2017 Reading and Blogging Challenges

08:00 Cilla P 6 Comments

Happy New Year! Here is now the time to make all the goals and resolutions, and hope they don't all go out the window in two weeks' time. I'd like to do a post about all my bookish resolutions, but for now, it's time for me to sign up to this year's challenges.

At the beginning of 2016, I was ambitious and signed up to seven challenges. That was a mistake, especially since I went through some life changes and I basically lost track of most of the challenges. This year, I'm holding myself to six challenges, two of which can go hand-in-hand.

1. Goodreads Challenge

Host: Goodreads
Goal: to read 30 books in 2017. I think 30 is the number that works for me. It's not too high that I feel pressured about reading, but it's not too low that I'd still be pleased about challenging myself if I hit the target. 😄
In 2016: I had a goal of 30 books and read 58 books.

2. #RockMyTBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Goal: to read at least 8 of the books that I already own. I may expand the TBR list if I get through them, but for now, I'm going to stick with these:

1. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
2. The Diviners by Libba Bray
3. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
4. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
5. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
6. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
8. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

In 2016: See this list for my accomplishment (or lack thereof) with this challenge in 2016.

3. The Backlist Reader Challenge 2017

Goal: 10 books. I tend to read a lot of backlist books to begin with, but it's easy to get caught up with all the new releases. I may come back and increase this number, but I'll start with an achievable one first.

4. 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

Goal: 11-30 discussion posts, which will put me in the Creative Conversationalist category.
In 2016: I aimed for the same category, and wrote 13 discussion posts in 2016! 

5. 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge

Goal: 10 books. It's time for me to make more of an effort to find and support books that highlight diverse experiences. The host has provided a great list of recommendations, so check that out if you're interested in doing the challenge but may be unsure where to start.
In 2016: This was one of the challenges I lost track of halfway through the year. I think I read 8 books that can contribute to this challenge, which is a sad number considering the 58 books I read last year.

6. Read Diverse 2017

Goal: 10 books. This will go hand-in-hand with the above challenge. I'm signing up to both to make sure that I not only read but also review the books I read. Plus, the host will provide monthly recommendation lists with specific topics, so that'll help me expand my reading horizon. 


  1. So many great challenges! I really appreciate the idea of pushing ourselves to read outside our comfort zones - you never know what treasures are out there to be discovered!

    1. I agree! It's one of the great things about blogging, I think. It's much easier to step out of my reading comfort zones when there are so many recommendations to be found!

  2. Ooh, what an awesome assortment of challenges Cilla! I'm doing the Diversity reading challenge with Mishma too. I'm really looking forward to seeing your progress and nabbing a few new reads along the way. Good luck Cilla <3

    1. I look forward to seeing your progress with Mishma's challenge too! Good luck to you too, Kelly <3

  3. So many great challenges! I'm doing the Book Blog Discussion Challenge and the Backlist Reader Challenge, too. Good luck with all of those!


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