Monday, December 12, 2016

My 2017 Reading Challenge Plan

At the beginning of 2016 I decided I wanted to keep track of the books I read. I kept a list in my planner for months. By the beginning of August I had read 75 books and decided that I was done with my list keeping. It was interesting to look back at my list and see book titles that I read, loved, loathed, or reread because they were so good.

For 2017 I want to do something different. I looked at some reading challenges online but nothing was exactly what I wanted. I decided to organize a reading challenge of my own and invite people I knew in real life or online to join me in a private Facebook group for the challenge. We'll be doing a hybrid reading challenge. On one month we will read a specific book together and on the next month we will each choose our own book to fit a group theme. It's low-key, just chatting in the FB group. If there is a month where someone is too busy or simply not interested in the book or theme they can skip it and pick back up with the next month.

I decided that it would be fun to post about each book I read as the year goes along, so consider this your advance notice! Our plan is as follows:

The Reading Gateway
2017 Reading Challenge
January (Anything!)
A book already on your shelf that you’ve never finished.
February (Classic)
Persuasion by Jane Austen
March (Encouragement)
An inspirational, self-help, or religious book.
April (Historical)
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
May (Mystery & More)
A mystery, ghost story, or thriller.
June (Fantasy)
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time series, Book 1)
July (Travel/Geography)
A book set in another country.
August (Biography)
The Mark of a Giant: 7 People Who Changed the World by Ted Stewart
September (Fairy Tale)
A spin on a fairy tale, a retelling.
October (Science Fiction)
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
November (Nonfiction)
A book that will make you smarter.
December (Memoir)
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Have you ever participated in a reading challenge? What books will you be reading in 2017?


  1. Looks great.I'm currently doing a 50 classics in 5 years challenge.Pretty sure I'll finish it next year which will be 3 1/2 years in. This year I folded in a Back to the Classics challenge (read a classic that fits each monthly propmt) plus Pop Sugar's Ultimate Reading Challenge. Pretty sure I'll do them both again this year - and will hopefully still have time for some free reading as well.

    1. Lots of reading for you! I love reading your posts about books when you share them.

  2. How fun! We'll see how January goes . . .


    1. Are you on FB now for the Crew? I want to friend you if you are... and you could join the group if you want.

  3. This looks like an awesome book group! I would love to participate and may just follow your listed suggestions anyways. There are some books listed there that I've never read and genres that I don't normally read! It would make 2017 an interesting reading year!

    1. You are on FB, want me to add you to the group? Just message me on FB if you do. :) Or just play along on your own - whatever works for you.

  4. Tristan your book plan looks great! I think I'll follow along as well, at least I'll attempt to.


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