Now that I’ve officially ended my December Reading Challenge and have had time to think about my reading and general goals for 2017, I’m excited to share my ideas for this year’s Reading Challenge.

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make this part of my blog more exciting for myself and for those of you who visit since talking about books is the purpose of this blog, and because of various failed monthly goals, I’ve wanted to move away from the Reading Challenge format I’ve always used. I also read books that are not part of my Reading Challenge each month, which sometimes usually end up taking time away from my “designated” monthly reading. Now that that’s been said, on to the fun part!

For 2017, I’ll be reading a designated list of 23 books – no month-to-month restrictions. Before I tell you what the list consists of, I need to give full credit of this idea to Hannah Braime, a writer, speaker, and blogger who published her Reading Challenge at the end of November. Before you continue reading below, check out her post here.

Back? Great! Here are the bullets I’ve chosen for my Reading Challenge this year (with just some minor modifications):

  • A chapter book from your childhood:
    • Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
  • A book published over 100 years ago:
    • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • A book published this year:
    • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • A non-fiction book:
    • Alzheimer’s in America: The Shriver Report on Women and Alzheimers by Maria Shriver
  • A memoir:
    • The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr
  • A book that became or is becoming a film:
    • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • A book published in the 20th Century:
    • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • A book set in your hometown, region, or state:
    • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • A book with a number in the title:
    • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • A book with a protagonist who shares your first name:
    • Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll by Rosanne Hawke
  • A trilogy or series (will update title information as I go):
  • A book recommended to you:
    • The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories by Anthony Marra
      (thank you FictionFan for the rec!)
  • A book with over 500 pages:
    • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • A previously banned book:
    • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A book with a one-word title:
    • Honeymoon by Patrick Modiano
  • A book translated from another language:
    • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • A personal growth or self-help book:
    • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
    • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*CK by Sarah Knight
  • A play:
    • Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley
  • A science fiction novel:
    • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • A horror or scary novel:
  • A book you own but haven’t yet read:
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • A modern retelling of a classic novel:
    • Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
  • A used book:
    • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

I haven’t put these in any particular order, and as you can see, I’ve only made concrete decisions for some of them. I am actively reviewing my Goodreads TBR shelf to fill each bullet out, so check back in for updates (which I’ll also post on Twitter). I am not going to use one book for multiple bullets, because that would not be as exciting and I want to continue increasing the number of books I read each year. Additionally, these will not be the only books I read throughout the year, so if you would like to see what I’m reading outside of this list, follow @theressomethingabout_ on Instagram and subscribe to my blog posts (the bottom right hand side of this page).

If you didn’t before, visit Hannah Braime’s blog, and share your 2017 reading goals below in the comments or via the contact form, and if you have a recommendation I would be happy to hear it. And, if you will be joining this particular Reading Challenge, tell me which kinds of books you’ll be reading! Thank you for visiting, and I wish you all the luck in your goals, challenges, and aspirations in this new year.

See you soon!

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