New Years Reading Challenge

Hey there! Today’s post is ‘The New Year’s Reading Challange’ – a big thanks to Sabrina from Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad for tagging me.5 I think its a great way to make sure I actually keep to my New Years reading resolutions for once…


  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to the challenge page or the original creator won’t get a notification.
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • Tag 5 or more other people.
  • Read books that fit the description. There are some recommendations in the original post to help you pick but you can read anything that fits the brief!
  • The deadline for the challenge is six weeks after you were originally tagged (which, statistically, is the point when 80% of people give up their New Year’s Resolutions) e.g. if you were tagged in the original tag, the deadline is 12th February.
  • Post a wrap-up when you’re done to show how you got on.

The Challenge:

The Books I’m Thinking Of Reading

Usually with these challenges I end up just fitting my TBR pile around them instead of picking books to match the options oops, but I can’t wait to give this a go! Happy New Year 🙂

EXERCISE MORE: Book with 500 pages or more. Bonus challenge – read a book with 800 pages or more.
My version of From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout is 612 pages…

LEARN A NEW SKILL: Book from a genre you never usually read. Bonus challenge – book from a genre outside your comfort zone that was published in 2020/21
I just bought the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and whilst Adult Fantasy isn’t what I normally read but I’m SO excited to read it. The Starless Sea was brilliant and I have high expectations!

TRAVEL MORE: Book set in a foreign country (or even world!). Bonus challenge – book that was originally published in another language.
Right now, I’m reading The City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. The most infuriating heroine, her questionnable brother and dodgy boyfriend are currently travelling via magical apartment around the world. Can you tell I’m loving it?

SAVE MONEY: Read a second-hand book or any book you didn’t pay full price for. Bonus challenge – read a library book.
Extremely recently, I opened a Netgalley account and have some ARCs in mind to read for this one (a sentence I’m pretty thrilled to say ha)

STOP PROCRASTINATING: Book that’s been on your TBR for over a year. Bonus challenge – the book at the very bottom of your TBR.
Ummm, I’d like to think that I’m a little more thorough than leaving a book on my shelf for a year – although I’ve come close in the past! Other than the Shadowhunters series that I’m trudging through currently, Crier’s War by Nina Varela has been on my shelf for a while (but it’s pretty so its all good).

SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS: Read a book recommended by your IRL/online family or friends. Bonus challenge – read a book you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.
Me and my friend have been looking to read You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson for…forever.

REDUCE STRESS: Read a happy book or anything that leaves a smile on your face. Bonus challenge – read a happy book about reducing stress/tackling mental health problems.
Two words: Love Creekwood (by Becky Albertalli. Okay five words).

FOCUS ON SELF CARE: Book where mental health is central. Bonus challenge – read a self-help book and try out one of the pieces of advice it gives. Let us know how it went in your wrap-up post!
I’m not one for self help books, but from what I’ve heard More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer focuses on mental health. The first book, Letters to the Lost, did. It was also pretty good, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the charatcers develop further.

SCREW RESOLUTIONS, I QUIT!: Re-read an old favourite. Bonus challenge – re-read an entire series
I haven’t read the Maze Runner for something like two years… which really messes with my head. I remember really enjoying it and recently bought the newest book in the series so I’m going to reread the whole series. Because all I can remeber is a bunch of weiurd spiders and a dystopian future uncomfortably similar to 2020…

We’ll have to see how many of these I get through haha, but I’m excited to give it a go 🙂

Tagging (no pressure though!):

Check out these sites, not only are their posts good but they’re all lovely people 🙂

That was the tag! Do you have any resolutions for this year, bookish or otherwise? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Published by Hundreds&Thousands

I’m a teenager (and a Hufflepuff) from Manchester. I like oversized jumpers, music that isn't on the radio anymore and books. Pretty much any book I can get my hands on but my favourites are Young Adult, fantasy and science fiction. One day, I decided to share some of my opinions on some great - and not so great - books to people around the world. And here it is! I really enjoy it and I hope you do too. The aim is hundreds and thousands of book reviews (see what I did there?) but I’m not quite up to that. Yet.

