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!



58 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge

  1. 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 🙂

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  2. 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.

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    1. 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.

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      1. 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

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      2. 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 🙂

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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.

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