Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Keep the Books Off the Shelf Challenge

Challenge Basics: 

Name: Keep the Books Off the Shelf Challenge
Hosts: Me!
Starts: January 1, 2017
Ends: December 31, 2017
Goal: 15 books
Eligible Books: Books you acquire in 2017

Why I'm Interested:  

I'm not sure if anyone is actually hosting a challenge like this, but it's a challenge I'm giving myself. Every year I participate in the Off the Shelf Challenge where I try to read as many books I own as possible.

Downside? Those challenges don't count books you acquire during the challenge year, and I think they should! Sure, I know the goal is to read all those books that have been languishing year after year, but what about preventative measures? I think those should be rewarded, too!

(I feel like a health insurance plan)

So, enter my challenge. I'm going to try to make a dent in the books I get in 2017 and therefore whittle down my mountain of books remaining unread on my shelves in 2018.

Some books I'm considering: 

As many books from my Acquired 2017 shelf as possible. At the end of the year I'll compare how many books I acquired to how many books I've read from that list to see how well I've done. I'd like to shoot for reading/DNF-ing at least 15 books.

Books Completed:

37. Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
36. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
35. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
34. Marrying off Mother by Gerald Durrell
33. Behind the Palace Doors by Michael Farquhar
32. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
31. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
30. The Picnic and Suchlike Pandemonium by Gerald Durrell
29. Seven Kings of England by Geoffrey Trease
28. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
27. Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
26. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
25. The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis
24. The Visitors by Sally Beauman
23. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
22. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
21. The Mystery of the Third Lucretia by Susan Runholt
20. The Lost King by Alison Prince
19. The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood by Susan Wittig Albert
18. The Tale of Holly How by Susan Wittig Albert
17. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
16. The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtlaud
15. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
14. The Tudor Tutor by Barb Alexander
13. Horton Halfpot by Tom Angelberger
12. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
11. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
10. Three Singles to Adventure by Gerald Durrell
9. The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell
8. Birds, Beasts, and Relatives by Gerald Durrell
7. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
6. Dream Magic by Joshua Khan
5. Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
4. A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
3. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
2. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
1. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire

Books DNF'ed: 

6. Radiance by Alyson Noel (audio)
5. Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot*
4. The Queen's Mary by Sarah Gristwood*
3. History's Strangest Characters by Geoff Tibballs
2.  Haven by Mary Lindsay
1. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh


  1. This is such a good idea! It's so easy to get caught up in buying/borrowing/receiving books and never reading them. I know I certainly tend to buy book and then never reading them. You got this girl. I look forward to seeing your progress.


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