2021 reading challenges

I’ve joined Pick&Mix challenge this year, too.

This challenge is for people who don’t quite match up with more specific challenges. So whether you are a super busy person who can barely find time to read a dozen random books a year, or someone who has a yen to read the whole opus of a fave author, this is the place for you. Happy reading!
Challenge Details
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Challenge Span: January 2021 – December 2021

The Reading Levels are 10, 20, 40, or 80 books.
Once again I’m choosing just ten for the simple reason that I won’t be counting my Mount TBR books to this challenge. I also read some indy books which aren’t on this site.

Happy reading!

Books read:
1, S. A. Chakraborty: The Empire of Gold
2, Mary Robinette Kowal: The Relentless Moon

3, Genevieve Cogman: The Secret Chapter

4, Dominik Parisien, Navah Wolfe ed.: The Mythic Dream

5, Martha Wells: City of Bones

6, James Lovegrove: The Ghost Machine

7, Lois McMaster Bujold: Masquerade in Lodi

8, Mur Lafferty: Six Wakes


I’ve joined up in GoodReads in the Action/Adventure group’s Bingo card 2021 challenge, where the aim is to complete a bingo with books. They can be any genre as long as they’re action/adventure and fulfill the square.

This year the categories are these:

1. Read a book that involves a Cyber Crime
2. Read a book with a Female Heroine: Genevieve Cogman: The Secret Chapter
3. Read a book that involves a Mystery
4. Read a book that includes a Lost World: Greig Beck: In Search of the Lost World
5. Read a book from a Series
6. Read a book that involves Survival: Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Moon Maid
7. Read a book that involves Magic
8. Read a book with a Two Word Title: Steven Brust: The Good Guys
9. Author and Title begin with Same Letter
10. Read a book involving Outer Space: M.R. Forbes: Hell’s Rejects
11. Read a book with a Hot Environment
12. Read a book that involves Archaeology
13. Read an action/adventure Book of your Choice
14. Read a book that involves a Team
15. Read a book that has a Green Cover
16. Read an AAA Group Read Book past or present: Dan Brown: Origin
17. Read a book with Organized Crime: T.L. Heinrich: Fire&Ice
18. Read a book of Short Stories
19. Read a book involving a Journey
20. Read a book involving Fantasy
21. Read a book that involves Vengeance
22. Read a book that involves Travel
23. Read a book published in 2021
24. Read a book that is a New to You Author: Seeley James: Element 42
25. Read a book involving a Spy

I managed to get two bingos last year. I’m aiming for one to start with.

This is the post where I gather all the books and comics I’ll read in 2021.

Reading challenges:

Mount TBR (24) 6
Pick&Mix (10) 1
Action Heroine (30) 8
Action/Adventure Bingo card 4


1, Dan Koboldt: Domesticating Dragons
2, Kim Newman: Anno Dracula (tbr)
3, Kristine Kathryn Rusch ed.: Fiction River Special Edition: Spies (tbr)


1, Firefly: Unification War part 1 (ah)
2, Trinity vol. 1: Better Together
3, Trinity vol. 2: Dead Space
4, Black Cat vol.1: Grand Theft Marvel
5, She-Hulk vol. 1: Single, Green Female (ah)
6, Black Cat vol. 2: On the Run
7, The Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne vol. 1 (ah)
8, Black Widow (ah)


4, Hannu Rajaniemi: Summerland (tbr)

5, S. A. Chakraborty : Empire of Gold

6, Dean Wesley Smith: Against Time

7, Seeley James: Element 42 (tbr)


9, Firefly: The Unification War volume 2. (ah)

10, Batwoman vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death (ah)

11, Fantastic Four by Dan Slott vol. 3: The Herald of Doom

12, X-Men Blue vol 1: Strangest

13, X-Men Blue vol 2: Toil and Trouble

14, X-Men Gold vol 3: Mojo Worldwide

15, Trinity vol. 3: Dark Trinity (ah)


8, Dan Brown: Origin (bingo)

9, Duane Lindsay: The Grifter’s Daughter (tbr)

10, Shawn McGuire: Original Secrets

11, Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Moon Maid (tbr)

