My 2021 Yearly Challenges


The Back to the Classics Challenge is hosted by Karen from Books and Chocolate:

"For the eighth year, I'm hosting the Back to the Classics Challenge, a year-long challenge in which participants are encouraged to finally read the classics they've always meant to read -- or just recently discovered. At the end of the year, one lucky winner will receive a prize $30 (US) in books from the bookstore of their choice. "

Karen asks readers to read from twelve categories in 2021. She offers one entry to the prize to anyone who reads from six categories, two entries to a reader from nine categories, and three entries to a reader from all twelve categories.

Here are the books I read:

1. A 19th century classic. Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim.

2. A 20th century classic. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis.

3. A classic by a woman author. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford.

4. A classic in translation. Quo Vadis by Henrik Srenkiewicz.

5. A classic by BIPOC author. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth.

6. A classic by a new-to-you author. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title.  Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson.

9. A children's classic. The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter.

10. A humorous or satirical classic. Selected Stories of O. Henry.

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category. Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw.

Complete information is here.


My email is 
I should receive three entries to the prize drawing.

The aim of the Nonfiction Reader Challenge is to encourage you to make nonfiction part of your reading experience during the year.

The Nonfiction Reader Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2021. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st, 2021. The challenge is hosted by Shelley from Book'd Out. 

Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and/or the challenge image badge to the post. Use the hashtag #2021ReadNonFic and/or tweet @bookdout

Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky, here. Please take the time to visit a few links and leave a comment after adding yours!

There are three levels:

Nonfiction Nipper: Read 3 books, from any category

Nonfiction Nibbler: Read 6 books, from any category

Nonfiction Know-It-All: Read 12 books, one for each category

I aim to be a Nonfiction Know-It-All. Here are the books I may read:

1. Biography.  Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World.


The 2021 Chapter-a-Day Read-along is hosted by Nick of One Catholic Life. More information is here.

How to Participate in the 2021 Chapter-a-Day Read-along

  • Leave a comment on Nick's blog telling everyone that you’ll be reading along and why.
  • Get a copy of each of the five books listed below. Or read them online. All of them are available at Project Gutenberg at the links found in the descriptions below.
  • Download the daily schedule: Nick’s 2021 Chapter-a-Day Read-along Reading Schedule
  • Commit to reading a chapter a day, starting on January 1, 2021. If you get behind or race ahead, no worries. As 2020 taught us so well, life happens.
  • If you feel like it, post a line a day from the current chapter on social media, using these hashtags#divinecomedyreadalong, #quovadisreadalong, #hunchbackreadalong, #davidcopperfieldreadalong, #dartagnanreadalong. I’ll be posting to Twitter and Facebook each day and I would love to read your thoughts, too. When you post, I would ask that you please respect the reading experience of those who may not know the full story. In other words, no spoilers!
  • You will find the official 2021 read-along graphic at the bottom of this post. Feel free to use it on your website if you wish.
  • Subscribe to One Catholic Life so you don’t miss any read-along posts throughout the year. You can get updates via email by using the form in the right-hand sidebar or you can subscribe via RSS and read them in your favorite blog reader.

To recap, here is the broad outline of the year:

  • The Divine Comedy: January 1 to April 10 (100 cantos, or chapters= 100 days)
  • Quo Vadis: April 11 to June 23 (73 chapters and an epilogue = 74 days)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: June 24 to August 21 (59 chapters = 59 days) (skipped)
  • David Copperfield: August 22 to October 24 (64 chapters = 64 days)
  • The Three Musketeers: October 25 to December 31 (67 chapters and an epilogue = 68 days) (skipped)

The Japanese Literature Challenge is hosted by Meredith at Dolce Bellezza. This year will be its fourteenth year. As in years past, it will run from January through March. We will read books in translation (unless you are able to read Japanese), and review them on our blogs. You may also choose to leave thoughts on social media with #JapaneseLitChallenge14. I have now set up a review site for you to leave links, as before.

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (fiction)
Every Color of Light by Hiroshi Osada (picture book)
Be More Japan (nonfiction)
On the Narrow Road to the Deep North by Lesley Downer (travel)

8/8 (Complete)

The Books in Translation Challenge is hosted by Jen at Introverted Reader. More information is here.


