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2021 Reading Intentions: First Reading Challenge and Plans for Babble of the Books


Ahh, 2021.


This year is the fresh start we all need. Shake off the strife of 2020, regroup, and ask yourself, What do I want to make of 2021?


More specifically: What do I want to make of my reading life in 2021?



To set my 2021 reading intentions, I started with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenge. MMD’s creator Anne Bogel has different taste in books than I do, but you don’t have to share her taste to appreciate her content. Her goal is to help readers get more out of their reading life, whatever that means to each individual.


Unlike last year’s list of twelve categories to complete, this year’s reading challenge is a choose-your-own-adventure, complete with guided questions to help identify what you want and need in the books you read in 2021. Then with your intentions set, pick your own twelve categories to fulfill, either from MMD’s list of options or of your own creation.


I decided I want more fun and more community in my reading life this year. With these in mind I selected the following categories:


  1. A book recommended by a librarian or bookseller

  2. A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit

  3. A book chosen for you by your spouse, sibling, or BFF

  4. A book you chose because of the cover

  5. A book “everyone” has read but you

  6. A book about a topic or subject you already love

  7. A book you read with a buddy

  8. A book with a reputation for being “un-put-down-able”

  9. A book your mom (or another woman in your life) loves

  10. A book about a topic that fascinates you

  11. A book recommended by someone with great taste

  12. A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read


MMD’s reading challenge is a great starting point if you’re new to reading challenges, especially given the flexible design for 2021. It doesn’t even have to be twelve categories—make it exactly how you want it!


If coming up with your own list makes you groan, Anne recommends using the list from a previous year’s challenge, or you’re welcome to use my list above.


MMD’s reading challenge is the first of several challenges I’ll be participating in this year. I’ll be posting about each one over the course of January. Be sure to subscribe to the blog in order to be notified whenever a new post is published.


My intentions for Babble of the Books are to be more consistent with my posts, to be more candid about my thoughts on the books I read, and to foster more bookish conversation here. Wordy Wednesdays will be posted every other Wednesday in 2021. I’ll also post monthly reading recaps throughout the year. If you have an idea for something you would like to see on Babble of the Books, please share in the comments, or submit a message through the contact form. I would love to do a virtual book club if there is interest—let me know in the comments if that is something you might want to participate in.


What are you excited to read in 2021? What do you want for your reading life this year? Share in the comments below!

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