2017 is the year that I accepted myself as a mood reader. After various attempts to share TBR (to-be-read) lists and reading challenges, I have found that I do not like restricted to picking books from an ultra-specific self-imposed reading list. The last time I checked reading is supposed to fun and not about ticking off a checklist.

I completed a 31 day no book buying ban in June 2017, thanks to The Financial Diet.  I was proud that I was able to take the time to appreciate the books that I already have on my physical bookshelf and also made progress on my Netgalley one (*cue happy dance*).

Despite my past “failures” with the Kenyan Bookworm Challenge 2016 and 2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, I would like to get back on the challenges bandwagon with the specific aim of meeting my 2017 reading from my own bookshelf, so that I can decide which titles are for keeps and also to diversify my reading taste.

My Reading Challenges for July-December 2017 include:


Goodreads has garnered quite a “hit or miss” reputation over the years. I have come to love it since it has helped me greatly in tracking my reading thanks to setting my yearly reading goals. My rules are pretty simple:

  • Reading 50 books in a year is an ambitious target but still within reach, if I able to further cut down screen(s) time especially before bed.
  • Yes, I am still embracing slow reading
  • Re-reads are fair game.


Will be tracked using the Goodreads reading goals tracker and on Twitter using the #50Booksin2017 hashtag.

Update:  As at November 2017, I  have read 49 books for the Goodreads and #50Booksin2017 challenges.


Sponsor: My Reader’s Block

Like most bibliophiles book hoarders *cough*, there are quite a number of books on my physical (and daresay on my Kindle app) that are over 18 months. I am hoping to remedy that enlisting for this challenge. I am targeting Pike’s Peak, 12 books from my shelf that I owned before 2017 but read from July 2017. (Does this mean that I need to start dating my books?).

Life from Elsewhere: Journeys from World Literature by Various Authors

The Girl Who Beat ISIS by Farida Khalaf

Quantified by Joe Whitworth

The Purple Diaries by Joseph Egan (DNF-ed)


Sponsor: Peekabook

To be quite honest, gender representation has never been a determining factor in choosing the books that I read. I have been inspired by Jean from  Jean’s Bookish Thoughts to read more female writers and by the fact that I recently discovered that Elizabeth Gaskell existed in 2014-5. Before that, I thought that the greatest female authors were  Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.

I am glad to report that I smashed the Wonder Woman level and read 20+ books by female authors!


In my case, I will count the books that I have read from the beginning of 2017.

  1. Journal of Callie Wade by Dawn Miller
  2. She’s Still Here by Chrystal Evans Hurst
  3. The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe
  4. Successful Leaders of the Bible by Katara Washington Patton
  5. Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
  6. One More Step by Rachel  Wojo
  7. English Lessons by Andrea Lucado
  8. Only Angels Can Wing It The Rest of Us Have to Practice by Liz Curtis Higgs
  9. Longbourn by Jo Baker
  10. Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing by Yvonne Vera
  11. Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance Is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems by Georgia Levenson Keohane 
  12. Land of Dreams (Emerald Ballad #3) By B.J. Joff
  13. Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
  14. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown 
  15. The Night Journey by Kathryn Lasky
  16. The Serpent Gift by Lene Kaaberbøl
  17. Under Copp’s Hill (American Girl History Mysteries #8) by Katherine Ayres
  18. The Glass Wall by Sue Unerman and Kathryn Jacobs
  19. Reach Out by Molly Beck
  20. Mastering Civility by Christine Porath
  21. Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
  22. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin
  23. Worth It: Your Life Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg

Last updated November 2017


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