First year of my reading challenge! I have a bunch of reading goals that I’d like to fulfill this year. For each challenge I’ve added a few number specific goals, I’m not going to be too strict about them but I’d like to tackle some at least.

I’d love to share my progress and have everything written down so here goes!

Book titles in bold are ones I’ve read or am reading. Book titles in italic are the ones I’d like to read and have in mind.

Read more Agatha Christie // (Goal: 5 Books)

I’ve read 5 Agatha Christie novels over the years and I’m really looking to read more of her work since I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

  • Peril at End House – ★★★★
  • Five Little Pigs
  • Death on the Nile
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Endless Night
  • The Body in the Library

Nonfiction // (Goal: 2-3 Books)

Nonfiction is usually hard for me to pick up. I read 5 last year which was pretty good and all of them were really informative. I’m hoping to read a few more this year too but I’d like to have a realistic goal.

  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
  • Dancing in the Mosque by Homeira Qaderi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Mysteries and Thrillers // (Goal: 3-4 Books)

I haven’t read many mysteries or thrillers and last year I only read 3. It’s not my go to but I want to explore the genre and see if it’s my thing or not. Agatha Christie’s books clearly fit this category and will be added here too.

  • Peril at End House – ★★★★
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Confessions by Kanae Minato
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  • The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Horror // Goal: 2-3 Books

I don’t think I’ve ever liked anything horror but I’d like to see if books are my thing? I’m trying to read some that are catered towards different age groups.

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – ★★★★
  • Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
  • Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
  • Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • Audition by Ryū Murakami

Classics // (Goal: 2-3 Books)

I struggle with classics so much. I’ve hardly read a single one. This could be the year that changes? Here are some that I’d like to read:

  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Greatest Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Currently Reading)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Currently Reading)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – ★★★★★
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen – ★★★★
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Middle Grade // (Goal: 5-6 Books)

Middle Grade is definitely what I want to read most this year. I read a couple last year and I loved them all so much. Definitely looking for more books to read.

  • The Witches by Roald Dahl – ★★★
  • The shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga ★★★★★
  • Any Day with You by Mae Respicio – ★★★★
  • Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar – ★★★★
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan – ★★★
  • The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel – ★★★
  • A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan – ★★★★
  • The Girl and the Ghost by Hanaa Alkaf
  • Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
  • The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
  • More to the Story by Hena Khan
  • Once Upon an Eid by S.K. Ali, et al.
  • Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab★★★★

Contemporary // (Goal: 6 Books)

Contemporary is a genre I enjoy from time to time. I’m hoping to read more adult contemporary, as well as young adult and middle grade contemporary.

  • Everything Everything by Nicola yoon
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi★★★
  • The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar mustafah
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata★★★
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Science Fiction // (Goal: 5 Books)

I read a ton of fantasy books since it’s my go to genre but I hardly ever read science fiction.

  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Haunting of Tram Car by P. Djèlí Clark
  • Skyhunter by Marie Lu
  • A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

I read quite a few graphic novels, comics, and manga a year so I don’t have a number specific goal here either. Just want to read more than usual.

  • House of El
  • Victor and Nora
  • Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero
  • The Spy Who Raised Me by Ted Anderson –
  • Sheets by Brenna Thummler – ★★
  • Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz – ★★★
  • Delicates
  • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend
  • Beast boy Loves Raven
  • Nubia: Real One
  • Superman Smashes the Klan
  • The Lost Carnival

Romance // (Goal: 3 Books)

Not really a romance reader and I struggle with this genre every year. I’m keeping my goal at 3 books. I want to give it a try and see if I end up loving it or not.

  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
  • Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Historical Fiction // (Goal: 3 Books)

I’ve enjoyed the few historical fiction I’ve read and now it’s time to expand my reading tastes.

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
  • The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi


More translated works please!

  • Almond by Won-pyung Sohn – ★★★★
  • The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata – ★★★
  • The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa
  • Audition by Ryū Murakami

Book Series I Want to Read

There are some book series that I’m hoping to read this year.

  • The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski
    • The Last Wish – ★★★★
    • Sword of Destiny ★★★★
    • Blood of Elves
    • The Time of Contempt
    • Baptism of Fire
    • The Tower of Swallows
    • The Lady of the Lake
    • Season of Storms

  • The Bone Season Series by Samantha Shannon
    • The Pale Dreamer (#0.5) – ★★★★
    • The Bone Season (#1) – ★★★★★
    • The Mime Order (#2) – ★★★★★
    • The Song Rising (#3)
    • The Dawn Chorus (#3.5)
    • The Mask Falling (#4)

Written by Muslim Authors

One of my goals each year will be to read more books by Muslim authors. I read about 18 books last year (which I’m proud of) and I loved all of them! Really looking forward to picking up more this year.

  • The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga ★★★★★
  • The Girl and the Ghost by Hanaa Alkaf
  • A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
  • An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi★★★
  • The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din
  • The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  • Thorn by Intisar Khanani
  • Once Upon an Eid by S.K. Ali, et al.
  • Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed

Books Read in 2021