Monday, February 29, 2016

February #ShelfLove Update

This month's discussion topic is Book Significant Others and I'm afraid my answer is rather boring. Though I've encountered plenty of swoony characters, I don't really get into the whole bookish crush thing. Most of them already have a leading lady ::cough, cough:: Jamie Fraser ::cough, cough:: and it's the more the relationship I enjoy reading about than just the guy. So Claire can keep her man and I'll just keep on enjoying their romance from the sidelines.

Now, onto my #ShelfLove update...

I was on the fence about whether or not to count picture books for this challenge and have decided I will for a few reasons. First of all, there weren't that many unread ones from before 2016, so it's not like they will majorly inflate my progress. Secondly, I borrow SO MANY from the library, it's a good reminder to not keep passing over the few unread ones at home. And lastly, I made it one of my 2016 goals to read those stragglers at least once, so this is a good opportunity to make good on that goal.

On Goodreads, for rating/record-keeping purposes, I add children's books individually even if I am reading them from a collected volume. For this challenge though, I will just count the collected volume as one completed "book" from my shelves to keep things simple.

Picture Books
Jumbo's Jungle Colors
Llamas in Pajamas, by Russell Punter
Ten Playful Penguins, by Emily Ford
The Paddington Treasury, by Michael Bond
Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury, by Laura Numeroff
Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury, by Arnold Lobel
Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose

Children's/Middle Grade
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Winne-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne
When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne

Young Adult
The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski

The Year of Reading Dangerously, by Andy Miller
The Reading Promise, by Alice Ozma

TOTAL: 13 books read from my shelves + a TON culled from my collection

In 2015, I only read a total of 20 TBR books for #ShelfLove the whole year, so I'm very happy with my progress thus far. Even if I didn't count the picture books, I think I'm still doing pretty well.

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How has your 2016 reading been going?


  1. Woot that is awesome progress!! Great work culling those shelves too.

    1. Thanks Julie! This challenge is really helping keep me on track this year :)

  2. Good for you! And picture books should totally count. If it's an unread book in your house, then it counts! :)

    1. Thanks Julie! I think you are so right. I always say I don't care what other people think "counts" when it comes to reading, but I guess it's old habit to care just a little bit -- or at least provide an explanation when I include "easy" books in my tallies! Books are books, no matter how long or short :)

  3. Good job on your progress on this challenge! I culled my shelves last year at one point and made it a post. It was helpful for me to reason out why I didn't want to read a book any more. :)

    1. Thanks Terri! I agree that it was very helpful. It was also helpful to remember I had more books than is likely possible for me to read and if I change my mind about one I gave away, the library probably has it :)

  4. You are doing great! I am not sure I would be able to let Claire keep Jamie to herself.... ;)

    1. Thanks Kay! They are such a great couple, aren't they though? I'm so enjoying my revived re-read of the series :)


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