New Years Resolution Reading Challenge TBR

Hi 😊

I have been stuck in a book slump recently. It might actually be an all out life slump that’s just bleeding into my reading life I’m not sure, I don’t really have the energy to analyse my emotions but I think I’m slowly starting to see the other side of it.

Recently I was tagged by Laura @ The Corner of Laura to participate in the reading challenge she has created. I wasn’t going to make a TBR for this I was just going to wing it and see what I’d read by the end of the challenge but I randomly checked it out the other day and found that creating a TBR actually helped motivate me to read and so in hopes of pushing through this slump, here is my TBR.


  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page.
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • Tag 5 or more other people.
  • Read books that fit the description. I’ve put 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.

Exercise More // Read a 500+ page book.

I have two options for this prompt. The one I’m most likely to read is The Romeo Catchers by Alys Arden. This is the second book in The Casquette Girls series which I started at the end of last year and really enjoyed.

This series is full of vampires and witches. It’s got that old “classic” YA paranormal feel to it and besides from the characters I loved the New Orleans setting. The reason I’m choosing it for this prompt was because it’s 604 pages long.

My other option which I doubt I’ll read is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I really want to make at least some progress with this series in 2021.

Bonus Challenge: Read a book more than 800 pages or longer Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to achieve this one to the point where I’m not even gonna try.

Learn a New Skill // Read a book from a genre you never usually read.

This is a genre I never used to read much but one I want to read more of this year. Does that still count? Let’s say yes, if not only because I’ve been dying to read Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert for age now.

The Brown Sisters trilogy has been very popular as of late, I’ve seen it everywhere and I want to experience the hype.

The first book follows Chloe a computer geek with a chronic illness who makes a bucket list and in the process of completing this list I’m guessing she meets the love interest known as Red.

Bonus Challenge: Read a book outside your comfort genre that was published in 2020/2021 Me completing this is all depending on whether or not I’m accepted for an arc of Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce. This is a YA Romance which is still a genre that’s either hit or miss for me so I suppose it’s “out of my comfort”.

Save Money // Read a second hand book.

While it’s not top priority I think I’m going to try and read New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. I bought my copy of this from a charity shop either last year or the year before.

Bonus challenge: Read a library book – you don’t have to pay anything for those! – My library only stocks books in Spanish and those take me forever to read. Would an ARC count for this maybe?

Reduce Stress // Read a Happy Book

Trying to come up for a book for this prompt was kind of depressing. Apparently I don’t have very many “happy” books.

In the end I’ve decided to go with The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan which I remember made me laugh and smile a whole lot when I first read it.

I want to finish re-reading the whole Camp Half Blood series, or whatever it’s called, this year. I thought this would be a stretch but I’m making scary good progress already.

Bonus challenge: Read a happy book about reducing stress/tackles mental health problems – I do not have an answer for this one.

Travel More // Read a book set in a foreign country.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evan Welch. I will read this book this year. If I can I will read the entire trilogy this year. I’m still sad that my Italy trip was cancelled a week before Iwas due to fly out but I’ll push through the pain.

This book is set in Italy, for the most part which is a foreign country to me. I read a lot of books set in America so even though I’m sure it follows an American main character the setting will be a nice change of pace.

Bonus challenge: Read a book was originally published in another language – Unless I read a book in Spanish I have nothing for this one and I don’t want to read a book in Spanish.

Spend More Time With Family & Friends // Read something recommended by family and friends.

My family and real life friends never recommend me books.

Bonus challenge: Read a recommended book that you wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.

Stop Procrastinating // Read a book that’s been on your TBR for over a year.

On my TBR for over a year … yeah that’s most of my books to be honest. There are various books I could use for this one: Empire of Storms, for example, if by some miracle I manage to read this, Love & Gelato has been on my TBR for at least a year too.

I think I’ll go with the flow on this one but some of my options include:

  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed.
  • Beyond the Black Door by A.M Strickland.
  • The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary.

Bonus challenge: Read the book at the very bottom of your TBR.

Focus on Self- Care // Read a book focusing on mental health.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow deals with self harm and cutting.

I’ve had my eye on this for a while but only recently purchased the e-book. Since it’s been on my mental/Goodreads TBR does that mean it could count for the previous prompt too?

Besides from the fact that it deals with self-harm, I don’t know much about this one.

Bonus Challenge: Read a self-help book and try out one of the pieces of advice it gives for yourself. Let me know how it went in your wrap-up post.

Screw Resolutions, I Quit! // Re-read an old favourite.

Bonus Challenge: Re-read an entire series.

My choices for both of these go hand in hand. All month I’ve been reading the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. The actual books aren’t necessarily a favourite but the characters are and while I have conflicting feelings on the series it will always hold a special place in my heart.

So far I’ve read Son of Neptune, March of Athena and House of Hades because they were the only books my slumpy mood would allow me to read. I didn’t the first book because I read it a couple of years ago and I couldn’t do it again.

And there we have my new years reading resolution challenge tbr. Thanks so much to Laura for tagging me. If you like the look of this challenge please feel free to take part!

Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!

Elli xx

5 thoughts on “New Years Resolution Reading Challenge TBR”

  1. These are great picks. I’m going to read a book by Kathleen Glasgow for the ‘Focus on Self-Care’ prompt too and I would definitely recommend ‘Beyond the Black Door’ for the ‘Stop Procrastinating’ prompt. BTBD was one of my favourite 2020 books. Hope you enjoy this challenge!

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