- Most of all, I would like to enjoy reading. In 2016, I had quite a few big books that I wanted to read but I didn’t read many of them. As I look back and reflect, I think that is because I put too big of an emphasis on the number of books I read and meeting my Goodreads Reading Goal. I tend to be a slower reader so big books can take over a week for me to read. I will still be setting a Goodreads Reading Goal for 2017 and I will be increasing it just a little bit from 2016. However, if I don’t meet the goal or find later in the year that I have to lower my goal, I’m okay with that. Enjoying the books that I read will be my most important goal of 2017. 🙂
- I would like to read at least 3 re-reads. With such a huge and ever increasing Mt.TBR, I do not often re-read books. This year I’ve really thought about the benefits of re-reading so in 2017 I plan to try some more re-reads.
- I would like to read at least 3 classics/modern classics. In 2016, I started to read a few classics and modern classics and I would like to continue this in 2017.
- I would like to read at least 3 Tomes (books with 500 or more pages). As I mentioned in goal #1, I have a lot of Tomes sitting on my shelves. I’m interested in them and I would really like to focus on picking a few of them up in 2017.
- My Goodreads Goal this year will be to read 45 books.
Sweeter Reads Goals
I am a member of a Goodreads Group called Sweeter Reads. Every year, we read books of the month and have yearly challenges. Here are my goals for 2017 in Sweeter Reads Bookclub.
- Atleast 1 Book of the Month. Each month we vote on a list of books and the top 3 books plus a book from the member of the month make up our group books of the month. I plan to choose at least one of these books to read every month.
- One of my favorite activities that we do is our quarterly Recommendation Swap. Members sign up and are paired with another member to swap a book recommendation (or two…or three…) and then you have 3 months to read the recommended book.
- TBR Jar Challenge I plan to read at least 1 book from my TBR jar each month.
Here’s my 2017 TBR Jar that my lovely husband bought for me. I can’t wait to see what book I pull out for January!
4. Oh the Places You’ll Go Alphabet Location Challenge I will be hosting this challenge for the group this year. It’s a challenge where you track the places you go through books, fantasy or realistic places, and try to find one for each letter in the alphabet.
5.Popsugar Challenge I loosely challenge myself with this challenge. I choose the books I want to read and see how many I can work into this challenge throughout the year.
This challenge is created by Popsugar.
Here’s the challenge if you are interested in joining in…
Around the Year in 52 Books 2017
The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
3. A book you meant to read in 2016
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
5. A historical fiction
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
8. A book written by a person of color
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
10. A dual-timeline novel
11. A category from another challenge
12. A book based on a myth
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
16. A mystery
17. A book with illustrations
18. A really long book (600+ pages)
19. A New York Times best-seller
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book
27. A book by one of your favorite authors
28. A non-fiction
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
37. A book you choose randomly
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
39. An epistolary fiction
40. A book published in 2017
41. A book with an unreliable narrator
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link)
45. A book with a one-word title
46. A time travel novel
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
52. A book set in a fictional location