Friday, July 1, 2016

June #ShelfLove Update


It's time for a Mid-Year Check-In! Oh boy. Well, it seems I am always overambitious at the beginning of the year. I have ALL THE GOOD INTENTIONS in January. I always think it will be incredibly simple to just read from my own shelves and not go overboard with buying new books and borrowing from the library. But then I learn about interesting new books. Or I hear rave reviews from trusted sources. Or I find a new author or genre I want to try. Or a favorite author publishes a new book. Or I walk into a bookstore or visit a book website... You get the idea -- there are so many scenarios where all those good intentions fly right out the window. I conveniently forget just how many unread books I have in my house already. It's a sort of blindspot of mine I suppose. There is good news though! So some updates:

1. So far I have read 20 books that were on my shelves prior to 2016. In 2015, I read a total of 20 from my shelves for the whole year, so I'm well ahead of last year's pace. My goal for 2016 is 51+ though, so I better get back to it!

2. There are 6 months left in 2016, so there is plenty of time left to rearrange my TBR and balance out my reading choices.

3. I also have the Read the Books You Buy challenge going, so if I read some of my more recent acquisitions (i.e. purchased during 2016, rather than prior to 2016), they may not count for ShelfLove, but they are still books from my own shelves. So, progress?

During June, I read one measly book from my own shelves:

The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renée Ahdieh

June TOTAL:  1 book read from my shelves
2016 TOTAL: 20 books read from my shelves

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How has your 2016 reading been going?

10 comments:

  1. I still think you did pretty good. I have not read 20 books off my own shelf, but I have been reading one or two a month.

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    1. Thanks! That sounds like pretty good progress for you as well!

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  2. Why is it that bookstores and libraries are so much more enticing than the books right in front of our noses? Good for you for reading one book of your own in June - that's still more than me! Hopefully we both can be better in the near future... :)

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    1. I know, right? I've been trying to read the books I have at home too, but keep getting tempted by those at the library and hose at stores, mostly thrift stores. I have so many books acquired from thrift stores.

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    2. Julie -- I really don't know! Sometimes it seems I am LESS likely to read a book if I actually own it, which doesn't make any sense! I think it's because we feel like we can read those any time. I know we can both do better :) :)

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    3. Jamie -- Ah, the good old bargain book! I too buy too many books when very low prices are involved. Good luck reading more from your shelves :)

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  3. Woot, great job at already being on your way to beating last year's total and reaching a new goal! Thanks for linking up!

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  4. One is better than none! I have extreme confidence that you will get through more! :) Good luck! I think you are doing pretty darn good.

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    1. Thanks Kay! I should take stock again, since it's been so long :)

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I'd love to hear what you think :)