Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge: How’d You Do?

Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge By the Numbers:


Books pledged—138,755,909

Books finished (as of 12/10/17)—42,456,838

Average books pledged—45

Challenges completed (as of 12/10/17)—14,675


The Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge has just 21 days left (as of this writing).

Never heard of the Goodreads annual Reading Challenge? No worries. It’s pretty simple. It’s free and open to all Goodreads members. All you do is choose or “pledge” how many books you want to read for the year. It can be any amount.

According to the Goodreads Reading Challenge statistics, which I’ve posted above, the average number of books pledge is  45 or a little less than one book a week.

Seems doable, right? For many readers, absolutely!

For others, myself included. I opt for a lower number. And I feel no shame. Pledge whatever you want. Slow reader? Make your challenge 5 or 10 books for the year. If you make that easily, then increase the number in the next year.

My 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge was 25 books. I completed my challenge on November 30. You can see my list of completed books and their reviews here.

In looking over the list, I’ve been trying to decide which one would be my favorite read of the year. There are so many books that I read in the last year that I really, really liked. I’d have to say my absolute favorite on this list is “Silver Stars” by Michael Grant. It’s book two in his Front Lines series.

I also read a middle-grade series written by A.L. Tait, The Mapmaker Chronicles—all three of those books appear in my Goodreads Reading Challenge list. Loved this series and highly recommend it for your young readers.

So what am I reading right now? Well, I’m still working my way through the Harry Potter series. I’m on book two but am first going to finish up reading the new Nora Roberts book “Year One”. As soon as I have “Year One” finished, I’ll post a review—but I’ll tell you right now, I’m LOVING it!

Did you do the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge?

How many books did you pledge?

Did you make your goals or are you still in a race to finish before the clock chimes midnight on December 31?


Writer and reader by day, reader and writer by night. I freelance full-time, have finished the first book of my YA trilogy, and am working on several other projects.

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6 comments on “Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge: How’d You Do?
  1. I pledged 100 books and just reached my goal – BUT I had a flurry of Christmas children’s books I reviewed last week. So, I think otherwise I’d be down to the wire with hitting the goal.

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  2. I overextended and pledged 52. I read 11 (counting the one I’m currently reading). However, I also beta read several and critiqued more pages than I can count. So, not too bad.

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    • Barb Hopkins says:

      I seriously contemplated pledging 52 this year with the thought that I usually do read about one book a week. But I knew with both my freelance writing and working on edits plus the outline for a new book that I’d probably not make it. I think beta reading should count, personally. 🙂


  3. Jess Schira says:

    I have about 16 left to read before hitting my goal, doable, but it means I’ll probably be reading some comic books over the holiday break to get caught up.

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