2021 Reading Challenges

Since Happily Ever After Romance is a relatively new blog I decided to join up with some 2021 Reading Challenges with this blog in mind.

I frankly suck at remembering to go and link up reviews at the Challenge(s) websites – I really have to work on that… but, once again, I’m determined to do better.  🙂

This blog is all about my love of love stories, usually from the various lines at Harlequin or Tule Publishing Houses (although those aren’t my only romance addiction sites).  I buy books every single, freakin’ month… but I don’t always manage to read them right away.  That is why this blog exists, frankly, and why these particular Reading Challenges would work for HEA Romance.  Let’s see what I can find this year:

2021 New Release Challenge (Un)Conventional Bookworms

I’ve entered Linda & Brandee’s New Release Challenge before with my older, more established blog (Keeper Bookshelf).  My goal with this blog is to embrace pure Romance stories, the kind I grew up on (maybe a bit steamier now :)) and the ones that I still love to this day.  Harlequin books have had my back for years, so I know that I’ll always have those “new releases” each and every month.

Since my 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge is for 100 books on this blog, I’m going for that level in this Challenge as well.  Between Harlequin, Tule Publishing, and the other new “must-have” releases coming in 2021 I think I can do this.  As always, remembering to link up the reviews is my downfall.  So this year I’m making Goodreads shelves for Challenges and once I’ve that set up I’ll put the link here… at least going back and linking up at (Un)Conventional Bookworms will be a bit easier when I forget (which I will).  *wink*






So, I’ve already admitted that I suck at remembering to go and update my additions to the Reading Challenges.  The only way that I believe I’ll remember is to go back to my standby… lists.  That’s what you’ll find here, the books that qualify for the 2021 New Release Challenge.  In one place, I can check this page weekly and go do what I need to be doing.  🙂  (pssst, I did it, just hope I did it right for the first 5 books)  Here we go:

  1. Homicide at Whiskey Gulch by Elle James
  2. What Happens at the Ranch… by Christy Jeffries
  3. The Marine Makes Amends by Victoria Pade
  4. Forever Summer by Melody Grace
  5. A Loaded Question by Danica Winters
  6. * Rebuilding Her Life by Ruth Logan Herne
  7. * Alaska Mountain Rescue by Elizabeth Heiter
  8. * K-9 Cold Case by Elizabeth Heiter
  9. * Back in the Texan’s Bed by Naima Simone
  10. * At the Rancher’s Pleasure by Joss Wood
  11. * Blue Collar Billionaire by Karen Booth




Color-Coded Reading Challenge

This one is unique and I thought it might be fun to try it here on Happily Ever After Romance because of the cover colors – it may not be as easy as it looks for this genre 🙂  Let’s find out!








General Rules:
~Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2021, and any book read after January 1 may count regardless of when you sign up. You may sign-up at any time.
~Read nine books in the following categories:
1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue in the title/on the cover.
2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red in the title/on the cover.
3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow in the title/on the cover.
4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green in the title/on the cover.
5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown in the title/on the cover.
6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black in the title/on the cover.
7. A book with “White” or any shade of White in the title/on the cover.
8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, etc).
9. A book with a word/image that implies color in the title/on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc).
~Crossovers with other challenges are fine.




2021 Romance Book Reading Challenge

This one intrigues me.  First, it’s Romance based (I think this blog qualifies 🙂 ).  And then it has monthly prompts in different categories or tropes of Romance, it will be interesting how many of them I can read throughout the year.  This isn’t really an erotica blog (that is  February’s) although some of these pages get really steamy.  *wink*  So, we shall see what happens with this Challenge.












I think that’s enough for Happily Ever After Romance.  My biggest challenge is recording or linking reviews/reads of the books I choose for these Challenges.  That’s always my downfall.  Perhaps this year will be better – after all… 2020.  ‘nough said, am I right?