2017 Netflix and Books Challenge

Posted December 12, 2016 by Erica || 8 Comments


We have a book blog here so obviously we love books… but another thing Lauren and I noticed in the community is the love of Netflix (or binging TV shows in general). We wanted to include both of those in a challenge for the year of 2017, which led to… the Netflix and Books Challenge! We previously put together the Netflix and Books Tag that people seemed to enjoy, so we already had some pretty great ideas in place to take it one step further. 😉 This will be a year-long challenge held by Lauren from Bookmark Lit and me!


This is going to be a yearly challenge focused on watching television shows we’ve been wanting to get to (both new and old), and reading books we’ve been wanting to read that match some fun challenge prompts. If you choose to, you’ll have the chance to earn points throughout the year (thank you Aentee from Read at Midnight for allowing us to use her point system idea!). I also want to mention that even though we call this the Netflix & Books Challenge you can watch TV shows on any platform…doesn’t just have to be on Netflix. levels

level one for the casual participant

The first level of the challenge is to simply make a TBR list and TBW list (to be watched) and then link it up with us here. You’ll see prompts below that describe certain book and TV settings, plot points, tropes, time periods, etc. Develop a TBR list based on those prompts and see how many you can actually read in 2017. Then, share some TV shows with us that you plan to watch in 2017 as well. Please note that TV shows don’t have to match with the books you read for the prompts; they can just be a list of shows you hope to start and/or finish! We’re curious to see what you all have planned for reading and watching in 2017!

Like our book tag, we’ve developed ways to make parallels between the books you read and TV shows. The books must be read in 2017 but the shows don’t have to be ones you watched in 2017 for the points to count. You can count multiple books for the same category, as long as they match up with different TV show examples, but NOT multiple categories for the same book. For example, you’ve seen The Office before 2017 but you’re now reading Pretty Little Liars, which is set in Pennsylvania like the show. You match PLL with the setting category, but you can’t also use PLL for the category for “book inspired a TV show.” However, you could find another book and TV show combination for the setting category though – maybe you watched The OC and read Lola and the Boy Next Door. Without further ado, here are the categories for our challenge:


Make sense? Here are some more specific examples for each category so you can see what we’re thinking here. You basically draw comparisons between the books you read and TV shows that exist.

  • If the book has the same trope as a TV show | This can include romance tropes like TV show episodes with fake dating or a love triangle, or plot-related tropes like a motorcycle gang in a book (i.e. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry) and motorcycle gang in a TV show (Sons of Anarchy).
  • If the book is mentioned in a TV show | Gilmore Girls has a bunch of books referenced throughout it!
  • If the book title has a word in the title from a TV show’s title (no THE or AN, obviously) | For example, the show Pretty Little Liars and the book Pretty Fierce share a common word in the title.
  • If the book inspired a TV show | Books like The 100, Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Shadowhunters, The Lying Game, etc. all inspired TV shows
  • If the book has the same setting as a TV show | If it is set in the the US, it has to be the same state; otherwise you can match country to country. Before I Fall is set in Connecticut and so is the show Gilmore Girls
  • If the book has the same time period as a TV show | No present day, because it’d be too easy – think about historical fiction books or TV shows set in another time period (like the Roaring 20s or the 60s/70s), as well as books in the future.
  • If the book main character has the same name as a TV show main character | The show Timeless has a main character named Lucy and so does the book The Hating Game.
  • If the book and show both have bad reviews/ratings but you’re interested anyways | You can find a book with a low Goodreads rating on your TBR and find a show that was cancelled early, only had one season, or got really bad ratings and reviews… but you still want to watch and read them.
  • It the book has a spin-off series or is a part of a companion series and a TV show has a spin-off series/show | The show Friends had the spinoff Joey and the show Avatar: The Last Airbender had the spinoff The Legend of Korra. A book series that comes to mind is Vampire Academy leading to Bloodlines.

You will get a entries into a giveaway for linking up now AND linking up progress each month, if you’re so inclined. You can treat it just like a regular reading challenge with monthly check-ins, but this will feature shows AND books.

level two for the competitive participant

See everything above in level one! You have to complete that first part in order to participate down into level two, if you’re a competitive person who likes to earn points 😉 The biggest thing about level two is that you earn points for books you read that match our challenge prompts, and then points for banging out some TV shows in general.

