Reading Challenges for 2017

As an avid reader, I like to join reading challenges each year. They’re a lot of fun, plus it gives me a good excuse to buy even more books in addition to the ones I check out of the library. The ones with categories encourage people to read things they might ordinarily overlook, like a novel from a certain time period or non-fiction in a specific field.  Here’s a list of the ones I’m participating in for 2017:

Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge
You set the number of books you want to read (which you can change at any time), and then a cute little widget on the Goodreads sidebar will keep track for you. You can put the widget on your webpage too. Goodreads is an awesome place to find new books for your to-read list and discuss all things reading related. My goal is set for 52 books this year.

52 Books in 52 Weeks 
This one is all kinds of fun! The idea is to read one book a week, then type the title in their Linky widget, and you have the option to enter the url where you left a review (Goodreads, Amazon, or your blog or website). Some books might take 3 weeks to finish while some only take a day, but that’s fine. This challenge has a bunch of mini-challenges and themes to choose from, or you’re welcome to wing it and read whatever you like.

Challenges from your Local Library
I take my daughter to Story Hour at the library each week. When we were checking books out this past December, I noticed a stack of 2017 Book Challenge print outs on the counter. Score and Woo hoo! You should definitely check your favorite library to see if they have one going this year.

Do you set reading goals? If so, are you trying to read book a week or planning to chip away at one ginormous novel like War and Peace a few pages at a time? Feel free to share your favorite reading challenges and goals in the comments.

Fun Reading Challenge

52 books 2013 blog widget for side bar
One of the single most important things a writer needs to do is read. I signed up for the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge again this year, which is a fun way to connect with other book-a-holics, see what they’re reading and look over their reviews.  You can read anything you like – fiction, poetry collections, Shakespeare, how-to books, whatever floats your boat.  🙂  Click on the link below if you’d like to download an excel spreadsheet I whipped up last year and just updated so you can keep track of how you’re doing.


There’s a column where you can name which mini-challenge, if any, a book fits in, plus a spot to mark with an ‘x’ for any books listed in the Well Educated Mind. There’s a chart included, cuz I get a kick out of having a visual of my progress, which works so long as you keep tabs of how many books in each of the customizable categories you’ve read

This could easily be tweaked for a child’s reading log, a To-Read list you check off as you go, to keep up with  book clubs selections, etc.  Use it and customize it anyway you like.  🙂