2017 Reading Challenge

I’ve just closed down last year’s reading challenge, and already it’s time to plan ahead for the new year. With a lot of ideas in store for Pretty Purple Polka Dots, what better way to start than laying out a brand new reading challenge.

With last year’s challenge being such a success, I decided to come back again for more. I’d had thoughts to set my own challenge up, but I couldn’t think of enough prompts to get me through the year. So, once again, I’ve asked for help from some of my favourite book haunts.

This year, I’m going to extend my Goodreads challenge slightly and attempt 60 books. I went into 2016 thinking that number was completely unreachable, but I still came out the other side with 57 books under my belt (including two re-reads). This is just three away from the target for 2017, so who knows – it could be very much a possibility.

Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge

The Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge, run by US based blogger Anne Bogel, has upped its game from last year. While 2016 presented us with 12 prompts, one a month, in 2017 there are an extra 12 challenges added on. The Reading for Fun prompts are perfect for someone who just wants to glide along with their reading this year. The Reading for Growth prompts aim to introduce readers to some more intense tomes. You can guess which ones I went for.

*Note: A book with an ambiguous or unreliable narrator appears in both challenges. 

The Reading for Fun prompts

A book you chose for the cover

A book with a reputation for being unputdownable

A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit

A book you’ve already read

A juicy memoir

A book about books or reading

A book in a genre you usually avoid

A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read

A book recommended by someone with great taste

A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet

A book about a topic or subject you already love


The Reading for Growth prompts

A Newbury Award winner or Honour Book

A book in translation

A book of poetry, a play, or a collection of essays

A book of any genre that addresses current events

An immigrant story

A book published before you were born

Three books by the same author

A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author

A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending

A book nominated for an award in 2017

A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner


PopSugar Reading Challenge

Not to be outdone, the Popsugar Challenge has really pushed the boat out this year. It’s paired a regular 40 book challenge with an advanced section, giving an extra 12 books to attempt. Well, I’ve never been one to back down, have I?

A book recommended by a librarian

A book that’s been on your TBR for way too long

A book of letters

An audiobook

A book written by a POC

A book with one of the four seasons in the title

A book with a story within a story

A book with multiple authors

An espionage thriller

A book with a cat on the cover


A book by an author who uses a pseudonym

A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read

A book by or about a person who has a disability

A book involving travel

A book published in 2017

A book involving a mythical creature

A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile

A book about food

A book with career advice

A book with a non human perspective

A steampunk novel

A book with a red spine

A book set in the wilderness

A book you loved as a child

A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited


A book with a title that’s a character’s name

A book set during wartime

A book with pictures

A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you

A book about an interesting woman

A book set in two different time periods

A book with a month or day of the week in the title

A book set in a hotel

A book written by someone you admire

A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017

A book set around a holiday other than Christmas

The first book in a series you haven’t read

A book you brought on a trip


Hardcore PopSugar Challenge

A book recommended by an author you love

A bestseller from 2016

A book with a family member in the title

A book that takes place over a character’s life span

A book about an immigrant or refugee

A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of

A book with an eccentric character

A book that’s more than 800 pages

A book you got from used book sale

A book that’s been mentioned in another book

A book about a difficult topic

A book that’s based on mythology

Really, if I manage to read all of these books in this coming year, I deserve all the naps.

Do you know any books that might fit any of these prompts? Please let me know!

22 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge

  1. Interesting challenge and I like the diversity of the books.Reading books older than I am is usually my biggest challenge but I’ll try get some classics this year.

    All the best and happy new year.

  2. That’s a lot of challenges, good luck with them. I actually do have some for books that fit those prompts. The Harry Potter books fit a lot of them, as does Shakespeare, Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire fit the Books about Books or Reading prompt, there are also elements of steampunk in them. While they were far from my favorite books, the Percy Jackson series fits in with mythology. For a book over 800 pages: Lord of the Rings, and War and Peace. I am Malala is definitely own voices, even though it is non-fiction it still counts, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is about immigrants! That’s all that I can think of, I hope it helps a little.

  3. Oh, you are doing a challenge then! Yes, I’ve read about Mrs Darcy’s challenge and even thought it was a lot of fun, but then forgot. I have already joined maybe three challenges, but as my yearly goal is 100 books, maybe I could still accommodate another one. I’d probably choose the reading for growth one. Thank you for reminding me of it!

    • Am indeed, but I don’t know how well it’s going to go! Can always try though, right? Definitely try the reading for growth one, it’s got some really great prompts in there!

  4. 60 books? Wow! I would be lucky to read one! I use to love reading as a teen but with 3 kids it’s hard but still no excuse I could read a lot more than I do.. maybe I’ll do myself a small reading challenge! Thanks for the inspo x

    • Thanks so much, maybe try one of them yourself too? I’ve taken part in a few bookathons, mainly with #SundayYA. Unfortunately I don’t have any round up posts though!

  5. Last year I did the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and I’m going to do it again this year. There’s 24 books and I’m going to read one for each category. I might do the Pop Sugar one as well but double up on books and categories as I’d prefer to concentrate on Book Riot one. Good luck!

    • I’ve never heard of the Book Riot challenge – I’ll have to look it up for next year! I love the PopSugar challenge because there’s so much variety in it.

      • Yeah I liked the PopSugar one when I did it but also thought some of the categories were a bit vague too the year I did it (read a book by a female author), I felt like it clogged up the thing a bit. However the year I did it I did it as one book per category, if I had used one book to cover 2 or more categories I would have finished the challenge a lot faster.

  6. What a mammoth challenge! I have always wanted to do a challenge like this but I always feel intimidated by the amount of books to read.

    I love going on my kindle and finding free or 99p books and reading them.

    Have you read “we are liars” it is a ridiculously hyped up book but I think I’m one of a few who didn’t like it. Xo

    • It’s mammoth alright! I’m almost convinced I won’t make it but I’m gonna try my best! The best part about the goodreads challenge is that it’s totally up to you!
      I’ve not read We Were Liars actually, I must look it up and see!

  7. This is incredible and looks like a lot of fun! I particularly like the Reading for Growth list! Fabulous idea! Might look into it myself!

    Ellie | EllesBellesNotebook

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