2021 READING CHALLENGE:
Diversify your reading list & read outside your comfort zone
21 categories to expand your reading horizons! Complete the challenge by reading at least 21 different books (fulfulling only one category per title read) by the end of the year. We ask that at least 1/3 of the books you read for the challenge (7 out of 21) are purchased from A Novel Spot.
Once you've read all your books and filled out the official ballot, snap a picture and email it to us, and we'll enter you to win a $40 store credit.
Share your progress on social media with the hastag #novelspotchallenge, and download and print out your own checklist of the categories here.
Below you'll find each category, which books our staff members have picked to fill the various requirements, and some additional ideas. Note that the specific titles listed below are just a few of our suggestions—feel free to choose any books you like to meet each challenge.
Good Luck, and Happy Reading!
An Award-Winning Book
A Book by a Toronto (or GTA)-Based Author
Sarah read Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson; Helen read Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson
Historical Fiction Featuring a Female Protagonist
Katie and Helen read Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan
A Memoir By Someone With A Different Life Experience
Katie read We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
A Police Procedural or Psychological Thriller
Laura read The Push by Ashley Audrain
A Book About the Environment and/or Climate Change
A Book by an Indigenous Author
A Fantasy or Sci-Fi Novel
Susan read Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro; Katie read Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
A Book You Picked Just Because the Title or Cover Caught Your Eye
Helen read The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams; Katie read How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
A Novel by a Woman of Colour
Katie read The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk; Sarah read How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones
A Book About or Set Somewhere You Would Love To Travel
A Story Told from Multiple Points of View
Helen read Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
A Book by a Trans, Non-Binary, or Two-Spirit Author
A Book Inspired by Mythology
Katie read A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
A Romance or a Rom-Com
Katie read Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
A Debut Novel by a Male Author
Sarah read The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
A Book That Engages With An Issue You Care About
A New Book Published in the Month of Your Birthday
Mary read The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (February)
A Book At Least 400 Pages Long
Katie read Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson (1232 pages)
A Book in Translation or a Classic Novel
A Staff Pick from A Novel Spot
Katie read The Liar's Dictionary (Helen's pick)
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