#KillYourTBR2017: January Reading Challenge

#KillYourTBR2017: January Reading Challenge


Is your TBR pile growing out of control? Never fear. We’ve got 12 reading challenges, one for each month of the year, to help you make a dent in the books you haven’t yet read.

January’s challenge is to read books that will inspire you to keep your New Year’s resolutions. Didn’t make a resolution? Read a book that you regret not reading in 2016. Let us know what you’re picking up on social media by using #killyourtbr2017 or by commenting below. At the end of the month, we’ll publish an article featuring the books YOU are reading for the challenge.

Here, we’ve rounded up a list of fiction and nonfiction recommendations that fit the six most popular New Year’s resolutions of 2017, according to NBC News. Most of these books have been sitting on our TBR shelves for too long, so we imagine they might be on yours too.

Resolution: Get healthy

Resolution: Get organized

Resolution: Live life to the fullest

Resolution: Pick up new hobbies

Resolution: Travel

Resolution: Read more

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of Bookish.com, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.


  1. Love these challenges! My TBR list is growing out of control. For the January challenge, I’ve just started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Marie Kondo believes that we should rid our lives (closets, shelves) of things that don’t bring us joy. I can’t say I see myself getting rid of many books using this method, but I do think I’ll be donating a few bags of clothes!

  2. I got the entire Game of Thrones on my kindle. I am committed to reading one a month. I know they’re long but I think I can do it if I ignore everything else like eating, sleeping, breathing.

  3. This year I want to read at least 30 books. Thus far, I’ve finished two! So far, I’ve read “America’s First Daughter” and “Hillbilly Elegy.” Both were eye opening and inspiring. Now I’m on to “Into Thin Air.”

  4. My book club just happens to be reading The Happiness Project right now. So I guess I’m doing this challenge. Why not? :-)

  5. The book club in which I plan to join has The Underground Railroad slated for February’s discussion. One of my NY’s resolutions was to read more. Therefore TUR suits the resolution category. Although I am intrigued by The Emperor of all Maladies as well as 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain. Maybe something about procrastination? Now that might be the perfect book.

  6. Last year I challenged myself to read 50 books. I made my goal but December became a read-a-thon. As a retired librarian, I love to read and very appreciative of advanced reader copies provided by many publishers. I have found, however, that I don’t read things that have sat forever on my to-read-shelf. I promised my blog readers responding to my request to pick a title for me in January to read The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. I will. My next book will be H is for Hawk. I bought a copy long ago and it sits there begging me for attention.

  7. I missed out on your challenge last year (I discovered it in December) but this year I’ll join in, thank you Kelly for bring it back in 2017.

    I made some resolutions this year, one of which is to be kinder to myself, less self-jugment, I’m reading a few books on mindfulness and self compassion that I hope will help towards my goal.

  8. I posted your challenge on the facebook page of the library I work in. I am totally taking the challenge and I am currently reading a book about bipolar and another on diabetes because my resolution was to learn about the two ailments that plague my fiance.

  9. I read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon for January’s challenge pick. The main character in this book takes a risk even though she believes it will put her in danger. One of my resolutions is take a leap of faith and take risks to pursue my passions. This book inspired me to do it.

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