2021 Reading Challenge


My Goodreads Reading Challenge 2021

Welcome Readers!

At the beginning of 2021 I set myself the challenge of reading 105 books for the year. I read 103 books in 2020 and my goal was 100. In 2019 I set a goal of 55 books and I managed to read 105 books – so I know I can do it!

You too?

This year I’m in two bookclubs – a local group where we meet each month in person and a small online group which meets over Zoom every few weeks. We’ve been reading the Bronte sisters , slowly in pre-arranged chunks, and incorporating a cooking session after we finish each book. It’s such a great way of reading and dissecting a book, we all love it. We’ve also started a monthly blogging challenge, What’s on your Bookshelf, and encourage others to join in. All my WOYBS posts can be found here

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What’s on your bookshelf badge

January 2021 (10 books)

  1. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2* (bookclub)
  2. Bombproof – Michael Robotham 4* (#2 in Joseph O’Loughlin series)
  3. Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver 2*
  4. Searching for Charlotte – Kate Forsyth 4*
  5. Daring Greatly – Brene Brown 3*
  6. Fearless – Fiona Higgins 4*
  7. Wuthering Heights– Emily Bronte (Online bookclub) 4*
  8. The Godmothers – Monica McInerney (bookclub) 5*
  9. The Pull of the Stars – Emma Donoghue 4*
  10. Shatter – Michael Robotham (#3 in Joseph O’Loughlin series) 4*

February 2021 (11 books)

  1. Charlotte Pass – Christine Lee 4*
  2. Bleed for me – Michael Robotham (#4 in Joseph O’Loughlin series) 4*
  3. Crackenback – Christine Lee 4*
  4. The Wreckage – Michael Robotham (#5 in Joseph O’Loughlin series) 4*
  5. Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House – Toni Pike 5*
  6. Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell 5*
  7. Myrren’s Gift – Fiona McIntosh 4*
  8. Sam Bloom: Heartache and Birdsong – Bradley Trevor Greive 5*
  9. The Secrets we Kept – Lara Prescott (bookclub) 4*
  10. The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood 3*
  11. The Blue Day Book – Bradley Trevor Greive 5*
book club fun
book club fun

March 2021 (9 books)

  1. Penguin Bloom – Cameron Bloom 5*
  2. Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte (online book club) 4*
  3. The Quickening Trilogy – Fiona McIntosh 4*
  4. Escape to Curlew Cottage – Joanne Tracey 5*
  5. In an Instant – Suzanne Redfearn 5*
  6. The Girl who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson 4*
  7. Women of a Certain Rage – Liz Byrski 3*
  8. The Spill – Imbi Neeme 3*
  9. Tapestry – Fiona McIntosh 5*

April 2021 (9 books)

  1. Hadley & Grace – Suzanne Redfearn 4*
  2. Trio – William Boyd (book club) 1*
  3. Kokomo – Victoria Hannan 3*
  4. The Four Winds – Kristin Hannah 5*
  5. Royal Exile – Fiona McIntosh 4*
  6. Life is so Good – George Dawson (book club) 3*
  7. Say you’re sorry (Audible) – Michael Robotham (#6 in Joseph O’Loughlin series) 4*
  8. The Library of Lost and Found – Phaedra Patrick 4*
  9. The Chocolate Maker’s Wife – Karen Brooks 5*
old ladies reading
old ladies reading under the table – looks like fun!

May 2021 (12 books)

  1. H.A.G.S with Attitude: A Philosophy for Ageing – Angelique Du Toit 4*
  2. The Diamond Hunter – Fiona Mcintosh 4*
  3. The Darkest Shore – Karen Brooks 5*
  4. The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison – Meredith Jaffe 5*
  5. The Midnight Library – Matt Haig 5*
  6. Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams) – Anita Heiss 5*
  7. The Good Sister – Sally Hepworth 5*
  8. The Sisters (Audible)- Dervla McTiernan 4*
  9. The Family Doctor – Debra Oswald 5*
  10. Still House (Audible) – Christian White 3*
  11. An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good (Bookclub) – Helene Tursten 4*
  12. Wild – Kristin Hannah 5*

June 2021 (13 books)

  1. Spring Clean for the Peach Queen – Sasha Wasley 5*
  2. The Chocolate Tin – Fiona McIntosh 4*
  3. Best Seller – Terry Tyler 4*
  4. Bruno Chief of Police #1 (on Audible) – Martin Walker 4*
  5. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – (online book club) 5*
  6. Dear Banjo – (Daughters of the Outback #1) Sasha Wasley 4*
  7. Love Song – (Daughters of the Outback #3) Sasha Wasley 4*
  8. The Kindness Revolution: How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire optimism – Hugh Mackay 5*
  9. Silent Valley – Malla Nunn 4*
  10. Megacity (Operation Galton #3) – Terry Tyler 5*
  11. True Blue – Sasha Wasley 4*
  12. Still Life – (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) – Louise Penny 4*
  13. The Cuckoo’s Cry (on Audible) -Caroline Overington 3*

