2017 Reading Goals (and 2016 Goals Check)

2016 is almost over (Thank God!) and with it, the promise of a fresh start and new goals. After I finish my current book, I will have read 104 books for 2016–4 books over my Goodreads Challenge! I’m pretty happy about that because I haven’t been able to meet the GC goal for years.

I did pretty well with my reading goals for 2016. I’m going to do a quick check on how I did before moving onto my new goals. This is going to be a long post so buckle up!

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100 Books — I read 104!

12 Classics — I read 12!


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6 Series in 2016:


1. Divergent series–I finished the first three books (I finished Divergent last year) but didn’t get to the short story collection, Four. Since it is a short story collection, I’m still counting this series as read, especially since I didn’t particularly care for that character. I might read it in 2017, but that is a low priority at the moment. So, complete!

2. Selection series– I re-read the first book and read the next two. So I finished the original trilogy but not the companion books, which are about the main character’s daughter, or the short story collection. I’m going to count this as halfway done and try to finish the rest of the books next year.

3. The Lunar Chronicles— I re-read Cinder and then Scarlet, Cress, and Fairest. I am currently reading Winter and have little doubts that I will not finish it. The only thing left is the short story collection so I am counting this series pretty much complete! I plan to read the short story collection next year, though.

4. The Infernal DevicesComplete!

5. Dexter series– Complete! I read the first four last year and finished the next four this year.

6. The Bill Hodges Trilogy– Complete!

I also ended up finishing the trilogies for Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian as well as The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey.

So I read 5 of the series I planned and half of the other. I also read 2 other trilogies I hadn’t planned on reading. As someone who has struggled finishing series and trilogies, I feel very accomplished and okay with my progress on that for this year!

Out of my list for 16 Books I Want to Read in 2016, I read 13! Not bad! I didn’t get to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Red Queen, or Crank so I will attempt to read them next year.

I also did a list (see above link and this one is right below that one) of 16 Books on my Shelf that I Want to Read in 2016 and I read 12! I feel that’s pretty good and will try to get to the ones I didn’t read next year.

Overall I feel like I did pretty good on my reading challenges! I will probably do a post a little later on about what my favorites for 2016 and my classics were.


Reading Goals for 2017

I want to take a little more time with my reading this year as I felt that I was rushed all through 2016 in regards to my reading goals. I’m keeping it as simple as  I can this year. My Goodreads Challenge will be to read 80 books. That puts me at reading 6-7 a month, which is do-able for me depending on my selections.

I’m going to attempt to finish the books I did not get to in 2016 that I had on previous lists:

  1. Afterparty
  2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Crank
  4. Smashed
  5. Red Queen
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

I had a lot of fun branching out and reading a classic each month for 2016 so I am extending that to this year as well.

12 Classics in 2017:


  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  2. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  7. The Twin Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  8.  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  9.  Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  10.  Dracula by Bram Stoker
  11.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  12.  Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


7 Series to Read/Finish in 2017:


  1. Harry Potter by/inspired by J.K. Rowling (First two illustrated editions, Books 3-7, and the guidebooks, plus the Fantastic Beasts Screenplay). I also plan to look through the Unofficial Cookbook and make one or two recipes per month as well as watch all of the movies.
  2. Casteel series by V.C. Andrews (A re-read)
  3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass (The short story collections as well as the two companion novels).
  4. The Dust Lands by Moira Young (I’ve decided to re-read the first book because I couldn’t remember what had happened, as well as finish the two books after)
  5. Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga (I’ve read the first two but plan to re-read them as well as the conclusion)
  6. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (I have three more of the actual novels plus one of the spin-offs)
  7.  Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood (I read the first book in 2016 so I will just be finishing the next two this year)

I will also be reading as much of the Animorphs and OnePiece books as I can squeeze in but since they are both long, I am willing to work on them over a longer period of time. I felt that I would also narrow down to one list of 17 books to read this year rather than a list of new books I might or might not own as well as a list exclusively of books I owned–it ended up being a little complicated and I’d like to have more spaces for surprise reads this year.

17 Books in 2017:

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  3. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  7. Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  8. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  9. Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
  10. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  11. Meg by Steve Alten
  12. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  13. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
  15. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  16. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  17. Vicious by V. E. Schwab


So those are all of my reading goals for 2017. If you made it to this point, thank you so much for your patience! I know it was a long one. How did your reading goals go in 2016? What reading goals do you have for 2017 and what books do you hope to get to? I’d love to know. Here’s to hoping that 2017 is as successful for reading as 2016 was!



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