Reading Challenges for 2017

It’s a new year, so it’s time to decide what reading challenges I want to set for myself. It’s not that I wouldn’t read without the challenges, but they help to focus my reading for the year. I plan on a mix of old and new challenges this year, as every year. I won’t be doing a 100 book challenge this year. I finally made 100 in 2016 (after a few years of getting oh-so-close), so I don’t need to push myself to make that number again. I will keep track of all the books I read, just because, but it won’t be a specific reading challenge.

Instead, I’m going to focus on trying to finish some book series this year. I very often read a book in a series, enjoy it, and then don’t get around to the next one for a year or more. So, this year, I’m going to try to finish up some book series I have started. I’ll call this the Finish the Series Challenge.

I enjoyed my rereading of the Uplift series this past year. I thought I could continue in this vein with a different series. This year I’m going to try to reread the Outlander series. It’s been made into a TV show and I loved the first season that I recently watched. It’s been so long since I’ve read the books that I don’t even have book reviews written for them. I may not finish the whole series this year, since there are eight of them and I’ll probably get tired of them if I read too many. But, I’ll try to do at least four this year. This is my ongoing Reread Challenge.

And finally, as always, I’ll try to read my way through the alphabet, both authors and titles. It’s the only category challenge I manage to continue the whole year. I’ll keep X, Y, and Z and a single category as well. I’m going to be boring and call it the Reading the Alphabet Challenge again.

If you like your reading challenges with more categories, here’s a couple other choices for you:

The Modern Mrs. Darcy is doing a choose-your-own-adventure challenge, with two different groups of 12 categories. There’s the “put the oomph back in your reading life” list, and the “stretch yourself in 2017” list, or you can do both if you’re a big reader!

POPSUGAR has a 40-category list to help expand and diversity your reading list, with everything from a book with a cat on the cover, to a book by multiple authors, to a book that been on your TBR list too long. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a 12-book advanced list to cover one book a week.

BookRiot has a Read Harder challenge consisting of 24 categories designed to push you outside your reading comfort zone.

If you are a teacher, you might want to check out the WeAreTeachers reading challenge.

The Retellings Reading Challenge encourages you to read retellings of old stories (myths, fables, people’s lives, origin stories, and the like). If you live in the UK and sign up for the challenge, you could even win a book!

And, if that’s not enough for you, try the Anythink Wright Farms Reading Challenge that provides a category for each month.

So, what are you going to read this year?

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