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Starting The 2021 Reading Challenges

In 2020 I read 72 books which was likely a record amount for me. I finished two reading challenges: The Finnish Helmet (Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries) Reading Challenge and the better known Popsugar Reading Challenge. I don’t know if 2021 will be as friendly for reading, but I will still attempt to do both of these challenges again. I just love Reading Challenges! Especially now that it’s all about having lots of time for planning and no panic yet about filling some of the more challenging prompts. 🙂 ❤

I’ve always loved to read, so doing these Reading Challenges isn’t about increasing the number of books I read (though it’s a nice bonus if it happens), but most of all I enjoy the variety these challenges bring to my usual reading habits. Pushing yourself out of your usual genres or series might lead to something really really great. And getting new, or different perspectives is usually a good thing too.

Here’s the Helmet Reading Challenge 2021 (you can read more about it here). It looks a bit easier than the challenge of 2020, but I’m sure there will be surprising prompts along the way. I’m guessing some research will be needed to find books where the protagonist’s name isn’t revealed or where the protagonist is an animal. Really looking forward to figuring out a fun book that has something in common with my own life. 🙂

And here’s the Popsugar 2021 Reading Challenge (read more about it here). I think this one is a bit tougher than the one for 2020 but who knows how this will go in the end. Really great prompts in this one too! I’ll definitely need to do some research to find books from Muslim American authors or checking out the selection of Afrofuturist books. The Advanced list looks really fun and challenging too! I did that for the 2020 challenge but now that the theme is clearly TBR (mine is honestly endless), I’m not sure if I’ll be able to complete the Advanced list. Time to start planning, challenges accepted! 🙂

As in 2020, I will try to match one book to one prompt from each challenge. In theory that means that means 50 books will be enough to finish both of these challenges but I know that it most likely won’t be that simple and that’s just part of the fun with Reading Challenges. I’ll continue to post short comments/light reviews of the books I’ve read for the different challenge prompts and share the joy of reading.

In the end, all that matters is that you read books and enjoy them. ❤


I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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