This year, I will do as I did before and participate in at least 4 challenges that I did in 2016 as well as one that I got a head start on in the last few months of 2016 & another that I began looking into finding books for (#2 & #6). I will also link any groups that might go with the challenges.
The group I have here has the PSRC as well as a Personal Challenge and other things in it.
Link for 2017 P.S.R.C.: 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge (link to Jamie Ghione's Blog)
2. Year of the Series
(as far as I know, there isn't a group for this and I don't know if anyone else is doing it or any other person than the one I spoke to about it)
📚This is where I try to get caught up on and/or finish series, duologies, trilogies etc that I started over the years and never finished for one reason or another. If I find that I just can't get into the series, I give myself permission to DNF the 'series'.
📚I will also allow myself to start two more series this year (maybe more if I do well with keeping on a good pace with finishing series). One, I had tried to read before but just never finished the book. The other, is from an author that I found in 2015 & got caught up on one of her series in 2016.
A) Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
B) Library Lover's Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay
I am going to do my best not to start any other series until I get caught up on some of the ones I started (i.e.- Cassandra Clare Shadowhunters series, and a few others..or, I DNF them)
In 2016, I participated in Level 2 (Investigator) [7-12 books]. This year, I decided to go down to Level 1 (Snoop) [6+books]. While, in 2016, level 1 was read at least six books and level 2 was read at least 7-12 books, they have changed it up quite a bit this year. So, my going down a level worked out perfectly. I will give the list of types of cozies they want you to read in level 1 and I may also make a post for that so I can keep up with what I have read and what I need to get to.
So, here's the list I will be working on for 2017 Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge Group (total of 10 books):
- One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series)
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice! (freebie!)
4. Big Book Challenge (Goodreads group link)
This one is where you read books that are 400 pages+. In 2016, I set it at 7 books and I think I may keep it at that level (at the time I am typing this, which is in November 2016, that is my thoughts, I may change my mind later and up it.
As much as I like series, they can be a bit daunting and sometimes, you just need something that is quick and easy to read without "worrying" about any other books after that. So, I hope to find more stand alone books. Which leads me into number 6.
I am mostly looking into reading more Contemporary romance (YA/NA/Adult,etc). It's hard for me to read New Adult (NA) and Adult Romance because many tend to be a little bit too raunchy for me. I tend to steer clear of the raunchy as much as possible. I don't mind the innuendo, just not being overly descriptive (i.e. Envy by Sandra Brown, I could've done without all of that).
So, more than likely, it will take me a while to work my way up to NA and Adult, but with a little poking around, I'm sure I will find something I am looking for that suits my wants. While also looking into other genres to see if there is something I may like but have yet to try. :)