Reading Challenges

2017 Reading Challenges Wrap-up

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful day no matter where you are or what you’re doing today. Anyway, we are at the tail end of the year and it’s time for me to look back on the reading challenges for this year and how I went. Late last year, I signed up to a number of reading challenges and reviewed my progress mid-year. So how did I fare at the tail end?

Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0

Erin’s second challenge for the year ran from 1st July till 31st October. As you can see from below, I scored a total of 155 points. I didn’t finish all the books on my list but that happens and it’s okay.

  • 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages – An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
  • 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B” – Beside myself by Ann Morgan
  • 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover – Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Koffman
  • 15 points: Read a book that has a picture of an animal on the cover – Let’s pretend this never happened by Jenny Lawson
  • 20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017: Into the water by Paula Hawkins
  • 20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title: East, West by Salman Rushdie
  • 25 points: The ALA’s “Banned Books Week” occurs while our challenge is happening. Read a book from this list of the most commonly banned books in America: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness:  The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan
  • 30 points: Read a book with a non-human main character; i.e. animals, elves, gods, robots, merpeople, etc.:  Lily and the Octopus by Steve Rowley
  • 35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie (submitted by Kirsten):  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll

Aussie Author Challenge 2017

I aimed to complete the Kangaroo status by reading 4 female authors, 4 male authors and 4 authors new to me in at least three different genres. I can happily say I completed this challenge.

4 female authors:

4 male authors:

4 authors new to me:

Australian Women Writers 2017

I aimed for the Franklin level which involves reading 10 Australian Women writers and reviewing at least 8. Most of my books – 8 of them – overlapped with the Aussie Author Challenge and I successfully completed this one too.

  • 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 Challenge

My aim for this year was 40 books. I’ve read 39 and am currently reading my 40th so I’m sure I’ll complete this by the end of the week. You can check my progress in my sidebar.

So that’s it for me. Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post where I talk about my reading challenges for 2018.

Did you set reading challenges for 2017? How did you go?

Do share!

***Linking with Alicia for Open Slather, the Australian Women Writers challenge and Jo who hosts the Aussie Author Challenge***

Until next time,


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  • Rachna
    26 December 2017 at 1:45 pm

    That’s impressive, Sanch. I didn’t actually set any reading challenges so have nothing to share there but seeing that you were able to meet most of your reading goals is quite heartening. Wish you a very happy 2018!

  • Soumya
    26 December 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I’m awed by the challenges you take up, Sanch! I only did the Goodreads one and I am happy to have completed it. I managed to read 53 books this year and I’m quite happy with it.

    Challenges like the ones you have mentioned here are quite interesting. But honestly, I feel weird to fit reading into certain concepts. It is always free form for me 🙂
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  • Shantala
    27 December 2017 at 9:13 am

    Okay I know for a fact that it takes a lot of time and dedication to participate in different challenges and stay on track. You’ve done a great job, Sanch. As far as I am concerned, I’ve had an okay reading year. I hit my number goal, but haven’t done so great on some specific challenges.
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