2017 Reading Challenge and Goals

I’ve been debating whether I am going to challenge myself to read 60 or 70 books this year. Even though I well surpassed my goal of 50 books last year, and 70 books could be done, I think it would be more beneficial for me to focus on the books that I’m reading rather than reading for the sake of reading.

Whether I read 60, 70, or 100 books I do have some specific goals for the books that I end up reading:

  • Read more nonfiction
  • Read more classics
  • Take more notes while reading

I also happen to work at a library that does a reading challenge every year and I’m participating in it this year. The theme this year is to “Be Well Read.” Which means random categories like a book about food and a book set in Asia.


I’m actually really excited to be participating in this challenge this year. I think it’s really going to make me read some books that I might otherwise not read.

Here’s a list of books that I’m considering for the #Bwellread challenge:

  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (memoir)
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (memoir)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Black History Month)
  • 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (Black History Month)
  • The Ruins by Scott B. Smith (Recommended by a librarian, my sister)
  • A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie (book about food)
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead (set in Asia)
  • Hiroshima by John Hersey (set in Asia)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (re-read from childhood)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (faked reading in high school)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (first in a series)
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown (first in series)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (first in series)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (banned at some point)
  • The Complete Persepolis by  Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel)
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (National Book Award winner)
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (National Book Award winner)
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (takes place in the state you were born)
  • Every Day by David Levithan (takes place in the state you were born)


This is a very short list of goals, but I think they really represent what I want to accomplish and that is to be a better reader.

What are your goals for 2017 reading? What books are you most looking forward to reading?





Even though I work at BCPL, my opinions and posts do not reflect those of Baltimore County Public Library. 


3 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenge and Goals

  1. Lauren's Notebook says:

    I absolutely loved “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and I highly recommend it. It’s one of my all time favorite books! My 2017 reading goal is just one book per month haha…much less ambitious than yours!


    • beckakw says:

      I actually read it in high school, but I don’t remember anything about it, which is why it’s back on my TBR!
      And my philosophy is as long as you’re reading, it’s something to be proud of! Good luck!

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