My Reading Challenges for 2017

Here are the reading challenges I have decided to join this year and my thoughts on each of them! I will be finishing off some books that I didn’t get to finish by the end of 2016 and will not be counting them in my 2017 challenges. I will only count books that have been started in 2017 and finished in 2017! Really looking forward to this year and completing all my challenges. I have chosen easy challenges and a VERY HARD challenge so hopefully will manage to finish them! I have a feeling this year is going to become another hectic year for me where my reading may take another backseat :(

Good Reads Reading Challenge 2017

I have decided to aim for 40 books for my overall books read for 2017, rather than 50, as I feel like it will be a much more achievable and realistic goal! Hopefully I can manage to read more than 40 books as that would totally be awesome to overachieve :D

Here’s what I have read so far:

1) It’s All Absolutely Fine – Ruby Elliot
2) The Lighthouse Keeper – JC Braswell (skim read)
3) Bear – Marian Engle
4) His Human Slave – Renee Rose
5) Wildfire – Anne Stuart
6) White Fire – Cassie Edwards
7) Big Mushy Happy Lump – Sarah Anderson
8 ) Unicorn Crossing – Dana Simpson
9) I Dared the Duke – Anna Bennett
10) The Little Mermaid – Metaphrog
11) Mythical Beasts & Beings – Lisa Graves
12) A Perfect Gentleman – Candace Camp
13) His Human Prisoner – Renee Rose
14) Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice
15) Belle’s Tale: Vol 1 Manga
16) The Sea is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir – Michael Ward
17) His Human Rebel – Renee Rose
18) The Beast’s Tale: Vol 2 Manga
19) The Bad Luck Bride – Janna MacGregor
20) Prince Albert – Sabrina Paige
21) A Fire in the Blood – Amanda Ashley
22) One Hundred Poems of Kabir – Kabir
23) A Counterfeit Heart – K.C Bateman
24) Silver Silence – Nalini Singh
25) And Then He Kissed Her – Laura Lee Guhrke
26) Wired – Julie Garwood
27) Addicted to the Duke – Bronwen Evans
28) Murder in Mayfair – D.M Quincy
29) 101 Things to do Instead of Playing on Your Phone by Ilka Heinemann
30) The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
31) The Laird Takes a Bride – Lisa Berne
32) Heart and Brain: Body Language by The Awkward Yeti ( Nick Seluk )
33) Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know – Mike Lowery
34) Duke With Benefits – Manda Collins
35) Secrets of a Summer Night – Lisa Kleypas
36) It Happened One Autumn – Lisa Kleypas
37) Lord Sebastian’s Secret – Jane Ashford
38) Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1 – Joe Benítez & M.M. Chen
39) Fish-Boy – Vanita Oelschlager
40) Difficult Women – Roxanne Gay
41) Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm – Dana Simpson
42) The Last Unicorn – Peter Beagle
43) How to be Perfectly Unhappy – Matthew Inman
44) Topaz – Beverly Jenkins
45) The History of England – Jane Austen
46) Mizuki Ep 1 (Manga) – Nao Yazawa
47) The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
48) A Duke in Shining Armour – Loretta Chase
49) Save of the Game – Avon Gale
50) The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir – Anh Do

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017

I’m aiming for the “Bronze level of 10 books” – Hoping to knock off a few of these because I’m totally guilty of becoming click happy at requesting from Netgalley and Edelweiss when I have absolutely NO TIME! This should hopefully bring down those random “Read Now” books I requested :P Hashtag: #NGEW2017
EDIT 25/4/17: I’ve decided to aim for a higher number of books for this challenge as I still have another 10 or so to review and I seem to be requesting new ones….I’ll stick to the next level of “Silver” for now and go from there :)

Here’s what I have read so far:

