2017 Reading Challenges

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I have some big, but flexible, plans for 2017. Learn more about my 2017 plans in my intro post. Check out the specifics of my reading challenges below:


The Challenge:

To Read 5 of my most anticipated reads for each of the last 5 years.

Some of my most anticipated reads slip through the cracks simply because of time or my lack of memory. So, I decided to pick 5 books from each of the last 5 years that I was dying to read upon their release, but never got around to. The result is the following personal challenge:

The list totals 25 titles that were published between 2012 – 2016. Because most are the start of a series, I plan on reading as many of the sequels as possible in order to get some reviews for this blog!

(Fun Fact: That’s a total of 54 Books and 16 Novellas!)

The Plan:

One of the reasons my 365 Days of YA failed is that it was a little too specific about “when” I had to read the book. Because I will be relying on the library to read 99% of these books, I’m subject to the copy’s availability. I plan on picking the two reads for each month based on what is currently available at my library.

My List:

10 Books of 25 Read*

*I have DNF’d 2 of the original 25 selected

1 of 5 Years Completed
  • 2016 (2/5)
    • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Syke
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    • Smut by Karina Halle
    • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • 2015 (2/5)
    • A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston
    • The Bourbon Kings by J R Ward
    • The Cage by Megan Shepherd
    • 5 to 1 by Holly Badger
    • The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
  • 2014 (2/5)
    • Loop by Karen Akins
    • Solitaire by Alice Aseman
    • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
    • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
    • Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
  • 2013 (1/5)
    • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
    • Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
    • Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
    • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
    • The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
  • 2012 (5/5)
    • The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow *DNF’d*
    • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Denard
    • The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent *DNF’d*
    • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Grand Totals:

16 of 57 Total Books Read*

*I’ve opted not to read 7 sequels of the listed series

1 of 17 Novellas Read**

**I’ve opted not to read 11 novellas of the listed series

(Last Updated: December 28, 2017)

Shelf Love Challenge 2016

#ShelfLove Challenge 2017

To grow your TBR pile responsibly and read the books you already own. You have ‘em, now read ‘em!

In the same vain as my Rock My TBR Challenge, I wanted one that would focus on the books I already own. I don’t like doing the same challenges twice so I went out in search of a new one and I found #ShelfLove which is hosted by Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews.

My Goal for 2017:

41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff

51 Books of 50 Read

The Plan:

Each month, I plan on drawing two paper stars from my TBR jar to decide what “target” books I want to finish for the month. If I don’t read that title, it gets carried over each month until I’ve completed it. I also plan on reading other books from my TBR, but I may not choose them through the star-draw system; more like whatever title suits my fancy at the time. So long as I read 4 TBR titles per month, I’m happy!

At the start of 2017: Kobo – 150 standalone/series  |  Kindle – 18 standalone/series*

11 of 150 Standalones/Inaugural Series Books on Kobo**

**I’ve DNF’d 8 books from this list

4 of 18 Standalones/Inaugural Series Books on Kindle
*These are series/novels I have bought, not freebie series/novels. I will be counting freebies as TBR reads, they just won’t be counted in the directly above progress bars. Any freebies will be added to the overall challenge progress bar.

My Books:

  • ✔ January (10):
    • Tangled Mess by Kristen Middleton
    • Kiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines
    • Discovering Us by Harper Bentley
    • For Everly by Raine Thomas
    • Bad for You by Anna Antonia
    • Covet by Melissa Darnell — DNF’d
    • Undescribable by  Shantel Tessier — DNF’d
    • Just Say When by Kaylee Ryan
    • Fair Game by Monica Murphy
    • In the Dark by Monica Murphy
    • Slow Play by Monica Murphy
    • Safe Bet by Monica Murphy
  • ✔ February (4)
    • Last to Know by Micalea Smeltzer
    • Luke: The Complete Series by Cassia Leo — DNF’d
    • #1 Crush by Kaia Bennett — DNF’d
    • Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros
    • The Goal by Elle Kennedy
    • The Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt — DNF’d
    • In Harmony by Helen Newbury
  • ✖ March (0)
    • Pucked Up by Helena Hunting  — DNF’d
    • Pucked Over by Helena Hunting — DNF’d
    • Passion by Lauren Kate — DNF’d
  • ✖ April (2)
    • Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli
    • Ruined by You by Kelly Harper  — DNF’d
    • Because of Him by Jessica Roe
  • ✖ May (2)
    • Chandler by Laurelin Paige
    • Truths About Dating & Mating by Jaycee DeLorenzo — DNF’d
    • Nothing Like Him by Jessica Roe
  • ✔ June (15)
    • Meant for Her by Raine Thomas
    • Undone by R E Hunter — DNF’d
    • Pulse (1-4) by Deborah Bladon
    • Impulse by Deborah Bladon
    • A Workplace Affair by Isabella Rae
    • Chase (1-4) by Cassia Leo
    • Maybe Yes by Ella Miles
    • Maybe Never by Ella Miles
    • Maybe Always by Ella Miles
  • ✔ July (6)
    • Managed by Kristen Callihan
    • The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
    • Retrieval by Aly Martinez
    • In Too Deep by Mara Jacobs
    • In Too Fast by Mara Jacobs
    • Like a Memory by Abbi Glines
  • ✔ August (5)
    • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
    • Hitched by Kendall Ryan
    • Just Breathe by Rachel Brookes — DNF’d
    • Hitched Part 2 by Kendall Ryan
    • Mrs Dumont by Alessandra Torre
    • Arrogant Bastard by Winter Renshaw
  • ✖ September (0)
  • ✖October (1)
    • Release by Rachel Schurig
  • November (1)
    • Redeem by Rachel Shurig
  • ✔December (4 + 1)
    • Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely
    • Caught Up in Him by Lauren Blakely
    • Caught Up in Her by Lauren Blakely
    • Pretending He’s Mine by Lauren Blakely — Challenge Complete!
    • The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken

My Quarterly Discussion Posts:

  1. December 2016/January 2017: I’m joining in the #ShelfLove Challenge! Tell us your goals for the challenge this year. Will you be going on an all out book buying ban or are you setting a budget? Share pictures of your TBR piles or link up to your GoodReads Shelves.
  2. March/April 2017: Top books that have been on your shelf the longest that you haven’t read
  3. June/July 2017: Mid-year check in post. How are you doing with the challenge? Look back at your January post and let us know how you are doing. Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile.
  4. September/October 2017Top Books/Genres You are Addicted To
  5. December 2017/January 2018: End of the Year Check in Post. Look back at your June and January posts and let us know how you did this year. Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile. Would you do the challenge again in 2018?

(Last Updated: December 28, 2017)

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Goodreads Challenge 2017

My goal is to read 175 books. That was my goal for last year (which I surprisingly surpassed!) but given all my life changes, I feel like this is a good target. Guess I had more free time than I thought! I surpassed my Goodreads Challenge as of September 6!

Challenge updates found here!

(Last Updated: October 9, 2017)

Judged by Cover

I thought it would be fun to randomly pick up a book solely based on its cover from my library. I used to do this back in my undergrad but I haven’t since. I’m not setting a specific goal, I’m just going to try to do this once a month for fun.

Books Read:

(Last Updated: December 23, 2016)


I joined a Jane Austen read-a-long which will go until April, but I’m hoping the momentum will motivate me to pick up some classic novels I’ve been neglecting over the years afterwards.

Books Read:

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen — January 2017
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen — February 2017
  • The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien — April 2017

(Last Updated: April 6, 2017)

Other Challenges:

Make Me Read It Readathon

Summer TBR Wipeout

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