2017 Reading Challenge

My 2016 Pop Sugar Challenge died mid-year, for reasons. I’m still annoyed at myself for not completing it, but as one of my intentions this year is to be kinder to myself, I’m working at forgiveness. But this year I will do it! My challenge page is on Goodreads here.

For practical reason I am imposing  limit on myself. Instead of Buy No Books June, I’m doing Buy No Books 2017.

a) I want to save money because I have an exciting but expensive plan for October, and

b) I own an embarrassment of unfulfilled books. I have books I bought in 2004 and have yet to read. I have entire bookshelves I haven’t read.

books at the Hague Centre, Pascal Maramis, Flickr CC.jpg
These are not my unread books. Mine are more numerous. Photo by Pascal Maramis on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons licence

So I’m basically going to complete the 2017 challenge using library books (thanks to the awesome Auckland public library system), Kindle loans, and what I already own.

Now, I’m not being a complete minimalist. I will buy a few books this year. For Christmas a dear and kind friend gave me an incredibly generous USD$50 Amazon gift card. This is my BUT I HAVE TO HAVE THAT BOOK OR I’LL DIE, GAAAAAAAH! fund.

The full 2017 Pop Sugar reading challenge is

1. A book recommended by a librarian
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 seasons in the title
7. A book that is a story within a story
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
13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
14. A book involving travel: 28 Jan: The Routes of Man: Travels in the Paved World. Fascinating. 4 stars.
15. A book with a subtitle: upcoming To Say Nothing of the Dog (or How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last) by Connie Willis (Thanks, Chris)
16. A book that’s published in 2017: Upcoming: Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation, by Kyo Maclear, published Jan 3 2017
17. A book involving a mythical creature
18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
19. A book about food
20. A book with career advice. 7 Jan: My first book of the challenge was a total disappointment: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, by Josh Linkner. 2 stars. And I paid for this. In hardback! Gah!
21. A book from a nonhuman perspective.
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: I’m thinking some Chinese sci-fi for this one

27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name: upcoming: Tinker by Wen Spencer (Thanks, Chris!)
28. A novel set during wartime
29. A book with an unreliable narrator
30. A book with pictures: 20 Jan. Show Your Work:10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get DIscovered. 4 stars.
31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
32. A book about an interesting woman: upcoming – A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird (1873) on Project Gutenberg
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
37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017: upcoming – American Assassin: A Thriller, by Vince Flynn, movie set for release later this year. You get bonus points for knowing why I picked this one.

38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
40. A book you bought on a trip. 12 Feb. Get Your Sh*t Together. 4 stars. Not a long trip, but I bought this with Gillian St Kevern when we went to The Booklover in Milford to track down a copy of The Sellout.
41. A book recommended by an author you love: upcoming – The Devourers, by Indra Das, recommended by SF Strange author Jason Sanford

42. A bestseller from 2016. 20 Jan:  Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (#38 on the B&N top 100 for 2016). Wow. ALL THE STARS. Utterly magnificent. Read this.

43. A book with a family member term in the title

44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span

45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
47. A book with an eccentric character. 13 Feb. The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet. 5 stars. Because Kizzy. (I definitely recommend this space opera, FWIW)
48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
49. A book you got from a used book sale

50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book. 16 Jan: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey, mentioned in a hundred different personal development books I’ve read. 2 stars. hard to get through. Very dry and quite pompous. Not a winner, and not recommended. I’m releasing this, along with the workbook, at my local cafe.

51. A book about a difficult topic
52. A book based on mythology

If you decide to do it too link me to your challenge page in the comments so I can follow your progress. And if you have any recommendations for books to match any of these categories, shout out.

15 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge

    1. hahaha, i definitely don’t want to commit to that. I have a LOT of stuff on my kindle. Those freebie books get me every time. I just push the 1-click, even though I know I won’t read them.

  1. I am not as brave as you… I am allowing myself to buy 1 book for ever 10 read from the over 300 on my kindle (we won’t talk about the paper books)…

    Good luck!!

    1. Kindle is such a temptation – just click that button, no need to wait . . . I have hundreds unread on mine too 😦
      Your 1/10 idea is a great solution! How are you going to keep track of the ones you wanna buy but aren’t allowed to yet?

  2. Overdrive has an app for viewing your checkouts and holds and also playing audiobooks. For ebooks you can get them on kindle (it goes through your amzn account). Once in a while the kindle book is not offered, but they have a nice browser based reader for those. Or you can use Calibre to convert and send to your kindle.

    1. *salutes you* this is awesome. I can definitely do my challenge now 🙂 Also I downgraded my GR 2017 challenge to 52 books. There’s no way I can make 150 with some of the books I can see myself doing for this challenge.

  3. 27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
    I just finished reading Tinker by Wen Spencer, which totally sucked me in – maybe via your library?? In it, part of Pittsburgh gets pulled into the elven lands. (Sadly, there is no hockey in the book – but my brain went all AU on it anyway.)

    15. A book with a subtitle
    To Say Nothing of the Dog (or How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last) by Connie Willis – if you haven’t read this, it is a DELIGHT. Award-winning and hopefully available via your library.

    32. A book about an interesting woman
    A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird was an interesting read – and it’s widely available through sites such as Project Gutenberg.

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