Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Challenges

Remember when I used to sign up for 10-13 challenges at the beginning of every year? Yeah, that's not happening any more. I'm listening to my daddy, who long ago reminded me that reading is something I love and he didn't want to see it become a chore I no longer loved.

A couple of the challenges I've enjoyed the past couple of years don't appear to be running this year. I'm okay with the Women challenge; I don't really seem to need that push to read books by women. But I am disappointed not to be able to find a one year nonfiction reading challenge for 2017. I suppose I could run one but this is going to be a busy year for me and I don't have time to add anything more to my responsibilities. I'll set up my own individual challenge, simply as a reminder that I own a lot of great nonfiction books I'm wanting to get read.

I've added a couple of new-to-me challenges, both for fun and to push myself to read the books that need to be read. I looked at a couple of others but, even though I know that point is to challenge yourself, I don't want to add to much challenge to my life.

2017 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge
For this challenge, each month is assigned a motif or theme. Your challenge is to read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs…
 JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.
MARCH – Time Traveler Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.
APRIL – Award Winners Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
MAY – Book to Movie or Audio Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
JUNE – Destination Unknown Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.
JULY – Believe the Unbelievable This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.
 AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, and Weather Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & Contests Read a book that involves a game of some sort. Video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a challenge.
NOVEMBER – Last Chance Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.
DECEMBER – Picking Favorites Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.


It's time again for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, a TBR reading effort. Why not a challenge? Because how many challenges bog us down? Not this one!

You make the rules Be as hardcore (or not) as you want We're a community to support you, not chastize you Define your own damn goals or don't. Vow not to buy books, or whatever. This event is really that loosey goosey. You know your stacks and your challenge agility better than we do.

There will be a link-up here so you can share your progress posted on the final day of every month!

Foodies Read 2017
There is no link up yet for this challenge. My goal with this one is to read my cookbooks this year. Pointless to have them if you forget what's in them, right?

Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

Challenge Guidelines
The challenge will run from Jan 1, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017. Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up. Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley. At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews. If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month. If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion. If you have any questions tweet me @BookishThings or e-mail katrina@bookisthingsandmore.com! Hashtag: #NGEW2017 Levels Bronze – 10 Books Silver – 25 Books Gold – 50 Books Platinum – 75 Books Diamond – 100 Books


  1. I wish you the best with your challenges, Lisa. I have no plans to sign up for challenges this year, although I may go against that and sign up for the Classics Club. I haven't quite decided yet if I want to commit for the five years.

  2. It's been several years since I've joined a reading challenge. Perhaps next year I will join one or two :)

    However... I do plan to unofficially join the "read my own damn books" challenge in 2017; I have several sitting on my shelves that have waited patiently for years.

  3. I love the Foodies Read. I didn't meet what I set out to do last year. I signed up for less challenges this year too.