2017 Reading Challenge

Hello, beautiful readers!

Now that 2017 is here I am left contemplating all that was accomplished in 2016. It was a successful year of personal growth for me, and believe it or not I owe much of that growth to books!

Yup, that’s right dear friends, reading has helped transform me mentally, physically and creatively throughout this past year.

In 2016 I committed myself to reading 30 books, a hefty goal for me. As the year began I slowly started gaining enthusiasm around this goal and soon I was flying through books of all kind.

I tracked my progress on my Goodreads. It has been an endeavor that I am so happy I committed to. Unfortunately, I did not reach 30 books but I did finish 28, yay! You can see my progress below or find more detail on my Goodreads.


Despite not reaching my 2016 goal I have decided to make an even bigger one for this year.

My new goal is… Read 35 books by the end of 2017.

So in light of my renewed love of reading, I would like to invite you all along to transform yourself this new year! Join me in committing yourself to reading this year.


How will it work?

Step 1: Sign up for a Goodreads account if you do not already have one, this way you can keep track of your progress easily along with other people doing the challenge.

Step 2: Choose a commitment level. Make sure your goal is challenging enough but not so difficult that it is unachievable. It can be anything from 10 books to 52 books the join the 2017 reading challenge at Goodreads.

Step 3: Comment on this post with your Goodreads link and let us know how many books you will be committing to for 2017. That way we can add each other and keep up the motivation. Make sure you update your progress throughout the year!

What are you waiting for? Start reading!

I will be writing posts throughout the year sharing what books I have enjoyed and suggest, and I urge you all to do the same!

Reading really can transform your life, take it from me. This year has been a whirlwind of growth and I owe a huge part of that to my love of books.

And it all started with one little commitment.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up, pick a goal and start reading!

Happy reading everyone!



  1. usathroughoureyes | 5th Jan 17

    We love the challenge you are putting forth. There are soooooo many great books that teach, excite and motivate.

    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      Awesome! Thank you!

  2. nectar1269 | 5th Jan 17

    I also track my reading through Goodreads – I had a goal of 30 books last year and made it to 26 or 27… I was initially a little disappointed but realised that after reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, all other books pale into comparison… I’ve set myself the same goal for this year so let’s see what happens! Good luck 🙂

    • nectar1269 | 5th Jan 17

      Pale IN comparison is what I meant!

    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      That is awesome! Leave me your goodreads account info so I can add you if you like. I would love to see what books you have read and will read in the coming year. Good luck 🙂

      • nectar1269 | 5th Jan 17

        I’ve just added you 🙂

        • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

          Yay! Looking forward to getting reading 🙂

  3. Taz On Blog | 5th Jan 17

    I rarely read anymore. I loved setting this challenge for myself. Just set it up and can’t wait to start. I will be sharing on my blog also. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      YAY! Awesome! Send me your Goodreads account link if you like then we can keep each other motivated. It is a lot of fun 🙂

  4. Bernadine | 5th Jan 17

    Great challenge!!

  5. DropaJewel | 5th Jan 17

    Sign me up! Just made a new Goodreads account


    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      Awesome! I am adding you now 🙂

  6. April Munday | 5th Jan 17

    This is my third year with the Goodreads challenge. Last year I had a goal of 90 books and only managed 71, which was a disappointment. This year I’ve gone down to 40. I realised when I looked at the analysis of last year’s books that I tend to read long books, so 90 was very ambitious, although I do feel that 40 is rather undemanding for me. I love to read and will read almost anything.

    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      90 books! Wow! That is over a book a week, that is truly amazing. Good luck with your goal this year. Feel free to add me 🙂

    • Louise | 7th Jan 17

      I toyed with making a smaller book goal this year to read longer books and finally opted against. I go between heavier and lighter reads and manage to get there – but there are some longer ones I want to get through that I know will cause me to “fall behind” as far as book count goes. I figure as long as you are enjoying reading it doesn’t matter too much.

      • StephJ | 8th Jan 17

        That is so true! I have a few larger books planed for this year that I know will take me awhile. I am not to strict on the actual goal it’s just nice to have the intention there so if I find myself slacking I have that goal to stay motivated. If that makes sense. Haha

      • April Munday | 8th Jan 17

        True, but I hate to fail and, if I’m going to have a goal, I want it to be one that I can achieve.

        • Louise | 8th Jan 17

          In that case, maybe do like I do and mix short books with longer ones. I’m slogging through one that is a little north of 1000 pages right now – but finished up a (very well written, in my opinion) vampire fiction one yesterday to break things up. And variety makes it more entertaining for me too 🙂

          • April Munday | 8th Jan 17

            I have got some shorter books on my list for this year, so that should help.

