2017 Reading Challenges

This page is where I will list the books I read for each challenge and once I have posted reviews on them I will link to the review. If the challenge has a button, you can click on it to be routed to the specific blog that is hosting the challenge if you would like to learn more about them and participate in them as well. I hope all of you have a wonderful 2017 and let me know which ones you are excited about! If you know of one that I haven’t listed that you think I may like or if you have one that you are hosting let me know that as well! Happy New Year everyone!


I am SOOOO excited to be participating in this years Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge. I didn’t do so hot on last years but I am committing to being awesome at it this year. the goal of this challenge is to read as many books as you can that are published prior to 2017 to knock them off of our TBR. My current reading goal is going to be 30 backlist books and I am confident I can do it! The fun thing about this challenge is that there is a second optional part to it where participants can claim a Hogwarts House and compete by earning points. I am participating as a proud HUFFLEPUFF!


Post Challenge TBR/goals  (on blog, Goodreads, social media, etc) = 20 points
Read 10 pages = 1 point
Write review = 50 points
Cross-post review to a retail website (Amazon, B&N, etc) = 15 points

There will be other opportunities to earn points during Twitter chats, random hashtag days, and other small events to be announced throughout the year. This may change and they are definitely not in order.

My Current TBR
1) Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
2) The Vegeterian – Han Kang
3) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
4) Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
5) Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love – Larry Levin
6) A Court of Thorns and RosesSarah J Maas
7) A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
Red Rising – Pierce Brown
9) Golden Son – Pierce Brown
10) Morning Star – Pierce Brown
11) The Marvels – Brian Selznick
12) Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
13) You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Felicia Day
14) An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
15) Illuminae – Amie Kauffman
16) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
17) The Tao of Wu – The Rza
18) Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
19) Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
20) It Ends with Us – Colleen Hoover
21) Looking for Alaska – John Green
22) Paper Towns – John Green
23) By Blood We Live – Glen Duncan
24) The Narrow Road into the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
25) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling
26) The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
27) All the Bright Places  by Jennifer Niven
28) A Brief History of Seven Killings – Maron James
29) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
30) PS I Still Love You – Jenny Han


Throughout the year I know I am going to be reading alot of graphic novels so I decided to participate in the 2017 10th annual Graphic Novel/Manga challenge. I have participated in this challenge the last two years. I completed it in 2015 but fell three shy of completing my goal last year. This year I am going to complete it again and I’m excited to do so because I have some really great ones waiting for me to read them on my shelf!  This year is particularly special for this challenge because it is the 10th anniversary, which is awesome so I’m excited to be a part of celebrating that this year! There are levels to this challenge and they are:

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)
 Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)
I will be shooting for Bronze Age!



The goal for this challenge is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you want based on the levels below. I am going to aim for 2nd base which is to read 6-10. I may raise my level throughout the year since there are quite a bit of contemporary romances that I really want to read. This one is fun and I really like that there are monthly link ups to keep me on my toes!


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books
  1. Miss You by Kate Eberlen



I really love this challenge and have participated in it for the past three years.  The object of this challenge is to match the book titles to the requirements below:

  • A number in numbers: Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • A building – The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • A compass direction: The Narrow Road into the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • An item/items of cutlery: The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration!: Red Rising by Pierce Brown



I also really love participating in the What an Animal Reading Challenge. I love animals so I am super excited to be participating in this one again. The objective is to read as many books that feature animals that play a prominent role in the book or are the main characters. So far I am going for Level 1 but I may bump it up during the year.


Level 1 – Read 6 books
Level 2 – Read 7-12
Level 3 – Read 13-20
Level 4 – Read 21 or more



This is a new challenge for me and it sounds like it’s going to be really fun. I already have ideas about what books to read for it. The goal here is to read books that have the given keywords in the title. There is a specific set of keywords given per month and reading a book with at least one of those words(or a variation of it) in it the title will satisfy that month’s requirement.


JAN- Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
FEB- And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
MAR- Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga – By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan
APR- From, Trigger, Tale, His, CrownMist – Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh

MAY- Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade – History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
JUN- Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have – Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
JUL- Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream – Feast of All Saints – Anne Rice
AUG- Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most – I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

SEP- Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash – A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
OCT- Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
NOV- Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet – Heartless by Marissa Meyer
DEC- Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will – Carry On  by Rainbow Rowell



I am so excited for this challenge! This is a stress free challenge, the goal being to read as many LGBTQIA as you would like. Books must be at least 100 pages and must feature a main character or significant secondary character from the LGBTQIA community. I’m not sure how many I am going to read just yet but I have some ideas on which books to read.



I didn’t read any retellings in 2016 which is awful because I really wanted to  (I have alot on my shelf). So I am going to sign up again in 2017 in hopes that I WILL read some. The object is to read as many fairy tale retellings as you can. Currently I am shooting for Medium: 5-8 retellings. I can do this!


