Ah, #ShelfLove, you were a crazy idea that generated out of a comment I left over at ChapterBreak.net. I didn’t truly accept that I was addicted to books until I tried NOT buying them for a whole year. And now I’ve gone a second whole year attempting to not buy a single book or at least limit my book spending.
I will admit, I was more successful NOT buying books in year one and not so successful this year, but if you don’t count the free books I snagged at MAC2 this year, I have made progress on clearing my physical book shelf. (My virtual bookshelf could use some help.) My books, excluding those pesky free Con books, are no longer double stacked. I’ve cleared most of my phyical backlog from past years (just one book left) so I’m feeling good going into year 3.
What’s Up with #ShelfLove 2017
Yes, you heard that right, we are moving forward with year 3 of the #ShelfLove Challenge. Julie, Lynn and I love this challenge so much. Personally, I’ve learned what my book buying triggers are and I’ve reigned in my book buying habits (especially those at author signings). I’ve enjoyed the challenge of doing a discussion and update post every month even with the crazy health stuff from last year and job search this year. I’m hoping things settle down in 2017 so I can write more reviews, discussions and stop—confession time—doing my In the Spotlight posts the Thursday night before they go live. (EEK!)
I hope by the end of 2016, I will have read 21 books that count towards the 2016 #ShelfLove Challenge. My goal was to have half the book I read in 2016 count towards the Challenge. Since I’m going to hit 60+ books read this year, I’m going to be short. But I know I’ve curbed my buying habit and I did read a few of the books I bought almost immediately after buying them. So I’m considering that progress.
My 2017 Reading Goals
So what’s my reading goal for 2017? Well, my GoodReads goal will bump up to 60 books this year. This will get me to the 20,000 page goal I have accomplished the last 6 years. This is also an increase in the number of books I have committed to, but it is a modest increase and an average of the number of books I have read each year since 2011. (The actual average is 63 books, but I like even numbers and I thought 65 was too high.) This means that I should read approximately 30 books that count towards the #ShelfLove Challenge next year. Whoa doggie, that’s a lot. That’s basically every book I brought back from MAC2 (plus an additional 12 books). Oh, wouldn’t it be cool if I got through all those books next year. *laughs hysterically*