Reading Challenges

I like keeping tabs on my progress in all of the reading challenges (personal or collaborative) that I'm participating in during a given year - and that's how this page came to be. You can find out more about each challenge if you click on the links I've included in their description, and you can also use my list of books under each as suggestions for what to read if you need them! (P.S. If you wanted to see all the things I'm challenging myself to try to accomplish in 2017, check out my 2017 to do list!)



The three challenges included in this section are collaborative endeavors with three of my favorite blogger friends. I hope you'll take a minute to check them out (and perhaps sign up as well)!

Rachel of Hello, Chelly and I are co-hosting the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge again for 2017. This is a no pressure reading challenge that focuses specifically on fantasy reads (and all the sub-genres that entails). We're encouraging people to join us in reading as many fantasy novels as they can this year! For more details, you can check out the introduction + sign-up post.

GOAL: 50 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 74% READ
1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
2. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
3. Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
4. Blueberry Pancakes Forever by Angelica Banks
5. Traveler by L.E. DeLano
6. Naruto, Vol. 63: World of Dreams by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Naruto, Vol. 64: Ten Tails by Masashi Kishimoto
8. Naruto, Vol. 65: Hashirama and Madara by Masashi Kishimoto
9. Naruto, Vol. 66: The New Three by Masashi Kishimoto
10. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
11. Naruto, Vol. 67: An Opening by Masashi Kishimoto
12. Naruto, Vol. 68: Path by Masashi Kishimoto
13. Naruto, Vol. 69: The Start of a Crimson Spring by Masashi Kishimoto
14. Naruto, Vol. 70: Naruto and the Sage of Six Paths by Masashi Kishimoto
15. Naruto, Vol. 71: I Love You Guys by Masashi Kishimoto
16. Naruto, Vol. 72: Uzumaki Naruto!! by Masashi Kishimoto
17. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
18. The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon
19. Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau
20. Fruits Basket Collector's Edition Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
21. The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
22. Fruits Basket Collector's Edition Vol. 2 by Natsuki Takaya
23. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
24. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
25. Gilded Cage by Vic James
26. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
27. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
28. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
29. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
30. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
31. Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
32. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
33. The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty
34. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
35. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto
36. Boruto, Vol. 1: Next Generations by Masashi Kishimoto, Ukyo Kodachi, Mikeo Ikemoto
37. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

For the third year running, I made The Picky Pledge with Hannah of So Obsessed With. We encourage each other to (1) buy less books and (2) read more of our own books versus review books. This year, we added a new component - The Picky Pledge Reading Challenge. Each month, we'll be choosing a book off our TBR piles that fits the given category, reading it and then sharing our reviews! For more details, you can check out the introduction post. (I also have a progress page!)

GOAL: 12 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 42% READ
1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
2. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
3. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
5. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

I teamed up with Lindsey of Bring My Books for the second year in a row, only this time we have a book-centered collaboration up our sleeves - The Year of Recommended Reads. Every month, she & I will be reading the same book which was chosen for this list of reads in one of three ways - a recommendation from me, a recommendation from her or a book we've both had on our TBRs and have been meaning to get to. For more details, you can check out the introduction post.

GOAL: 12 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 33% READ
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell
3. Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
4. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid



The three challenges included in this section are being hosted by some incredible folk! I hope you'll take the time to check them out, and maybe consider signing up as well.

I've always believed that diversity and the inclusion of different races, cultures, religions, genders and situations is important when it comes to published literature, especially when the representation is done well. I definitely go out of my way to read diversely, so I thought I'd make it official by signing up to be a part of the 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge. For more details, you can check out the introduction + sign-up post.

GOAL: 12 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 83% READ
1. Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
4. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
6. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
7. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
8. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
9. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I'm separating these novels, as they are not #ownvoices, but do have some diversity in them:
1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
2. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
3. The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
4. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
5. Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta & Paulina Ganucheau
6. The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
7. Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer
8. The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
9. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
10. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
11. The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson
12. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
13. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
14. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
15. Warcross by Marie Lu
16. There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Because I really enjoyed it last year, I decided to take part again in the Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge. They basically provide a checklist of book categories for the challenge participants to tackle, and I'm really loving the different categories. Can't wait to tackle this list, and hopefully, get some really interesting variety in my reads this year. For more details, check out the introduction post.

GOAL: 52 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 27% READ
1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
4. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
5. Sounds Like Me: My Life So Far (In Song) by Sara Bareilles
6. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
7. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
8. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
9. Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
10. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
12. Warcross by Marie Lu
13. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
14. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

One of my priority goals for 2017 is to whittle down my TBR to a manageable amount. I did do some culling prior to and right after the new year hit (and those books are going to good homes, I promise), but I still have close to 100 books to tackle at last count. It seemed fitting to sign up for the Rock My TBR Reading Challenge since that's what I'm aiming to do! I'm really looking forward to rising up to the challenge and ending the year with 30 books or less on my TBR.  For more details, check out the introduction + sign-up post.

GOAL: 60 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 64% READ
1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
2. Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
4. The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
6. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
7. Naruto, Vol. 63: World of Dreams by Masashi Kishimoto
8. Naruto, Vol. 64: Ten Tails by Masashi Kishimoto
9. Naruto, Vol. 65: Hashirama and Madara by Masashi Kishimoto
10. Naruto, Vol. 66: The New Three by Masashi Kishimoto
11. Naruto, Vol. 67: An Opening by Masashi Kishimoto
12. Naruto, Vol. 68: Path by Masashi Kishimoto
13. Naruto, Vol. 69: The Start of a Crimson Spring by Masashi Kishimoto
14. Naruto, Vol. 70: Naruto and the Sage of Six Paths by Masashi Kishimoto
15. Naruto, Vol. 71: I Love You Guys by Masashi Kishimoto
16. Naruto, Vol. 72: Uzumaki Naruto!! by Masashi Kishimoto
17. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles
18. The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
19. Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer
20. Fruits Basket Collector's Edition Vol. 2 by Natsuki Takaya
21. The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
22. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
23. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
24. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
25. Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
26. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
27. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
28. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto
29. Boruto, Vol. 1: Next Generations by Masashi Kishimoto, Ukyo Kodachi, Mikeo Ikemoto
30. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
31. Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
32. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes



The three challenges included in this section are my own personal reading goals, and I didn't sign up for any officially hosted challenges. I wanted to hold myself publicly accountable for them. Additionally, if you're looking to do similar reading, perhaps you'll find a suggestion or two here.

I failed hard at reading one classic a month last year, if I'm being honest. But apparently, I'm a stubborn gal and determined to somehow succeed at this goal in 2017. I've acquired my fair share of classics in the last few years, and I definitely want to make more of an effort to read them.

GOAL: 12 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 8% READ
1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Here's a new-to-me goal - I want to try and read one non-fiction book a month. This goal was born out of my desire to go back to reading about things (particularly historical periods and people) that I'm interested in, and I figure that it would provide a nice balance to all the fiction I read in a year.

GOAL: 12 BOOKS | PROGRESS: 17% READ
1. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles
2. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

2017 is going to be the year that I actually read Les Miserables, my friends. I have always found the musical fascinating, and I've seen it (and the movie) more than once so I'm pretty familiar with the general story. I'm curious about the source material, which is partly why I'm interested in finally reading it. The other part of my desire to read it stems from the fact that my cousin has read it multiple times and really loves it and I want to be able to discuss it with her!

GOAL: 100% READ | PROGRESS: 8% READ

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