2017 Reading Plans

Now that I’m done with my reflection pieces, it’s time to look forward to new adventures in the new year. Well, new bookish adventures in the new year. For a rebel like myself, making plans and TBR lists is pointless because I never follow them. My 2016 reading reflection is evidence of this because I hardly read the books I assigned myself for that year. However, I do like to make these lists, pointless as they may be, and I plan to make a few for 2017 in this post. (We’ll see how well I do by year’s end.)

Also, like last year, I’ll assign myself books I must read by year’s end. These are books that I’m really interested in reading and I hope I will do so and not procrastinate and forget about them.

Goodreads reading goal


Last year my goal was to read 60 books/comics and I surpassed that by reading 88 books/comics but not without some trepidation in the early months of the year. So to make my reading experience less stressful for the entire year, I plan to read 40 books/comics by year’s end.

I’ll keep track of my reading and purchases by using this spreadsheet designed for booklovers who are too interested in their reading stats, like me. 🙂

Books I gotta gotta read this year! Or else…
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

A carry-over from last year. I was supposed to read it shortly after completing Jane Eyre but didn’t. I have to read it this year.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Another leftover from 2016. Readers highly praise it for how it’s written so I’d like to experience it for myself.

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Since it’s inspired by Jane Eyre and I read the classic last year, I’d love to give this new book a shot in the new year.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

More of 2016’s leftovers. I enjoy Riordan’s books and I’d like to get caught up. I’ve fallen behind.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I had Americanah on my list last year but didn’t read it. A couple people have Purple Hibiscus on their TBRs for January, including Elaine of Page 82, and that made me eager to try it as well. I might read it now…or later. Who knows.

Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

I’m taking a month’s break from Robin Hobb. Mad Ship is here to remind me to complete the Liveship Traders series. I’m notorious for leaving series undone.

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vol. 1 edited by Hope Nicholson

A comics anthology of indigenous storytelling that I bought last year. I forgot to read it in 2016 so I hope to do so this year.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

I’ve avoided many spoilery reviews of this book because I want to experience it without everyone’s critiques distracting me from my own thoughts. This must be completed this year.

Challenges I’m Participating In

In last year’s reading plans post, I announced that I would enter several reading events, which was a mistake because I hardly participated in them. I learned my lesson; so for 2017, I plan to participate only in 3 new challenges that also fit my reading taste. I won’t be an active participant in any of them, but I’ll use them to structure what I read (sometimes).

Book Riot 2017 Read Harder Challenge

Book Riot

I do this every year so I’ll continue with it in 2017. I also like that it has a variety of tasks for readers. I didn’t do well in 2015, but my 2016 challenge was okay, though I didn’t complete it. Maybe I’m getting better at it.

2017 Beat the Backlist

I found out about this one on ChocolatenWaffles. Hosted by Austine, the Novel Knight, Beat the Backlist is a challenge created to encourage readers to read their own books. (Perfect for me!) There’s also a Hogwarts House Cup challenge, but I doubt I’ll partake in it. The challenge’s only guideline is that the books must have been published before 2017. However for me, the only books I’ll count toward this challenge are those I owned before 2017. So no recent purchases. And just because I love TBRs, here are a few books I might read for this.

If this TBR looks familiar, it’s because the majority of its books, except Room, were on my fall/winter TBR from last year.

2017 Library Love Challenge


I discovered this one on JMH Life. Since I’m trying to be besties with my library and save money, I decided to join in with the Library Love Challenge that’s hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. My short TBR for this are the following books, which I’ve already rented from the library but haven’t yet started to read.

Read Diverse 2017


Naz at Read Diverse Books is hosting another challenge in 2017 to encourage readers to read diversely. I am a person of color, but I sure need the encouragement. Since I mostly read fantasy, the majority of books I read are usually by White authors. So far, I have a small TBR for this, but it’ll expand as the year goes on.

An edit after I published this post: I forgot to include this link to a list of books by immigrant authors, which I think will be helpful to those making TBR lists.

Other stuff

Though my Classics Reading Challenge is technically up, I’ll continue with it because it pushes me to read more classics (when I remember it). I mentioned these books in my reading plans post last year, but I didn’t get to them. So I hope to read at least 1 of these this year.

Also, I don’t plan to participate in any horror reading challenges this year, but I do hope to read these books, as well as any horror books listed in the TBRs above, at some point.

And that’s it. Those are my plans for the year, but don’t hold me to them. I might not complete any. Lol! If I’m lucky, I’ll get in a play by Shakespeare too.


31 thoughts on “2017 Reading Plans

  1. Boy, I’m scared that if I even attempt to make a list of books to read for 2017, I’ll just end up going off track and reading things that I just FEEL like reading hahahah Back in 2015 I even mentioned somewhere that Jane Steele would be a must-read of 2016 and… here I am… still haven’t read it! Although, I did get my hands on a copy of Jane Eyre. That’s definitely a step up to finally reading Jane Steele! 😛 Room was a pretty amazing and unique read too. Read that in 2015 and saw the movie; loved them! Hope you’ll manage to read all the books you want to read in 2017! 😀

    – Lashaan


    1. Dude, I’m already off track. None of the books I’m reading now were on this list, lol. Eventually I’ll get to some of the ones mentioned here…I hope. Lol!
      Hope you get to some great books n series (Robin Hobb) this year too! 😊

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  2. You’re so ambitious, Zezee! I hope you’re able to get close to as many of your reading goals and challenges as possible. And I hope you enjoy The Golden Compass in particular. That book has a special place in my heart. 🙂

    As for my own reading goals for 2017… I’m not doing any challenges or whatnot, but I’d like to read close to the same number of books I read last year (58). I’m also going to use the library more often, mostly for catching up on recent YA fantasies that could be possible “comp titles” for my WIP when it’s ready for querying.


    1. Oh cool. I wish you all the best on that. Lol, you could join the library challenge then (j/k. Seems there;s a challenge for everything.).
      I’m curious about the Golden Compass. I read it back in middle/high school and didn’t like it. I’d like to see if my feelings have changed.

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  3. Happy reading! I did a terrible job at actively participating in the reading challenges I signed up to last year too, but I still find myself tempted to sign up for more this year… I think I just like targets and TBR lists 😉


  4. I have Lolita on my to-read list too but with all I have to read first it will probably 2020 before I get to it! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is such a fun book to read, while Room is pretty dark and thought provoking. Enjoy your reading year!


    1. Thanks! Yea, only a few people seem to have like Cursed Child. I’m eager to see what I make of it. Have you seen the Room movie? Do you think it fitted the book well?


  5. I also set my Goodreads challenge number low for me, deliberately. I don’t want to put pressure on myself to complete some arbitrary number. I just really like it for tracking purposes.

    I am THRILLED to see Marlon James on your post – I haven’t read John Crow’s Devil yet, but A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women are among my favorite books I’ve read in the past few years. He’s brilliant!

    Also, Jane Steele and Purple Hibiscus made my Best of 2016 list – hope you enjoy them!


  6. Thanks for the mention! 💞
    I really like that library challenge, I see a lot of people in the bookish communities don’t use their libraries which is so crazy to me. I just got all my January TBRs from my local library today ☺️
    Good luck on The Iliad/Odyssey, those are long reads.
    Oh and also, Lolita is one of my all time faves. Enjoy 🙂

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    1. No prob. I used to visit my library when I was younger but now I prefer owning the book because I often forget to return them, which reminds me that I have 2 I need to renew. 🙂

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