49.) Read a book with an interesting cover font: Abhorsen #4: Clariel by Garth Nix (Completed June 26th)
  • 50.) Read a book about orphans: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Completed January 7th)
  • 51.) Read a book with the word “wind” in the title: The Kingkiller Chronicles #1: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (not read yet)
  • 52.) Read a book by John Irving:
  • 53.) Read a book that was published when you were eleven: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Completed May 5th)
  • 54.) Read a book that takes place in the 1960s: (partly, starts in 1959) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Completed July 2nd)
  • 55.) Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) about a topic that’s always interested you, but you haven’t read about it yet:
  • 56.) Read a nonfiction book that teaches you a new skill:
  • 57.) Read a book without a picture on the cover: The Persians by Aeschylus (Completed April 6th)
  • 58.) Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) involving mental illness: Newsflesh #2: Deadline by Mira Grant (Completed July 9th)
  • 59.) Read a book that has had unfavorable reviews, but you’re still curious about:
  • 60.) Free space! Pick any book!:

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