2017 Reading Challenges

I love reading lists and have a very lengthy TBR list. I've found the start of a new year is a great time to organize those lists, set some intention for my reading, and set the direction of my reading for the year. So I'm tackling a couple of reading challenges this year, and have an epic way of tracking them all. 

My primary reading challenge for this year is a combination of Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenges. I've selected books for all the categories (except for 2017 award winners, obviously), but I may change things up if something else strikes my fancy. Here's the list as it stands right now: 

a Newbery Award winner or Honor book (The Crossover by Kwame Alexander)
a book in translation (My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante)
a book that's more than 600 pages (Barkskins by Annie Proulx)
a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection (A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry)
a book of any genre that addresses current events (Evicted by Matthew Desmond)
an immigrant story (Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok)
a book published before you were born (Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Patton)
three books by the same author (Swing Time, White Teeth, and On Beauty by Zadie Smith) 
a book by an #own voices or #diversebooks author (Homegoing by Yaa Gysai)
a book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending (We Have Always Lived in the Castle)
a book nominated for an award in 2017
a Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner (Black Flags by Joby Warrick)
a book you chose for the cover (Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankowich)
a book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able (11/22/63 by Stephen King)
a book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit (The Yiddish Policeman's Union)
a book you've already read (All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren)
a juicy memoir (Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton)
a book about books or reading (Read Bottom Up by Neel Swan)
a book in a genre you usually avoid (The Gene by Siddhartha Mukarjee)
a book you don't want to admit you're dying to read (Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine)
a book in the backlist of a new favorite author (Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamada Adichie)
a book recommended by someone with great taste (Paper Towns by John Green)
a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet (The Lost Art of Dress)
a book about a topic or subject you already love (The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels)

I'm also working through Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, but I haven't selected books for that yet. I will let things crossover with the MMD Challenge where applicable)

Read a book about sports.
Read a debut novel.
Read a book about books.
Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
Read an all-ages comic.
Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
Read a travel memoir.
Read a book you've read before.
Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
Read a fantasy novel.
Read a nonfiction book about technology.
Read a book about war.
Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
Read a classic by an author of color.
Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
Read a book published by a micropress. 
Read a collection of stories by a woman. 
Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. 
Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.

I already explained in a past post how I am trying to read all the books on the Global Citizens reading list for 2016, and am also fitting those into the other challenges as I can. 

Finally, I'm trying to read books from my shelves as much as possible and and trying to reach an overall goal of 60 books this year. 

Now, for the best part. My ultimate reading spreadsheet. I found this awesome post on Book Riot about tracking books with a google drive spreadsheet and have adapted the one she provides with my own needs and preferences. It will make my year-end data collection a snap. And I hope it will help me to continue to be more intentional about the book I select. 

I'm so pumped about reading in 2017! How are you keeping track of your books? What challenges are you attempting? 

Caitlin Supcoff