2017 Reading Challenges

I’ve decided to use various reading challenges to increase my motivation. The following structured challenges sounded interesting:

Back to the Classics Challenge 2017 (4/12)

This year, I’m participating  in my first Back to the Classics challenge over at Books and Chocolate. I decided to pick books I’ve never read as this will give me an excuse to finally get some of my own books completed. Here are the categories, and my selections for each:

1.  A 19th Century Classic: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

2.  A 20th Century Classic:

3.  A classic by a woman author: 

4.  A classic in translation: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

5.  A classic published before 1800:

6.  An romance classic: A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

7.  A Gothic or horror classic:

8.  A classic with a number in the title:

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title:

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit:

11. An award-winning classic: Dune by Frank Herbert

12. A Russian Classic:

POPSUGAR’s 2017 Reading Challenge (2/40)

I thought this challenge looked interesting so I’m giving this one a try this year:

  1. A book recommended by a librarian:
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
  3. A book of letters:
  4. An audiobook:
  5. A book by a person of color:
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title:
  7. A book that is a story within a story: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
  8. A book with multiple authors:
  9. An espionage thriller:
  10. A book with a cat on the cover:
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: Thinner by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read:
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability: Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
  14. A book involving travel: A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
  15. A book with a subtitle:
  16. A book that’s published in 2017:
  17. A book involving a mythical creature:  The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile: Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig
  19. A book about food:
  20. A book with career advice: Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship by Garry L. Landreth
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective: The Bees by Laline Paull
  22. A steampunk novel:
  23. A book with a red spine:
  24. A book set in the wilderness:
  25. A book you loved as a child:
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name:
  28. A novel set during wartime:
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator:
  30. A book with pictures: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you:
  32. A book about an interesting woman:
  33. A book set in two different time periods:
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title:
  35. A book set in a hotel:
  36. A book written by someone you admire: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas:
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before: Dune by Frank Herbert
  40. A book you bought on a trip:

Advanced (0/12)

  1. A book recommended by an author you love:
  2. A bestseller from 2016:
  3. A book with a family-member term in the title:
  4. A book that takes place over a character’s life span:
  5. A book about an immigrant or refuge:
  6. A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of:
  7. A book with an eccentric character:
  8. A book that’s more than 800 pages:
  9. A book you got from a used book sale:
  10. A book that’s been mentioned in another book:
  11. A book about a difficult topic:
  12. A book based on mythology :


Austen In August (0/5)

I found this great challenge hosted every August and decided to participate this year! I’ve created my own mini-challenge for this one!




1. An Austen novel I’ve never read:

2. An old favorite: 

3. An unfinished work completed by another author: 

4. An interesting mashup/adaptation of a Jane Austen work: 

5. A nonfiction book about Jane Austen or her time period: