Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Keep the Books Off the Shelf Challenge

Challenge Basics: 

Name: Keep the Books Off the Shelf Challenge
Hosts: Me!
Starts: January 1, 2020
Ends: December 31, 2020
Goal: 15 books
Eligible Books: Books you acquire in 2020

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, again. Last year I read a ton off books I acquired in 2019, and rather than feel bad about neglecting my previously owned books, instead I felt like I was accomplishing something with every new book I acquired and read. And I was!

Every year I participate in the Read My Own Books 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 2020 and therefore whittle down my mountain of books remaining unread on my shelves in 2021.

Some books I'm considering: 

As many books from my Acquired 2020 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:
29. Seeds of Hope by Kristiana Gregory
28. The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
27. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
26. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
25. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
24. Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston
23. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
22. Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory
21. To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl
20. Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat
19. Invincible Microbe by Jim Murphy
18. An American Plague by Jim Murphy
17. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
16. Caligula by Aloys Winterling
15. The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
14. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
13. Victorian Fashion Accessories by Ariel Beaujot
12. How to Fight by Thich Nhat Hanh
11. Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlet
10. The Provincial Lady in America by E. M. Delafield
9. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
8. Please Don't Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr
7. The Provincial Lady Goes Further by E. M. Delafield
6. She Wolves by Elizabeth Norton
5. How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh
4. Fast and Loose by Edith Wharton
3. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
2. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton
1. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne

Books DNF'ed: 


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