Announcing the 2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge

29 Dec


when-are-you-reading-2017-finalIf you’re picking out your 2017 reading challenges, add this to your list! I’m hosting the 4th annual When Are You Reading? Challenge! It’s a short challenge, only 12 books, which challenges you to read books set or published in different time periods. Those periods are:

  • Pre 1500
  • 1500-1599
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

At only one book a month, this one has always been fast and fun. Often I find the books I was going to read anyway fit into the time periods. There are very few ‘rules’ associated with the challenge. I put it in quotations because you’re free to do what you want with it.


  • Determination of what year a book belongs in is the decision of the participant. On the whole, choose a year where the largest part of the action occurs or the most important event.
  • I will compile a list of those participating on this page but you must link back to this page to be added to the list so that other participants can find us!

It works best if you dedicate a page or post to tracking your books so I can link to it. I had thirteen participants last year and I’m hoping a bunch of you are interested again this year! It’s a fun time for me especially and I love sharing historical fiction with all of you.

If you’re interested, let me know and grab the graphic my fabulous husband designed (amazing, right?) to let others know you’re participating. I can’t wait for you to join!

Pages for the 2017 challenge will be up soon. Check back for updates and further announcements.

Until next time, write on.

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21 Responses to “Announcing the 2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge”

  1. bevbaird December 29, 2016 at 1:12 PM #

    I’ve never done a challenge like this – sounds intriguing. Would love to join.


    • Sam December 29, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

      It would be great to have you! I’ll be putting together the page for the event tonight and I’ll post a link to it this weekend. If you have a page where you’ll be tracking your books, let me know and I’ll link to it. If not, I’ll link to your blog in general. Happy reading!


  2. faithrivens December 29, 2016 at 3:43 PM #

    I meant to participate in this one last year, so I think I’ll definitely do it this year 🙂


    • Sam December 29, 2016 at 7:11 PM #

      Awesome! I’ll be putting together the page for it today. Let me know if you have a tracking page on your blog you want me to link to or if you want me to link to your blog home page. 🙂 Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • faithrivens January 1, 2017 at 2:10 PM #

        I’ll try to create a tracking page in the next few days, but for now a link to my home page should work! Thanks, my dear 🙂 And Happy New Year!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Random Reads December 29, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

    This is an interesting challenge!


    • Sam December 29, 2016 at 7:12 PM #

      Thank you. Let me know if you’d like to participate!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads December 29, 2016 at 7:35 PM #

        You’re welcome! I probably won’t participate due to the fact that I’d forget to lol

        Liked by 1 person

  4. samfalston January 1, 2017 at 1:20 AM #

    Hey Sam, this looks like a really cool challenge. Just a question and this maybe a bit silly, but do we read the time periods in order as in Pre-1500 first then, 1500-1599?

    Also, can we read non-fiction books, as in a history book about the 17th century? No probs if not.

    I will try and make a page linking to this post when I get the chance.

    All the best and have a happy new year!


  5. Shaz January 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM #

    Hi Sam, I like the sound of this challenge! Please count me in. Thanks!


  6. Gee Jen January 3, 2017 at 5:07 AM #

    Hi Sam,

    I’d love to join in but don’t really know how! What do I need to do?


    • Sam January 3, 2017 at 6:30 AM #

      Hi, Jen. That’s great! We’d love to have you. Joining in means you’re ready to take on the challenge. I’ll add a link to your blog on the page I’ve created for the challenge. If you create a page or post on your blog dedicated to the challenge, send me the link and I’ll use that. If not, I’ll use a link to your blogroll. There are no obligations or requirements from participants as far as confirming or checking in. It’s very chill and user driven. 🙂 Have fun and happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person


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