Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 Off the Shelf Challenge

6/15 books

Challenge Basics: 

Name: Off the Shelf Challenge
Hosts: Bookish Ardour
Starts: January 1, 2013
Ends: December 31, 2013
Eligible Books: Books you own prior to 2013. I will also personally count books I acquire in 2013 toward my own personal goal of making sure I read all the books I own.
Levels: 7. I'm going to try for the second level of 15 books.
Prizes? None that I see

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Why I'm Interested:  

Because I am terrible at actually reading the books I own. I think 15 is a lofty goal and I actually don't think I'll accomplish that, but the first level of five books felt like taking the wimpy way out. Plus, I have this goal for a reason, and reading only five books doesn't really satisfy that reason.

Besides, last year I ended up reading 13 books for the challenge, so hopefully I can at least come close to replicating that. I'll be happy if I tackle at least seven previously owned books and 15 books I acquire in 2013. 

Some books I'm considering: 

Books I own and have not read, particularly:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Haunting Violet by Alexandra Harvey
Storybound by Marissa Burt
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

and any other books that qualify for my other challenges

Books Completed:

7. Raven Rise by D. J. MacHale
6. Haunting Violet by Alexandra Harvey
5. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
4. The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler
3. Spellbinding by Maya Gold
2. Poison by Bridget Zinn
1. Angelfall by Susan Ee

Books Acquired in 2013 Completed:

19. Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
18. Bloodstone by Gillian Philip
17. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
16. Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
15. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
14. A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
13. The Decoy Princess by Dawn Cook
12. Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep
11. Forevermore by Cindy Miles
10. Sidekicked by John David Anderson
9. Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby
8. Curses Inc. by Vivian Vande Velde
7. The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
6. Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
5. Firebrand by Gillian Philip
4. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
3. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
2. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
1. The Fourth Stall Part III by Chris Rylander

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any suggestions that I absolutely MUST read? 


  1. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You must read it!
    It's so swoonworthy. I think it will be right up your alley.

    I am terrible about reading books I own as well. Usually, I'm in a hurry to read library books before they are due - or netgalley titles before they expire...

    1. I have such high hopes for Daughter of Smoke and Bone now. Everyone seems to love it, and the sequel seems to be even more well-received. I'm not sure if I want to try to wait now until the third book comes out though.

      Me too! I'm in the same boat, but I also always gravitate toward the books I don't have just because they seem more tantalizing.

  2. I have Daughter of Smoke and Bones too!! I promised I would read this one this year ;)
    I hope we both succeed :D Good luck

    1. Me too! Though now I'm considering pushing it off until the third book comes out so I can just read all three at once.

  3. This was one of my more difficult challenges last year. I did complete it near the end of the year. I had an even harder time with The Sophomore Reading Challenge, though. At least this challenge motivated me to get some of those old books off my TBR list. I still have a mountain to overcome though, don't know if I ever will.

    1. I was surprised at how difficult the Sophomore Reading Challenge was. I knew this one wold be hard for me. I'm always neglecting my own books *sigh* Good luck! I don't think I'll ever overcome my mountain, and I'm not sure I want to :P I like knowing I have a stash of unread books at hand.


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