AtoZ Reading Challenge

2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge | 4th Annual

September 5, 2020
2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge

Good morning, bookpups๐Ÿพ How are you today? Are you ready for another year of alphabet-inspired reading? I know I am! Let’s get ready for the 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge!

The weather here is turning cooler (I hate you, Mr. Winter) and the little minions are heading back to school (any other mamas terrified as I am??) so guess what that means? Time for another AtoZ Reading Challenge! Like I said last year, I think the AtoZ Challenge is about the only thing I like when it comes to the end of the year (well, that and Christmas books … and movies … and the food around the holidays … wait, will there be holidays this year??)

Let’s rewind, shall we?

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What is the AtoZ Reading Challenge?

If you’re new here, this is probably the first question on your lips … am I right? The answer is super simple …

The AtoZ Reading Challenge is a laid-back, year-long reading challenge. It encourages readers to choose a book starting with each letter of the alphabet.

We started this challenge back in 2018 as a way to fill in the gaps of our Review Indexes. In Year Four, we’re finally sticking to the description and making this a laid-back challenge. 26 books, optional mini-challenges, and a Facebook Group full of booklovers.




Yes, the AtoZ Challenge is in its 4th year!

I am so shocked and excited about this! The AtoZ Challenge is starting its 4th year! Over the last three years, we’ve switched blogs twice, been forced to change the End of the Year Giveaway because of a scammer, and made quite a few little tweaks to the challenge along the way. Now, as we start Year Four, I think we’ve FINALLY got most of the kinks worked out ๐Ÿคž


The Mini-Challenges Are Staying!

We have had so much fun with the mini-challenges (fondly referred to as minis) this year that we’ve decided to keep them going ๐Ÿ˜„ Like 2020, we’re going to make things simple and have a master list for the minis.

JANUARY – A book you purchased in 2020 but didn’t read
FEBRUARY – A book with non-romantic love (siblings, parent-child, friendships)
MARCH – A book written by a person of a different race than you
APRIL – A book with an Autistic main character (April is Autism Awareness)
MAY – A book about a nurse (Nat. Nurses Week 2021 is May 6-12)
JUNE – A co-written book (2 authors)
JULY – A Christmas book (Christmas in July!)
AUGUST – A book by an Indie author (self-published or independent)
SEPTEMBER – A memoir/biography
OCTOBER – A book written by a new-to-you author
NOVEMBER – A book outside your normal genre
DECEMBER – A backlist title (published BEFORE Jan 1, 2021)


2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge books in a tree

End of the Year Giveaway

Yes, the End of the Year Giveaway is another thing we are keeping. As with previous years, each book submitted to the challenge link-up will be entered for a chance to win ONE BOOK OF YOUR CHOOSING ON AMAZON OR BOOK DEPOSITORY, UP TO A $25 USD VALUE. (No purchase necessary to win). We will not be giving away a gift card (like we did the first year … that one bit us in the ass).



AtoZ Challenge on Social Media

If you’d rather participate in the 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge on social media, there are a couple different ways to do that …

Join the Bookstack Brats Group on FB (we will post mini-challenge prompts and you can share your reviews here)
Use the #2021AtoZReadingChallenge hashtag on Instagram (or Twitter, if you like … we don’t use Twitter, though)


And that’s it ๐Ÿ˜„ Sign-up for the 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge in the comments below, share the post so others can join us, and share your challenge TBR!

Stay connected with the 2021 AtoZ Reading Challenge … join the Book Club!

18 Comments

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf September 6, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Sounds like fun! Iโ€™m making a note of this and definitely participating in 2021. ๐Ÿ’•

  • Reply Bianca September 7, 2020 at 3:11 am

    Iโ€™m not good with reading challenges. Iโ€™m too much of a mood reader.

  • Reply Ashleigh September 8, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Sounds like fun

  • Reply DJ Sakata September 9, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I am so lazy, I always start this great guns and then start to forget the last few letters ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to clean up my act and finish up my 2020 list!

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms September 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

      I’m about halfway through the list and actually pretty proud of myself (usually, I only read a couple books and then completely forget about participating).

  • Reply Robin Loves Reading September 10, 2020 at 4:52 am

    I absolutely love reading challenges and participate in several of them each month.

  • Reply Natalie September 18, 2020 at 2:06 am

    I’d love to join you on this. I love reading challenges.

  • Reply Jamie September 18, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    I’m in again!

  • Reply Shelleen Toland October 12, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Sounds like fun.

  • Reply vidya October 13, 2020 at 12:47 am

    I know I have a lot of the letters done for both the a to z and the children’s a to z, but I just have not linked those books to the challenges yet.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Stacy October 15, 2020 at 3:01 am

    Stumbled on your site looking for reading challenges for the new year. I’m in and hoping for a better year in 2021.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms October 15, 2020 at 11:19 am

      You and I both! I’m glad that you found us ๐Ÿ™‚ This is the first year I have even come close to finishing the AtoZ Challenge (and we’re the ones who created it!). How sad is that?

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