Back in 2015, one of my favorite book bloggers, Terri from “Second Run Reviews” hosted the “Show Your Shelves Some Love” no book buying challenge. I recently caught up with Terri, who moved on from blogging to working in the book industry and now owns her own bookstore, Swamp Fox Bookstore! She gave me the go-ahead to host my own version of the challenge. Read on to find out the details!
Goal: Abstain from buying books or set a book buying limit – and focus on clearing your physical and virtual TBR bookshelves for the entire year.
Challenge Dates: January 1st – December 31st, 2021
Abstain from spending money on books for one calendar year or set a book buying limit (whether that’s monetary or the number of books you may buy).
Gift cards are OK as well as any Audible credits you already have in your account.
Encourage other challenge participants via blog comments and social media.
21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
41-50 books: your shelves are now your BFF
51+ books: your shelves and you are going steady – I’m choosing this goal because my reading goal for 2021 will be more than 50 books. I’m a member of the Fantastic Strangelings book club, so I am allowing myself to continue my subscription. These books, plus whatever books I check out from the library should be more than enough, but the key is to stay away from the book stores!
NO BOOK BUYING CHALLENGE STEP 2: Link-Up
Create a sign-up post that includes your chosen goal on your blog or any social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Litsy, etc.).
Don’t forget to use the challenge hashtag #ShelfLove.
NO BOOK BUYING CHALLENGE STEP 3: Monthly Discussion Posts(Optional)
December 2020/January 2021: I’m joining in the #ShelfLove Challenge 2021! Tell us your goals for the challenge this year. Will you be going on an all-out book buying ban or are you setting a book buying limit? Share pictures of your TBR piles or link up to your GoodReads Shelves.
February: Free books! Where do you get free books?
March:The TBR pile. Tell us about the books that have been on your shelves the longest.
April: May I?! Tell us about one book you want to buy this year and give your best “sales pitch” for why you should be able to buy it.
May: Organizing the shelves! How do you organize your books? Alphabetical by title or author, by color, genre, or some other way?
June:Mid-year check-in post. How are you doing with the challenge? Look back at your January post and let us know how you are doing. Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile.
July: Dear Author. Show some love to the authors of your favorite books.
August:The perils of book hoarding! What are your pros and cons of owning a lot of books?
September: Library Love! Tell us about your local library.
October: Best bookish gifts! What are the best book-related gifts you’ve received?
November:Thankfulness. Are you thankful for taking on the #ShelfLove challenge? Do you have a greater appreciation for the books you own or for wherever you get free books?
December: End of the year check-in post. Look back at your June and January posts and let us know how you did this year. Share an updated picture or list of your TBR pile. Would you do the challenge again in 2022?
I can’t wait to read all y’all’s sign-up and discussion posts throughout the year!
Tomorrow begins the#ThanksgivingReadathon hosted by Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku! The idea is to read as many books as you can between the 25th of November and the 1st of December. There will also be a Bookstagram challenge and a giveaway so check out the readathon announcement page above to find out all of the details. While a TBR isn’t required, I created a short one anyway.
There’s Sci-Fi November, and Vintage Sci-Fi January, but for me, the Summer is the time of year that is best for reading Science Fiction. So, from June 21st, the official first day of Summer, to the 22nd of September (the day before the Autumnal Equinox), I’m reading as much Sci-Fi as possible. I’ve got a lot of it on my TBR shelves, and I’m inviting all of you to join me.
Here are the challenge levels:
Red Shirt – 1 to 5 books
Viper Pilot – 6 to 10 books
Jedi – 11 to 15 books
Time Lord – 16 or more books
Any book of at least 100 pages that is classified as Science Fiction, including any Sci-Fi subgenres, qualifies for this challenge. That means audiobooks, physical books, ebooks, library books, free books, other borrowed books, anthologies, and graphic novels are all acceptable options. You may also count any Sci-Fi book that counts towards another reading challenge. On June 21st, I’ll post the link up for your reviews, and it will stay open until September 29th.
Are you up to the #SciFiSummer challenge? Link up your sign-up posts below:
Starting tomorrow, August 1st through the 31st, those of us joining Gintare over at Book Roastwill be taking our N.E.W.T.s. I spent quite a bit of time planning out a tentative TBR based on the requirements for each subject that I will be trying to complete on my path to becoming a Librarian. I couldn’t find anything about the necessary grades to become a Librarian, but since most of the magical careers require at least an ‘E’ for “Exceeds Expectations” in most, if not all of the required subjects, that’s what I’m going to try for first. However, I have to achieve an ‘O’ for Outstanding in at least one subject to pass my N.E.W.T.s in general. That means, at a minimum, I’ll be attempting to read 11 books in August! Ancient Runes:
Starting from April 2nd through the 29th, those of us willing to join Gintare over at Book Roastwill betaking our O.W.L.s. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten excited about a reading challenge, but as soon as I saw this one, I knew I had to pull a Hermione and sit all 12 exams! I spent yesterday coming up with a tentative TBR based on the requirements for each subject and I chose the 5 I will complete first (bolded in the list below) so that I’ll be allowed to take the N.E.W.T.s for those subjects on my path to becoming a Librarian. Madam Pince has to retire at some point, right?
