Kathryn, at Book Date, is hosting another Read the Books You Buy Challenge – 2017.

So this is a Reading Challenge to Read the books you buy. You don’t buy books? Well then this challenge isn’t for you. Now at the start of 2017 you won’t be sure of what you are going to buy or how many books you will buy.

So – choose from one of the percentages below and go for it.  Make a commitment post and link up below. List the books you buy in the post as you spend throughout the year and then mark off as you read them.

If you don’t have a blog you can do this on Goodreads with something like a ‘bought 2017’ shelf and you’ll easily be able to see at the end of the year how you’ve gone. Leave a comment on the post with a link to the shelf to signal your participation, if using Goodreads. Or.. you can place the link on the link up.

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

21 – 40%          Making Inroads.

41 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

61 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns – My goal!

81 – 100%       Mission Accomplished


  • Books have been bought in 2017 by you or you can decide to include from and including July 2016 buys. Anything previous to that definitely falls into the dusty TBR realm! There is a challenge somewhere in the book world for that!
  • Can be ebook, print book or audiobook
  • You can decide whether you include books bought in 2017 second hand or in book fairs etc.
  • Books for this challenge can also be included in other challenges.
  • Runs from 1st January to 31st of December 2017

I encourage you not to think this through too much, go on buying as you normally do – in a large or small way.

Authors write books, they deserve to be read and enjoyed and paid as well! So I know we love our review books, library books, 2nd hand books etc. But … if you can – buy books as well.

There will be one mid year link up to share how you are going, in the beginning of July.

In December there will be the final link up to share where you reached. You may not reach your goal, but just link up to account for yourself!

The link ups just mean re linking your commitment post but updated.

In the July link there will be a $10 Amazon voucher giveaway prize for one reader among those who link up and at the end in December a $25 Amazon voucher or books to that amount from the Book Depository if it delivers to your country.  Even if you don’t get to where you hoped you can still link up, so long as you bought a book during 2017 and joined the challenge!
I’ll be listing my books alphabetically, by the month in which I read them, and linked to my reviews.  I will also include when I purchased them.
1.Dry, The (e-book), by Jane Harper – 336 pages – (suspense thriller) – Read 1/30/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
2.Faultlines (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel – 304 pages – (contemporary fiction) –Read 1/28/17 (Purchased in December 2016)
3.Missing, Presumed (e-book), by Susie Steiner – 369 pages – (literary mystery) – Read 1/7/17 (Purchased in December 2016)
4.Marriage Lie, The (e-book), by Kimberly Belle- 352 pages – (suspense thriller) –Read 1/25/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
5.Never Alone (e-book), by Elizabeth Haynes – 352 pages – (psychological thriller) –Read 1/20/17 (Purchased in November 2016)
6.Other Widow, The (e-book), by Susan Crawford – 334 pages – (suspense thriller) – Read 1/11/17 (Purchased in November 2016)
7.Red Car, The (e-book), by Marcy Dermansky – 206 pages – (contemporary fiction) –Read 1/29/17 (Purchased in October 2016)
8.Sleeping Beauty Killer, The (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark/Alafair Burke – 320 pages – (mystery) –Read 1/1/17. (First Book Read in 2017) (Purchased in November 2016).
9.Stepmother, The (e-book), by Claire Seeber – (355 pages) – (psychological thriller) – Read 1/14/17 (Purchased in December 2016)
10.Twilight Wife, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner – 304 pages – (psychological thriller) –Read 1/26/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
11.Woman in Cabin 10, The (e-book), by Ruth Ware – 352 pages – (suspense thriller) –Read 1/8/17 (Purchased in December 2016)
1.Bad Things, The (e-book), by Mary-Jane Riley – 332 pages – (suspense thriller) – Read 2/3/17 (Purchased in December 2016)
2.Behind Her Eyes (e-book), by Sarah Pinborough – 308 pages – (psychological thriller) – Read 2/10/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
3.Best Awful, The, by Carrie Fisher – 269 pages – (contemporary fiction) – Read 2/23/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
4.Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (e-book), by Kathleen Rooney – 284 pages – (historical fiction) – Read 2/2/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
5.My Husband’s Wife (e-book), by Jane Corry – 373 pages – (suspense thriller) –Read 2/14/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
6.Pretty Little World (e-book), by Melissa DePino, et. al. = 320 pages -(contemporary fiction) – Read 2/7/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
7.Rainy Day Women (e-book, Book 2), by Kay Kendall – 278 pages – (historical mystery) – Read 2/25/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
8.Right Behind You (e-book), by Lisa Gardner – 386 pages – (suspense thriller) – Read 2/19/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
9.Things We Didn’t Say, (e-book), by Kristina Riggle – 333 pages – (contemporary fiction) –Read 2/10/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
10.Vanishing Year, The (e-book), by Kate Moretti – 304 pages – (suspense thriller) – Read 2/16/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
MARCH 2017:
1.Fifth Letter, The (e-book), by Nicola Moriarty – 288 pages – (contemporary fiction) –Read 3/10/17 (Purchased in February 2017)
2..Futures, The (e-book), by Anna Pitoniak – 320 pages – (contemporary fiction) – Read 3/15/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
3.Good Daughter, The (e-book), by Alexandra Burt – 367 pages – (mystery/family saga) – Read 3/7/17 (Purchased in February 2017)
4.Good Neighbor, The (e-book), by A. J. Banner – 198 pages – (suspense thriller) – Read 3/1/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
5..Idaho (e-book), by Emily Ruskovich – 320 pages – (literary fiction) – Read 3/17/17 (Purchased in January 2017)
6.Mother’s Promise, The (e-book), by Sally Hepworth – 384 pages – (contemporary fiction) – Read 3/13/17 (Purchased in February 2017)
7.Never Change (e-book), by Elizabeth Berg – 353 pages – (literary fiction) –Read 3/19/17 (Purchased in March 2017)
APRIL 2017:
1.Arrangement, The (e-book), by Sarah Dunn – 368 pages – (contemporary fiction) – Read 4/21/17 (Purchased in April 2017)
2.Housekeeper, The (e-book), by Suellen Dainty – 320 pages – (psychological thriller) –Read 4/23/17 (Purchased in March 2017)
3.Princess Diarist, The, by Carrie Fisher – 256 pages – (memoir) – Read 4/24/17 (Purchased in December 2016)
4.Secrets You Keep, The (e-book), by Kate White – 368 pages – (mystery/murder) –Read 4/18/17 (Purchased in March 2017)
5.Widow’s House, The (e-book), by Carol Goodman – 352 pages – (thriller) – Read 4/16/17 (Purchased in March 2017)
6.Widower’s Wife, The (e-book), by Cate Holahan – 293 pages – (thriller) – Read 4/13/17 (Purchased in March 2017)