2017 Reading Challenge

I had so much fun last year, I’m taking part in the Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge again this year. Below are the topics and I’ll update the book I read for each one as I read it.

If any categories are in blue, it means I’ve initially marked it in a different colour so I can easily find them to allocate them to one category as the year goes on. I have included links to either purchase the books or to my Good Reads reviews.

The categories still to be read are marked in red so I can easily find them as the challenge goes on.

1. A Book recommended by a librarian – Cinderella’s (not so) Ugly Sisters by Gillian Shields

2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way to long

3. A book of letters – Signed, Sealed, Delivered created by Michaela McGuire & Marieke Hardy

4. An audiobook – The Lying Carpet by David Lucas

5. A book by a person of colour

6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title – A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

7. A book that is a story within a story – Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

8. A book with multiple authors

9. An espionage thriller – Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies by Jackie French

10. A book with a cat on the cover – Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs

11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym

12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – You’re One by Shelley Unwin

13. A book by or about a person who has a disability – Reinventing Emma by Emma Gee

14. A book involving travel – View from a Barred Window by Katherina Fares

15. A book with a subtitle – Ellie’s War: Come Home Soon by Emily Sharratt

16. A book that’s published in 2017 – Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

17. A book involving a mythical creature – Zombie Inspiration by Adam Wallace

18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile – Mollie Pride by Beverley S Martin

19. A book about food – The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon

20. A book with career advice – How to Write Short Romance Kindle Books: a 40 minute masterclassby Nina Harrington

21. A book from a nonhuman perspective – Tercules by Marcy Pusey

22. A steampunk novel

23. A book with a red spine – Weir Do by Ahn Do

24. A book set in the wilderness

25. A book you loved as a child – Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

26. A book by an author from a country you have never visited – The Mummyfesto by Linda Green

27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Pig Dude by Michael Wagner

28. A novel set during wartime – Ellie’s War: Come Home Soon by Emily Sharratt

29. A book with an unreliable narrator – Dear Sam Dear Ben by Josephine Croser

30. A book with pictures – Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett

31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – Silk by Alessandro Baricco

32. A book about an interesting woman – The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

33. A book set in two different time periods

34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title – 

35. A book set in a hotel

36. A book written by someone you admire – How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace

37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas

39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Accidentally Awesome by Adam Wallace

40. A book you bought on a trip


41. A book recommended by an author you love

42. A bestseller from 2016

43. A book with a family-member term in the title – Summer with my Sister by Lucy Diamond

44. A Book that takes place over a character’s life span

45. A book about an immigrant or refugee

46. A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of

47. A book with an eccentric character – The Rejected Writers’ Book Club by Suzanne Kelman

48. A book that’s more than 800 pages – Winter by Marissa Meyer

49. A book you got from a used book sale – We’ll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book

51. A book about a difficult topic – Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

52. A book based on mythology – A Miscellany of Magical Beasts by Simon Holland

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
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