Shelf Love Challenge Update: 6 Months In…

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The goal of this challenge is simple — for one year abstain from buying books (or set a monthly book budget) — and focus on clearing physical and virtual to-be-read book shelves. This challenge begins Jan 1, 2015 and ends Dec 31, 2015.
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June’s Challenge Post: Mid-Year Recap

According to GoodReads, I’ve read 16 books that were also on my #ShelfLove Challenge shelf. So between April 1 and June 1, I’ve only completed 2 more books on my shelf. Eep!

  1. Haunting Grace
  2. The Witching Elm
  3. The Rose of Fire. Not sure where the review is for this one, but I know I read it!
  4. Gilded Ashes
  5. Little Lies. Review coming soon!
  6. A Tangle of Fates
  7. The Stained Glass Door
  8. Hollow City
  9. What We See When We Read
  10. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  11. The Dressmaker
  12. The Witch of Painted Sorrows
  13. Seduction
  14. “The Golden Cage”. Review coming soon!
  15. Kinship: The Covering
  16. Grave Mercy

I have abandoned 3 books that were on my shelf.

  1. Winter’s Boy by Sally Wiener Grotta.
    I just wasn’t connecting with the characters or the plot.

  2. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.
    Will I ever like another John Green book? Did TFiOS ruin me?

  3. Night Watch by by Sergei Lukyanenko and translated by Andrew Bromfield.
    This book confused me so much in Part 1 and then I got to Part 2 and there were different characters, I think. *scratches head*

I have not expended all my gift cards from Christmas yet. I have only purchased 2 books using existing gift cards funds.

Name of the Star on GoodReads

The Name of the Star came highly recommended and was on sale via I took advantage of the sale for the electronic version and the audiobook. It has already been read and reviewed.

The Falconer on GoodReads

This was another book that has come highly recommended to me by my sister. was running a sale and I still had the Christmas gift card funds so it was purchased.


I’ve also limited my freebie one-clicks amazingly enough. These are all linked to GoodReads.

Orenda on GoodReads Travelers & Shifters & Fey on GoodReads Evensong on GoodReads


I have gotten creative when it comes to purchasing at least one book. Rainbow Rowell is coming to eastern Iowa later this month and I will be attending her event. She is sure to sign books and I read Eleanor & Park last year and adored it. Here’s how I accomplished buying this book without spending any of my cold, hard cash.

How to buy a new book for an upcoming author signing and still keep true to the ‪#‎ShelfLove‬ Challenge.
  1. Convince husband, who just received an GC for his birthday from your sister, to add your book to his order so he doesn’t have to pay shipping (and neither do you).

  2. Use your account to send him the funds using your Discover Cashback bonus money.

  3. Sit back and admire your ingenuity and creativity in sticking with your New Years Resolution.

And what did we learn from this little exercise, boys and girls? It pays to pay your credit card in a timely fashion. 🙂

At this time, I’m just going to keep plugging away—Moving between some recent ARCs I’ve acquired, recent releases from the library and books I already own. I’m happy with my progress to date. I feel I’m starting to consciously consider every book purchase I make and that’s a great thing.

So how are your resolutions for 2015 coming along? Have you achieved any of your goals? Will you be doing some restructuring for the second part of the year?


  • Great job so far. What was your goal? I forget. I’m not doing as well heh. Good with the not buying, not so good with the actual reading of my own books.

    • 40 something, I think. I know I gave myself some room to get ARCs and the like and I’ve averaged about 52 books a year. So if I’ve read 30 books so far and half of the were on my shelf at the start of the year, I’m not doing too bad. I’ve usually been reading one owned and then one “new” as I go.
      Terri M., the Director | @2ndRunReviews

  • I’ve been doing reasonably well… up to last month where I bought a bit too much. I’m docking my budget this month a bit to make up for it, though.

    • I keep acquiring gift cards! Yesterday I accumulated enough points through a local survey group to receive ANOTHER $20 Amazon gift card. I’m not quite sure what to do with all the money that is just sitting there if I’m not buying books.

      Terri M., the Director
      Second Run Reviews
      Twitter: @2ndRunReviews

  • I’m doing well with my challenges, but this sounds like a difficult one for you. I don’t buy books, so it doesn’t effect me. For me, it’s trying new authors, so I’m plodding along with that by getting ARCS or books my library recommends from authors I haven’t read.J
    It might make you feel better to realize that we’re only 5 months into 2015. June is the beginning of the 6th month. So you really have 7 months to go!

  • Bwhahah I LOVE this! I seriously don’t think I could totally stop cold turkey, but I have gotten much better lately. Fingers crossed that we both continue in our non-buying (or in my case, rarely-buying) ways!!

    • It’s been really rough the last couple of months. You know they talk about stress eating? I think I stress buy books. I was dying for a trip to Barnes and Noble the other night. Work has been crazy with lots of stuff going haywire. I needed a fix, but I held back.

      Terri M., the Director
      Second Run Reviews
      Twitter: @2ndRunReviews