Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 Challenge: Off The Shelf

13/12 books

Challenge Basics: 
Name: Off the Shelf Challenge
Previous Hosts: Bookish Ardour
Starts: January 1, 2015
Ends: December 31, 2015
Eligible Books: Books you own prior to 2015.
Levels: I'm going to try to read 12 books. That's one a month. Surely I can mange that??
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Why I'm Interested:  

I'm not sure if Bookish Ardour is hosting this challenge in 2015, but it's a challenge I need to participate in again. This is my Achilles's heel of challenges. I have the hardest time with this one, but it's one I really, really, really want to accomplish.

I have far too many books I haven't read. Not only do I feel silly for having so many unread books that remain unread year after year, but that's valuable shelf space! I want to use this challenge both to read these books, but also to cull my shelves.

I signed up for this challenge in 2014 and didn't realize until halfway through December that I still had five books left to read to finish the challenge. Honestly, I "didn't realize" because I had pretty much already given up on that challenge and made peace with the fact that I am SO bad at it.

Enter, Gina. She was an awesome motivator and I actually accomplished my goal and completed the 2014 Off the Shelf challenge and I totally credit Gina entirely for that! That was the first time I have ever finished that challenge, and I think I'm still in shock.

But, I'm also motivated to do it again! While I'm really happy I read all those books, I'm also super happy at how many books I ended up DNF-ing and then removing from my shelves...and then bringing them to my local used book store and swapping them out for new unread books on my shelves.

But, I totally consider that a win.

Some books I'm considering: 

I picked up a whole bunch of historical fiction books in 2013 and I still have far too many of them unread. So, all of those. Also, anything on my Own-Unread shelf that I acquired prior to 2015.

Books Completed:

6. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (audio)
5. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
4. The Secret Bride by Diane Haeger
3. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
2. Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis
1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Books DNF'ed:

7. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
6. Bloodthisty by Flynn Meaney
5. The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
4. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
3. The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber
2. The Red Lily Crown by Elizabeth Loupas
1. Housewitch by Katie Schickel

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