Ancient Runes: The Heart of the Revolution by Noah Levine
Arithmancy: The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
Astronomy: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
Care of Magical Creatures: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Charms: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Divination: Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
Herbology: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
History of Magic: The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory
Muggle Studies: Voices of Freedom by Eric Foner
Potions: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Transfiguration: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I only have a little more than a year and a half to finish my Classics Club list, with 21 books remaining. So, I decided to join the Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Karen at Books and Chocolate.
It’s simple; there are 12 categories, and the idea is to read one book, published at least 50 years ago, from each of the categories, review it, and link the review to the category your fulfilling. At the end of the year, participants will post a challenge wrap-up and link that up as well. We’re not required to read all 12 books or choose our books in advance, but I listed my potential reads next to each category below. Go to the main challenge page for the full details. The Categories:
1. A 19th century classic – Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
2. A 20th century classic – Kafka, Franz: The Trial
3. A classic by a woman author – Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey
4. A classic in translation – Remarque, Erich Maria: All Quiet on the Western Front
5. A children’s classic – Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction – Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction – Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Hobbit
8. A classic with a single-word title – Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca
9. A classic with a color in the title – Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you – Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
11. A classic that scares you – Melville, Herman: Moby Dick
12. Re-read a favorite classic – Hugo, Victor: Les Misérables
The deadline to sign up for the challenge is March 1, 2018. Are you planning to participate in Back to the Classics challenge? Are participating in the Classic Clubs reading challenge? Let me know in the comments!
I enjoyed last year’s Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge so much that I’m going to do it again this year. I’m also going to start using the hashtag #SciFiSummer across all of my social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Litsy – just look for Fortified By Books to add me).
The challenge is from June 20th, the official first day of Summer, to the 21st of September (the day before the Autumnal Equinox). Below are the levels:
Red Shirt – 1 to 5 books
Viper Pilot – 6 to 10 books
Jedi – 11 to 15 books
Time Lord – 16 or more books
Any book of at least 100 pages that is classified as Science Fiction, including any Sci-Fi subgenres, qualifies for this challenge. That means audiobooks, physical books, ebooks, library books, free books, other borrowed books, anthologies, and graphic novels are all acceptable options. You may also count any Sci-Fi book that counts towards another reading challenge. The link-up for your reviews will open on June 20th and stay open until September 25th.
This year, I’m going to attempt to reach the Jedi level, despite successfully earning Time Lord status last Summer. I just barely made it, though, and I’m sure the only reason was being out of work for nearly a week.
So, why not join me in a Summer full of Science Fiction fun? Link up your sign-up post below:
The challenge sign-up will stay open until September 14th.
Read at least 51 books from my personal library that I got before January 1, 2016 (my shelves and I are going steady).
With the exception of one book, I can only buy books using the money I get from selling books to the used bookstore. I can “buy” as many free books as I would like, as well as accept ARCs and enter giveaways to my heart’s content.
If I’m purchasing ebooks with my book money, I may add on the audio narration without it counting against my book money. To me, adding on the audiobook is like buying a second copy of a book I already own.
Participate in the monthly discussion posts. I didn’t do so well with this goal last year, but I’m hoping to get back to writing a discussion post every month.
These are, of course, only my physical books, and not all of them are books I haven’t read yet, but the majority of them have never been opened. Total, I have 293 unread books sitting on my shelves or in my Kindle and Nook, according to my TBR shelf on Goodreads. However, I know that’s not all of them. I don’t know how close it is to last year’s 400+, but considering I acquired a few more books and only read 58 of the ones I got prior to 2016, I’m sure it’s not far off. One of my projects this year will be to update my TBR shelf on Goodreads to get a more accurate total (most of the ebooks on my Nook aren’t on it).
This COYER, from December 17th to March 3rd, is much more strict than it has been in the past. Participants can only read ebooks we already own and got for less than $1 or audiobooks we got for less than $5.
However, there is the “generator” option, but I won’t be taking advantage of that. If you would like to know more about using your generator, click on the COYER picture to get the full details over at the official COYER website.
Since the rules are tight this time, I’m not going to read any ebooks until December 17th, and I’m going to concentrate on finishing the books I’m currently in the middle of reading. Once COYER starts, I’ll concentrate on reading as many of my ARCs as possible. With any luck, I’ll get completely caught up on them. Since library books don’t count, I’ll also be focusing on the few audiobooks I own that I got for free.
Usually, my goal for COYER is 10 books, but this time I’m going to try for 12. Bout of Books is coming up during the first week of January and I’m taking vacation during that week as well, so I’m fairly certain I can manage 12 books by March.
Are you participating in COYER?