I set myself a reading challenge every year since 2015. But this year I'll take it up a notch.

reading in 2017

Books consumed in 2017: 5/7
of which were audio books: 2½

Criteria fulfilled: 26/52

Current Book:
Round Ireland with a Fridge (EN) – Tony Hawks

 

I started it in 2015 in the South of Spain. I started it because of Goodreads (here’s my profile).
Every year I set myself a challenge of reading a certain amount of books.

Mainy due to the fact that I love reading and would like to do it more frequently, but don’t seem capable of making time for it unless I force myself.

The idea is, to always read one more book that in the year prior.

In 2015 I managed to beat my challenge of 18 books, only because I started a lot of classic, but thin literature in the end of the year.

2016 it looks like I’m gonna fail to reach my goal of 19 books gloriously. It’s mid December and I am at 6 books.

That brings me back to 7 books in 2017. Which is ridiculous. After all, Kafka’s “The Castle” gave me a huge set back (holy moly, it’s soooo tedious…)

That’s why I was very tempted when I stumbled upon this reading challenge on Reddit (my profile).

I’m risking to fail again, but I want to keep it interesting. So I will give my best to read at least 7 books that fulfil the following criteria (the easy version where I’m allowed to check several points for one book, if they apply).

Also I will add the book I read in order to fulfil the criteria.

 

The Criteria for 2017

  1. Read a book originally published in a language you do not know
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
  2. Read a book by an author born in the same country as you
  3. Read a book from the Horror genre
  4. Read a Romance and/or Erotica book
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  5. Read a book written before 1950
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  6. Read a book written by a man
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  7. Read a book written by a woman
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  8. Read a book in the Science Fiction genre
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
  9. Read a book in the Fantasy genre
  10. Read a book labelled as Young Adult
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  11. Read a nonfiction book
  12. Read a book with a contemporary setting
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  13. Read a book written after 1949
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  14. Read a book published this year
  15. Read a popular book, with at least 1 million ratings on any one website
  16. Read an unknown book, with no more than 100 ratings on any one website
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
  17. Read a book that was turned into a movie
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  18. Finish a series
  19. Read a History book, fiction or nonfiction
  20. Read a short story, one with less than 10 pages
  21. Read a short book, one between 10 and 200 pages
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
  22. Read a long book, one between 200 and 500 pages
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  23. Read an epic book, one with over 500 pages
  24. Read a self-published book
  25. Read an indie book, where the publisher is a small or niche house and not one of the top 6 publishers
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  26. Read a book published under one of the Big 6 publishing houses
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  27. Read a Biography, whether normal, Auto, or Memoir.
  28. Read a book labelled as a Best-Seller from this year
  29. Read a book about Politics and/or Religion
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  30. Listen to an Audiobook
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  31. Read a book on paper
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  32. Read a book that was, or currently is, banned by a government
  33. Read a book in the Thriller or Suspense genre
  34. Read a Mystery book
  35. Read a book labelled as Dystopian
    Der Albtraummann (DE Audio) – Andreas Eschbach
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  36. Read a debut book from this year
  37. Read a book by or featuring a character that is LGBT
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  38. Read a book in the Paranormal genre
  39. Read a book with pictures in it
  40. Read a book for the second time
  41. Read a book that’s been on your to read-list for more than a year
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  42. Read a book that features animals
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  43. Read a book where the main character goes on a journey
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
  44. Read a book where a stranger comes to town.
    The Castle (DE Book + EN Audio) – Franz Kafka
  45. Read a book labelled as a Satire or Allegory
  46. Read a book from the Self-Help, Health, Travel, or Guide category
  47. Read a collection of poetry
  48. Read the first book in a series
  49. Read a book that won a literary award
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
  50. Read a book set in your country
  51. Read a book set in your country, that’s not your’s, but which exists today
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (DE) – Paulo Choelho
    Why we took the car (DE Audio) – Wolfgang Herrndorf
    Girls I’ve run away with (DE) – Rhiannon Argo
  52. Combining all the letters of all the titles of all the books you’ve read this year, complete the Alphabet:
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Wish me luck!