Reading Challenges 2017


readmyowndamnbooksbuttonThis year the top challenge is that I’m going to aim to not spend money on books. I don’t expect this to really happen — not sure I’m actually capable of not buying ANY form of books for a whole year — but I am going to make a concerted effort to use the library and read through a lot of the books that I already own.  Because I do own a great many that need to be read. I managed to find someone who is actually hosting a challenge of this, so I’ve decided to join up on that.

rhc_cover_pinterestI’m also going to attempt the Book Riot Read Harder challenge again this year — and am starting to brainstorm what books I’ll read for what topics. Because I was at a total loss I decided to start with the first one (probably one of the hardest for me) and tracked something down at the library that will count as a “Sports Book.” I think, for the most part, this wouldn’t be too hard of a challenge this year, if I weren’t trying to also combine it with the “Read My Own Damn Books” Challenge and….

Classics Club LogoTrying to knock more books off of my Classics Club list! I’m totally behind on this, and would like to make some real progress on these books! I stacked up a pretty hefty list but didn’t get through any of them last year.  The Classics Club is a cool group – you should check them out!

I will also, of course, be doing some reading for Banned Book Week again this year  – looking forward to the updated list of most-challenged books of 2016 so I can get started on reading.

2017 Books Read

T20685495aking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. By Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince.

Read Harder Challenge: Read a Book about Sports. (I stand by the fact that Ballet is a sport).

Read My Own Damn Books: Library Book


21965198Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah By Laurie Ann Thompson. Illustrations by Sean Qualls.

Read Harder Challenge: Read a book set more than 5000 miles from your location.

Read My Own Damn Books: Library Book


24694189Two White Rabbits.  By Jairo Buitrago. Illustrations by Rafael Yockteng. Translation by Elisa Amado.

Read Harder Challenge: Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.

Read My Own Damn Books: Library Book


Matilda. By Roald Dahl. Illustrations by Quentin Blake.39988

Read Harder Challenge: Read a book you’ve read before.

Read My Own Damn Books: This is a cheat-ish one. When I moved across country it was on my list of “books I’m allowed to buy if I ever need it again.” So I did purchase an ebook copy.


A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs. Illustrations by Nizar Badr.


A bit of this, a bit of that, the meandering thoughts of a dreamer.

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