2021 Challenges

CHALLENGE 1: 2021 New Release Challenge

The rules for the 2021 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2021.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2021 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2021, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2021.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • If you want to spread the love, please use #2021NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter


1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie

31-60 books per year – New Release Pro

61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran

101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast

200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed


I'm aiming for 20!


1. The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa (2/9/21)  [January]
2. Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine (3/9/21)  [January]
3. The Keeper by Alyssa Rose Ivy (1/14/21)  [January]
4. You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes (4/6/21)  [January]
5. Mortal Remains by Mary Ann Fraser (2/2/21)  [January]
6. Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (5/4/21)  [January]
7. Near the Bone by Christina Henry (4/13/21)  [February]
8. Witchshadow by Susan Dennard (6/22/21)  [February]
9. Heart of the Bear by Alyssa Rose Ivy (2/25/21)  [February]
10. Red Wolf by Rachel Vincent (7/20/21)  [February]
11. Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee (5/4/21)  [March]
12. Covet by Tracy Wolff (3/2/21)  [March]
13. Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill (5/4/21)  [March]
14. A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (1/26/21)  [March]
15. Small Favors by Erin A. Craig (7/27/21)  [March]
16. Shadow Dance by Alyssa Rose Ivy (4/12/21)  [April]
17. Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison (6/15/21)  [April]
18. Darling by K. Ancrum (6/22/21)  [April]
19. Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout (6/1/21)  [April]
20. What Once Was Mine by Liz Braswell (9/7/21)  [May]
21. The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning (7/6/21)  [May]
22. Summer's Wolf by Alyssa Rose Ivy (5/24/21)  [May]
23. Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep (7/6/21)  [June]
24. The City of Zirdai by Maria V. Snyder (5/12/21)  [June]
25. Curses by Lish McBride (7/20/21)  [June]
26. Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond (10/5/21)  [July]
27. Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber (9/28/21)  [July]
28. Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Meyers Sain (9/7/21)  [July]
29. Mary, Will I Die? by Shawn Sarles (9/7/21)  [August]
30. The Buried by Melissa Grey (9/7/21)  [August]
31. All These Bodies by Kendare Blake (9/21/21)  [August]
32. Burden Falls by Kat Ellis (8/24/21)  [September]
33. The Woods Are Always Watching (8/31/21)  [September]
34. The Righteous by Renee Ahdieh (12/7/21)  [September]
35. Don't Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller (1/26/21)  [September]
36. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson (9/14/21)  [September]
37. Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco (10/5/21)  [October]




CHALLENGE 2: Beat the Backlist 2021 Reading Challenge

A new year, a new TBR pile, and a new set of readers tackling their backlist! This reading challenge is dedicated to helping you knock those backlist books off your ever-growing to-read list.

Any genre, any format, any length.
Any book published in 2019 or earlier is fair game.
Re-reads count. And you don’t have to own the book!

I'm going for 20 books!


1. The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo (10/6/20)  [January]
2. Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer (12/10/13)  [January]
3. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer (5/19/15)  [January]
4. The Fever Code by James Dashner (9/27/16)  [January]
5. Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning (8/6/19)  [February]
6. A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (12/1/20)  [February]
7. In the Shadows by Jill Nolan (4/8/19)  [April]
8. Shadow Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy (2/6/20)  [April]
9. Looking Glass by Christina Henry (4/21/20)  [April]
10. Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita (4/2/19)  [April]
11. The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning (7/7/20)  [May]
12. Rebel by Marie Lu (10/1/19)  [May]
13. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (9/1/20)  [May]
14. The Odd Sisters by Serena Valentino (7/2/19)  [June]
15. Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge (4/9/19)  [June]
16. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout (3/29/20)  [June]
17. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout (9/1/20)  [July]
18. #NoEscape by Gretchen McNeil (9/15/20)  [July]
19. What She Found in the Woods by Josephine Angelini (7/25/19)  [July]
20. Haunted Homicide by Lucy Ness (9/29/20)  [July]
21. Reflection by Elizabeth Lim (3/27/18)  [August]
22. Horrid by Katrina Leno (9/15/20)  [August]
23. Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (1/26/16)  [August]
24. Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (6/5/18)  [August]
25. The House by Christina Lauren (10/6/15)  [September]
26. The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano (6/13/17)  [September]
27. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (2/9/16)  [September]
28. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard (2/7/17)  [September]
29. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (5/15/18)  [October]
30. So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim (4/7/20)  [October]
31. Conceal, Don't Feel by Jen Calonita (10/1/19)  [October]



CHALLENGE 3: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021.
  2. Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
  4. You can list your series enders ahead of time, but this is not required. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
  6. You can sign up until December 15, 2021. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
  7. On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a linky for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th to February 25th). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally. Please link each review separately as each link in the monthly wrap up linky acts as an entry in both the monthly giveaway and the grand prize giveaway at the end of the year.
  8. Monthly giveaway prizes will be an e-gift card of your choice up to $5 (USD) from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. We want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
  10. December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway. Also due to Christmas, the December wrap up will post on December 23rd and will be open until January 23rd.
  11. You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.
  12. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).

Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)

Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+ 


I'm aiming for 5 10 series!


1. Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer (Nightshade Legacy)  [January]
2. Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine (Stillhouse Lake)  [January]
3. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer (Between the Lines)  [January]
4. The Fever Code by James Dashner (The Maze Runner)  [January]
5. Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning (Sea Witch)  [February]
6. A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)  [February]
7. A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreakers)  [March]
8. Looking Glass by Christina Henry (Chronicles of Alice)  [April]
9. Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Harbringer)  [May]
10. Rebel by Marie Lu (Legend)  [May]
11. #NoEscape by Gretchen McNeil (#MurderTrending)  [July]





CHALLENGE 4: 2021 Discussion Challenge

  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. 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.


The Levels:

1-10 – Discussion Dabbler
11-20 – Creative Conversationalist
21-30 – Chatty Kathy
31-40 – Terrifically Talkative
41+ – Gift of the Gab


I'm aiming for 25 discussions!


1. TBR Book Tag  [January]
2. Why is January the Longest Month?  [January]
3. When You Don't Like a Favorite Author's Book  [February]
4. Ice-Cream  [February]
5. Teens Playing Teens  [February]
6. Door Peepholes  [February]
7. Writing in Your Books  [March]
8. Why I Don't Like Virtual Events  [March]
9. Bookish Confessions Part 32  [March]
10. Disney Princess's Castles  [April]
11. Guilty Pleasures  [April]
12. Bookish Candles  [May]
13. Series Spotlight: Vampire Academy  [May]
14. Do You Like Big Books?  [May]
15. 2021 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag  [June]
16. Technology Rant  [July]
17. It's Only a Game Book Tag  [July]
18. Dreamy Book Covers Tag Redux  [August]
19. Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?  [September]
20. Back to School Book Tag  [September]
21. Describe Yourself Book Tag  [September]
22. The Personal Library Book Tag  [September]
23. Series That Didn't Deserve Cancellation  [September]