2021 A to Z Reading Challenge

So, I was thinking of making a “most anticipated 2021 releases post” but since I already do a Can’t Wait Wednesday post every week, I decided to shake things up and try a new reading challenge in 2021.

I swear I came upon with this reading challenge independently, but I’m certainly not surprised that it has been “officially” done (for four years in a row!) by Crystal and Megan @ Bookstacks & Golden Moms. Please read on and behold a list of books that range (by title) from A to Z. Somehow, a lot of them are sapphic.

Note: in order to make things a teensy bit easier for myself, I’m ignoring how a lot of book titles start with the words “a” or “the” and instead choosing the second word of the title in those cases. So instead of “The Gilded Ones” by Namina Forna, I would see the title as “Gilded Ones, The” and it would count as starting with the letter G. I hope that makes sense!

Click on the cover picture for a Goodreads link!

A is for…

Are You Listening?

Author: Tillie Walden

Form: graphic novel

Genre: contemporary fantasy

B is for…


Author: Nnedi Okorafor

Form: novella

Genre: science fiction

C is for…

The Calculating Stars

Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Form: novel

Genre: science fiction

D is for…

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Author: Adib Korran

Form: novel

Genre: contemporary fiction

E is for…

Everybody (Else) is Perfect: How I survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes

Author: Gabrielle Korn

Form: nonfiction book

Genre: memoir

F is for…


Author: Sally Bellerose

Form: novel

Genre: historical fiction / contemporary fiction

G is for…

The Guncle

Author: Steven Rowley

Form: novel

Genre: contemporary fiction

H is for…

Honey Girl

Author: Morgan Rogers

Form: novel

Genre: contemporary Fiction

I is for…

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature

Author: Emma Donoghue

Form: nonfiction book

Genre: literary / historical analysis

J is for…

The Jasmine Throne

Author: Tasha Suri

Form: novel

Genre: fantasy

K is for…

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death, and Art

Author: Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Form: nonfiction book

Genre: paleo-anthropology

L is for…

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Author: Malinda Lo

Form: novel

Genre: historical fiction

M is for…

A Master of Djinn

Author: P. Djèlí Clark

Form: novel

Genre: historical fantasy

N is for…

The Never Tilting World

Author: Rin Chupeco

Form: novel

Genre: fantasy

O is for…


Author: Anna North

Form: novel

Genre: historical fiction

P is for…

Phoenix Extravagant

Author: Yoon Ha Lee

Form: novel

Genre: fantasy

Q is for…

The Queen of Attolia

Author: Megan Whalen Turner

Form: novel

Genre: fantasy

R is for…

The Route of Ice and Salt

Author: José Luis Zárate

Translator: David Bowles

Form: novella

Genre: fantasy / horror

S is for…

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Form: novel

Genre: historical fiction

T is for…

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Author: Christopher Paolini

Form: novel

Genre: science fiction

U is for…

Upright Women Wanted

Author: Sarah Gailey

Form: novella

Genre: historical fantasy (?)

V is for…

The Vela: The Complete Season One

Authors: Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon, and S. L. Huang

Form: novel (?)

Genre: science fiction

W is for…

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Author: T. Kingfisher

Form: novel

Genre: fantasy

X is for

The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Alcevedo

Form: novel

Genre: contemporary fiction

alright, so I cheated a little bit for this one, but X is the hardest letter in the entire alphabet

Y is for…

The Year of the Witching

Author: Alexis Henderson

Form: novel

Genre: fantasy

Z is for…

Zombies vs. Unicorns

Authors: many

Form: short story collection

Genre: fantasy

5 thoughts on “2021 A to Z Reading Challenge

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  1. Oooh this is such a fun challenge!! Good luck!! I really hope you enjoy The Poet X, The Vela, Outlawed and Evelyn Hugo, I highly recommend them! I’m also hoping to pick up quite a few of these books this year so I’m excited to see what you think of them when you get round to them! Happy New Year!!


    1. haha I’m sure Darius The Great Is Not Okay is the one that caught your eye! But thank you, I’m really looking forward to so many of these books 😀

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