  • Easy: 1-4 retellings
  • Medium: 5-8 retellings
  • Hard: 9-12 retellings
  • Difficult: 12+ retellings
  1. Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh



I didn’t participate in this one in 2016 which is crazy since fantasy is my favorite genre but I am definitely excited to participate in 2017. There are no levels to this challenge so I am challenging myself to read 15 Fantasy books in 2017. I am willing to bet that I will go over the 15 but you never know, so I am going to go into it being pretty conservative but may end up bumping it up in the future. Either way, I am stoked for this one and excited for the book club reads!

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban by JK Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  4. Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh



The goal for the Banned/Challenged Books is to read as many Banned or Challenged books that you can. I’m starting with the Creeping level which is a goal to read 2-6.


  • Read 1 book. You are an Ember. You’re small but mighty just waiting to burn the structure down.
  • Read 2-6 books. You are Creeping. You’re burning with a low flame and spreading slowly.
  • Read 7-12 books. You are a Blow-up fire. Sudden increase in fire intensity strong enough to upset control plans
  • Read 13+ books. You are Uncontrolled. Any fire which threatens to destroy life, property, or natural resources.
  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban by JK Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling


full-house-challenge-2017-finalI have alot of fun with this one every year! The goal is to get a full house on the bingo card below, reading books to match the requirements in each square. Super fun!
full-house-challenge-2017-gridAward Winner – The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Western Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer
Debut Book – The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
On TBR for 2+ yearsThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
More than 500 pagesHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Two Word Title The Drifter by Christine Lennon
Nonfiction – Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore
Published 2017 – A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
USA/Canadian Author – The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Attractive Cover  – Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh
Not Really For You – Red Leaves by Paullina Simons
UK/European AuthorStones Don’t Speak by Gry Finsnes
Page Turner – The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi


2017-alphabet-soup-buttonI will also be doing the alphabet challenge again because I love it. I finished in 2015 but didn’t quite finish in 2016 but that’s okay, I will smash it in 2017! The goal with this challenge is to match book the first letter of a book title with a letter of the alphabet!

A) All the Bright Places                        O)
B) Born Speaking Lies                          P) The Possessions
C) Conspiracy of Silence                     Q)
D) The Drifter                                        R) Red Leaves
E) The Essex Serpent                            S) A Simple Favor
F) Flame in the Mist                             T) This is Not Over
G)                                                             U)
H) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  V) The Vegetarian 
J)  Just the Essentials                           W) Wyoming Brave 
K) Killing Wonder Woman                  X)
L) Lift And Separate                             Y)
M) Miss You                                           Z)



I have been wanting to read more Sci-Fi. I’m a pretty big noob at the genre but I am definitely interested in it. This challenge seems like alot of fun and is really laid back. the goal is to read and participate as little or as much as you want. It’s not limited to format and encompasses anything sci-fi related like TV Shows, games, comics, etc. I am super happy about this and cannot wait to start exploring more Sci-Fi. I have some books, graphic novels and some games that I want to explore for this challenge. I’ll be listing them here and also linking the reviews to the site.

  1. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam
  2. Star Wars Movies (Prequel through Rogue One)
  3. Star Wars Clone Wars TV Show
  4. Star Wars Rebels (Seasons 1-3)
  5. Mass Effect Andromeda on Xbox One



Obviously I’m a bit of a reading challenge addict so I decided to sign up for this challenge! I am taking part in 14 challenges this year (eeek!) so my level is In Flight: 11-15 challenges. Let’s see how many I can complete this year, hopefully all of them!


I literally NEVER complete this one but it’s fun to try. The cool thing about it is that you can read a book and match it to multiple categories (it is actually encouraged). Below is the complete list of topics and you can also access a PDF that you can manipulate at this link: Book Riot’s Reader Harder Challenge 2017 There is a goodreads group for this one! (Message 79)

2/24 Completed

1. Read a book about sports.

2. Read a debut novel.  The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

3. Read a book about books.

4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.

6. Read an all-ages comic.

7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.

8. Read a travel memoir.

9. Read a book you’ve read before. Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.

11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.

12. Read a fantasy novel.

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.

14. Read a book about war.

15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.

16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.

17. Read a classic by an author of color.

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.

19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey

20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel

21. Read a book published by a micropress.

22. Read a collection of stories by a woman.

23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.

24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.


The last one, as always, is the Goodreads Challenge. I will be challenging myself to read 150 books in 2017. I think I can do it! I will do it! I actually don’t know how I will do it since I am working on my thesis this semester but that’s okay! Shoot for the stars lol!

36/100 books read to date in 2017

7 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenges

    • Thank you!! I am so looking forward to these. What’s in a name is one I have fun participating in every year. I think I’m going to add my titles in early this year so I know which books I’m going to read! ❤ Thank you for hosting 🙂

  1. Woah, that’s quite a lot of challenges you’ve signed up to! Thanks for signing up to the Retellings Reading Challenge 2017! Good luck with all your challenges 🙂

    • Thanks!! I’m really looking forward to reading some good retellings this year. I have a few planned for this month so I’m excited! I know right?! And I’m sitting here like…I think I might sign up for another one. I’m crazy! Thanks for hosting 💗

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