January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

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Welcome to the TBR 21 in '21 Challenge! Please join us in the goal to read 21 books from your TBR shelves in 2021. 

This is the first year I'm hosting a TBR challenge like this. I've done a personal TBR challenge based on the year since 2014, when I called it "The 2X14 Challenge" with a goal to read 28 books. I kept that up from 2014 through 2019, doubling the number of the books by the number of the year as I went. But in 2020, 40 books seemed too daunting, so I matched the number of books to the number of the year and read 20 books. 

Which brings us to 2021 and 21 books. It seems like an obtainable goal. And I thought it would be fun to invite people to join me.


  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. You can sign up any time before December 31, 2021.
  • Books read January through December 2021 count. If you started a book in December 2020 and finish it in January 2021, it can count as long as you read more than 50% of it in 2021. 
  • "TBR" counts as any book that was on your shelf prior to January 1, 2021. "Shelf" includes your ebook reader and audiobooks you own, but it doesn't include library books. This is a TBR challenge, so the goal is to read the books you own to make room for more books. There are plenty of other challenges for for borrowed books.
    • One caveat to the "no library books" rule is that you can borrow an audiobook or ebook version of a book you already own and are reading for this challenge if you want to read it in a different format for some reason. Sometimes I need to read a book with my ears to get through it, I get it! 

  • Crossover with other challenges counts. Rereads count. Any genre counts as long as it is a complete book. Anything published as a book between two covers counts as a book. For example, a single story doesn't count unless it is published as a stand-alone book, but a collection of short stories does count. If you read an omnibus that contains several "books" you can count each book separately if they were published separately in other editions. 
  • You do not have to pick all your books now, you can pick as you go.
  • You do not have to have a blog to participate. You can participate on social media. Please link to your whatever kind of sign up post or initial post you put up on social media instead of your profile so we can find you. Please use the #TBR21in21 hashtag.
  • You can also participate my leaving a comment on this page to sign up and on the review and wrap up pages to report your progress.
  • You do not have to review the books to complete the challenge. If you do review a book, please post a link to your review on the review page here. (coming soon)
  • When you finish, please post a link you your wrap up post (or your updated challenge post) with a list of the books you read so we can see what they were. Post that link on the wrap up page here. (coming soon)

  • If you have any questions, leave a comment, or email me at gilion (at) dumasandvaughn (dot) com. 


Please use the link to your sign up post, not your blog home page. If you participate on social media, please use the link to your sign up or first related post, not your profile page. 

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I'm doing the TBR 21 in '21 Challenge in in tandem with the Mt. TBR Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block because I have a lot of TBR books to get through. I plan to read more than 21 books from my TBR shelves in 2021. For this challenge, I picked 21 books that I really want to read. For Mt. TBR, I'm going to read at whim.

Obviously, you don't have to do them together. That's just an example of how this challenge can crossover with other challenges, even another TBR challenge. 



  1. All linked up and ready to read

  2. Who can resist another TBR Challenge to go along with my Mount TBR Challenge? Not me! If anyone would like to climb some TBR mountains's the Mount TBR post:


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