I’m aiming for 150 books in 2017, two more than I read in 2016. Not that strenuous!
The reasoning behind the magic number of 150 is a different challenge: Mount TBR 2017. I participated (joining waaaay late) in 2016 and set myself the lowest challenge level, Pike’s Peak, a mere 12 books.
This year, suit me up, because I’m going to Mount Olympus (Mars) with 150 books!
Yes, I have over 150 owned-but-unread books to plow through. Thanks to free Kindle books and numerous secondhand sales, I actually have over 300. It’s out of hand.
In the spirit of tackling the massive TBR, I’m also participating in Beat the Backlist 2017, which is another variable-difficulty challenge. I picked 40 books out of my TBR that I absolutely will read in 2017. No matter what else gets read, these are getting crossed off the list. I chose books that finish series I’ve started (notably the Outlander, Sandman, and Dark Tower series,) series I have but haven’t gotten to yet (Fionavar Tapestry, Study) and a few notable books that have been hanging around which I’ve heard great things about and want to get to soon.
Finally, the only task-oriented challenge I intend to do in 2017: the PopSugar Reading Challenge. Last year’s was 40 books, and this year it is again, with an optional 12-book “Advanced” section. Which I am doing, of course.
I already have most of the tasks assigned, and I’ve started already with my first book of the year yesterday.
Honestly, last year the three task-based challenges became overwhelming, as I whittled down each challenge to books I wasn’t truly excited about–then reading felt like a chore. With only one of those types, plus a self-assigned reading list I am excited about and a free-for-all “Read Your Own Damn Books” challenge, I’ll never lack for choices of what to read next, without feeling forced into reading anything that doesn’t appeal!