Sunday, December 20, 2020

The 2021 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge



Okay, so 2020 pretty much can suck it.  I thought 2019 was a tough year--I had no idea.  The New Year is on the horizon, though, and I'm really hoping things will start to improve.  I know it won't be quick, but I'm hopeful.

I've seen a lot of different reactions from my fellow readers this year.  Some folks have been whipping through books like mad, using the escape to deal with the day to day.  Some folks have been bogged down by anxiety and stress and haven't managed to put much of a dent into their reading goals for the year.  This is the first time since I started the Pick Your Poison challenge that I didn't even come close to finishing all the categories.  But that's the beauty of this challenge--with the different levels you don't have to be overwhelmed.  What I love about reading challenges is that they get me out of my comfort zone and I find myself reading non-fiction and memoirs and horror--genres I used to shudder at.  (I still kind of shudder at horror.)

So here it is, the 2021 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge.  I hope that it helps you to get out of your comfort zone a bit, or helps you to escape a bit, or whatever it is you need to make 2021 a better year for reading.


For folks who want a printable version to make notes, click here for a PDF version.

For fans of spreadsheets, click here for a spreadsheet you can use to track your books.

As always, special thanks to my dear friend Good Karma for taking my basic concept and making it beautiful.  This year she said, "Any requests for what you want?" and I responded, "Something with chickens!" and I could not be more pleased with how perfect her finished product is.



46 comments:

  1. I'm joining again at the Fortnightly level. I chose to upgrade to that level this year.

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    1. Welcome back! I'm so happy to see repeat folks! Good luck!

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  2. I am joining again for the Freaky Reader challenge. Though I was not able to complete the challenge in 2020 I came quite close, so will try to complete the challenge this year

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    1. Here is the link to my blogpost:

      https://readnburied.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/2021-pick-your-poison-reading-challenge/

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    2. Welcome back! I'm thrilled to see another Freaky Reader out there!

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  3. I'm back for another Baker's Dozen: https://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2020/12/pick-your-poison-challenge-2021.html

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  4. Thinking of having a go at this. Is there a hashtag to use for when I post on Facebook? Happy to use #PickYourPoisonReadingChallenge ?

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  5. #PickYourPoisonReadingChallenge works for me.

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  6. I'm in! Baker's Dozen https://avidseriesreader.blogspot.com/2020/12/2021-pick-your-poison.html
    I'm excited to see the new categories/topics. This is my 2nd time in the challenge.

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  7. I will be Journaling my challenge through my pencake app. I am going with the Fortnightly challenge.

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  8. Im looking at doing the 52 pickup or goin' for the burn. Haven't decided yet.

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  9. I love the whole concept of this challenge! I think I'm in for the Fortnightly challenge, added to my Popsugar challenge (I found your challenge on a Master List of challenges that they are keeping).

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  10. Can I double up? Can I use one book for two categories?

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    1. The intent is to read a different book for each category, but it's not like the reading challenge police will be issuing tickets. Mostly I want folks to have fun!

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  11. I think I might try this one at the Fortnightly level. I like the concept of this challenge better than most of them

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    1. Thank you! I tried to create something that would fill a need.

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  12. This looks great! I'm going for the 52 pickup.

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  13. Sharon

    I am going to give Fortnightly level a try. Thank you for offering the Book Challenge

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  14. I'm joining for the first time in 2021! I'm going to start with the Bakers Dozen and see where I end up. Love this challenge!

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  15. First year joining! I'm going for Fortnightly. Blog Post

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  16. This graphic is gorgeous, and the format is approachable for someone who reads a ton but resists challenges that are too bossy. I think I'll try the fortnightly challenge!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the challenge!

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  17. Interesting challenge. I'm joining at Fortnightly. https://cdnbookworm.blogspot.com/2021/01/pick-your-poison-reading-challenge-2021.html

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  18. Love this challenge! I am going to try for Fortnightly but hoping maybe to make it to 52 Pickup! https://frominktopaper.com/2021/01/02/2021-reading-challenges/

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  19. My name's elena, I'm joining the challenge, aiming at forthnightly.
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159488305072125&id=547117124

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  20. This is an amazing reading challenge! Thank you for creating this. I love how many options there are. I will definitely be telling my friends about this, and I will be sharing my progress with others on my blog.

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  21. I'm giving this a go at the Baker's Dozen level.

    https://red-reads-books.blogspot.com/2021/01/pick-your-poison-reading-challenge-2021.html

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  22. I'm joining at the Fortnightly level! 2020 was by far the worst year of reading published books I've had since I learned to read. I'm ready to start healing and read more.
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3783116-mindy?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=pick-your-poison-2021
    I've got a bookshelf ready!

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  23. I'm going to attempt Fortnightly. This looks like a great challenge and I hope to incorporate it with others I have signed up for and actually read more than the 26 but trying to be cautious for now

    I will track at https://titlesurfingwithtraci.blogspot.com/2021/01/pick-your-poison.html

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  24. I'm joining at the Fortnightly level - here is my blogpost -
    https://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/2021/01/2021-pick-your-poison-reading-challenge.html

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  25. First I wanted to say that I love your challenge setup. I love how open it is to so many possibilities. This is my very first book challenge ever....even though I work at a library....lol. I am going for the Fortnightly level but maybe I'll make it higher.

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  26. Will be trying for Fortnightly! I'll be tracking on my Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/16603937?shelf=2021-pickyourpoison

    But also on my new WordPress (which is still deeply in the works, excuse the chaos for now): https://juulna725191629.wordpress.com/2021-pick-your-poison-reading-challenge/

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