The 2021 Something Bookish Reading Challenge

The time has come to share the 2021 Something Bookish Reading Challenge. Asides from joining book clubs, reading challenges are a great way to step out of your comfort zone. And you can do this alone or with other bookish friends.

First of all, an apology to all readers of this blog. I haven’t posted on here since September 2020, thank you for all your messages and for meeting me on Twitter, Instagram, and the podcast. Here’s to hoping we get better content from me in the new year.

This list of fun prompts will help you accomplish your 2021 reading goals, whether you simply want to read more books in the coming year or you want to diversify your reading by diving into new cultures or discovering lesser-known authors.

The 2021 challenge officially begins January 1, 2021, and ends December 31, 2021. Are you ready to get started? Here’s the plan:

The focus of this year’s challenge is to read more books from international writers. I’m encouraging us to travel the world and discover new cultures. Since Covid-19 doesn’t want us to travel, we’ll do it through books!

2021 Something Bookish Reading Challenge

There is NO contest. Tick off as many as you can from the list. If you find two books that fit one category, feel free to count them twice! If you start to struggle to find books from any of the categories, don’t sweat it. You can reach out to me on Instagram or Twitter, I’ll also be sharing recommendations on all my platforms.

Be sure to share your progress by using the hashtag # SomethingBookishReadingChallenge

Dear Reader, I hope the 2021 Something Bookish Reading Challenge reactivates your passion for reading in the new year and encourages you to learn something about yourself, others, and the world around you. Most importantly, have fun with it! This life is only one.

2021 Something Bookish Reading Challenge

  • An Author from East Africa: East Africa is, as the name says, the eastern part of Africa. According to the United Nations Statistics Division, countries within Eastern Africa are Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Madagascar, Somalia, Mozambique, Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Zambia, Djibouti, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Reunion, Mayotte.
  • A Book with a Female Protagonist Older than 60
  • A Romance Novel in Translation
  • A Book Featuring a Queer Love Story
  • A Short Story Collection About Immigration
  • An Author From The Arab World: The Arab World consists of twenty-two countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
  • A Book by a South American Author in Translation
  • A Multigenerational Novel that Crosses Countries
  • A Book With A Country In Its Title
  • An Author From The Caribbean: The islands include; Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands
  • A Book Set In Multiple Countries
  • A Book by an Arab Author in Translation
  • An Author From South-Eastern Asia: This region includes; Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand. Timor-Leste, Viet Nam.
  • A Book Inspired by African Traditional Beliefs
  • A Book Featuring A Woman In STEM
  • A Book Released By A Publishing House That Is Owned Or Managed By A Woman
  • A Non- Fiction Book About A Topic That Interests You
  • A Crime Thriller/Mystery Set In Eastern Europe
  • A Book That Centers Food
  • A Book By A Southern Asian Author In Translation
  • A Book Set In A Populated City: According to, these are 20 of the most populated cities in 2020; Tokyo, Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Mexico City, São Paulo, Lagos, Jakarta, New York, Karachi, Calcutta, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Metro Manila, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Shanghai, Moscow, Osaka.
  • A Poetry Collection by a Latinx Author
  • A Book Set In A Country You’ve Always Wanted To Visit
  • A Classic Novel Written By A Non-Caucasian Person

Happy reading! xoxo