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Dymocks Reading Challenge 2021

The final challenge I am taking part in this year is the Dymocks Reading Challenge. It also has fairly open categories – here, things can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. I think this makes for an effective challenge, as I can often find a way to make what I am reading work for the category, or the category is easy to find a book for, either in my collection or the review books I receive. This challenge has the added benefit of a bookseller who provides suggestions for some categories on their website, and is easily reached via social media for others.

I will be interesting to see if I fill it this year, as there seems to be an additional category – my count gave me 26 categories to fill. I won’t be stressing too much about a different book per category – but rather, will aim to fit what I can into each category, even if that means doubling up where I need to. It may also mean I have more than one book per category, but there are no plans to specifically do that.

So, as I got this challenge after I had started my reading, so far, three books have managed to fill some categories, so I’ve included them in this post where I am announcing my challenge.


A book with a blue cover: The Forest of Moon and Sword by Amy Raphael

A book with nature on the cover:
Elizabeth and Elizabeth by Sue Williams

An armchair travel book

A book with a mystery

A book based on truth

A classic novel

A book in translation

A book of short stories

A book adapted for screen

A book by a celebrity

A book published this year

A book you’ve always meant to read

A book that makes you nostalgic

A book that helps you relax

A book that makes you laugh

Ask a friend for a recommendation

Ask a Dymocks bookseller

A book with ‘girl’ in the title

A book with 5+ words in the title: Monty’s Island: Elvis Eager and the Golden Egg by Emily Rodda and Lucinda Gifford

A book with more than 400 pages

A book by an Australian author

A book by a First Nations author

An award-winning book

A book from our Top 101

A book from our Kids’ Top 51

A Dymocks ‘Book of the Month’

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