Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a marvelous weekend so far. Today is the beginning of Kwanzaa, and I would like to wish everyone who is celebrating a very happy holiday!
It’s been a very busy week, but I had a lovely Christmas! I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to celebrate with my parents (I was very careful to remain isolated this month so that we could spend the holiday together). We had a wonderful time, and we got to enjoy a white Christmas this year! We didn’t get a huge amount of snow, but it snowed for most of the afternoon and evening on Christmas Eve, and for a few hours on Christmas Day.
For Christmas, my parents surprised me with several new books, which I am really looking forward to diving into! I’m planning to start reading Booked: A Traveler’s Guide to Literary Locations Around the World, by Richard Kreitner, later this afternoon. It looks like it’s going to be a very interesting read!
It’s hard to believe, but we have officially reached the final week of this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, as well as my final Reading Challenge update for 2020! This year’s challenge has gone by so quickly, and I was very satisfied with my experience this year. I really enjoyed the vast majority of the books I read for the challenge, and it’s been a pleasure to review and recommend so many great titles.
When the 2021 prompt list was released on December 1st, I wanted to take some time to consider whether or not I wanted to participate in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge again next year. While I was interested in many of the new prompts, there was a part of me that questioned whether I should shake things up by seeking out a different challenge, or forgo participating in a challenge altogether.
But, after taking some time to consider my options, I have decided to participate in next year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
Like I did this year, I am going to be making some alterations to how I approach the challenge in 2021…
- While I am not going to be limiting myself to reading only books that fulfill challenge prompts, I have already selected my Reading Challenge titles for the year. Planning my reading is something that I generally don’t do, because I really enjoy being spontaneous with my book selections. However, I think that advance planning will make my participation in the challenge a bit easier next year, especially since I am going to be reading a considerable number of books from my TBR list and shelves. (My list of titles is located toward the end of this post.)
- I will be stretching the challenge out over the full year. In previous years, I’ve attempted to get through the Reading Challenge as quickly as possible. Next year, however, I am planning to complete one prompt per week.
- Like I did this year, I will be posting weekly updates about my progress here on The Unapologetic Bookworm. These updates will be posted on Saturday mornings, beginning on January 2nd.
- During the upcoming challenge, I will be giving you the opportunity to have a say in how I approach my Reading Challenge experience. You will be able to do this through both Twitter and Instagram. (Following me on social media will also give you access to additional book recommendations, personal thoughts, pictures of my adorable feline/velociraptor hybrid, and my adventures in bookstagramming.)
- Because one of my reading goals for next year is to make a sizeable dent in my TBRs, I will also be participating in the Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge. If you’d like to learn more about this challenge, and perhaps participate yourself, you can find all the details on NovelKnight’s website. At this point, I have not planned my reading for this challenge, and will probably keep my book choices spontaneous. I will be posting updates for Beat the Backlist on a monthly basis, the first of which will be be published on January 31st.
Here is the list of titles that I currently plan to read for the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge:
I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books next year, but I’m especially eager to read North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell, and Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells (which should be released on April 27th).
The POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and Beat the Backlist officially begin on January 1, 2021, and I’m really looking forward to participating in both challenges next year! I hope that you will follow my 2021 challenge journeys here on The Unapologetic Bookworm, and also on social media.
In the meantime, please be sure to stop by The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for a very special book recommendation post, as well as my thoughts about 2020.