12, M.R. Forbes: Hell’s Rejects (bingo, ah)


16, Fantastic Four by Dan Slott vol. 5: Point of Origin (ah)

17, Firefly: The Unification War vol. 3 (ah)

18, Firefly: The Sting (ah)

19, Batwoman vol. 2: Wonderland (ah)

20, Batman /Superman volume 1: Cross Worlds

21, Trinity vol. 4: The Search for Steve Trevor


13, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Escaping Amnthra (tbr)

14, T.L. Heinrich: Fire&Ice

15, James Lovegrove: The Magnificent Nine

16, Mary Robinette Kowal: The Relentless Moon (tbr, p&m)


22, Astonishing X-Men vol. 1: Life of X (ah)

23, World’s Finest Vol.1: Lost Daughters of Earth 2 (ah)

24, Batman/Superman vol. 3: Second chances

25, Batman/Superman vol. 4: Siege

26, Astonishing X-Men vol. 2: A Man Called X

27, Uncanny X-Men: Wolverine and Cyclops, vol. 1


17, Catharina Ingleman-Sundberg: The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

18, K. C. Hunter: Kana Cold and the Case of the Shinigami (tbr)

19, Genevieve Cogman: The Secret Chapter (tbr, p&m)

20, Dominik Parisien, Navah Wolfe ed.: The Mythic Dream (p&m)

21, C. J. Cherryh: The Goblin Mirror (tbr)

22, Martha Wells: City of Bones (p&m)


28, Marvel 1602

29, Marvel 1602: The New World and the Fantastick Four

30, The Brave And The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman


22, Jefferson Smith: The Brotherhood of Delinquents (bingo)

23, James Lovegrove: The Ghost Machine (a/a, p&m)

24, Lois McMaster Bujold: Masquerade in Lodi (p&m)

25 Steven Saylor: Roman Blood (tbr)

26, Steven Brust: The Good Guys (P&m)


31, Uncanny X-Men: Wolverine and Cyclops Vol. 2

32, Superwoman vol. 1: Who killed Superwoman?


27, Zara Altair: The Grain Merchant

28, William Goldman: The Princess Bride (tbr)

29, Mur Lafferty: Six Wakes (p&m)

30, Michael Crichton: Jurassic Park (p&m)

31, Michael White: The Equinox (tbr)

32, Greig Beck: In Search of the Lost World (a/a bingo)


33, Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men

34, Age of X-Man: X-Tremists

35, Ukami: Gabriel Dropout vol. 1

36, Green Lanterns: Vol 1: Rage Planet





I’m joining Mount TBR 2021, too!

“January 2021 kicks off the tenth year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge and, despite climbing like mad and conquering Mount Everest on the regular each year, I still have mountain ranges to climb. And miles of bookcases to read before I sleep (or something like that). I just can’t resist a good old fashioned used bookstore (though they are become rarer and rarer) or the community Hoosier Hills Food Bank Book Sale which adds to the mountains as fast as I knock books off. And, somehow, despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled both my trips to my favorite used bookstore and the community book sale, my mountain range seems to be just as vast as ever.

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. Perhaps this year I will actually plant a flag on Mount Olympus…but my declared goal will remain Mount Everest. Please join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting for attention for weeks…months…even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancounver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro*: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s (*aka Cerro El Toro in South America)
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

I’m again choosing Mount Blanc, 24 books.
Happy reading!

Books read,
1, Kim Newman: Anno Dracula
2, Kristine Kathryn Rusch ed.: Fiction River Special Edition: Spies
3, Hannu Rajaniemi: Summerland
4, Seeley James: Element 42
5, Duane Lindsay: The Grifter’s Daughter
6, Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Moon Maid
7, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Escaping Amnthra

8, Shawn McGuire: Original Secrets

9, K. C. Hunter: Kana Cold and the Case of the Shinigami

10, Genevieve Cogman: The Secret Chapter

11, Jefferson Smith: The Brotherhood of Delinquents

12, Steven Saylor: Roman Blood

13, William Goldman: The Princess Bride

14, Michael White: The Equinox