Reading Challenges for 2017

If you are looking for ways to read more books in 2017 or to change up your reading a bit, a reading challenge is often a good place to start. A reading challenge usually gives you 12 topics (maybe more) and challenges you to find a book that fits that category.

Since I am hoping to read more books as well as read more books off my own shelf in 2017, I am hoping these two challenges will motivate me.

The first challenge is one that our small town library is sponsoring. Our library board, of which I am a member, created this list of 12 categories for a reading challenge. We are hoping to entice our small community of readers to read more books and step out of their usual reading a bit and maybe even find a new author or new genre they really like. Maybe we could even learn something new. If you would like a copy of this Reading Challenge bookmark and to join me in this challenge, I’d be happy to send you a copy. Just email me at StacieLe AT netins DOT net.

Van Horne Library Reading Challenge
Read a book….
1. With a color in the title 
2. That has a war as a setting
3. A biography or autobiography
4. That is a classic or National Book Award winner
5. That was written by an Iowan
6. You haven’t read since you were in school
7. Set somewhere you’d like to visit
8. Under 150 pages
9.That was made into a movie
10. About a culture you are unfamiliar with
11. Published in 2017
12. About books

I’ll also be doing Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading for Fun Reading Challenge. To receive her printable list, click HERE.

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
Reading for Fun
1. a book you chose for the cover
2. a book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able
3. a book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit 
4. a book you’ve already read
5. a juicy memoir
6. a book about books or reading
7. a book in a genre you usually avoid
8. a book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read
9. a book in the backlist of a new favorite author
10. a book recommended by someone with great taste
11. a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet
12. a book about a topic or subject you already love

I have some ideas for some of the categories, but we will also see how the year falls. At least I know some of my must reads for 2017. I will update you as the year goes on to see which books I’ve read that fit either one of these lists. There may be some cross-over between the lists, but I’m hoping that this will add 24 new books to my “read” list.

Some books I’m planning to read for these challenges include: LILAC GIRLS, THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY, WOMEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR I and WORLD WAR II, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, READY PLAYER ONE, GROWING UP COUNTRY, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY, THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER.  I think that is a good start and I’m anxious to see what other books come my way that fit these categories.

What do you do to read more books? How do you choose what to read next? Let me know if you are joining a reading challenge for 2017.

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