24 Books I’m Going to Read in 2017 | Challenge

24 books challenge

Here’s an attempt on reducing the number of my unread books from 70+ to 50+ in the year 2017. I will be doing a 24 books challenge where I’m going to read two books monthly according to the specific month’s theme. I themed the months because I think it’ll be fun so I can be more inspired to finish them all.

Most of the books in this challenge are either stand-alone or duo because they’re easier to finish although I did include a book series for November and December. I will do an update post for every quarter of the year and any unfinished books can not be carried forward to the next month. Let’s get on to it!

24 books challenge

1st quarter

January: Omnibus

  • Dorothy Koomson – The Chocolate Run (Goodreads)
  • Dorothy Koomson – The Cupid Effect (Goodreads)

I’ve had this book for years and I’ve never felt like reading it but I read their summaries again in the making of this post and they sound interesting! Why didn’t I read it before I do not understand. Dorothy Koomson is such a great writer! My Best Friend’s Girl is such a tear-jerking read.

Omnibus; a volume containing several novels or other items previously published separately.

February: Two books and a writer

  • Jodi Picoult – Sing You Home (Goodreads)
  • Jodi Picoult – Between the Lines (Goodreads)

These books were bought during a Big Bad Wolf sale out of impulse a few years ago. I love anything hardcover and Jodi Picoult is quite well-known for her books so I thought I would get them both.

March: A duo

  • Gayle Forman – If I Stay #1 (Goodreads)
  • Gayle Forman – Where She Went #2 (Goodreads)

I didn’t like the movie version ’cause I don’t like the actress playing Mia and I did read the first 30 pages of the book last year and it was kind of meh to me but I shall give it one more chance.

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2nd quarter

April: Low-rated

  • Jennifer Weiner – Best Friends Forever (Goodreads)
  • Jennifer Weiner – Fly Away Home (Goodreads)

I have a feeling that I’m not going to enjoy April books as much because both of the books have gotten pretty negative reviews on Goodreads. But, fret not — everyone has different taste and I tend to be lenient towards books so I might enjoy them both, who knows?


  • Roni Loren – Crash into You #1 (Goodreads)
  • Roni Loren – Melt into You #2 (Goodreads)

Yup — you read that right. BDSM. #ThankGodImAnAdult. I hope May is not Ramadhan ’cause MASHA ALLAH SISTER. #OnlyInItForThePlot.

June: Chick lit

  • Sophie Kinsella – Wedding Night (Goodreads)
  • P.S. I Love You – Cecelia Ahern (Goodreads)

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and her Can You Keep A Secret? is an awesome read and I’m dying to see it be made into movie. I bought P.S. I Love You ’cause all of the hype it had gotten when the movie came out but for some reason I never tried reading it. Bummer.

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3rd quarter

July: Little Black Dress

  • Kristin Hermel – Italian for Beginners (Goodreads)
  • Jules Stanbridge – Sugar and Spice (Goodreads)

I love Little Black Dress books and when I was in high school, all of their books were RM22 a piece which were a bargain for an international publication.

August: Cloak and dagger

  • Sophie Hannah – A Room Swept White (Goodreads)
  • Lucie Whitehouse – The Bed I Made (Goodreads)

A Room Swept White is a hard book to read ’cause you have to pay attention to every detail to a T. The clues lie within..

Cloak and dagger; situations involving intrigue, secrecy, espionage, or mystery.

September: Classic

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter (Goodreads)
  • Jonathan Kellerman – When The Bough Breaks (Goodreads)

We had to read The Scarlet Letter for one of my Bachelor’s degree literature courses which I ended up not reading which I got an A for (hah!) so I thought I would take the time to read it since I’ve already had the book. When The Bough Breaks is more fitting for cloak and dagger month but I put it under classic because the book looks very worn out and awfully aged. Classic. Old. Aged.

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4th quarter

October: Unfinished business

  • John Green – An Abundance of Katherines (Goodreads)
  • Stephenie Meyer – Breaking Dawn (Goodreads)

I’m so sorry, John Green, but An Abundance of Katherines is my least favourite book of yours. I couldn’t connect with the protagonists and the storyline is just bland. However, I will try and finish it just so I can have a peace of mind. And I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t finished reading Breaking Dawn despite owning the book for more than half a decade because I watched the movie!!! Such lil bugger.

November: Clary Fairchild

  • Cassandra Clare – City of Glass #3 (Goodreads)
  • Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels #4 (Goodreads)

December: Jace Herondale

  • Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls #5 (Goodreads)
  • Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire #6 (Goodreads)

I can’t keep stalling any longer — I need to be done with this series once and for all ’cause I can’t wait to start Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)!

So there goes the 24 books that I’m planning to read in 2017. If I managed to finish them all, I will treat myself to one of Pipdig.co themes for my blog. Hehehe.

So are you planning on doing book challenge for 2017? Are you in a reading slump like I am?