  • You can read a book that’s been translated from any language into the language of your choosing. The challenge is not limited to translations to or from English.
  • You can read any genre
  • You can read books meant for any age group
  • Crossovers with other challenges are fine
  • Any format that you choose is also acceptable
  • The challenge will run from January 1 through December 31, 2021
  • A blog is not required for participation; you can also link to reviews on other sites such as GoodReads or LibraryThing
  • Sign up anytime throughout the year
  • I’ve tried to keep this simple but if you have any questions, reach out in the comments, via social media (links in my sidebar), or my contact form.
  • Most importantly, have fun!


Beginner: Read 1-3 books in translation
Conversationalist: 4-6 books
Bilingual: 7-9 books
Linguist: 10+ books

My 2021 Books in Translation Challenge:

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (Japanese)

Every Color of Light by Hiroshi Osada (Japanese)

The Book of Tea (Japanese)

The Divine Comedy (Italian)

Quo Vadis (Polish) 

A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna (French)

Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine Saint-Exupery (French)

Sunday's Child by Gudrun Mebs (German)

The World's Poorest President Speaks Out (Japanese)

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Japanese)

One Hundred Poems from the Japanese (Japanese)

Jungle Tales by Horacio Quiroga (Spanish)


how to play:

  • Declare your intentions to participate in this challenge somewhere on the internet!!  You do not need to be a blogger to participate, there are many ways to declare.  You could write a blog post, create a reading challenge page, create a Goodreads shelf containing diverse books you hope to read, post about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Some things you could include (but that aren’t required):
    • A link to this page so that others may find us and join the fun as well (feel free to download the button at the bottom to use in your posts).
    • The goals you are setting for yourself (number of diverse books you want to read over the year, number of different kinds of diversity you want to explore, and if participating in the mini-challenge, the level you are aiming for).
    • A list of potential diverse books you hope to read for this challenge.
  • Sign up for the challenge using the link here, and link directly to where you’ve declared your intentions (ie to the specific blog post, the goodreads shelf, the facebook post, etc).
  • We will be posting quarterly link ups for you to add links to your reviews or any wrap-up/overview posts you wish to share.
  • Go forth and READ!!  And have fun!!
  • Use the hashtag #DiversityRC2021 on any social media to keep up with other participants!

The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff
The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane by Nikki Shannon Smith (early chapter book)
Hello, Mandarin Duck! written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Dion MBD (picture book)
The World's Poorest President Speaks Out by Yoshimi Kusaba (picture book; nonfiction)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (fiction)
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (fiction)
Hello Mandarin Duck by Bao Phi (picture book)
The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane (early chapter book)
Me & Mama by Cozbi Cabrera (picture book)
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
This is the Rope (picture book)
The ABCs of Black History (picture book)
The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership, and Legacy (picture book)
Infinite Country by Patricia Engle (novel)
I, Too, Am America (picture book)
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America (picture book)
We March by Shane Evans (picture book)
The Listeners by Gloria Whelan (picture book)
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (picture book)
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Ramsey (picture book)
Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons (picture book)
My Name is James Madison Hemings by Jonah Winter (picture book)
Trombone Shorty (picture book)
Shirley Chisholm (picture book)
Working Cotton (picture book)
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (picture book)
My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth (picture book)
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans (picture book)
The Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsvile, Alabama (picture book)
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World (picture book)
Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation (picture book)
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (picture book)
Time for Kenny by Brian Pinkney (picture book)
Women Who Dared (children's biographies)
Lives of Extraordinary Women by Kathleen Krull (children's biographies)
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners (picture book)
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena (picture book)
Cuentos de la Selva (Jungle Tales) (children's folktales)
Curls by Ruth Foreman (board book)
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (picture book)
Together We March (picture book)
Dictionary for a Better World (nonfiction picture book)
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (picture book)
Zonia's Rain Forest (picture book)
I Love You, Baby Burrito (picture book)
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees (graphic novel)
Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menendez (children's biographies)
Favorite Folktales from Around the World collected by Jane Yolen (folktales)
My Day With the Panye by Tami Charles (picture book)
Geraldine Pu and Her Lunchbox, Too by Maggie P. Chang (early chapter book)
Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang (picture book)
The Friends by Rosa Guy (ya book)
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dore (adult novel)
Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal (board book)
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (YA fiction)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask (YA nonfiction)
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (adult memoir)
The Three Princes of Serendip by Rodaan al Galidi (folktales)
Merci Suarez Can't Dance by Meg Medina (middle grade fiction)
Bury My Heart by Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (adult nonfiction)
Watercress by Andrea Wang (picture book)
Change Sings by Andrea Gorman (picture book)
How to Wear a Sari by Darshana Khiani (picture book)
In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel (picture book)
The Caiman by Maria Eugenia Manrique (picture book)
Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani LaRocca (picture book)
Isabella and Her Colores Go to School by Alexandra Alessandri (picture book)
Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba by Ekiuwa Aire (picture book)
Idia of the Benin Kingdom by Ekiuwa Aire (picture book)
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (board book)
Don't Hug Doug by Carrie Finneson (picture book)
Bindu's Bindis by Supriya Kelkar (picture book)


