Book Goals

A new year, a new set of goals. For 2017, I’m combining my normal Goodreads number goal with a couple Reading Challenges to help me expand my reading this year!


I’m setting my Goodreads goal back at 50 this year after failing to achieve the 60 book goal I set the past 2 years. Feel free to follow along and see how I’m doing throughout the year!

I’m also going to attempt a few different reading challenges throughout the year as well. I’m using them as more of a guideline to get me out of my reading comfort zone rather than a list I have to stick strictly to. I’ve picked two that both have 50 or more items to give me lots of choices. Some of them overlap a bit, but it’s still more than enough to help me get out of a reading rut! (Links to both reading challenges include a printable form if you want to follow along as well!)

The PopSugar Reading Challenge:

  1. A book recommended by a librarian
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  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
  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
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book with a subtitle
  16. A book that’s published in 2017
  17. A book involving a mythical creature
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career advice
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
  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 vistied
  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
  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 a day of the week in the title
  35. A book set in a hotel
  36. A book written by someone you admire
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
  40. A book you bought on a trip
  41. A book recommended by an author you love
    • The Heavenly Table – Donald Ray Pollock— It doesn’t entirely fit the category, but his first novel, Knockemstiff, was recommended by my favorite, Chuck Palahniuk, and I’ve read every thing Pollock has written since because of it.
  42. A bestseller from 2016
  43. A book with a family member in the title
  44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
  45. A book about an immigrant or a refugee
  46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve  never heard of
  47. A book with an eccentric character
  48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
  49. A book you got from a used book sale
  50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book
  51. A book about a difficult topic
  52. A book based on mythology

I’m also attempting the Book 50 Reading Challenge as well: 

  1. A book published in 2017
  2. A book published in 1917 or before
  3. A book recommended to you by someone else
  4. A book you should have read in school but didn’t
  5. A biography
  6. A devotional or spiritual book
  7. A book version of a film
  8. A book you bought based only on the cover
  9. A book by an author from your state
  10. A book of poetry
  11. A play by Shakespeare
  12. A YA lit book
  13. A book originally published in another language
  14. A book about politics
  15. A collection of short stories
  16. A book about science
  17. A book you own but have never read
  18. A book from an unfamiliar genre
  19. Two books by the same author
  20. A book that is more than 200 pages long
  21. A collection of essays
  22. A book from the New York Times Bestseller list
  23. A historical fiction set over 100 years ago
  24. A nonfiction book about a specific time period
  25. A book with a number in the title
  26. A book written or published in the year you were born
  27. A book set in a different country
  28. A book you’ve read once before
  29. Mystery/Suspense novel
  30. A book that is more than 300 pages long
  31. The first book in a series
  32. A book you’ve always wanted to read
  33. A book written in first-person
  34. A book about the founding fathers
  35. A book with a yellow cover
  36. A book about animals
  37. An award winning book
    38-50 Your choice

I also have a rather vague list of general goals I want to achieve, which hopefully through my reading challenges, I’ll be able to knock out:

So there you have it! Hopefully 2017 will be a year full of reading!