24 thoughts on “New Years Reading Challenge

  1. My heart is broken 🥺😭 you dont like Shadowhunters? Granted City of Lost Souls was my least favourites of TMI, but I liked Clary, and I liked Sebastian even more 😭😭 Maybe it’s because of City of Heavenly Fire that I like him, but if you havent read it yet, i won’t ruin it for you. Anyhow, thanks so much for tagging me, I’ll see how many of the books I’m reading for the Among Us readathon I can use for this, and the rest I’ll read hopefully in February. Oh, by the way, does my 6 weeks begin when I post about it, or today? Anyways, thank you so so much 💙😊

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    1. Ooo an among us reading challenge sounds great 😂 I think the 6 weeks starts from your post, although to be honest I’ll probably only post my finishing one when I’ve read all nine books, whenever that is! Ahhh, the shadow hunters. I just…. this is talking after just finishing the city of the lost (still don’t understand why all the books are named after cities??) but Sebastian makes me extremely uncomfortable. I think he’s supposed to ( I can’t tell if that makes it good writing?); I’m just not that big a fan of the whole incest plot haha. I’m loving Magnus and Alec (the end of the book 😢) but I’m not 100% sure about the other LGBT+ rep, or how it’s talked about. It’s a tricky one!


      1. Haha yeah Sebastian is supposed to make you uncomfortable, but I just sort of felt bad for him in a way? I mean he was sort of made to act like that, and him wanting to “own” Clary was because he thought that was love. He didnt have anyone else to show him what love was supposed to be, and he thought that because Clary and him were siblings she should by default love him. I don’t know, he just seemed so sad, and that broke me 😅 And at the end of City Of Heavenly Fire 😭🙌 Have you read it yet? If not I’ll shut up, but my gosh… Oh my god yes! Malec is everything! The end was so sad. There was one bit in Heavenly Fire when Magnus says to Alec “Alec, you’ve been so sad. I had no idea” and that was it for me 😭💙🥺 Yeah, idk why they’re all named City. I think it has something to do with Idris, because that’s the many city of the Shadowhunters, and all the “City Of” is meant to show the state of it after the events? I have no clue 😅

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      2. That’s an interesting take on Sebastian! I guess I just didn’t like how they kept reiterating that he was her sister and then he’d do somehthing sexual straight afterwards 🤢 The city names do seem to reflect the tones of the books (I was very scared when I saw it was called the city of lost souls haha). But you’ve got me excited to read the city of heavenly fire, and everyone seems to say it’s the best so we’ll have to see ☺️


      3. It’s really good! It’s very long, but I couldn’t put it down for the life of me, so I read it in a few days. Yeah, I guess it was quite weird. I think it was called City of Lost Souls cos of what happened to Jace? Maybe, idk haha 😅 I hope you enjoy Heavenly Fire

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      4. I know that feeling haha – I have to say I did fly through city of the lost and I guess that meant I sort of enjoyed it but becuase of lockdown I have loads of time to read haha


      5. Ikr! I had like a million books I borrowed and had to read, and now cos of lockdown I have so much time. Although granted online school is so long! *not me saying that knowing i do read during online school*

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  2. Thank you so much for the tag! XD You’re the second person to tag me for this one so I guess you guys really want me to do it. *lol* I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to it but thanks for thinking of me! =) And good luck with your challenge! You can do it! 😉

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    1. Aw thankyou! And sorry about that (the universe must really be pushing for you to do it 😂). No pressure, I get that sometimes these can be annoying to fit in especially if you have books to read next in you’r head…

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  3. I hope you enjoy this tag! My only bookish resolution is to read more adult fantasy books since all I seem to read is YA, haha.

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