Books, TBR Challenge

Cora’s 2021 TBR Challenge

We’re a few days in to 2021 and I’m in the process of getting organized in writing, reading, and around the house. I started a modified bullet journal last year, but it didn’t work out so well–too much work. This year I’m going back to a regular monthly planner so I can keep all my To Do lists and calendars and appointments in one place. Seems like I get all the organization of a bullet journal that way, with none of the extra set up 😉

One thing I did manage to get organized was I my TBR Challenge conditions for this year:

1. How many books from your TBR pile will you read?  I’ve decided on an overall goal of 30 books for my Goodreads challenge, and 20 of those must be from my TBR list. It doesn’t seem like a lot–especially when I was regularly reading over 50 books a year a few years ago–but it’s more than I read in 2019, and I struggled to meet this same goal in 2020 so I figured I’d give it a try again. Plus I always have the option to change it later if I feel like I need to.

3. How will you hold yourself accountable? Like years past, I’ll post here once a month to share my progress and see how you all are doing. I found that creating a Goodreads shelf and the dedicated page on this website to be enormously helpful, too, so I’ll do both again. I’m a very visual person and being able to see the collection of books that I’ve read gives me a nice sense of accomplishment, which makes me want to read more TBR books when I’m able.

4. What about adding more books to the pile? Like previous years, I’m going to keep track of how many books I purchase with another Goodreads shelf. I’ve found it really helpful to have an exact number readily available that I can compare to how many books I’ve read. By the end of the year, I’d like to have read more books than I bought (though that hasn’t been the case…ever!).

So that’s my set up for this year. What plans do you all have? Anybody feeling really ambitious? Cautiously optimistic? Reading to comfort yourself through hard times? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “Cora’s 2021 TBR Challenge”

  1. Hi Cora! Happy New Year! I’m going to concentrate on books I have won and shoot for reading one or two of those a week, starting from most recent and working my way back. I’m going to count my rereads this year and go for an average of three books a week, with 150 goal for GR. This week, I’m rereading A Duke in Shining Armor and reading for the first time Ten Things I Hate About the Duke, both by Loretta Chase! I’m very excited!


    1. Happy New Year, Sharlene! I have never read either of those books, but I know I have at least a couple Loretta Chase books in my TBR–I’m going to look to see if these are there 🙂


      1. The first one is from a couple of years ago and the other one came out last month. If you haven’t read Lord of Scoundrels or Mr. Impossible, I highly recommend them. I read Lord of Scoundrels once or twice a year!

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