I don’t know about you, but I tend to have this itsy bitsy problem of buying (or collecting) more books than I actually read. I have this awesome, and rather large, library collection in the house with way too many books I’ve yet to read. But I never really liked the typical TBR type challenges.
And then I saw this one. The levels are adorable, and I feel compelled to join in on all the shelf love going on. Thanks to everyone at ChapterBreak.net, Bookworm Brandee, and Second Run Reviews for this challenge.
The Goal: To grow your TBR pile responsibly and read the books you already own. You have ‘em, now read ‘em!
The Rules: Read books from your personal library that were obtained before January 1, 2016. Responsibly obtain books for your personal library by either abstaining from purchasing books or setting a book budget for yourself. Library books (and textbooks) do not count for the challenge. You may use your library to obtain different formats of books you already own and count those towards your goal.
1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady
Discussions: Participate In The Monthly Shelf Love Challenge Discussion Posts By Linking Up, Visiting And Commenting On The Other Participants’ Blogs.
December 2015/January 2016: I’m joining in the #ShelfLove Challenge 2016! 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 budget? Share pictures of your TBR piles or link up to your GoodReads Shelves.
February 2016: Who is your book boyfriend or girlfriend or best friend? What qualities does this character have that makes him/her the best?
March 2016: What is one book trope that gets on your nerves? What do you wish the publishing world would STOP doing?
April 2016: The 2nd Week of April is Library Week. Tell us about your local library and what makes is special to you.
May 2016: It’s almost time for summer vacation! Plan your dream literary trip. You can go some place real (Scotland, anyone?) or fictional (or Middle Earth, perhaps?).
June 2016: 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 2016: Why do you read the books you read? Explore why you gravitate towards certain genres and/or authors. How do you pick the next book you will read?
August 2016: What are your reading rituals? Do you have a reading nook? What snacks or drinks must you have handy? Share pictures and recipes!
September 2016: It’s Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month! Write a thank you post to your favorite person (or people) in the publishing industry.
October 2016: Christmas is two months away! What books or bookish gifts are on your wish list this year?
November 2016: Name one bookish item that you are thankful. This could be your favorite book or gift or author. You decide. Share pictures if you can.
December 2016/January 2017: 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 2017?
My goal is to simply start with shaking hands with my shelves. After all, we just moved into our new house, and I haven’t seen the vast majority of these books in about a year. We need to start slow here. I do hope to really get to know these shelves a lot this year though. I’ve got some really interesting looking books to get lost in.
As for gaining new books, I’ll try to limit what I add to our home throughout 2016.