Sunday, December 13, 2020

2021 Keep the Books Off the Shelf Challenge

Challenge Basics: 

Name: Keep the Books Off the Shelf Challenge
Hosts: Me!
Starts: January 1, 2021
Ends: December 31, 2021
Goal: 15 books
Eligible Books: Books you acquire in 2021

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 2020, 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 2021 and therefore whittle down my mountain of books remaining unread on my shelves in 2022.

Some books I'm considering: 

As many books from my Own 2021 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:
17. Coco Chanel by Susan Goldman Rubin
16. The White Ship by Charles Spencer
15. The Rescuers by Margery Sharp
14. Don't Look Behind You by Peter Allison
13. Evil Thing by Serena Valentino
12. Whatever You Do, Don't Run by Peter Allison
11. Spindrift by Phyllis A. Whitney
10. Margaret of Anjou by Jacob Abbott
9. Mistress of Hardwick by Alison Plowden
8. Pandora's Lab by Paul Offit
7. Outer Banks Tales to Remember by Charles Harry Whedbee
6. Tudor Women by Alison Plowden
5. The Beaufort Bride by Judith Arnopp
4. The Social Graces by Renee Rosen
3. The Varleigh Medallion by Sylvia Thorpe
2. Fire Island by Jack Whitehouse
1. The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

Books DNF'ed: 

8. England in the Age of Chivalry and Awful Diseases by Ed West

7. How to Walk a Puma by Peter Allison

6. Panic in Level 4 by Richard Preston

5. The Cholera Years by Charles Rosenberg

4. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

3. The Girl who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith

2. After Elizabeth by Leanda de Lisle

1. Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnivall

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