There is no shortage of reading challenges taking place in 2017 – so many lasting throughout the year are already cropping up all around blog land!
Although I historically am not too hot at actually completing challenges for which I sign up, I absolutely adore starting with a clean reading slate each year. Maybe 2017 will be the ‘Year of the Book’ for me!
Originally, I hadn’t planned on extending my participation beyond the Goodreads challenge; however, it’s too hard to resist signing up for ALL the amazing challenges!
While I enjoy mini reading challenges throughout the year, where I can deviate from my 365-day lists and sort of fly by the seat of my pants, those permitting participants the entire year to finish are the best.
Maggie’s 2017 Reading Challenges
Hosted by Michelle at Because Reading and Berls from Fantasy is More Fun, the annual Reading Assignment Challenge is among my favorites and one of the toughest to complete [nope, I’ve never met my goal for this one!].
- The challenge begins January 1 and ends December 31; sign-ups are open through July 1
- You may participate ONLY during the months AFTER you sign up
- Commit to reading X number of specific books each month
- You may read any genre in any format, as long as the books you choose were published prior to January 1, 2017 and are a minimum of 100 pages
- Grade yourself each quarter and link up!
- #1 – 12 books/1 book per month
- #2 – 24 books/2 books per month
- #3 – 36 books/3 books per month
- #4 – 48 books/4 books per month
I’m going to go easy this year and pledge to read one planned book each month or 12 assigned-to-myself books.
Last time I did this challenge I went for level four and miserably failed!
I love that the hosts have tweaked the rules to allow for DNFs to count toward participants’ totals this year!
January – The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
February – Heartless by Marissa Meyer
March – Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
April – The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone
May – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
June – Emma by Jane Austen
July – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
August – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
September – Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
October – The Princess Bride by William Goldman
November – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
December – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
For the challenge, Claudia has chosen six keywords for each upcoming month. The point is to read one book whose title utilizes at least one of the words associated with each month.
January – Court, Fall, of, Way, Deep, Thousand
February – and, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing
March – Shall, Go, by, Silence, Her, Saga
April – from, Trigger, Tale, His, Crown, Mist
May – Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
June – Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
July – Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
August – Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
September – Sand, from, between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
October – Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
November – Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
December – Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, on, Will
I’m going to do my best to stick to a set list for this challenge as well. I’m just too excited about choosing titles based on the keywords! I’m going to attempt to be creative when it comes to picking what I’m going to read, but we’ll see what I come up with!
January – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
April – The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
May – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
June – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
July – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
August – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
October – Fallout by Gwenda Bond
December – The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
- Read books in your personal library that were obtained prior to January 1, 2017
- Library books do not count toward your goal
- 1-10 books – shake hands with your shelves
- 11-20 books – pat your shelves on the back
- 21-30 books – give your shelves a warm, friendly hug
- 31-40 books – regular date night with your shelves
- 41-50 books – my shelves are now my BFF
- 51+ books – my shelves and I are going steady
While I really want to go steady with my bookshelves, I know there is little chance that I will seriously read 51 books I already own in the coming year!
So, to keep my goal attainable, I’m choosing to read 11 to 20 books already in my personal library, meaning if I succeed in my endeavor that I will get to give my shelves a good old pat on the back!
I think limiting myself to three year-long challenges shall suffice! Wish me luck regarding my being a reading superstar in 2017! Good luck to all of y’all who are also tackling reading challenges this year! 😀 😀 😀