July 2021 (11 books)

  1. Anatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan (Bookclub) 3*
  2. The Bluffs – Kyle Perry 3*
  3. The Silent Wife – (Will Trent #10) Karin Slaughter 4*
  4. The Honey Queen – (via Audible) – Cathy Kelly 4*
  5. The Perfumer’s Secret (via Audible) – Fiona McIntosh 4*
  6. The Good Wife of Bath – Karen Brooks 5*
  7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – (online bookclub) Anne Bronte 4*
  8. Good Girl, Bad Girl – (Cyrus Haven #1) Michael Robotham 4*
  9. The Rose Code – Kate Quinn 5*
  10. The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George 3*
  11. A Room Made of Leaves – Kate Grenville 4*

August 2021 (12 books)

  1. Bye Bye Baby – Fiona McIntosh (DCI Jack Hawksworth #1) 4*
  2. When She was Good – Michael Robotham (Cyrus Haven #2) 4*
  3. Second Skin – Christian White Audible 3*
  4. Dead Cold – Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2) 4*
  5. Watching You – (Joseph O’Loughlin series #7) Michael Robotham 4*
  6. Danger Music – Eddie Ayres (Bookclub) 4*
  7. What She Wants – Cathy Kelly 4*
  8. Our Italian Summer – Jennifer Probst 4*
  9. Just Between Us – Cathy Kelly 4*
  10. The Nancys – R W R McDonald 5*
  11. The Last Garden in England – (via audible) Julia Kelly 5*
  12. The Huntress – Kate Quinn 5*

Total books so far: 87

September 2021

  1. The Chase – Candice Fox (Audible) 5*
  2. The Comfort Book – Matt Haig (Audible) 5*
  3. Before I Leave – Jenney Egertson 4*
  4. The Cornish Midwife – Jo Bartlett 4*
  5. The Little Cafe by the Lake – Joanne Tracey 5*
  6. A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife – Jo Bartlett 4*
  7. Beautiful Death – Fiona McIntosh (DCI Jack Hawksworth #2) 3*
  8. Villette – Charlotte Bronte (online bookclub)
  9. One Hundred Years of Dirt – Rick Morton (local bookclub) 4*
  10. Mirror Man – Fiona McIntosh (DCI Jack Hawksworth #3) 4*
  11. Nancy Business – RWR McDonald 5*
  12. Crimson Lake – Candice Fox (Crimson Lake #1 series) 5*
  13. Hades – Candice Fox 4*
Reading in my orange converse hightops
Reading in my orange converse hightops

October 2021

  1. Apples Never Fall – Liane Moriarty
  2. Redemption Point – Candice Fox (Crimson Lake #2) 4*
  3. Gone by Midnight – Candice Fox (Crimson Lake #3) 5*
  4. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  5. Treasure & Dirt – Chris Hammer
  6. False Witness – Karin Slaughter
  7. Well Hello – Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales
  8. The Invisible Life of Us – Kate Jones and Mandy Hose

November 2021

December 2021


I have included links to Goodreads on each of these titles, so if you want more information on what the book is about, click the title and away you go! I read a wide range….just saying!

Please note I will bold all of my 5* star ratings – I’m fairly strict with what I give 5 stars to, so you can be assured that these are my favourites.

My rating code: 1* did not finish/terrible; 2* OK; 3* enjoyable; 4* really good ; 5* excellent

Let’s see how many I get up to this year! I don’t set any rules or follow any plans, I just read what I feel like, what friends have recommended and what takes my eye. I rarely start a book and not finish it, but it does happen sometimes!

Are you on Goodreads? – you can join me 🙂

My wrap-up post for my 2020 challenge is here:

Reading my way through 2020 – Reading Challenge and Top Reads

You can find my lists for 2019, 201820172016 and my 2014/2015 books by clicking on the links.

Every now and again I do a Friday Fiction post just to keep updating my reading collections!

I’d love to hear what you’re reading too. And any recommendations are always welcome 🙂

Deb xx


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Bold Debbie 2021

A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world.  A young retiree,  after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.

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7 Replies to “2021 Reading Challenge”

      1. I’m still undecided. My friends agree with you but in some ways I feel like it’s equates with seeing the movie. although, I am listening to a Nicholas Sparks book and every time I hear his words I am awed by his mastery of them. That’s not something you would appreciate in a movie.

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