1) It’s All Absolutely Fine – Ruby Elliot
2) The Lighthouse Keeper – JC Braswell
3) Wildfire – Anne Stuart
4) White Fire – Cassie Edwards
5) Big Mushy Happy Lump – Sarah Anderson
6) Unicorn Crossing – Dana Simpson
7) I Dared the Duke – Anna Bennett
8 ) The Little Mermaid – Metaphrog
9) Mythical Beasts & Beings – Lisa Graves
10) A Perfect Gentleman – Candace Camp
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11) His Human Prisoner – Renee Rose
12) Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice
13) Belle’s Tale: Vol 1 Manga
14) The Sea is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir – Michael Ward
15) His Human Rebel – Renee Rose
16) The Beast’s Tale: Vol 2 Manga
17) The Bad Luck Bride – Janna MacGregor
20) A Fire in the Blood – Amanda Ashley
21) A Counterfeit Heart – K.C Bateman
22) Addicted to the Duke – Bronwen Evans
23) Murder in Mayfair – D.M Quincy
24) 101 Things to do Instead of Playing on Your Phone by Ilka Heinemann
25) Heart and Brain: Body Language by The Awkward Yeti ( Nick Seluk )
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26) The Laird Takes a Bride – Lisa Berne
27) Heart and Brain: Body Language by The Awkward Yeti ( Nick Seluk )
28) Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know – Mike Lowery
29) Duke With Benefits – Manda Collins
30) Lord Sebastian’s Secret – Jane Ashford
31) Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte #1 – Joe Benitez
32) Fish-Boy – Vanita Oelschlager
33) Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm – Dana Simpson
34) How to be Perfectly Unhappy – Matthew Inman

Oldie but a Goodie Reading Challenge 2017

I’m aiming for “The Newbie Looking For Swoon Worthy Adventure 5-10 books” – Definitely aiming to get to at least 10 books of older historical romances! Might find some hidden treasures :D I know I WILL get tempted by new releases on Netgalley & Edelweiss so this should keep me in line :D Very excited about this one actually!

Here’s what I have read so far:
1) White Fire by Cassie Edwards (1997 – first published)
2) And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke (2007)
3) Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas (2004 – first published)
4) It Happened One Autumn – Lisa Kleypas (2005 – first published)
5) Topaz – Beverly Jenkins (1997 – first published)

Read Harder Reading Challenge 2017

OMG what am I doing?? There is no way I’m going to be able to finish this challenge and I have been sitting here trying to talk myself out of joining this challenge for the last three hours but I just couldn’t! This sounds absolutely AMAZING! Wow what a wonderful, wonderful list they have and I just can’t wait to see what books and authors I discover from doing this. I have been looking at some suggestions for each of the categories and boy oh boy there have been some really good books suggested!. This is going to be such a great challenge to do and I will be so proud of myself if I finish this by the end of 2017!

Here’s what I have read so far:

1) Read a book about sports. Save of the Game by Avon Gale
2) Read a debut novel. The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor
3) Read a book about books.
4) Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
5) Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir by Anh Do
6) Read an all-ages comic. Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson, Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson
7) Read a book published between 1900 and 1950. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
8 ) Read a travel memoir.
9) Read a book you’ve read before. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
10) Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. Murder in Mayfair by D.M Quincy
11) Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. Save of the Game by Avon Gale
12) Read a fantasy novel. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
13) Read a nonfiction book about technology.
14) Read a book about war. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
15) Read a YA or middle-grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson
16) Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
17) Read a classic by an author of colour. One Hundred Poems of Kabir by Kabir
18) Read a superhero comic with a female lead. Mizuki Ep 1 (Manga) – Nao Yazawa
19) Read a book in which a character of colour goes on a spiritual journey. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
20) Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel. Save of the Game by Avon Gale
21) Read a book published by a micropress. The History of England by Jane Austen (Quince Tree Press)
22) Read a collection of stories by a woman. Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
23) Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. One Hundred Poems of Kabir by Kabir
24) Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of colour. Fish-Boy by Vanita Oelschlager, Topaz by Beverly Jenkins

Ok that’s enough now! I think I have set myself a very high goal here (even though I told myself not to…sigh) but I’m really excited and can’t wait to get stuck into them! Would love to hear if you have joined any challenges too! Let’s encourage each other! Happy Reading!!!

Edited on the 9th November 2017

2017 Reading Challenges

Good Reads

2017 Reading Challenge

Vellum has read 1 book toward her goal of 40 books.
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Netgalley & Edelweiss

34 out of 25 books (136%)

Oldie but a Goodie

5 out of 10 books (50%)

Read Harder

13 out of 24 books (54.166666666667%)