Last year we shared the 2016 reading challenges after January has started. 100 points for our planning skills! This year we’re doing better however and so today we are presenting to you the best and craziest reading challenges you can take in 2017.

Of course we got to get our usual suspects out of the way. We’ve got the Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge that includes the basic and advanced reading which equals to 40 and 52 books in total. Then Book Riot is back with their Read Harder challenge which includes 24 books of which some prompts were thought up by famous authors. Both challenges are aimed at reading diversely and picking up books you otherwise wouldn’t.

Moving on to crazier things: This 16-month Sherlock Holmes reading challenge during which you will read 4 novels and 56 short stories. The challenge is seriously pacing itself with one story a week and 1 novel every three weeks, but you’re allowed to read faster!

If you want a reading challenge you need to think about this Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge will do the trick. Every book you read should be a clue (easy or unimaginably complicated) to the next one you read. This challenge ranges from six to twelve books, so it’s easy to combine with other challenges.

The Netflix and Books challenge combines our two biggest time sinks: Books and TV shows. In this challenge you’re asked to go through your TBR and TBW lists and combining books and shows based on themes, references and inspirations. There’s an intricate point system involved so you can beat all your friends in it.

Every since I learned that animal mystery novels are a thing, my life is a little bit brighter. So when I saw this Purrfect Reading Challenge filled with cat mystery novels, it got even better. This challenge asks you to read mysteries with cats as the main character and you can go from level purring (1 book) to catnip (31 books). If you decide to do this challenge and you want to write about your experience, please contact us.

If you’re doing a reading challenge alone and you really want to drive home the point that you are alone in all of this, the Literary Loners Reading Challenge would be the best way to do that. Let’s be careful that you don’t end up too lonely from all these books though.

Our final challenge Pages Read isn’t about the amount of books, but about pages, because that’s all that really counts. The levels are a little morbid – ranging from Bonsai to Redwood – and this challenge goes up from reading 12.000 pages to more than 84.000. This last one is a hell of a lot a books!

Besides these advanced reading challenges, there are also challenges that will help you read classics, read your TBR pile, read only new books, or actually read the books that you buy. If you’re looking for a specific challenge, I’d suggest you google or just make up your own.

Now, if none of these challenges are difficult enough for you, we’d recommend you check out some of the challenges we came up as well. Our book club isn’t dabbling in any reading challenges this year, but we’d love to know if you are. Let us know in the comments if you’re joining any challenges or if you have set some of your own!


Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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