          • Louise | 8th Jan 17

            Good luck!

  7. Train Of Thought | 5th Jan 17

    I’m aiming for 60 books this year, can I join?


    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      60 books! That is amazing 🙂 I am adding you now. Good luck!

  8. Katrina | 5th Jan 17

    I’m going for 30 books in 2017. Adding you now–here I am: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5905522-katrina-robinson

    • StephJ | 5th Jan 17

      Awesome! 30 books is quite the challenge. I hope I can reach it this year also. 😊

  9. Intentergy | 6th Jan 17

    You have given some terrific advice on how to set a reading goal! Thank you for this inspiration. I might just have to add a reading challenge to my own personal goals for 2017.

  10. Kate | 6th Jan 17

    Steph, this is a great idea! Unfortunately I won’t be able to participate this year since I’m committing myself to a different annual challenge. But I like the idea of being able to support each other in reaching a certain goal 😄 I wish you all the best in this challenge!

    • StephJ | 6th Jan 17

      Thank you! Good luck with your other goals for this year 🙂

  11. Glaiza Binayas | 6th Jan 17

    Awesome Steph! Good luck this year. 😊
    I want to read 15 books this year and I already finished one. https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/7707660

    • StephJ | 6th Jan 17

      That is awesome! Adding you now 🙂

      • Glaiza Binayas | 7th Jan 17

        I’ve been trying to figure out how to add you too. Haha. Can you teach me?

  12. Holly | 6th Jan 17

    Love this! I’ll be aiming to read 24 books in 2017. https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/6927933

    • StephJ | 6th Jan 17

      Awesome! Good luck, that is a hefty goal 🙂 I am adding you now!

  13. starringpamela | 7th Jan 17

    Last year I started with a goal of 15 books and had to keep increasing it before settling on 75. I ended the year with 90! This year I settled for a goal of 50 books so we’ll see if I can make it to that in 2017. I’m feeling optimistic! Good luck with your goal! If you’d like to add me feel free! https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/7172339

    • StephJ | 7th Jan 17

      That is amazing! I look forward to tracking your progress this year. 😊

  14. sassycatk | 7th Jan 17

    I have been thinking about a reading challenge for 2017 .. I love your take on it! 🙂

    • StephJ | 8th Jan 17

      Awesome! If you sign up make sure to add me!

    • Goodtoknow101 | 18th Feb 17

      Hey I’ve just written a blog post about this. It would be great if you could check it out 🙂

  15. Louise | 7th Jan 17

    This is my third year doing the Goodreads challenge. I am aiming for 50 books again this year. This is me: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12674557-louise

    Good luck with your challenge!

    • StephJ | 8th Jan 17

      Wonderful! That is a huge goal. Can’t wait to see your progress 😊

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  17. arlene | 10th Jan 17

    Thank you for the invite. I’ve been doing the challenge at Goodreads for about five years now. I have started on my own and committed to read 150 books this year.

    • StephJ | 10th Jan 17

      Thats awesome! Feel free to add me if you like. Good luck 🙂

  18. Rebecca Farren | 10th Jan 17

    My 2017 Reading Challenge is 20 books! 🙂

    • StephJ | 11th Jan 17

      Awesome! Good luck 🙂

    • StephJ | 11th Jan 17

      Hooray! Best of luck to you 🙂

  19. Scar Paperdoll | 12th Jan 17

    I started Goodreads last October and I have read 17/15. My friend challenges me to do 90 this time. Good luck to both of us!

    Here’s my account:

  20. Literary Weaponry | 13th Jan 17

    I love this idea! So glad I found this! My Goodreads account is https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/49013890-literary-weaponry

    I also post about all the books I will read for the year on http://literaryweaponry.com

    • StephJ | 13th Jan 17

      Awesome! Look forward to it 🙂

  21. Anthony Baker | 14th Jan 17

    As a teaching pastor, reading is something I do all the time. However, my big problem is that I am rarely able to read through a single book! Most of the time I read a little here, a little there, and then set it aside for later as I go to something else. I will try to do better this year. Promise.

  22. Tyler Wright | 27th Jan 17

    If you find yourself needing any books to meet your goal, please stop by my book review page at thewrightread.com

    • StephJ | 27th Jan 17

      Thanks! I will check it out 🙂

  23. thegeckoonline | 14th Feb 17

    Good luck! I can’t wait to set up a reading challenge for myself as well (hopefully I can keep it up)

    • StephJ | 14th Feb 17

      If you sign up on Goodreads be sure to add me. ❤

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