Reading Challenges

2017 Reading Challenges

It’s that time of the year when I set myself reading challenges for the upcoming year. I was quite successful with my reading challenges in 2016 and hope to continue the same in 2017. These are the challenges I’m participating in next year:

Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 

I participated in Erin’s challenge for the very first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a point-based challenge with interesting options to read. This year, in addition to the Facebook group, Erin also has a Goodreads group for the challenge. Here’s my list for her challenge for the first half of the year:

  •  5 points: Read a book that is at least 200 pages – You by Caroline Kepnes
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “W” – When the moon is low by Nadia Hashimi
  • 10 points: Read a book with six words in the title – The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi
  • 15 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover – Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • 20 points: Read a book with a homonym in the title – The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar (hour=our)
  • 20 points: Read a book by your favourite author – Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (fav author – J. K. Rowling)
  • 25 points: Read a book set in the city/town/state/territory/county/province where you live – Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • 30 points: Read a “Rory Gilmore” book – The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 30 points: Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read) – Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • 35 points: Read a book with time travel – The restaurant at the end of the universe by Douglas Adams

Aussie Author Challenge 2017

Once again this year, I’m aiming to achieve Kangaroo status by reading 4 female authors, 4 males authors and 4 authors that are new to me in at least three different genres. My list is as follows:

 4 female authors:

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent (Historical fiction)
  • The Dry by Jane Harper (Crime fiction)
  • An Isolated incident by Emily Maguire (Psychological thriller)
  • The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan (Literary Fiction)

4 male authors:

  • Infidelity by Hugh Mackay (Novel)
  • Selection Day by Aravind Adiga (Fiction)
  • Thai-no-mite by Oliver Phommavanh (Children’s fiction)
  • Seven types of ambiguity by Eliot Perlman (Contemporary fiction)

4 authors new to me:

  • Tell the truth shame the devil by Melina Marchetta (Fiction)
  • Breathing under water by Sophie Hardcastle (Young Adult)
  • Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell (Memoir)
  • The Teacher’s secret by Suzanne Leal (Fiction)

Australian Women Writers 2017 

It’s been a while since I’ve signed up to this challenge but given that a lot of my Aussie Authors are women, I’m looking forward to this one in 2017. I’m aiming for the Franklin level which involves reading 10 Australian Women writers and reviewing at least 8. My list includes:

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent (Historical fiction)
  • The Dry by Jane Harper (Crime fiction)
  • An Isolated incident by Emily Maguire (Psychological thriller)
  • Breathing under water by Sophie Hardcastle (Young Adult)
  • Tell the truth shame the devil by Melina Marchetta (Fiction)
  • The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan (Literary fiction)
  • Journey from Venice by Ruth Cracknell (Memoir)
  • The Teacher’s secret by Suzanne Leal (Fiction)
  • Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Crime Fiction)
  • The dangers of truffle hunting by Sunni Overend (Romance)

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I’ll push myself a little bit in 2017 and aim to read 40 books. You can follow my progress on Goodreads.

I’ve made sure almost all books are on my shelf waiting to be read or else, are available at my local library. Just like in 2016, I’ll review my progress halfway through the year and then wrap-up in December. I’m looking forward to an exciting year of reading!

Are you participating in any reading challenges in 2017? 

Do share!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Elizabeth Lhuede
    28 December 2016 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for signing up for #aww2017, Sanch, and for spreading the word about the AWw challenge. I notice we having some of the same books on our “to be read” or wish list piles – An Isolated Incident, The Dry, Tell the Truth and Same the Devil. I look forward to reading what you think of them.

  • Elizabeth Lhuede
    28 December 2016 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for signing up for #aww2017, Sanch, and for spreading the word about the AWw challenge. I notice we having some of the same books on our “to be read” or wish list piles – An Isolated Incident, The Dry, Tell the Truth and Same the Devil. I look forward to reading what you think of them.

    • Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life
      28 December 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Really looking forward to it Elizabeth! I don’t know why I didn’t participate this year as I do read a lot of Aussie women authors!

  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    28 December 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Fantastic to have you joining us again for another year of the Aussie Author Challenge Sanch! Some interesting titles on that list, even a couple I’ve not come across before – I’m looking forward to reading Melina Marchetta’s latest also.

  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    28 December 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Fantastic to have you joining us again for another year of the Aussie Author Challenge Sanch! Some interesting titles on that list, even a couple I’ve not come across before – I’m looking forward to reading Melina Marchetta’s latest also.

    • Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life
      28 December 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Always love your challenge Jo! I’ve got Melina’s book as part of my book club for Feb so it’s going to be read soon 🙂

  • Nabanita
    28 December 2016 at 2:09 pm

    That’s a wonderful list, Sanch and I wish you all the best. I participated in the Goodreads challenge this year and was able to read 34 out of 30 books planned 🙂 So, I’m probably going to do that again in 2017. Happy reading ?
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  • Nabanita
    28 December 2016 at 2:09 pm

    That’s a wonderful list, Sanch and I wish you all the best. I participated in the Goodreads challenge this year and was able to read 34 out of 30 books planned 🙂 So, I’m probably going to do that again in 2017. Happy reading ?
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  • Olya @ The Siberian American
    28 December 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Great picks! I have been wanting to read You.

  • Olya @ The Siberian American
    28 December 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Great picks! I have been wanting to read You.

  • Soumya
    28 December 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Wow, wow and wow! That’s quite a list and so elite at that 😀

    I had planned to read 30 books this year and got to 37! I plan to do 50 next year and not with a planned list. Things always go awry for me when I plan reading. I’m just gonna read what I feel like!

    All the best to you Sanch. Happy reading and wishing you a healthy and lovely 2017!
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    • Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life
      28 December 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks Soumya, there are still going to be a lot of unplanned books to make up the 45 but for the 3 challenges, I liked the idea of lists. I’m part of a book club so there’s always going to be 12 books I don’t plan as well 🙂 Looking forward to following your progress on goodreads!

    • Renee
      2 January 2017 at 12:14 pm

      I struggle to make reading lists too – I’m a mood reader so read whatever I feel like.

  • Lata Sunil
    28 December 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Quite a list of reading challenges and they all seem unique. I am in on the GoodReads challenge and also plan to read a lot of translated works from India this year. Best wishes.

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    28 December 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Oh well done you – so much reading! I’ve not done any challenges but I have read more books in the last six months than I’ve probably read in the last six years, and I’ve enjoyed every single page! I can’t wait to get stuck in to more books in 2017 and I’ll be staying tuned for your recommendations.

  • Linda
    28 December 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Oh wow, that’s a great list! I’m craving more time to read, and I’ve been trying to prioritise my reading above TV and Netflix! I’ve managed to read 4 books in the last 3 weeks as I’ve been doing a lot of traveling on a train and sitting with my Mum while she recovers. I love the title of the book in the top picture that says ‘Strange objects covered in fur’! Happy reading in 2017. x

  • Parul Thakur
    29 December 2016 at 3:48 am

    Wow! I love how you have planned your reading days ahead. Such interesting challenges. I completed the Goodreads challenge is year and I will take the same in 2017. But I will also aim for a higher target 🙂
    Good luck with your challenges, Sanch.
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  • Sid
    29 December 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I reckon I might have to do something like this in 2017 just to get myself to read. I read a grand total of 4.5 books last year – yes, you read that right 🙁
    Well, here’s to a better 2017 and lots of reading. For you, and for me 🙂
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    • Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life
      29 December 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Good luck with the reading in 2017 Sid…I think what helped this year for me was that I travelled a fair bit to and from work on public transport. Let’s see how next year goes where I only drive for 20 minutes!

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