2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges


What’s the word for when you set a bunch of reading goals for yourself and accomplish none of them? Ah, that’s right, you pulled on Alicia. I had such high ambitions for myself last year and failed miserably when it came to actually tackling them. I did however do really well when it came to reading challenges hosted by other people. Maybe I’m only afraid of other people’s judgement. This year I’m limiting the number of challenges I participate in to the following and also including a few personal goals for myself (that I’m determined to actually accomplish!):

That Artsy Reader Girl

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and will run from January 2017-December 2017. I participated in this challenge last year and really enjoyed most of the debuts I picked up. Among my favorites were Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere and Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast. This year I’m really looking forward to a number of debuts including Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, and Rhoda Belleza’s Empress of a Thousand Skies. Like last year, my goal for this challenge will be to pick up at least twelve debuts throughout the year.

2. The Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. This challenge also runs January – December. The goal is to read as many fantasy novels throughout the year as you so choose as well as participate in four book club reads. My goal for this challenge will be 20 fantasy novels. It’s not a high number and I’ll likely go over, but I feel that I’ve sort of been neglecting my favorite genre as of late, so I’m hoping this will help me dive back in.


3. The Winter 2017 Comment Challenge hosted by myself and Lonna @ FLYLēF . This challenge runs from January through March (though we may bring it back again during the summer) and is a really fun way to connect with new bloggers. Each month we’re pairing bloggers and encouraging them to get to know one another by commenting on each other’s blogs all month long. January sign-ups are currently closed, but you can sign-up for February here.

4. Participate in a buddy read or two. I already have a couple lined up, so hopefully I can accomplish this early in the year.

5. Listen to an audio book. I have never listened to an audio book before. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without doing so. I’ve got a crochet project already lined up to help me accomplish this.

6. Read at least one graphic novel. Something else I’ve never done before. I have no excuse to read at least one this year. Always up for suggestions if you have any!

Are you participating in any of these challenges? What reading challenges are you most looking forward to? Do you have any personal goals you wish to accomplish in 2017?

45 thoughts on “2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges

  1. Goodluck with these! I have never listened to an audio book either, I have nothing against them I just haven’t. Would you like to buddy read? I have only ever done one and it was great so I would love to again.

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    1. I think I’ve just always been intimidated by the amount of time it takes to get through an audio book. I’ve always just figured I can get through it faster by just reading it. I’ve currently got three buddy reads on my schedule, but if you’re interested in doing one over the summer or fall, I’d totally be up for it!


  2. Oh I love the buddy read challenge for yourself! I always fail at them (either reading too slow or too fast) but they’re always fun. As for graphic novels, I’ve only ever read Marvel comics – but Civil War is great!

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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  3. I definitely agree with the whole ‘pulling an Alicia’ thing. I do it every year too 😀 Also if you want to read a great graphic novel I definitely recommend either Nimona by Noelle Stevenson or the Saga series. They’re both amazing!

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  4. Good luck with all the challenges, Alicia! I loved the audio books for The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch and Harry Potter (when narrated by Stephen Fry), and the ones for the Riyria series by Michael J. Sullivan. I could highly recommend those -or at least their narrators 😀

    I’m only participating in the Beat the Backlist challenge. I wanted to focus on one, and do my very best to accomplish my goals.

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    1. Thanks, Jolien! I’ve been meaning to read The Lies of Locke Lamora forever, thank you for mentioning the audio book. I’ve seen Beat the Backlist a lot lately. There are a ton of books that aren’t new releases that I need to get to. Good luck with your challenge!

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  5. Good luck with completing all your goals! I’m participating in the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge as well and I’ve set my goal at 25 books. Last year when I participated, I had a goal of 40 books and only read 27. Oops! I hope we both conquer this challenge this year!

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  6. Good luck with all of your challenges! I love listening to audiobooks. I usually listen to them while I’m at work and then have other books that I read while I’m at home. I’ve never read a graphic novel before either, but I really want to get into them.

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  7. So far this year I just have the goodreads challenge. But I’m planning on adding a few more. I just listened to my first audiobook this year as well.

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  8. Eeee, I forgot to join the comment challenge for January! Oh well, I’ll try to remember for next month. 😉

    And OH MY GOD like 80% of what I read last year (and the year before… and probably 40% of what I read the year before THAT) were graphic novels and comic books. So hit me up if you need recs! I have so many! Based on genre, diversity, length, subject… alllll sorts of things. 😀

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  9. no audiobooks? like ever?? Oh my, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if not for some audiobooks now and then :P. But then again, I’m not much of a music listener, sure I do so from time to time, but rather rarely. I think I prefer someone talking over an actual music.

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  10. I am also participating in the Winter Comment Challenge 😀 If you’re thinking of starting reading Audiobooks, I suggest you have a look at 2017 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and Caffeinated Book Reviewer – you choose the amount of books you want to listen to throughout the year. It’s fun and you have support to help you achieve it! 😀 Good luck with all your challenges!

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  11. These sound like great, really achievable goals!! Good luck! I didn’t participate in any challenges last year after doing quite a few in 2015 but this year I’m going to do 4: Flights of Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Rock My TBR (I really want to read more of the books I already own!), and Retellings. Personally I also want to reread more because I enjoy it so and talk myself out of it too often.

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  12. Good luck with your challenges, Alicia! I like the debut author challenge, I should make a point to read more debuts, too. It’s always good to discover new voices.

    For graphic novels, I’d recommend Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. It’s a great novel and it’s a standalone, so you don’t have to commit to a really long series (I like Saga, too, for example, but it currently has 6 parts published and I still haven’t caught up…).

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