2017 Challenges

I’ll be updating these reading lists throughout the year as I finish books.

A book can be used for more than one challenge, but can’t be used in the same challenge twice.

Beat the Backlist



The basic premise for this challenge is to read books published in 2016 or earlier. I’ll have plenty to choose from off my personal bookshelves, and I’ll attempt to choose 82 of them to complete the scavenger hunts. In addition, there is a house cup up for grabs! There are four scavenger hunts that can be completed during Beat the Backlist, and I’ll have them listed on this page under the titles Harry’s Trunk, The Weasleys, Hermione’s Library, and Seven Years at Hogwarts. Books will not be allowed to double up inside the Backlist hunts. My assigned name for this challenge is NewtCharm

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Jackaby by William Ritter
  5. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benamin Alire Sáenz
  7. Creed by Adam Hamilton
  8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Bibliophile Academy


So, this isn’t a challenge per-say, but I loved all of the book club’s 2016 books that I managed to read, so I want to read all of their 2017 book choices.

  • January
    • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • February:
    • Caraval by Stephanie Bracken
  • March:
  • April:
  • May:
  • June:
  • July:
  • August:
  • September:
  • October:
  • November:
  • December:

Debut Authors 2017


The challenge is to both read AND review at least 12 debut authors this year.

  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Discussion Challenge


I’m going for level 2: creative conversationalist and will post 11-20 discussion posts.

Diverse Reads

This challenge has a theme for each month, and I love that! Bonus, Mishma and Shelly made a reading list to help everyone find qualifying books.

  • January – Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology
    • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • February – POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead
  • March – Disability
  • April – Mental Health
  • May – Religious Diversity
  • June and July – Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • August – Non Western Setting
  • September – Ownvoices
  • October – Intersectionality
  • November – Diverse Retelling
  • December – 2017 Releases


This challenge is hosted on twitter. I found it through Meleika, one of the creators.

  • romance with a trans MC:
  • non-binary MC (own voices):
  • SFF w/ disabled MC
    • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • practicing Jewish MC:
  • Indian MC (own voices):
  • displayed MC:
  • MC with an under-represented body:
  • neuro-diverse MC (own voices):
  • retelling with MC belonging to LGBTQIA+:
  • bisexual MC (own voices):
  • MC with an invisible disability:
  • MC with anaphylactic allergy:
  • MC of color in SFF
    • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • own voices Latinx MC:
  • free choice:
  • non-western (real world) setting:
  • own voices
  • MC with chronic pain
  • West Asian setting
  • Arab MC (own voices):
  • MC with wheelchair:
  • book by author of color:
  • biracial MC (own voices):
  • pansexual MC (own voices):
  • black MC (own voices):
  • MC on the ace spectrum (own voices):
  • LGBTQIA+ MC of color:
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • visually impaired MC:
  • book set in Central America:
  • contemporary world arranged marriage:
  • Indigenous MC (own voices):
  • diverse non-fiction
    • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • POC on the cover:
  • D/dEAF/hard of hearing MC:
  • immigrant or refugee MC:
  • Hijabi MC (own voices):

Flights of Fantasy


Alexa and Rachel created this challenge and I plan to join their quarterly group reads. List of all fantasy books read in 2017:

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Keyword Challenge


I love this concept! Claudia has invited everyone to read books with certain words in the titles. This challenge is so fun and creative, I just had to join in!

  • JAN- Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand
    • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • FEB- And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing
  • MAR- Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga
  • APR- From, Trigger, Tale, His, CrownMist
  • MAY- Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
  • JUN- Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
  • JUL- Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
  • AUG- Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
  • SEP- Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
  • OCT- Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
  • NOV- Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
  • DEC- Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will

Harry’s Trunk


Beat the Backlist Scavenger Hunt

  • SNITCH: A character wins a battle for their side
  • CLOAK: A character receives a gift from an unexpected source
  • HEDWIG: A book featuring a beloved pet.
  • BROOMSTICK: A book featuring unusual transportation
  • LIGHTNING-BOLT SCAR: A character with scars

Hermione’s Library


Beat the Backlist Scavenger Hunt

  • A: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • B:
  • C: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • D:
  • E:
  • F:
  • G:
  • H: Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
  • I:
  • J: Jackaby by William Ritter
  • K:
  • L:
  • M:
  • N:
  • O:
  • P: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Q:
  • R:
  • S: Starflight by Melissa Landers
  • T: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • U:
  • V:
  • W: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • X:
  • Y:
  • Z:

Hogwarts House Reading Challenge

This is a bookstagram challenge that’s simply to read and check in!

PopSugar Reading Challenge


I follow PopSugar on Snapchat and I love their content. Why not join the reading group?

