Read the Alphabet Challenge 2021

Posted December 21, 2020 by shooting in Discussion / 25 Comments

This year I am partnering with the amazing Lindsi from Do You Dog Ear?, and we’re doing a little something called: Read the Alphabet Challenge. What? Another challenge? Yes! Why not? We all love challenging ourselves, and this one has very unique limitations. Starting in January, you will be challenged to read books that start with specific letters, and obviously some months will be harder than others (what books start with Q, X & Z??).

The months will be organized like so:


  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 (your local time). You can sign up now or in June — it doesn’t matter! The form will remain open all year (on this post and the corresponding post at Do You Dog Ear?).
  2. The goal is to read books that start with a certain letter, and each month will present a new challenge.
  3. The books can be in any format (audio, ebook, physical — whatever floats your boat).
  4. Any and all genres count — whoop.
  5. Re-reads are also allowed! If you read the book this year — and it starts with the right letter — it counts.
  6. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate! You just need a way to track your progress (Goodreads, Instagram, LibraryThing, YouTube, etc.).
  7. Create a post somewhere that states your intention to participate. If you’re a book blogger, you can just grab the button from the top of the page (please give credit and list the blogs hosting this challenge), and do a quick post letting everyone know that you’ve accepted the RTA challenge. Sharing is caring! Competition is fun!
  8. We will do an update and a giveaway every quarter (that’s once every three months: March, June, September, December), and there will be a Google form that you can fill out all year! Read a book. Add a book. There is no limit to the number of books you can read for this challenge!
  9. You have to review the book in some capacity (on any platform). It can be a tweet, an IG post, a vlog — whatever makes you happy. You’ll need to leave a link for each review that you want an entry for.
  10. Have fun! Re-read some old favorites, challenge yourself to read a title you’ve never heard of, or dig deep and only read books with specific letters every month. It’s entirely up to you!
  11. Books that start with the can be used during October, or you can choose to go with the next word in the book’s title. We’re not going to be picky about this, just play honestly!

Don’t forget to SHARE your updates on social media! Official Challenge Tags: #ReadTheAlphabet2021 #ReadTheAlphabetChallenge2021 #RTA2021 #RTAC2021


Start filling out this form in January! You should be able to use it as frequently as you like. Anything submitted before January 1, 2021 will be deleted. 

25 responses to “Read the Alphabet Challenge 2021

  1. What a great idea. I must admit I don’t read as much as I used to, or as much as I would like. Reading is such a joy and setting a challenge like this encourages us to stay ‘accountable’ to reach the end goal. Here’s to a much better year in 2021 in many ways!

  2. This sounds fun! I’m going to do a post soon where I round up a few reading challenges, so I’m adding this one to the list. I’m pretty sure I’m going to do the Book Riot challenge this year, but if I don’t I may have to do this one!

  3. Joanne

    That sounds fun! Is it OK if each book isn’t it’s own separate post? Like can I just have a shout out in my monthly book round up and then link back to that?!

    • shooting

      Yes, you can do your reviews however you want. All in one blog post – on Goodreads – social media. It doesn’t matter!! Don’t forget to sign up!!!

  4. […] Another challenge that I may participate in is hosted by Shooting Star Mag. This reading challenge is really different and sounds interesting. It’s based on following the alphabet. The challenge can be found here. […]

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