When Are You Reading? Challenge 2021

When are-you-reading-2021

The When Are You Reading? Challenge is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and involves reading a book predominantly set in (or written in) each of twelve time periods.   You can see how I got on with the 2020 challenge here.

My provisional list for the 2021 challenge is below. Links from the title will take you to the book description on Goodreads or, once I’ve read them, to my review. I’ve deliberately chosen books that have either been in my TBR pile for way too long or have forthcoming publication dates.

If you love historical fiction but often find yourself sticking to one or two favourite time periods, or if you’re keen to read more historical fiction in 2021, why not join me and sign up?


Pre-1300:           The Senator’s Darkest Days by Joan E. Histon

1300-1499:        Children’s Fate (The Meonbridge Chronicles #4) by Carolyn Hughes Read and reviewed

1500-1699:        The Drowned City by K. J. Maitland

1700-1799:        Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

1800-1899:        To The Dark by Chris Nickson Read – review to follow

1900-1919:        A House of Ghosts by W. C. Ryan

1920-1939:        Game of the Gods by Paolo Maurensig Read and reviewed

1940-1959:       The One From The Other (Bernie Gunther #4) by Philip Kerr

1960-1979:       The Unfortunate Englishman (Joe Wilderness #2) by John Lawton

1980-1999:       Connectedness by Sandra Danby Read and reviewed

2000-Present:  Forgotten Lives by Ray Britain Read and reviewed

The Future:    The High-Rise Diver by Julia Von Lucadou, translated by Sharmila Cohen

My 2020 Reading Challenges: How Did I Do?

With the end of the year only hours away, it’s time to take a final look at how I did with the reading challenges I set myself in 2020, a year I don’t believe any of us will forget soon.

What's in a Name? 2020What’s In A Name? 2020

This challenge, hosted by Andrea at Carolina Book Nook, involves reading books with titles that match each of six categories. Thanks to a handy ampersand in a title and recently finishing a book whose title is an antonym, I completed this challenge with a few days to spare.  Andrea is hosting the challenge again in 2021 with six new categories – find all the details here.  I shall be signing up and I hope some of you will too.

The Classics ClubThe Classics Club

The challenge involves creating a list of 50 classic books you would like to read within five years and working your way through them (with the help of the occasional Classics Club Spin where a book from your list is selected for you) to earn yourself a place on the Wall of Honour. My deadline is December 2021 and so far I’ve read 43 of the books on my list so I’m heading for the home strait. However, it has to be said that some of the books I’ve read were also part of my Buchan of the Month reading project, of which more below.

Buchan of the Month Banner 2020.jpgBuchan of the Month Reading Project

Now in its third year, this personal challenge involved reading a different book by John Buchan – fiction or non-fiction – every month.

You can find my reading list for the year and links to my reviews here.

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020

I set my target at 120 books this year and achieved that when I finished A Conspiracy of Silence by Anna Legat back in October. My current tally is 153.

when-are-you-reading-2020When Are You Reading? 2020 (hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words)

This challenge involves reading a book set in each of 12 different eras, starting with pre-1300 and ending with the future.  I managed to complete them all but I’ll admit a few were more difficult than others to find books to fit.  If you’d like to read more historical fiction or you’re a fan of the genre but want to challenge yourself to read books set in different time periods, you’ll be pleased to know Sam is planning to host it again in 2021.  Details coming soon!

20-books-of-summer-201920 Books of Summer 2020 (hosted by Cathy at 746Books)

Spend the summer reading books?  Sounds good to me! Taking place between 1st June and 1st September, the challenge involves picking your own 10, 15 or 20 books you’d like to read during the challenge period.  That’s it!  The rules are accommodating as well which is how I managed to complete the challenge for the first time this year.

Did you take part in any reading challenges in 2020? If so, how did you get on? Do you have new challenges in mind for 2021?