StoryGraph 2021 Reading Challenge: 20 in 21 TBR.

This year, I have decided to up the ante by participating in a year long reading challenge on StoryGraph. My main goal is 50 books, but 20 of those will be decided by prompts from the 20 in 21 reading challenge hosted by Eastofreaden. I picked this challenge because it didn’t restrict my reading for the entire year like others did and the prompts were ones I was able to fulfil pretty easily with books I was already interested in. Being me, I have already chosen the books I am going to read for each prompt. So let’s get to this TBR and the prompts for the 20 in 21 reading challenge.

1. A Debut (the first book published by an author.)

For this prompt, I have chosen Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles which is the first book in her debut duology Kingdom of Cards. This book is about a group of magicians competing against each other in daring feats in order to decide who will become the next headliner of the Conquering Circus. I live books with magic competitions, so I’m excited to get to this one.

2. A Classic.

For this prompt I have chosen Peter Pan by JM Barrie. I’m not going to go into detail about this one because we all know what it’s about.

3. A book given to you as a gift.

For this prompt, I have chosen Stargazer by Patrick Carman, the fifth and final book in the Land of Elyon series which was gifted to me by my aunt. This will be my second time reading this book. You all know I love this series to death and read it a lot. The first book, Dark Hills Divide follows Alexa Daley as she takes her annual trip to the walled city of Bridewell. However things get a lot more adventurous for her when her friend and mayor of Bridewell dies, leaving her a key to the outside world.

4. A book from your favourite author.

For this prompt, I have chosen Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff, the second book in the Lotus Wars trilogy, with the first book being Stormdancer. This series follows a father and daughter who are sent by the Emperor to retrieve a mythical beast called an Arashitora. Disclaimer: It is set in a futuristic Japan, but it is not an accurate depiction of Japan and Japanese culture.

5. A book from your favourite genre.

For this prompt I have chosen A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab which is a fantasy book. I don’t really know much about this book except that there are four London’s and that our main character Kell can travel between them. I also know that they each have a different type of Magic except one that has no Magic at all.

6. A book with a title of 4 or more words.

For this prompt, I have chosen Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas. This is a book I will be going into completely blind. I have read the first chapter and I was intrigued, so I think I should read the whole thing. It’s a chunker, but I think I can handle it.

7. A book from a genre you have read the least.

For this prompt I have chosen Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han, the final book in the To All The Boys trilogy. This book is a YA contemporary romance which is my least favourite genre. These books are literally the only ones from that genre I have read. This series follows Lara Jean who writes love letters to guys she has crushes on, but never sends them. Things get out of control when the letters get sent out, and one of them is addressed to her sisters ex boyfriend. There’s the fake dating trope and a love triangle. Overall, a really cute read and I look forward to finishing the series.

8. A book from a series.

For this prompt, I have chosen A Fool’s Hope by Mike Shackle, the second book in the Last War series, with the first being We Are The Dead. The first book is set in Jia, a country who had never lost a war until their enemies the Egril fought back and won leading to a massive take over.

9. A book with more than 500 pages.

For this prompt, I have chosen Endsinger by Jay Kristoff. The UK hardcover that my library has is 661 pages long, and the one StoryGraph has listed is 705 pages long. No book database seems to be correct with page numbers for this bookI originally had Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout here, but I started it and didn’t like it. Endsinger is the third and final book in the Lotus Wars trilogy.

10. A book about a life experience other than your own.

For this prompt I have chosen The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I chose this book because, as a white female, I have never experienced racism or violence due to the colour of my skin. I thought that this book could give me a better understanding of that experience. I know I will never experience it myself and I hate that there are people that have to deal with it on a daily basis.

11. A book with a cover that is your favourite colour.

My favourite colour is purple, so of course I had to choose Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. This is the third and final book in the Shadow Game trilogy which follows Enne Salta as she travels to New Reynes AKA The City of Sin in search of her mother.

12. A book from/set in a country you are from.

I’m am Australian and I recently just found out that Whisper by Lynette Noni is set in Sydney, Australia where I am from. I originally had Endsinger by Jay Kristoff here because he is from Australia, but I feel that Whisper fits the prompt much better. This book is about a government facility intent on training young children with special abilities. We follow Jane who does not want to participate in the training.

13. A book from/set in a country you have travelled to.

I haven’t actually travelled anywhere except New Caledonia, so I don’t have a book for this one. But if you think a children’s picture book counts, let me know because I have one for that. Otherwise, if anyone can recommend me anything from New Caledonia, please send them my way.

14. A book with a one word title.

For this prompt, I have chosen Lore by Alexandra Bracken. This book is about Greek Gods who are forced to walk the Earth as mortals while being hunted by the desendents of ancient bloodlines who want to be immortal. This pairs two of my favourite things, Greek mythos and battle royale.

15. A book written by a new to you author.

For this prompt, I have chosen Skyward by Brandon Sanderson which is about a girl who wishes to be a pilot. I don;t know much else about it, but I think I will enjoy it.

16. A book from/set a country you wish to travel to.

For this prompt I have chosen The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I was hoping for a Korean mythology, but I do wish to travel to the Philippines as well, and that is where the author of this book descends from. This book is about Tea, who learns that she is a bone witch (a witch who deals in the art of necromancy). Bone witches are feared an ostracised, leading her to live with an older and more experienced bone witch who teaches Tea about her new found power.

17. A book which is an award winner.

For this prompt I have chosen Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, which is the third book in the Nevermoor series. The first book follows Morrigan Crow, a cursed child, who is whisked away by a mysterious man in order to take part in the trials to become a member of the Wunderous Society. This is one of my favourite series and I am excited to continue with it.

18. The book that has been on your TBR the longest.

I don’t really deal with owned TBR’s so I am going off my Goodreads TBR, and the oldest book on my list is The Gender Game by Bella Forrest. I put this on my TBR ages ago, and I know my library has it, as well as the rest of the books in the series, so I think it’s about time I actually read it. This book is about a society where men and women are separated. We follow Violet as she makes her way into Patrus, the male territory, in order to find her younger brother.

19. The book that is newest on your TBR.

Again, this is from my Goodreads TBR and the newest book added (that the library has) is The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae. This is a book about a girl who is chosen to be a human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs vying for the crown. I believe it is a multi-perspective book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

20. And lastly, a book that everybody has read except for you.

For this prompt, I have chosen A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik. I have seen so many reviews on this book and would like to judge it for myself. From what I have heard, it seems like something I would really enjoy. Again, I am going in blind, with the only thing I know is that the book follows students at a magic school that tries to kill them.

I think that this reading challenge will be easy to accomplish as my library has almost all of these books. The only one they don’t have is Lore, but that’s not even released yet. Im so excited to do this challenge and if youl would like to join in click on this link.

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