AF Reading Challenge 2017

I love books. I love reading. I’m not sure how well that comes across on this blog but it’s something I used to write about a lot over on my personal one. A couple of years ago I did a really fun reading challenge where I was prompted to read books with certain themes or criteria. This year I just set myself the goal of reading 75 books, then upped it to 100, then to 115.

For 2017, I wanted to find a similar theme-based challenge but couldn’t find one which felt completely right, so I decided (with a little prompting from my genius sister!) to create my own.


The Rules

I need to read at least one book for each theme / prompt / criteria.

Each book may fit more than one challenge but I can only check off one challenge for each book.

The challenges don’t have to be completed in order.

The Challenges

  1. A book based on a fairy tale.
  2. A non-fiction book about science.8/02/17 Written in Blood – Mike Silverman
  3. A biography, autobiography or memoir.15/01/17 Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
  4. A play.
  5. A crime or mystery novel. 13/05/17 – Splinter The Silence – Val McDermid
  6. A book with over 500 pages.  – 17/03/17 The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
  7. A book under 150 pages.
  8. A book where a main character has your name. – 02/03/17 Little Black Lies – Sharon Bolton
  9. A book set in another country.  – 14/04/17 Playing with Fire – Tess Gerritsen 
  10. A book that’s been on your TBR list for over a year. – 01/06/17 – The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern 
  11. A book from your childhood.25/01/17 Skellig – David Almond
  12. A book released this year.25/03/17 Everything but the Truth – Gillian McAllister
  13. An audiobook. – 10/05/17 The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer
  14. A book that’s made into / based on a film or TV show. – 19/05/17 – Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan 
  15. A book where animals play a key role.
  16. A book you own but have never read.
  17. A book with a blue cover. 11/02/17 Baby Doll – Hollie Overton
  18. A book with a red cover.
  19. A book with a black cover.
  20. A book which begins with ‘R’30/04/17 Reader, I Married Him – Tracy Chevalier (ed.)
  21. A book which begins with ‘D’
  22. A book with magic – 05/06/17 Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9, Volume 5: The Core
  23. A graphic novel.16/02/17 Fairest, Volume 4: Of Men and Mice
  24. A non-fiction book about history.
  25. A book by an author you’ve never read before.06/01/17 Fearless – Tim Lott
  26. A non-fiction book about business / marketing.
  27. A non-fiction book about fashion / style / beauty.
  28. A piece of classic fiction.
  29. A book with a number in the title. – 02/04/17 – Pretty Girl Thirteen – Liz Coley 
  30. A book you started but never finished.

Want To Join In?

I’m going to be tagging all my blog posts / videos / tweets about this with #AFBookChallenge so if anyone else wants to join in you can use this hashtag too, comment below or link to me via your blog and I’ll check out your progress too! 🙂


8 thoughts on “AF Reading Challenge 2017”

  1. I love the themes you’ve picked. And can I just say your photos are beaut? For a book based on a Fairy Tale can I suggest The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth? It’s a ‘retelling’-esque of actually the brothers Grimm and mainly the girl who lived next door to them. It has a lot to do with identity and community and history (as the Grimms collected local folk stories to make their collection of fairy tales as they were worried they would be lost when Napolean invaded). I love the book and, though at times it is a bit heavy, it is such a corker!

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