Monday, December 21, 2020

Read the Alphabet Challenge 2021

This year I am partnering with the lovely Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag, and we're doing a little something called: Read the Alphabet Challenge. What? Another challenge? Yes! Why not? We all love challenging ourselves, and this one has very unique limitations. Starting in January, you will be challenged to read books that start with specific letters, and obviously some months will be harder than others (what books start with Q, X & Z??).

The months will be organized like so:


  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 (your local time). You can sign up now or in June -- it doesn't matter! The form will remain open all year (on this post and the corresponding post at Shooting Stars Mag).
  2. The goal is to read books that start with a certain letter, and each month will present a new challenge.
  3. The books can be in any format (audio, ebook, physical -- whatever floats your boat).
  4. Any and all genres count -- whoop.
  5. Re-reads are also allowed! If you read the book this year -- and it starts with the right letter -- it counts.
  6. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate! You just need a way to track your progress (Goodreads, Instagram, LibraryThing, YouTube, etc.).
  7. Create a post somewhere that states your intention to participate. If you're a book blogger, you can just grab the button from the top of the page (please give credit and list the blogs hosting this challenge), and do a quick post letting everyone know that you've accepted the RTA challenge. Sharing is caring! Competition is fun!
  8. We will do an update and a giveaway every quarter (that's once every three months: March, June, September, December), and there will be a Google form that you can fill out all year! Read a book. Add a book. There is no limit to the number of books you can read for this challenge!
  9. You have to review the book in some capacity (on any platform). It can be a tweet, an IG post, a vlog -- whatever makes you happy. You'll need to leave a link for each review that you want an entry for.
  10. Have fun! Re-read some old favorites, challenge yourself to read a title you've never heard of, or dig deep and only read books with specific letters every month. It's entirely up to you!
  11. Books that start with the can be used during October, or you can choose to go with the next word in the book's title. We're not going to be picky about this, just play honestly!
Don't forget to SHARE your updates on social media! Official Challenge Tags: #ReadTheAlphabet2021 #ReadTheAlphabetChallenge2021 #RTA2021 #RTAC2021

Start filling out this form in January! You should be able to use it as frequently as you like. Anything submitted before January 1, 2021 will be deleted. 


  1. Fun challenge! I can definitely see how some of those would be challenging!

  2. This looks like a fun one, and a challenging one too!

  3. I just might have to join you guys for this one! I've added it to my master list of 2021 challenges, by the way. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. Sounds like fun. I'm not entering to many challenges next year since our baby boy will come somewhere in the beginning of the new year. :D

  5. Looks like a good challenge! Z is never an issue for me with so many zombie books out there!

  6. I'm new to your blog, but I'm excited to find a new person to follow! I'm working through Anxious People right now, so my A book is set! =)

  7. I'm super excited about this challenge! Here's a couple of questions that I thought of today, while trying to map out my January reads.

    * Is it fine if I choose both an "A" book and a "B" book to read for January? (LOL, I think it's fine to do this, but just wanted to check.)

    * Can I read only 1 "A" book, or can I get multiple points for reading multiple "A" books?

    1. You can read as many A or B books in January as you like, and they will all count! Just make sure you submit an entry for each book you review. :)

    2. Thank you, thank you for the clarification! Very exciting.

  8. I've been on the lookout for a simple "Alphabet" challenge - my take is that I want to read children's books this year, and an alphabet challenge sounds like a way of giving some structure to that aim. I will probably include a selection of my own childhood favourites, some classics that I've never read, and contemporary children's books. I'm looking forward to it!


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