How can you earn points?

(1) Earn points from reading books with certain page counts

For all of the books you read that specifically match the challenge prompts above, you will be able to earn points based on how long the books are. The longer the book, the more points you get. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 100-200 pages = 10 points
  • 201-300 pages = 20 points
  • 300-400 pages = 30 points
  • 401-500 pages = 40 points
  • 501+ = 50 points

(2) Earn points from watching TV shows in general

Do you have a goal that you really want to finish off a TV show finally? Maybe it was cancelled and you just want to watch the last season. Maybe you’re ready to finally binge Friends. For this part, you don’t have to track every single hour of TV you watch because let’s be honest, that would be scary. I don’t want to know the answer to that. BUT you will be able to earn points based on finishing TV show seasons or the entire series. We have the points broken up based on how long the episodes are:

For a 1 hour TV show:

  • If…you finish a whole season…you earn 20 points
  • If…you finish a whole series…you earn 50 points

For a 30 minute TV show:

  • If…you finish a whole season…you earn 10 points
  • If…you finish a whole series…you earn 25 points

For TV shows you watch that actually DO match the prompts above:

You will get bonus points IF a show you watch in 2017 actually does match up with a book for the prompts above. For example, if I watch Revenge and read The Revenge Playbook (a book with the same word in the title as a TV show), I will get a point bonus. Because I read the book AND watched the show in the same year, I’ll get 25 bonus points for each show+book combo I am able to match up.

(3) Complete the book tag

You can earn points by completing our Netflix and Books Tag too! If you have previously completed it you can add a lovely 20 points to your total right off the bat. If you do it in 2017, you will still get the 20 points. Just post a link to that in one of your wrap-ups.

 How can I keep track of my points?

You can keep track of points by doing weekly or monthly wrap-ups (we suggest a monthly one). Whether it be on your blog, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever – as long as are able to track it and it is a social media platform. Just update on far along you are on certain shows or books. You can use the hashtag #NetflixBooks2017.

We want to point out that you don’t have to keep track of points if you don’t want to. It is NOT mandatory. You’re able to link up TBR and TBW lists and track everything each month, like you would with any other reading challenge. However, the person with the highest amount of points at the end of the year will win a prize, assuming no cheating has occurred. We will also be holding a giveaway for people who participated in the first level of the challenge too.


In your sign-up post you can include some TV shows you are wanting to watch (your TBW) and you can make a list of the books you want to read (your TBR). This can be tentative as we know sometimes our moods change and we watch different shows. Plus, some new shows will be coming out in 2017 and you can’t predict the future (or can you? Now, that would be ah-mazing). Anyway, just write up a post and say what you are wanting to watch and read. You include any other information you may want. No boundaries, really. Link up at the bottom of this post, under the sample sign-up below.


Okay, SO! Here is my projected TBR for the challenge! I know I will definitely earn more points for watching TV shows rather than reading the books, but that is just a-okay with me.



nowhere but here          soa


Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry • Son’s of Anarchy
Connection: motorcycle gang/club



pride-and-prejudice          Gilmore Girls Poster

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen • Gilmore Girls
Connection: Pride and Prejudice is one of the many books mentioned in GG



until-friday-night           friday-night-lights

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines • Friday Night Lights
Connection: Friday and night are both in these titles – woohoo!



ink-and-bone           new-girl

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine • New Girl
Connection: both of these have a main character named Jess


Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)          Finding Carter Poster

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han • Finding Carter
Connection: both take place in Virginia


stalking jack            ahs

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco • AHS: Coven
Connection: if I am not mistaken both of these take place in the 19th century


pretty-little-liars            PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard • Pretty Little Liars
Connection: TV show based on book – pretty self explanatory


Here are some TV shows I plan to watch in 2017. Whether I will be finishing them off or starting new…and then finishing. These are just some shows I’ve been eyeing for awhile now and will probably finish within the first few months.

» Supernatural

» Teen Wolf

» One Tree Hill (re-watch)

» How to Get Away With Murder

» Son’s of Anarchy

There will be many, many more to come.

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8 responses to “2017 Netflix and Books Challenge

  1. Amanda Mitchell

    Finally getting organized for this!!!
    Added my link, and organizing it my bullet journal!!
    @genesissheli:disqus and I think alike 😉 LOL

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