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
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)
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.
- Journal of Callie Wade by Dawn Miller
- She’s Still Here by Chrystal Evans Hurst
- The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe
- Successful Leaders of the Bible by Katara Washington Patton
- Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury
- One More Step by Rachel Wojo
- English Lessons by Andrea Lucado
- Only Angels Can Wing It The Rest of Us Have to Practice by Liz Curtis Higgs
- Longbourn by Jo Baker
- Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing by Yvonne Vera
- Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance Is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems by Georgia Levenson Keohane
- Land of Dreams (Emerald Ballad #3) By B.J. Joff
- Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
- The Night Journey by Kathryn Lasky
- The Serpent Gift by Lene Kaaberbøl
- Under Copp’s Hill (American Girl History Mysteries #8) by Katherine Ayres
- The Glass Wall by Sue Unerman and Kathryn Jacobs
- Reach Out by Molly Beck
- Mastering Civility by Christine Porath
- Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
- Where We Belong by Lynn Austin
- Worth It: Your Life Your Money, Your Terms by Amanda Steinberg
Last updated November 2017