2017 Reading Challenge: Final Month!

As you may recall, I started out this year attempting to complete the Tim Challies 2017 Reading Challenge. By September, I was sorely behind for numerous very good reasons. So, I revised my goal and created my own challenge: in a realistic world, to read 52 books by the end of the year. And, in a perfect world, to still read 104 books by the end of the year. I went with the realistic world direction, and am right on track to reach that goal.

I’ve read a lot this year, more than I have since I started college (ironically). The goal to read more, even though I was entrenched in school, came from 2015. I realized during the summer before seminary that my non-academic reading had sorely deteriorated. I knew that needed to change, especially since teenage me who read at least ten books a week (ask my parents if I’m exaggerating – I’m not) would be heartbroken. So I entered 2016 armed with a reading resolution. I attempted to read 52 books and finished the year with 42. Not bad for a girl in seminary! Of course, I counted the books I read for seminary, but it still ended with a lot of books read outside of school.

This year was even better. So far, I’ve read 45 books and have a whole month to reach my goal of 52 books. Now, we’re on the cusp of 2018 and I am ready to start my biggest reading challenge of my adult life thus far: I’m going to read my bookshelf. This is one of those goals I was talking about back in September that I will be blogging about this month. But, because I like suspense and would like to devote a full post solely to this goal, you’ll just have to wait. ūüėČ Don’t worry, I won’t keep you waiting long!

For now, I want to steer back to this year’s reading goals. Each month had its own challenges and obstacles. Some months I read more than others. And, I continued my terrible habit of being in the middle of up to seven books at once. It’s a problem and a habit I’ve had since I was a preteen. I am going to attempt to break it next year, but I say that every year, so it may be a hopeless case at this point. ūüėČ Anywho, here is a break down of what I have read thus far this year (by month completed), and the books I hope to read or finish reading in December:


  • Time’s Divide (The Chronos Files #3) by Rysa Walker
  • Killing Jesus: a History by Bill O’Reilly
  • A Killer Among Us by Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Upstairs at the White House: My Life With the First Ladies by J.B. West
  • The Amber Project¬†(The Variant Saga #1) by J.N. Chaney


  • Transient Echoes¬†(The Variant Saga #2) by J.N. Chaney
  • Hope Everlasting¬†(The Variant Saga #3) by J.N. Chaney
  • The Butterfly Garden¬†(The Collector #1) by Dot Hutchison


  • An Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day¬†edited by Jocelyn K. Glei


  • No Little Women¬†by Aimee Byrd


  • Christ-Centered Preaching¬†by Bryan Chapell


  • no books completed


  • Psychology and Christianity: Five Views¬†by Eric L. Johnson
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Roses of May¬†(The Collector #2) by Dot Hutchison
  • The Bloom Girls¬†by Emily Maine Cavanagh
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets¬†by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban¬†by J.K. Rowling
  • Everything We Keep (The Everything Series, Book 1) by Kerry Lonsdale
  • The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams by Heath Lambert
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling


  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Darknet¬†by Matthew Maher
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince¬†by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows¬†by J.K. Rowling
  • Allie and Bea¬†by Catherine Ryan Hyde


  • The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews
  • Urban Legends of the New Testament by David A. Croteau
  • The Chocolate Chef: Uncovered by Robert Cabeca
  • Restriction¬†(The Rise of Magic #1) by C.M. Raymond
  • The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn #1)¬†by Matthew FitzSimmons



December (planned reading, aka clearing out my currently reading and never finished list)

  • Close to Home¬†(Tracy Crosswhite #5) by Robert Dugoni
  • Who Fears Death¬†by Nnedi Okorafor
  • A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow
  • Scripture and Counseling: God’s Word for Life in a Broken World by Robert W. Kellemen
  • Reawakening (The Rise of Magic #2) by C.M. Raymond
  • Poets, Artists, Lovers¬†by Mira Tudor
  • Working Fire¬†by Emily Bleeker

My December reads may change slightly as the month goes on. I’m very determined to finish the first four and to read at least seven books total in December, to round out my goal of 52 books in 2017. My next post will be all about my 2018 reading goals!


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