2021 New Release Challenge
The 2021 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2021. Brandee and I are the sole hosts of the challenge, and we both hope many of you will sign up and participate! There is one post on the top of our homepage for all review links for the year, where the link is open for books you read and review each quarter. I also want to say a big thank you to Michelle @ Limabean Designs for creating our beautiful logo!!
In 2020, I read 75 books that counted for the New Release Challenge, and I don’t see why this should be any different for 2021. This is just one reason why we want to continue with the New Release Challenge. We both always tend to do better when someone cheers for me, and we cheer for them. Also, trying to make sure we are held accountable both for the ARCs I receive and books we buy is important to us.
As always, I have already created a 2021 Release shelf on Goodreads, if you want to check it out to help you be inspired ?
There is a Facebook Group for the New Release Challenge, to have a place where we can keep up with each other, cheer each other on, and get to know each other better. It is also a place where we can help each other find even more new releases. For those of you who have already participated, it’s the same group as before.
The rules for the 2021 New Release Challenge are simple:
- Books have to be released and reviewed in 2021.
- Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2021 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
- The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
- The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2021, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2021.
- You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
- If you want to spread the love, please use #2021NewReleaseChallenge on Twitter ?
There are five levels in the 2021 New Release Challenge:
- 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
- 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
- 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
- 101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
- 200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed
To sign up, please link your sign-up post in the linky below, and also make sure you use the quarterly linky for your reviews. You can choose if you want to do monthly or quarterly challenge updates on your blog, but you will have the possibility to link up each quarter with your reviews.
Well I am pretty bad at reading new releases, because I have so many old books to catch up on. But I can surely get in a few. I created a shelf and I’m going to try my hand at tracking this year ??
Miss y’all!! Hugs!
I now the feeling, Berls. But since I already have ARCs for 2021, I figured I’ll keep up next year as well. Plus, I’m unable to buy new releases 🙂
Miss you, too!! Hugs 🙂
I love reading a mix of new and old releases, so I joined you all for this next year.
Awesome, Steph 🙂 Good luck.
Thank you for hosting again this year!!!!!!
My pleasure, Cheryl 🙂 Good luck.
I’m sure I’ll be pro status this year again, but maybe I’ll also get as high as veteran!
Good luck Davida. I’ll definitely cheer you on 🙂
looks super interesting definitely doing at least a few this year
I hope you’ll enjoy both the challenge and the books you’ll get to read, Joselyn.
I just signed up! 😀
YAY! I just saw your sign-up post 🙂 Good luck!
I am joining at the Newbie Level.
YAY Laura 🙂 Good luck!
Sounds fun! Just FYI, I listed this challenge on my new reading challenge round-up blog, readyforareadingchallenge.blogspot.com.
Awesome! Thank you 🙂
I am not even sure if I will reach my goal of 30 NR´s in 2020. But I love doing this challenge and having fun is never a bad thing, isn´t it?! Count me in *smile*
I didn’t reach my goal, either, Vi, but that’s OK. I think we should all get a joker for our 2020 goals anyway. I’m happy you’ll still be around next year 🙂
I always enjoy participating in this challenge and will be joining again in 2021. I still have to see how I did with my 2020. I do track the books I count in a document, but haven’t counted them yet. Thanks for hosting this challenge!
Yeah, I think we should all just be happy we were able to read at all this year, Lola, so here’s a congrats to you 🙂 Thanks for continuing the challenge with us!
I have signed up! Love to review new books – Lets hope I can keep up
Awesome, Tee, we’re happy to have you next year!
Signing up for a second year. ☺
Awesome! Good luck reaching your goal 🙂
*frowny face* Mr. Linky doesn’t like me for some reason – so I’m just going to comment and go from there.
I joined the New Release Challenge with a newer blog of mine, one that focuses on Romance in all the many genres and tropes. I believe I can hit 100 books this year so, we’ll see. 🙂
Since I had troubles linking up above here’s the link to the post at Happily Ever After Romance.
I think I see your link though:) sorry Mister Linky made it difficult for you! Thanks for signing up, and good luck!
Thanks and I’m looking forward to this.
We’re happy to have you, Kathleen! good luck reaching your goal!
Hi! Could you tell me where the quarterly linky for our first reviews of 2021 is? It’s the third time I come looking and I still haven’t been able to find it so I thought this time I really had to ask.
Hi 🙂 the post is just underneath this one on the front page : https://unconventionalbookworms.com/2021-new-release-challenge-review-link-ups/
Thank you for the link. It’s now bookmarked. ☺
I am so excited for this challenge each year. The linky isn’t showing up on the blog post so I will link to my 2021 challenges below. Thanks so much for hosting again!
I am confused about where to add a link to my reviews of new releases. Can you guide me?
Here’s the link to the review links : https://unconventionalbookworms.com/2021-new-release-challenge-review-link-ups/
Okay, it’s the end of March but I’m ready for a challenge. I mainly read stuff from NetGalley, so this sounds like a good way to make myself a bit more accountable. I’m aiming for 50-60. We’ll see!
YAY! Welcome, Claire 🙂
Thank you, Linda. I’m excited to be here!