First of all, if you’re here looking for my comprehensive list of 2017 Reading and Blogging Challenges, you’re in the wrong place. 🙂 Click the link to go there!
These are the challenges I plan to participate in in 2017. Once again, I had a really hard time deciding what to choose because I don’t want to participate in a million challenges, but there are SO many good ones. Plus, I know I’m not always that great at sticking to challenges, but I still love having goals, even if I don’t completely manage to make them! This year, I’m switching up most of the challenges I’m participating in—it’s always good to try something new!
These are the challenges I ended up with:
I thought I’d start with the obvious. Since Shannon and I are hosting this one, it would be a little strange if I didn’t plan to participate.
The goal of this challenge is to post book related discussions (or getting to know you type discussions work too.) This challenge is so interactive, and I think it might be my favorite thing about my blog, so I’m excited to be continuing it!
Goal: 41+ Discussions – Gift of the Gab
(I reduced the goals a bit this year to make them a bit more realistic. 41+ is much more doable than 49+ and therefore more motivating at the end of the year when my discussions are lagging.)
I absolutely love fantasy! One of the things that caught my eye with this challenge is that this will encourage me to read some of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites—many of which have been on my TBR for a good long time!
Goal: 24 Books Read
There aren’t levels or anything for this challenge, but I figured that an average of two fantasies a month would be doable. Included in these 24, I want to read a few of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites (all of which I already own): Throne of Glass, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Six of Crows, The Winner’s Curse, Graceling.
The goal of this challenge is to read books that are in your personal library that were obtained before this year. If you’d asked me last year, I would have said I had this WAY under control – my bookshelves were full, but not overflowing or anything. But THEN I got three new giant bookshelves for Christmas last year. And what do you do when you have bookshelves? Why, you fill them of course! And that’s what I did!
Goal: 21-30 Books – Give your shelves a warm friendly hug
Even though I failed this challenge miserably last year, I’m still going to do it again and I’m not even changing my goal. I’m not going to BEA in 2017, so that right there should give me WAY more time to read books I already own (including a few from BEA 2016 that I didn’t manage to get to). We’ll see how this goes, but I’m hopeful!
I was horrible at the series challenge I did last year, but I’m not giving up. I NEED to finish some series! So, this year I’m trying a different challenge, specifically geared toward reading that last book in the series.
Goal: 5-10 Books
It would be nice to finish one series per month, but I’m being realistic here and going with a goal of 5-10. Who knows, maybe I’ll surpass it!
Here are just a few of the books I’m hoping to read. These are all books I’ve had on my TBR for a very long time. (I might have to read other books in the series to get to these):
I decided to join in on this one this year since I obviously don’t want to ignore the new releases that come out.
Goal: 61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
I figure at least half of my books have to be new releases (actually, probably a lot more than that), so I think this goal should be really easy to hit. Maybe I’ll even bump it up if it seems too easy.
I started listening to audiobooks this year, and have really been enjoying them. I thought I’d join this challenge to encourage myself to keep it up!
Goal: 15-20 Books: Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me)
I listened to somewhere in this range of books this year, so I’m making it my goal to do the same in 2017.
And that’s it! Like I said, there are a TON of other challenges that I would love to join, but I’m trying to keep my goals reasonable. Even these might be a little crazy to keep up with (but I think it’s doable). I’m planning on using the UBB Reading Challenges Add-On to track my challenges this year too. I highly recommend UBB if you’re on WordPress (that’s a referral link, by the way)—it makes life SO much easier!