Sophia’s Reading Challenges for 2017

Posted December 28, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reading Challenge / 33 Comments

With trumpet fanfare and ticker tape floating in the air, I present you with the list of reading challenges I have chosen to pursue this year.  There is a fair number here so fasten your safety belts and off we go.

Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Challenge GoodReads Group

Requirements: Any book associated with Jane Austen, her novels, or non-fic about the Regency Period from the TBR pile.

GOAL:  Anne Elliot Level 21 Books

Clean Off Your E-Reader (COYER) Blackout hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is more Fun, Michelle @ Because Reading, and Stormi @Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

Dec 17, 2016 through Mar 3, 2017

Requirements:  ebooks, eARCs, or audios owned prior to 12/17/16 purchased for under $1 ($5 audios)

GOAL:  50 books

Read All the Books hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup

Ongoing- No Deadline

Requirements:  All books by author under all pseudo-names and at least 45 books unread before starting challenge

GOAL:  Read all books by Nalini Singh

TBR Challenge hosted by Bev @ My Reader’s Block GoodReads Group

This challenge is also offered through her blog.

Requirements:  Books must be acquired prior to 12.31.16

GOAL:  Mt Toro Level 75 books

Blogger Shame hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup

Requirements:  Any review book overdue by 4+ months

GOAL:  30 books (technically I only have 12 but I also want to read some of the unsolicited on my stack, too)

New Release hosted by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews and Stormi @ Books Movies Reviews! Oh My!

Requirements:  Books have to be 100 pages + and released after 1.1.17

GOAL:  New Release Pro Level 60 books

Audio hosted by Melanie & Loupe @ Hot Listens and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviews

Requirements:  Audio books only

GOAL:  Marathoner Level 50+ books

Books N Tunes hosted by Shari & Sophia @ Delighted Reader

Requirements:  Romance books matched with a tune

GOAL:  Raging Rocker Level 50 books

Literary Pickers hosted by Shari & Sophia @ Delighted Reader

Requirements:  Romance books, one word per book

GOAL:  Pro Picker Level 50+ books

Series That Never Ends hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader

Requirements: Romance 5 book minimum

GOAL:  Nalini Singh’s Psi-Changling series 12 books

Bad Boys hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader

Requirements:  Romance, hero is a bad boy type figure

GOAL:  Taking the Bad Boy to the Altar Level 15+ books

Romance Roundabout hosted by Fran, Annie, Suzanne and Angela @ Under the Covers GoodReads Group

Requirements:  read romance in all categories listed

GOAL:  Guru Level of 5 books per 15 categories

Oldie But A Goodie hosted by Renee @ Addicted to Romance

Requirements:  Historical Romance published before 2008

GOAL:  The Newbie Looking For Swoonworthy Adventure 10 Books

I’ll update my progress once a month through our The Monthly Report post.  I’ve also created GoodReads shelves for each of these challenges if anyone would like to see the specific titles I’ve read for any of the challenges.  Feel free to friend or follow me there to see my shelves:


Are you doing any of these challenges, too?  Looks to be a fun reading year.  Wish me luck and may you discover some fabulous reads this year, too.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  • WOW! So many challenges! That’s so exciting! I hope it goes well for you. I’m posting my Reading Challenges for 2017 tomorrow. This is my first time trying anything other than just the Goodreals yearly goal.

    • Thanks, Julie!
      It is always exciting to jump into a new year of challenges. I’ll have to pop over and see what challenges you’re tackling.

  • These are great challenges! I’m still deciding which ones I want to participate in this coming year. I know I want to do the audiobook challenge, but besides that I’m not sure. Good luck!

    • Yes, there are so many good ones. I’ve visited a few of the sites that list all that they can find and it’s overwhelming a little to see them all like that.

      Thanks, Quinn!

  • Holy crap! 🙂 You’re going to be quite busy in 2017, Sophia! 🙂 I can’t wait to see you succeeding at all of these challenges! I’m sure you’re going to finish them all in like… pfft, a month, because YOU AWESOME.

    • Oh yes, this will definitely keep me busy. I have figured out to only sign up for the ones that let me use a book read for more than one challenge at a time. Definitely have a strategy for these. 🙂

      Ahhh, you’re great to say that, Keionda.

  • Have fun with all those challenges.

