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Happy New Year! I’m sure you’re all as eager as we are to leave 2016 in the dust and start fresh. A New Year means new resolutions, and one of mine was to spend less time binge-watching Netflix, and more time reading and writing. When I stumbled upon The Girl Who Wanders‘ 2017 Reading Challenge I jumped at the chance to take it on! 26 books in 52 weeks is certainly reasonable, and with each book having to meet certain criteria, I had a lot of fun coming up with my list.


This 2017 Reading Challenge presented me with the perfect inspiration to not only discover new books and award-winning classics, but to dust off some titles that have been sitting on my shelves dying to be read (15 of my 26 are books I already own)!

It’s so exciting to get lost in a book – to think about it all day long and eagerly await the next time you can read a few pages. Reading makes you a better writer, it expands your vocabulary and your horizons. Below are my 26 picks for 2017:

  1. Collection of short storiesThe Rendezvous and Other StoriesDaphne du Maurier ✓
  2. A book from your childhoodThe Long Hard Road Out of Hell Marilyn Manson
  3. A book published in the past yearThe GirlsEmma Kline
  4. A book about travelAmerican Gods Neil Gaiman
  5. A book you bought solely on its cover designLetters Written in WhiteKathryn Perez
  6. A book by a female writerOranges are not the Only FruitJeanette Winterson
  7. A book by a male writerRevivalStephen King
  8. A book over 100 years old – The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde
  9. A book with a name in the titleI Love Dick Chris Kraus
  10. A book from a genre you’ve never tried beforeHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneJ.K. Rowling
  11. A book based on a fairytaleThe Robber BrideMargaret Atwood
  12. A book published in the year you were bornWanderlustDanielle Steel
  13. A book from your favorite authorThe Marriage of the SeaJane Alison
  14. A personal development bookYou are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Jen Sincero
  15. A current bestsellerThe Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins
  16. A book you read in high schoolRebeccaDaphne du Maurier
  17. A book that was made into a movieWildCheryl Strayed
  18. A memoir/nonfictionThe Love WarriorGlennon Doyle Melton
  19. A book with a number in the title Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury
  20. A Pulitzer prize winnerTo Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee
  21. A previously banned bookAnimal Farm George Orwell
  22. A book from the perspective of a non-humanThe Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
  23. A book set in your hometown/stateCat’s EyeMargaret Atwood ✓
  24. A book based in another country The Age of Reason – Jean Paul Sarte
  25. A book someone recommended to youHidden BodiesCaroline Kepnes
  26. A book you can finish in a dayThe Turn of the ScrewHenry James

Do you use Goodreads? Check out my #2017TGWW Goodreads Bookshelf here!

You can find the original challenge, The Girl Who Wanders‘ original list of 26, as well as a printable copy of the 26 criteria to get started right here.

Are you going to do the 2017 Reading Challenge with us? Link to your Goodreads list or tell us about your choices in the comments, and use the #2017TGWW hashtag to follow along with your fellow readers! #ChallengeAccepted

Happy reading!


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