  • haah movie dia sedih! tak tahu la camne baca buku dia nanti.

    thanks siqah! tu lah erin pun taknak beli buku dah. nak habiskan 3/4 drpd semua buku yang tak baca lagi lepastu baru beli buku lain kot. kot la hahaha. kengkadang gatal je tgn ni membeli kt mphonline lagi lagi time sale.

    hehehehe haah theme haritu. dia cam the heart wants what it wants tau. hihihi.

  • thank you Fatina! i sure will 🙂

  • Lenne Zulkiflly

    omg wedding night and PS I love you best! T.T terasa nak baca balik pulak those books haha kesian semua dalam box je now

    • seriously wedding night best? omg kenapa you letak dalam box?!?!?! kesian buku tu semua

  • hehehe okay siqah! xx

  • i really enjoyed if i stay and where she went tbh and i loved the movie haha. I’ve always wanted to read the city of souls series. i look forward to seeing what you think of it. I use to read a lot but this year I have been really slack. I shall try get back into it again next year. tbh. i think blogging is the reason that i never found time to read anymore 🙁

    • i think the movie is okay but i’m not fond of chloe grace moretz lol. the mortal instruments series is awesome but i think the infernal devices series is much better. you should check that out. i agree! i spend so much time on my blog that i forgot to read 🙁

  • great challenge, Erin! i have lots of books that i haven’t read too, tambah lagi dengan yang baru beli kat bbw minggu lepas T.T lately lagi rajin baca blog dari baca buku. hahahah i really should challenge myself like this too 😀

    • thank you! yes betul tu, rajin baca blog than buku. challenge yourself after spm eh hahah

  • Bernadette

    I love this. I enjoy reading and i’ve been meaning to get back into it but uni sort of whips it out of me.


    • thank you! that’s true! uni and blogging make me read less and less and eventually forgot about my books… so bad.

  • So many bookss! Good luck sisters..

    Just found this blog. Salam kenal.

    • Thank you! Salam kenal. I visited your blog and followed you on Blogger 🙂

  • And my question is, Erin, don’t you miss your college? Hmm, prioritize your study, dear.

    Dengar cakap mak ya, nak. Haha..

    Btw, I ‘m not a novel junkie and imagine those 70 books of yours seriously dizzy me. How can someone has that many novels to read? Lolz.

    • haha I do but for now studying is not my priority but i will go back to school, though. i have a year and a half of school before i graduate 🙂

      i have 100++ but my TBR is 70+! it’s crazy but i love them so much aha

  • OMG ! it’s a lot ! i wish i could read more books too in 2017

    • you’re studying medic kan, mesti takde banyak masa to read books.

  • I start to read again starting this month. I really miss reading so much. Good luck ! Seriously challenge utk baca buku is not easy for me

    • i miss reading too and thank you tyra. maybe kena ada shukri yahaya depan mata kot baru nak rajin read books haha

      • Haaa ade die depan mata lagilah xboleh fokus

        • haha betul tu. ni pun dah berapa kali ulang 7HM haha. did you get my email?

  • #ThankGodImAnAdult though hahaha. ada2 aje lah erin ni XD

    Claudy pun next year nak start baca buku dah (Kononnya). buku baru beli bulan lalu sampai sekarang tak baca lagi XD

    • hahahaaha it’s trueeee!

      erin lagi la, buku beli 2010 pun masih ada yang tak baca lagi sampai buku tu dah aged dah. ni semua sebab blogging, terus malas membaca lolz

  • Cliona Hill

    This is such a fun challenge! My goal is to read 25 books next year so hopefully I can do it! x


    • it is! good luck to you Cliona! 🙂 x

  • olga_lostindaydreams

    Great post! Love this kind of challenges!


    • Thank you! I can’t wait to start reading them 🙂

  • haha thank you Syaza! 🙂

  • nadiah izzaty

    Can you keep a secret tue mcm best jeee

    • serious best! chick lit, light read camtu 🙂

  • Reading more is one of my goals for 2017 too! I have so many books waiting to be read! 🙂


    Thirteen Thoughts

    • Good luck in your reading, Paula! 🙂

  • nadiah izzaty

    buku A Room Swept White tue pun mcm best … tapi mesti kena focus gila2 baca sebab mesti complicated and pasal investigating genre je … hi Erin sorry lama tak singgah =(

    • haah best but pening sikit. takpe nadia. tahu nadia busy 🙂

  • This so awesome! This year I would like to start reading again, so one of my goals is to read one book per month. Well, we will see, right? 😀

    Michelle Morchella

    • thank you, Michelle! i hope you achieve your reading goals x

  • Awesome erin! You just inspires me and idea. 😀

  • Samileen

    I really want to get into reading more. I really hope I start doing that. This is a great list of recommendation. I really do enjoy Sophie Kinsella books (one of my fav authors too) and I’m so excited about that wedding night book, now.

    I love your blog girl. Following you on bloglovin now. So happy to discover you..

    Saman || Beautydetour

    • thank you, Saman! Sophie Kinsella is a great author. I wish more of her books get turn into movies, though. that would be so cool!

      thank you for following me! i followed you months ago hehe xx