Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups: Shelf Love + Book Buying

A new year, a new start, right? This year (like every year, it seems!) I'd like to read more of the books already on my shelves and do better about reading the new ones I buy in a timely manner. In 2016, I was doing fairly well until I really went down a rabbit hole with children's books. I learned a lot about children's lit listening to podcasts and doing various other research -- and our collection of picture books, classics, modern classics, middle grade, poetry, etc. etc. kind of exploded. And while I feel good about the types of books I bought, I think the time has come to cool it on the seeking out and get down to the reading.

I could use some more culling, especially of my "adult" books, but I really do think we have a pretty great "library" to read from now. Lots of it is way above my son's level, but there are just so many wonderful books I never experienced -- or don't remember! -- that I'd like to read and enjoy for myself as well. And there are plenty of unread books that are good for his level. So, onto the challenges...


Goal: My Shelves and I are Going Steady, 51+ books

I love this challenge and its positive spin on reading from our TBRs that focuses on the joy of books rather than the guilt of unread books. There will be quarterly discussions this year which is fantastic because as much as I love them, I never could quite keep up with monthly ones! I'm aiming for the highest level because I have a lot of unread children's books this time around. All books owned prior to January 1, 2017 count for this challenge.

And books purchased during 2017, count for this next challenge!


Host: Book Date
Goal: Maximizing Returns, 61-80%

As I've already mentioned, I bought a lot of children's books in 2016. Knowing the books will benefit someone other than just myself seems to weaken my resolve to cut back on book buying even more than it used to. But I'd really like to keep that in check this year. I very much hope to be in the higher end of my chosen percentage range and I'd be thrilled if I surpass it, but I'll try not to get ahead of myself! I often pick up Audible books when they run promotions I known I won't get to for a while, so those alone could really skew my stats and make 81% or more pretty unrealistic.

12 comments:

  1. Welcome to the #ShelfLove challenge!

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    1. Thanks Terri! I'm looking forward to improving upon last year :)

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  2. Good luck with your goals, Christine!

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  3. Good luck with the challenges! I thought about joining in on the Read the Books You Buy, but I hardly buy any books anymore. I am really focusing on my TBR pile.

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    1. Thanks! Focusing on your TBR pile is a great plan. My hope with the Read What You Buy challenge is to hold myself more accountable for any books I do buy and read them in a more timely manner. Because if I don't get to the soon, I really don't need to be buying them!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. Good luck Christine! I may actually sing up for a challenge this year. We shall see. :)

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    1. Thanks Kay! There are some really fun ones out there, in addition to ones like these for tackling our TBRs :) The challenge I just posted today (last one! for real!), I have a feeling you may really like :)

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  5. Thanks for joining Shelf Love, and I love how you paired it with the read the books you buy challenge. YES!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I'm hoping this pairing will work well! :)

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  6. I'm glad to see that both of these challenges are back this year. They really helped keep me in check with my book buying/reading!

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    1. Good luck to us both on that this year! :)

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