2021 Reading Challenges

The Unread Shelf Project 

Monthly Challenges

A book with high expectations (January) Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt
A book you got for free (February)  Treasures: Visible and Invisible by Catholic Teen Books
A book you bought on a trip (March)
A book bought from a used bookstore (April)
A book you bought as a new release (May)
A book bought in a spending spree (June)
A book bought for the cover (July)
A book from an independent bookstore (August)
A book you want to learn from (September)
A book you're secretly afraid of (October)
A book published before 2000 (November)
A book that reminds you of childhood (December)

Bonus Challenges

A book with more than 500 pages
An impulse buy
A book on your unread shelf longer than one year
A book by an author you've never read before  The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
A book you bought because of a recommendation
A book given to you that you didn't ask for
A book you got for a special occasion
A book from your favorite genre
A book bought because of the hype
A book from a Little Free Library
The unread book most recently acquired
A backlist title by an author with a newer release available


Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge

Three Newbery Award winners

Three books that are the last/most recent in a series
  • The Love of Friends by Nancy Bond
  • The Heart of the Family by Elizabeth Goudge
Three books of more than 500 pages

Three books by the same author
  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly 
  • Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
Three audiobooks with the same narrator 

Three Catholic nonfiction books.
  • Mother Angelica by Raymond Arroyo
Three general nonfiction books.
  • Romance is My Day Job by Patience Bloom
Three books under 200 pages. 

Three books about books or reading.

Three books about writing. 
  • The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
Three books published in 2021.
  • Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt 
Three re-reads. 

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