The Challenge:

  • a book recommended by a librarian
  • a book that’s been on your tbr list for way too long
  • a book of letters
  • an audiobook
  • a book by a person of color
  • a book with one of the four seasons in the title
  • a book that is a story within a story
  • a book with multiple authors
  • an espionage thriller
  • a book with a cat on the cover
  • a book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  • a bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
    • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • a book by or about a person who has a disability
    • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • a book involving travel
    • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • a book with a subtitle
  • a book that’s published in 2017
  • a book involving a magical creature
  • a book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
  • a book about food
  • a book with career advice
  • a book from a nonhuman perspective
  • a steampunk novel
  • a book with a red spine
  • a book set in the wilderness
  • a book you loved as a child
  • a book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  • a book with a title that’s a character’s name
    • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • a novel set during wartime
  • a book with an unreliable narrator
  • a book with pictures
  • a book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  • a book about an interesting woman
  • a book set in two different time periods
  • a book with a month or day of the week in the title
  • a book set in a hotel
  • a book written by someone you admire
  • a book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  • a book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  • the first book in a series you haven’t read before
  • a book you bought on a trip

The Bonus:

  • a book recommended by an author you love
  • a bestseller from 2016
  • a book with a family-member term in the title
  • a book that takes place over a character’s lifespan
  • a book about an immigrant or refugee
  • a book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of
  • a book with an eccentric character
  • a book that’s more than 800 pages
  • a book you got from a used book sale
  • a book that’s been mentioned in another book
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • a book about a difficult topic
  • a book based on mythology

Read Diverse 2017


Read and review diverse books and earn badges! Yes please, Naz! My goal is to read 30 books to earn the highest badge of honor! List of books I’ve reviewed:

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Rock My TBR


Honestly, I’m in it for the potential buddy reads! Let’s rock!

Seven Years at Hogwarts


Beat the Backlist Scavenger Hunt


  • SORTING HAT/HOUSES: A book representing your house colors
  • FIRST QUIDDITCH MATCH: A character that flies
  • TROLL IN THE DUNGEON: A book about/featuring trolls
  • INVISIBILITY CLOAK: A character who can become invisible (or is good at remaining hidden)
    • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • FORBIDDEN FOREST DETENTION: A character that gets detention/punished
  • CHESS GAME/SORCERER’S STONE: A book involving a real-world game with a magical twist


  • FLYING CAR: A book with a vehicle that does something it shouldn’t
  • CHAMBER THREATS/PETRIFIED: A character that starts falling ill
  • DUELING CLUB: A book featuring a duel between characters
  • POLYJUICE POTION: A character who can shapeshift
  • DIARY: A book featuring a journal (entries, character writes in one, etc.)
  • BASILISK: A book with a fierce monster


  • BLACK DOG: A book featuring a death omen
  • KNIGHT BUS: A character that runs away
  • DEMENTOR: A book with a soul sucking villain
  • FIREBOLT: A character gets an item upgrade
  • TIME-TURNER: A book about time travel
  • BUCKBEAK: A character with an unusual mount


  • WORLD QUIDDITCH CUP: A book featuring a big sporting event
  • TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT SELECTION: A character chosen for a challenge/trial/test
  • HUNGARIAN HORNTAIL: A book with a deadly reptile
  • MERMAIDS/GOLDEN EGG: A book featuring an underwater excursion
  • MAZE/LABYRINTH: A book with a maze
  • HARRY/VOLDEMORT DUEL: A book where the hero and villain have an epic fight


  • EXPELLED FROM HOGWARTS: A character gets kicked out of somewhere
  • UMBRIDGE/DETENTION: A villain you love to hate
  • DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY: A book about a revolution
  • OCCLUMENCY LESSONS: A character trains to defend him/herself
  • O.W.L.S: A character has to take an important test
  • PROPHECY/DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERIES: A book with a prophecy


  • BORGIN AND BURKES: A book with a creepy shop/store
  • POTIONS: A book with a character who cheats
  • PENSIEVE: A book featuring flashbacks/memories
  • FELIX FELICIS: A book about luck
  • LOCKET/HORCRUX: A book with an item that seems like one thing, but is another
  • DUMBLEDORE: A book with a heartbreaking death


  • WEDDING: A book with a wedding (that ends in disaster)
  • CAMPING: A book where the characters go camping
  • GRINDELWALD VS DUMBLEDORE: A book with characters who used to be friends but are now enemies
  • DOBBY: A book that makes you cry
  • HOGWARTS BATTLE: A book where the characters band together to accomplish a goal
  • ALWAYS: A book featuring an epic love

Then and Again


My friend Ruth is hosting this challenge, in which we read one classic per month, and then read (or watch!) a retelling of the same story

  • January
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Weasleys


Beat the Backlist Scavenger Hunt

  • ARTHUR: Book with a tinkerer/inventor character
  • MOLLY: Book with a highly protective mother figure
  • WILLIAM (BILL): Book with a character who deals in money
  • CHARLES (CHARLIE): Book where a character meets a mythical creature
  • PERCY: Book with a pretentious jerk
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • FRED: Character with a wicked sense of humor
  • GEORGE: Book with two siblings/friends that are thicker than thieves
  • RON: Book with a character who is an underrated friend
  • GINNY:Book with a character who meets/ends up with their famous/celebrity crush
    • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly


  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  5. Jackaby by William Ritter
  6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benamin Alire Sáenz
  8. Creed by Adam Hamilton
  9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  10. Caraval by Stephanie Garber