2017 Reading Challenges

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 a 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 July 2017, I  have read 25 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.

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

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


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 hope that I can remedy that with this challenge.

Challenge Levels:

Level 1: BABY GIRL – read 5 books written by a woman author
Level 2: GIRLS POWER – read 6 to 15 books written by a woman author
Level 3: SUPERGIRL – read 16 to 20 books written by a woman author
Level 4: WONDER WOMAN – read 20+ books written by a woman author

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


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