2017 Reading Challenge


  1. A book recommended by a librarian
    • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  3. A book of letters
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of color
  6. A book with one of the four season in the title
    • (Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanche, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne)
  7. A book that is a story within a story
    • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Translated & Modernized by A. S. Kline
  8. A book with multiple authors
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
    • Bag of Bones by Stephen King (Horror/Psychological Thriller/Gothic Fiction) (May 26)
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book with a subtitle
  16. A book that is published in 2017
    • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
  17. A book involving a mythical creature
  18. A book you’ve read that never fails to make you smile
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career advice
    • (Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner – I’m a Spanish teacher…)
  21. A book from a non-human perspective
    • Dogged by Love by Holly Tierney – Bedord (Sept. 1)
  22. A steampunk novel
  23. A book with a red spine
  24. A book set in the wilderness
  25. A book you loved as a child
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
  28. A novel set during wartime (Info)
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator (Info)
  30. A book with pictures
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  32. A book about an interesting woman
  33. A book set in two different time periods
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title
  35. A book set in a hotel
  36. A book written by someone you admire
    • (Finding Your Voice by Natalie Grant)
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read
  40. A book you bought on a trip

Advanced Challenge

  1. A book recommended by an author you love
  2. A bestseller from 2016
  3. A book with a family-member term in the title
    • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
  4. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
    • (Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Claire Robson)
  5. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  6. A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never read
  7. A book with an eccentric character
    • Florence Grace* by Tracy Rees (Mar. 10) (Three in particular in this book were eccentric – the main character Florence and two secondary characters, one named Calantha and the other is named Old Rilla)
  8. A book that’s more than 800 pages (Info)
    • (Shōgun by James Clavell)
  9. A book you got from used book sale
  10. A book that’s mentioned in another book
  11. A book about difficult topic
    • The Painted Veilby W. Somerset Maugham (Mar. 24) (Affair, cholera epidemic)
  12. A book based on mythology

Printable Challenge List

(*) denotes an audiobook

Anything in parenthesis is what I’m hoping to read for that category

Books read but not fitting in a category: 

  • Rachel’s Guard by Jillian Jacobs (Jan. 8)
  • Christmas at Peleliu Cove by M. L. Buchman (Jan. 16)
  • Wait Until Dark by M. L. Buchman (Jan 30)
  • Light Up the Night by M. L. Buchman (Feb. 3)
  • To Protect & Serve (The Courage Series #1) by Staci Stallings (May 13)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Maple #5) by Agatha Christie (June 7)
  • Mary and the Captain by Nancy Lawrence (June 18)
  • Awakened Hearts by Susan Potts (June 21)
  • Unique, Different, Found (Nightfall Series #1) by Violet Samuels (July 22)
  • Forgotten, Saved, Loved (Nightfall Series #2) by Violet Samuels (July 24)
  • Leashed (Going to the Dogs #1) by Zoe Dawson (Sept. 3)
  • Groomed (Going to the Dogs #2) by Zoe Dawson (Sept. 6)
  • Hounded (Going to the Dogs #3) by Zoe Dawson (Sept. 10)