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2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Sometimes the Universe speaks really loudly. I have been struggling to maintain my blog that I keep almost exclusively for book reviews. And just two days ago, the blog broke – or at least I seem to have lost a whole lot of posts. While I try to get them back up, I realize that I’m past the due date for announcing the 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge. So I’ve decided to move it to this blog and possibly open it up to more people.

I had challenged myself to read 250 books in 2016 and I’m falling behind by about 10 books at this point. However, I’m certain I can push in at least 3 more. Still not 250, but I’m not complaining. This year, I read far less non-fiction than I wanted to and a lot more quick (read ‘mindless’) romance novels.

Taking a cue from Modern Gypsy, I’m going to reduce the number of books for 2017 and focus more on creating rather than consuming. Yes, it’s going to be the reverse of an ‘outdo yourself reading challenge’ for me! 😉

My personal challenge for 2017 will be a 100 books including at least 40 non-fiction titles.

What will be your book reading goal for 2017?

2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

The Book Vixen who very kindly passed on the hosting of this challenge to me last year, had some great ‘rules’ in place. So I’m not changing any of them.

If your goal for 2017 is to read more, then this is the reading challenge for you! Are you up for the challenge?

Reading Challenge Details:

Runs January 1, 2017– December 31, 2017 (books read prior to 1/1/2017 do not count towards the challenge).

You can join anytime from now. Sign up in the linky at the bottom of this post.

The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2017 than you did in 2016. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.

Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).

Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).

Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

To join the challenge, grab the 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too.

2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
Generate your button code

You do not have to be a blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

Sign Up Here

Please include your name & the name of your blog (e.g. Corinne @ Everyday with the direct URL link to your blog post or dedicated shelf (on Goodreads/LibraryThing/BookLikes). Any links to a blog’s home page or main profile will be deleted.

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  1. […] Corinne’s Outdo Yourself Book ChallengeI’m aiming for On Fire: 11-15 more books, or 4,000+ more pages. When I originally set this challenge I thought that I’d read 52 books last year, but I think I added my re-reads in later and now Goodreads shows 78. I still think that I could beat that if I work steadily. I beat that total with new reads alone. […]

  2. Sherrie Plummer Sherrie Plummer June 3, 2017

    Hi Corinne,
    I’m kind of late joining up for this challenge, but I’ve read 23 books since the first of January. My goal is 68 books. I’m going for level 1. Have a great day!

  3. Sunaina Sharma Sunaina Sharma December 31, 2016

    I would outdo kids books for sure, I read so many…..:)….everyday….!…but haven’t really taken up a reading challenge….not taking it this time too….maybe next year when my daughter starts school….

  4. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur December 30, 2016

    Almost 250 books in 2016? Wow! Absolutely awesome.
    My number is so small that I am shy to share but I promise to outdo myself 🙂 Thanks for this post and the encouragement.

  5. aarti aarti December 30, 2016

    Ooh this sounds like a fun challenge, I love reading and have managed nearly 70 in 2016… Let me sign up! 🙂

  6. Sue Sue December 30, 2016

    I love reading Corinne so what an enjoyable challenge you have for 2017. Happy New Year!

  7. Xxertz Xxertz December 30, 2016

    Yay. Happy to see this back this year. Not sure I can top 125! I don’t know how you did it with your goal. Very impressive. I need a challenge like this for reviews ;).

    I added it to my reading challenge list, although it’s not popping up on google so not sure how much it’ll help get the word around. Hopefully some 🙂

  8. Alana Alana December 29, 2016

    No reading challenges for me. That would be like challenging myself to breathe.

  9. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi December 29, 2016

    ok my eyes are kinda stuck at 250!!! Like did you miss a decimal point 😛 That’s incredible!! Wow … I am glad I joined the challenge this year and for sure will be continuing the next year too but my number would be nowhere close to yours 🙂

  10. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil December 28, 2016

    Thanks Corinne.. I linked my goodreads shelf here.

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