2017 Reading Challenge - Reading What I Own

2016 was a stellar year for me when it came to my reading challenge. I had a goal of 102 books but actually read 131.  After organizing all of my books into our new basement I realized that I have a LOT of books that I own but haven't read.  So I made a list of all of these TBR books that I've picked up off of the sale tables at Chapters, bought secondhand, received as gifts and others I've simply forgotten about. 

Many books that I've yet to read will astonish you.  I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife or Her Fearful Symmetry nor The Lovely Bones, On Your Knees, My Sister's Keeper or even Atonement by Ian McEwan.  While I read a lot obviously some books have slipped by me over the years so 2017 is the year I catch up so I can see what all the fuss was about.

I also want to re-read some books that I remember loving but cannot, for the life of me, remember the plot or why they impressed me so much.  Books like Here On Earth by Alice Hoffman, Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris or The Winter Sea by one of my favourite authors, Susanna Kearsley.

I also want to finish several series that I've started by haven't yet finished.  They include Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Underworld series, the Outlander series (2 books to go) and the Three Pines mystery series by Louise Penny among others.  I started rereading the Outlander series and the Women of the Underworld series a couple of years ago to reacquaint myself with the characters and plots.

I'm excited to continue to review books for publishers and bring you reviews on upcoming books but reading what I own is kind of exciting too.  It's like I've been sitting on a treasure trove of good reads and didn't realize it.

So what is your 2017 reading challenge?  Do you sign up for the GoodReads challenge? Or challenges on the reading app, Litsy?  If you'd like to follow me on GoodReads you can find me as The Baking Bookworm and on the Litsy reading app (Bakingbookworm) - both of which are great for book lovers to connect and share what they're reading.

Reading What I Own List

Updated: Nov 8, 2017
Books Read From List So Far: 3

* Titles in red/crossed off are books I have read as part of my 2017 challenge

Great Expectations
Wuthering Heights (re-read)
Count of Monte Cristo (re-read)
Emma by Jane Austen

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
One Day by David Nichols
Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen
Brother and Sister by Joanne Trollope
Marry the Mistress by Joanne Trollope
The Last Widow by John Bemrose
See the Child by David Bergen
Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
The Women Who Left by Josephine Cox
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb (re-read)
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Simply Divine by Rosie Thomas
The Wish List by Martina Reilly
The Birth House by Ami McKay
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Language of Sycamores by Lisa Wingate
The Facts of Life by Grahma Joyce
Tell Me No Secrets by Joy Fielding
The Single Wife by Nina Solomon
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman (re-read)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris (re-read)
The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Fugitive Queen by Fiona Buckley
The Queen’s Daughter by Kolosov
The Slightest Provocation by Pam Rosenthal
The Last Summer by John Hough Jr
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (re-read)
On Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald
The Night Road by Kristin Hannah
A House At Riverton by Kate Morton
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gutenkauf
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Far to Go by Alison Pick
Love and Devotion by Erica James
I Am Malala
Scent of Secrets by Jane Thynne
The Post Mistress by Sarah Blake
Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
Mariana by Susanna Kearsley (re-read)
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (re-read)
The Forest by Edward Rutherford
London by Edward Rutherford
House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Next Best Thing by Sarah Long
Charming Man by Marian Keyes
A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
The Murder Stone by Louise Penny

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
-          An Echo in the Bone (re-read)
-          Written in my Heart’s Own Blood
Three Pines series by Louise Penny
-          #4 The Murder Stone and onwards
Promise Falls series by Linwood Barclay
-          Broken Promise (re-read)
-          Far From True (re-read)
-          Twenty-Three
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M Montgomery

Women of the Underworld series by Kelley Armstrong
-          No Humans Involved (re-read)
-          Personal Demon (re-read)
-          Living With The Dead (re-read)
-          Frostbitten (re-read)
-          Waking the Witch
-          Spellbound
-          Thirteen

Yikes!  That's quite a list and while I probably won't get them all read in 2017 at least I can start and make a healthy dint in it.

Happy reading in 2017!

Laurie - The Baking Bookworm


Anonymous said...

I love your enthusiasm. I had to make lists of all the books I've read as Ifind myself picking up the one's I've already read. I am a library user since childhood. I find myself in my late 70's (where has time gone) So I now fall asleep on a book. Just now reading Atwood's HANDMAIDS TALE which has been on my bookcase forever. Dark and disturbing :( I am American with a Canadian family. Sorry about our crazy president!! :( Love your blog

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Thanks so much!! Yes, I'm a little enthusiastic when it comes to books and I'm pretty sure I've bitten off more than I can chew with this challenge but I'll give it a shot. My problem is that I work at a Library so the temptation to bring home books is very strong. :)

Have you ever used GoodReads? It's a great way to keep track of the books you've read, are reading and want to read. Plus they often have giveaways. It's free and I'm on there all the time. :) Just go to goodreads.com if you want to check it out.

I've been taping Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and plan to watch it at some point. I'm deciding if I want to read the book first.

Happy reading!!

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