The Nerd Daily’s 2021 Reading Challenge

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  1. An audiobook:
    • Newsflesh #2: Deadline by Mira Grant (Completed July 9th)
  2. A 2020 Goodreads Choice Nominee:
    • To Sleep Among a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (Complete January 28th)
  3. Gold on cover:
    • Xenogenesis #3: Imago by Octavia Butler (Completed May 31st)
  4. Two word title:
    • Home Body by Rupi Kaur (Completed March 11th)
  5. Author starting with E:
    • The Chronicles of Dorsa #1: The Princess of Dorsa by Eliza Andrews (Completed January 30th)
  6. 2021 adaptation:
    • Dune by Frank Herbert (Completed March 19th)
  7. Part of a trilogy:
    • Night’s Dawn #3: The Naked God by Peter F. Hamilton
  8. NYT bestseller:
    • The Kingkiller Chronicle #1: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Completed July 29th)
  9. An anthology:
    • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl (Completed July 15th)
  10. Debut author:
    • Wayfarers #1: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Completed May 27th)
  11. Released in April:
    • Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant — released April 6th, 2015 (Completed April 28th)
  12. Protagonist starting with L:
    • Xenogenesis #1: Dawn by Octavia E. Butler — Lilith (Completed February 1st)
  13. Title starts with G or K:
    • The Mars Trilogy #2: Green Mars (Complete March 13th)
  14. Multiple perspectives:
    • A Song of Ice and Fire #3: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (Completed March 10th)
  15. Features traveling:
    • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Completed October 3rd)
  16. Standalone:
    • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Completed April 6th)
  17. Written by a Queer author:
    • Tales of Inthya #1: The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin (Completed January 22nd)
  18. Recommended on social media:
    • The Princess Bride by William Gibson (Completed June 17th)
  19. Set in winter:
    • The Others #1: Written in Red by Anne Bishop (Completed February 2nd)
  20. A quest:
    • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (Completed April 5th)
  21. Bought based on cover:
    • Princess Princess Ever After by Kay O’Neill (Completed July 9th)
  22. SFF or Mystery:
    • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Completed May 30th)
  23. A new author to you:
    • Throne of Glass #1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Completed June 2nd)
  24. Between 460-495 pages:
    • Culture #1: Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks — 471 pages (Completed July 12th)
  25. Food on the cover:
    • I’m going to be really disturbing here, but it didn’t specify WHO/WHAT the food had to be for… in this case, dead humans on the cover as food for monstrous sea creatures — Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Completed May 1st)
  26. Bookstore recommendation:
    • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (Completed April 8th)
  27. Same first initial as you:
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Completed April 3rd)
  28. Reviewed by us in 2021:
    • The Murderbot Diaries #6: Fugitive Telemetry — release April 27th (Completed June 12th)
  29. Romance or YA:
    • Skyward #2: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (Completed January 6th)
  30. Recommended by family:
    • Ringworld by Larry Niven (Completed April 3rd)
  31. A book you never finished:
    • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Completed (finally) July 13th)
  32. A dash of royalty:
    • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell (Completed September 18th)
  33. Holiday event themed:
    • Special Cynster Christmas Novel: The Promise in a Kiss by Stephanie Laurens (not read yet)
  34. Author starting with N:
    • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Completed May 5th)
  35. An emotion in title:
    • Loving Two Highlanders by Amber Carlton (Completed June 18th)
  36. Released between 1991-2012:
    • Night’s Dawn #2: The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed March 28th)
  37. BIPOC author:
    • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Completed June 28th)
  38. Set in the future:
    • The Mars Trilogy #3: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (Completed August 20th)
  39. Flora or fauna on cover:
    • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (Completed June 17th)
  40. Released in 2020:
    • Red’s Rangers by Rozie Marshall (Completed June 28th)
  41. Body part in title:
    • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. le Guin (Completed May 29th)
  42. Written by two authors:
    • The Expanse #5.5: The Vital Abyss by James S.A. Corey (Completed May 29th)
  43. A retelling:
    • For the Wolf (Completed September 10th)
  44. Indie author:
    • The Burn of the Underworld by Meg Xuemei X (Completed July 5th)
  45. Purchased years ago:
    • The Mists of Avalon #1: The Mistress of Magic by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Completed June 19th)
  46. Pink cover:
    • Humans Are Weird: I Have the Data by Betty Adams — mostly pink (Completed February 6th)
  47. Released in July:
    • Mercenary Librarians #1: Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha — July 28th, 2020 (Completed July 1st)
  48. Five word title:
    • Lady Astronaut #4.5: The Lady Astronaut of Mars (Completed June 12th)
  49. Start a new series:
    • Night’s Dawn #1: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton
  50. Protagonist starting with G:
    • Newsflesh # 1: Feed by Mira Grant — Georgia Mason (Completed June 22nd)
  51. A book gifted to you:
    • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown — as a child, but still! (Completed June 28th)
  52. Recommended by a friend:
    • Tiamat #1: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (Completed January 25th)
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