What is the Comment 4 Comment Challenge - 2021?

  • Replying all the comments you received on your blog
  • Visiting the said commenter’s blog to leave a comment

How can you participate in the Comment 4 Comment Challenge - 2021?

  • Sign up for the challenge here
  • Follow Elgee Writes and leave a comment on the post.
  • Grab the button and add on your blog.

Welcome to the 2021 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!

Here’s All You Have to Do:

  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up here. There’s no need to say what your discussion posts will be about–just tell us you’re joining and let us know your goal. (Can be in an update post or a post with other challenges–you’re not required to make a completely separate sign-up post.)
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts. Feel free to also link back in your actual discussions (we appreciate it, so more people can find us!), but that’s not required.
  • The challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2021. Sign-ups will remain open through December 28th, 2021. So, you can basically sign up all year long. Come join us!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll leave your links for that month’s discussions. Every month, we’ll update this 2021 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2021 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

What Kinds of Discussions Can You Link Up?

Discussions can be about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to books or book blogging! We tend to be pretty lax about our “rules” for what makes a bookish discussion, but we do have some guidelines, so please check them out:

  • Please don’t link up discussions about things that are completely off-topic, like travel or fashion, etc.
  • Please don’t link up month-end wrap-ups (We have the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up for that, and we’d love to have you join in!)—unless you have a very specific book-related discussion topic that you include in your wrap-up!
  • Please don’t link up book reviews unless it’s more of a general discussion about a topic and you’re using a specific book as an example.
  • Please don’t link up giveaways unless the post is mostly a discussion that just happens to have a giveaway attached (like if you were talking about the reasons you love audiobooks and you decide to do a giveaway of an audiobook at the end).
  • Linking up Top Ten Tuesday posts or other meme posts are fine as long as there’s some actual discussion involved (not just a list of books). Same with tags—they’re fine, but we’d prefer if there’s some discussion involved of why you chose the books, not just a list of books that go with the tag topic.
  • A post can be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post. (We love getting to know our fellow bloggers!)

Keeping in mind:


  1. Wow, you've picked great challenges! I could never keep up with so many, but for some people it energizes them to have lots of challenges. I hope that is the case for you and that you enjoy it all.

    I'm taking part in Back to the Classics once more and the Discussion Challenge. Some of the others are tempting (nonfiction, translation) but I'm going to stay more free-form for now.

  2. I love your ambition! I am hoping to tag along for The Hunchback of Notre Dame read along in June and I will do the Back the Classics challenge too. I could never manage the nonfiction one. Or rather, I should someday try it because that would be a real challenge for me. I usually only manage one or two NF books a year!

  3. So many challenges!!! I love the ambition of it all! Lately, I have been trying to read more nonfiction books. I just finished Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I loved it and would highly recommend it. Best of luck, and I can't wait to follow your progress.

  4. Wow, this a long list and I’d really love to join the reading challenge. The Girl of Limberlost sounds like a great read. Besides, I’ll love to join the Classics Challenge too. But I doubt I’ll be able to get my hands on every book you’ve listed here. But I’ll try

  5. Hopping over from Back To Classics wrap-up link up. I LOVED Girl of the Limberlost as well! I read it last year and decided I needed more Gene Stratton-Porter in my life, so I read The Keeper of the Bees this year and loved it just as much. Next year I plan on reading Laddie. Congrats on finishing all 12 categories for Back to Classics, especially since you have SO many other challenges as well!

    here is my list, if interested!


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