2021 Reading Challenge

NOTE: I am moving my tracking of this from my old blog, Purrfectly Bookish, to here. I have a bad habit of picking a cool reading challenge at the beginning of the year, keeping track of it for a few months, then promptly forgetting about it until November or December. Yep... here we are again. I just updated with books I've read in the interim and will try to catch a few more of these categories before December 31st. I'll be following along with this same Build Your Library 2022 reading challenge too... and hopefully not forget it mid-April again. UPDATE (09 March 2022): I changed my mind on what reading challenges I am following in 2022. Read about my choices here.

First posted January 17, 2021. All Amazon links are affiliate links.

I homeschool my kids. We've always used a combination of many different curricula - picking and choosing what best fits the kids' goals each year. We started using the Charlotte Mason-based curriculum Build Your Library this year and wish we'd known about it all along! Lots of fantastic literature. This is the 2021 reading challenge put together by creators of the Build Your Library curriculum. The theme is Hygge.

"Hygge is a Danish word that describes a lifestyle placing emphasis on coziness and happy living. Hygge can be anything from eating your favorite meal with the people you love to wrap yourself up in a warm blanket and reading by candlelight. In 2021, embrace the hygge lifestyle by reading books that evoke feelings of warmth and comfort with the people you hold dear."


I'll be using this post to keep track of my reading for this challenge. I do allow one book to count for more than one category if it fits. I read plenty of books already so I don’t feel like I need the added incentive of one category per book to get me to read more.

Completed 26 out of 41 books.

✅ A book with your favorite color on the cover

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

❑ A story that takes place under the sea

✅ A story set in a country you want to visit

Knifed In Nice (Travel P.I. Mysteries #1) by Zara Keane

❑ A story written in verse

❑ A story set in a library

✅ A story inspired by mythology

Never Say Never by Justine Manzano

❑ A fairy tale retold

❑ A book written by an Indigenous author

❑ A genre you never pick up (ex: mystery, romance, fantasy…)

✅ A book about a game

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

✅ A sequel you have been meaning to pick up

the witch doesn't burn in this one by amanda lovelace

✅ A book with a household pet in the story

The Squeaky Clean Skeleton by R.A. Muth

✅ A book in translation

The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler: Vienna's Sherlock Holmes by Balduin Groller

✅ A book by a favorite author

Faith: Greater Heights by Julie Murphy

✅ A book by an author you have never read before

Falling into Magic by Elizabeth Pantley

✅ A book you think will be a new favorite

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

✅ A book that was released the year you were born

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

✅ A book about food

Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies by Misha Popp

✅ A book with a house on the cover

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

❑ A book that makes you feel nostalgic

✅ A new release you are excited about

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

✅ A book recommended by a friend

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

✅ A book that a family member loves

Faith: Greater Heights by Julie Murphy

❑ A biography or memoir

❑ A classic

❑ A book published in your lifetime that you think should be considered a classic

✅ A book that won an award

Between Wild and Ruin by Jennifer G. Edelson

✅ A book about an issue that is important to you

Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy by Crystal Marie Fleming

✅ A book written by a person of color

Cheat Sheets for Life: Over 750 hacks for health, happiness and success by Ayesha Ratnayake

✅ A short story collection

Black Cat Crossing: A Collection of 11 Cozy Mysteries to Celebrate Halloween

✅ A book that was adapted into a movie or television show

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

❑ A book about music

✅ A book with LGBTQIA+ representation

Chasing The Taillights by Kate Larkindale

❑ A play

❑ A book written by a local author

✅ A non-fiction book about a topic you want to learn more about

Little House in the Suburbs by Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskins

❑ A book about girls in STEM

❑ A book set in your favorite vacation destination (ex: beach, camping, amusement park…)

✅ A book with an animal on the cover

Queer Icons and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi

✅ A book with a cover that makes you feel cozy

Christmas Corpse by Mona Marple

✅ Your favorite book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee