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Shelf Love Challenge 2016


Guidelines For The Shelf Love Challenge 2016

  • Read books that are in your personal library that were obtained before January 1, 2016.
  • Responsibly obtain books for your personal library.
         You may wish to abstain from purchasing
         books or set a book budget for yourself.
         You decide the best way to get control of your TBR pile and read the books you
         already own.
  • 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.

Now Select Your Goal For The Shelf Love Challenge 2016!


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GOAL: 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back


  1. Pop Sonnets - Erik Didriksen
  2. Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson
  3. Moon At Nine - Deborah Ellis
  4. CSFTS O Canada: The Wonders of Winter
  5. Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
  6. Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
  7. The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
  8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
  9. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir - Stan Lee
  10. Winter Chill - Joanne Fluke


FEBRUARY CHALLENGE: BOOK BOYFRIEND
My book boyfriend would have to be Ash from The Iron Fey books. He is strong, independent, courteous, courageous, and chivalrous. Every time I read about him in story, my heart goes pitter-pat. Too bad I'd have to fight Meghan Chase for him, 'cause she seems like shed kick my ass....


MARCH CHALLENGE: WHAT I HATE ABOUT READING
Do I even have reading peeves? Yeah, I guess I do.
I don't like reading books, mostly classics, that are 'old English'. It's annoying. I just like the words to flow easily off the page, letting my imagination decide what the person sounds like. 
Small beans, but enough for an espresso cup.


APRIL CHALLENGE: LIBRARY LOVE
I commented on the original post. The library and I are on a break up at the moment.


MAY CHALLENGE: LITERARY ROAD TRIP BUCKET LIST
Most of the books I read are based somewhere in the US, which is totally not where I am. I guess the settings help me escape to another place, but still stay in familiar territory. I do love reading about other cultures, like in the Middle East or Asia, and I did read one back in January that I really liked that had me in Iran, titled Moon at Nine. As for a list, do I have one, not really, no. Never thought to make one, I just read wherever it takes me.


JUNE CHALLENGE: MID-YEAR CHECK IN
I am 7 books in. That means I only need 4 more to hit the minimum in the challenge!! I am positive I will hit that goal, and then some. I'd share another pic, but the pile has grown... LOL


JULY CHALLENGE: HOW TO READ YOUR TBR PILE
My TBR pile that is dated before 2014 is so massive, and by massive I mean about 150 books, so I won't be lining them up. That stack would bury me.
Now how do I pick the books I read from it? Randomly. I have noticed that they seem to all be from 2010 and not very good. Do I see a trend of bad books for 2010?! I'm starting to wonder...


AUGUST CHALLENGE: READING RITUALS
I have no rituals. Zip.


SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE: BE KIND TO WRITERS AND EDITORS
My way of being kind is by giving back. I have closed myself off most of this year to reviews, to focus on this TBR pile that has gotten out of control. Getting those old reviews done is a priority, but also opening myself up for a few new ones too. At least for a minute... or a month. Writing honest and thorough reviews without spoiling it for others is what writers need, and personally, I can't see a better way to give back.


OCTOBER CHALLENGE: BOOKISH GIFT WISHLIST

I don't usually ask for anything for Christmas, let alone bookish gifts, but this year is different.
I do a lot of reading in bed at night, especially when the hubby is working night shifts and I'm all alone. I need this:
This is a lap pad for your laptop, tablet and of course the Kindle. I also know you can use these for your print books. No more sore neck for me!!
I also have a request for a book I need. Crazy thing is, I read book one, won book three, so now I need book two. Which book am I referring to??
So if any of you talk to my hubby and kids, or if you wanna send me prezzies, you now know what I want could use. :-)


NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: ITEMS WE'RE THANKFUL FOR
I am thankful for all the signed books I have. They really have become my most prized possessions.


YEAR-END CHECK IN
I am one book away from my goal. I am hopeful that I will get at least one more book to complete the challenge, but after moving, finding my books are now an issue. (Also why I cannot show a photo, unless you want to see a box.) 
Will I be participating next year? Sadly, no. I am not doing any challenges in 2017, not even my own that I host. I need a break from challenges as my life falls back into a new normal. 2018 I will be back at it! 


**no compensation was received for posting. This post is part of an annual reading challenge.

Comments

  1. Thanks for joining #ShelfLove :)

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  2. Totally agree with you on Ash and on Old English - snore!

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  3. I was an English major and still hate the Classics. :)

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  4. Well, I'm an English Lit graduate who doesn't mind classics, but I do understand people's issues with it. :D

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  5. I love that you 'travel' from your favorite reading spot, Freda! That's one of the best things about reading. :)

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  6. Hmm random is a good way to pick sometimes but if you're finding a trend of books you don't enjoy, time to tweak the method.

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  7. Ooh, I love the lap pad idea! I'll keep my fingers crossed you get both, Freda!

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  8. AH, I completely forgot I need the 3rd book in the Miss P series!! So good.

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  9. Ooh that lap pad is a great idea!

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  10. Good job, Freda, and I wish you luck in reading that last book to reach your goal. I hope all goes well in 2017 as your life settles into the new normal! :)

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