2017 Reading Goals

Starting in 2016, I began keeping track of my books on Goodreads. I set a goal of reading 100 books, after reading this article. Quantity of books was my only consideration in creating a reading goal. This year, I decided to up my game and try to expand the quality and variety of what I was reading.

There are plenty of reading challenges out there, but I didn’t want to join something that felt too prescribed. I want reading to always be a pleasant experience and not something I have to do to achieve a goal I’ve set. I took a look at the titles I had read last year and took note of the genres I was missing. Then I made a plan to read more widely this year. Here’s what I came up with:


Read More Nonfiction

I really like memoirs and narrative nonfiction, so I’ve come up with a list of possible books to try this year:

Hillbilly Elegy

The Color of Water

One Day We’ll all be Dead and None of this will Matter

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

The Radium Girls

The Black Hand

Killers of the Flower Moon


Read Short Stories

I have never really read many short story collections, but I’ve heard good things about the ones listed below, so I’m going to give them a try.

The Dinner Party and Other Stories

New Stories from the South

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Anything is Possible

What it Means when a Man Falls from the Sky


Read What You Love

Even though I’m adding some variety to what I read, I still want to stay true to the books I love. That means a mixture of historical fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mysteries, among others. Here are some of the books I am most excited to read this year:


The Leavers

The Last Neanderthal

Salt Houses

Beneath a  Scarlet Sky

Saints for all Occasions

A Study in Charlotte


Do you have a reading challenge for 2017? If so, please share it in the comments!


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