  • WOW! So many challenges! You’re going to be quite busy, Sophia! I know I’ve already mentioned this to you, but for the Austenesque challenge, definitely check out Heartstone by Elle Katharine Kennedy! It’s a retelling of P&P, and besides that, it is SO good. 😀

    Happy early New Year, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yeah, you definitely caught my attention with Heartstone- fantasy, dragons, and Austen…le sigh. 🙂

      This will definitely keep me busy, Alyssa.

  • WOW! So many challenges! You’re going to be quite busy, Sophia! I know I’ve already mentioned this to you, but for the Austenesque challenge, definitely check out Heartstone by Elle Katharine Kennedy! It’s a retelling of P&P, and besides that, it is SO good. 😀

    Happy early New Year, Sophia!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  • Oh girl! You are doing a LOT of challenges! I have 5 I think (just added a new one in but haven’t added it to my post yet. Good luck with all of them!

    • Yes, I just could not stop myself. And there are probably three times this that I wanted to sign up for. Five is a good amount especially since you’re hosting several. Cheering you on, too, Anna.

  • Good luck on all of these challenges! I know that you will do great with all of them. I signed up for one challenge next year so far but am considering a few others.

    • Thanks, Carole! I am eager to get the jump on them all.

      Hope you do well on the one you picked. Look forward to see which other ones you pick, too.

  • RO

    WOW! I haven’t seen you around the blogosphere lately and now I know why, girl! You’re getting ready for all those challenges and I commend you. Looks like 2017 will be a super busy year for you. My resolution should be to complete just ONE Challenge in 2017, because I’ve sucked at it for 2016 AND 2015! Glad that you’re doing well and Happy New Year Sophia! Hugs…

    • Yes, I’ve been flying low under the radar, but mostly because of writer cave stuff and family. However, working on organizing for the new year is part of it, too.
      That would be neat to see you go for the one you really want to do and nail it, Ro. 🙂

      Best wishes for a Happy New Year for you as well.

  • Wow, what a list that is! Good luck with them — I am sure you will ace them all!

    • I’m going to give it my best shot, Verushka. 🙂

  • fiou many challenges there! I usually only do goodreads lol

    • Yes, I go a bit crazy with the challenges, Melliane. Haha!

      Happy to cheer you on finishing your GoodReads goal. 🙂

  • So many awesome challenges! I love the Austen one! Last year I was lazy and only did the Goodreads one, might have to try to add a few more this year. Best of luck with your challenges!

    • I just can’t seem to stop myself from signing up for new ones while still loving the ones I do each year. Not lazy at all to nail the GoodReads challenge. Maybe you can find a fun one that will work well with finishing the GR challenge, too, Cyn. 🙂

  • Greg Hill

    COYER is always fun and Austenesque and Read All The Books look fun too. I didn’t do any challenges this past year but I signed up for three in 2017… baby steps. 🙂

    Good luck with the challenges!!

    • Yes, they are fun times for me and also keep me busy with what I’ve already got on my shelves and lists. 🙂

      Three is good and yes, a good start, Greg! Onward!

  • oh yay, you are participating in the Oldie But a Goodie again this year!!! I had a blast with it this past year. I have had a blast with Read Alll The Books too and what a great author you chose!! Singh is fabulous to read. Good luck this year.

    • Yep, I’m with you on rocking the Oldies.

      Neat that we’re both doing Read All the Books. I figured that over the distance that I wouldn’t sour on on Nalini Singh.

      Thanks for the well wishes and right back atcha! 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Woe Nelly! Good luck to you and your challenges Sophia Rose Happy New Year!

    • Yes, I do get a tad carried away, but I’ve got a plan. 🙂

      You have a Happy New Year, too, Debbie.

  • We’re challenge buddies for both Coyer and the 2017 New Release Challenge, those are the only two i am joining next year. Good luck with all your challenged. I wasn’t surprised to see the Austenesque challenge on your list as that sounds like a great challenge for you. I tried the blogger shame challenge this year, but didn’t do as well as I hoped. I only managed to read 2 books that counted.

    • Yes, I love it when I know others doing a challenge so I can keep up on how they are doing and share my efforts.
      The Austenesque is definitely my thing. I am really hoping to finish up my older reviews this year by doing the Blogger Shame one. It bugs me to have them sitting there. Maybe now that you aren’t doing the challenge the pressure will be off and your mood will change so you can read some of your older ones. That happens with me sometimes- making no specific goal and still hitting the mark.

  • Quite a selection of challenges – good luck and have fun with them 😉

    • Thanks, Velvet! This will keep me plenty busy. 🙂