All in all I did pretty well with the 2015 #ShelfLove Challenge. Yes, I did buy books, but when I look back at my bookshelves, I could easily list the books that I bought. I contemplated each purchase I made and even reduced my freebie clicks (that’s easy to do if you unsubscribe from every mailing list that offers them).
In looking back over the past year, it was a common theme among the #ShelfLove participants that restraint was learned. We learned our book buying triggers (it’s work stress for me!). It is possible to actually set a budget and stick with it. And one might be able to live without owning ALL THE BOOKS! (Although that one might be still up for debate.)
I took advantage of my Discover Rewards Dollars to buy books on Amazon. I hoarded (and never cashed in) points on MyPoints (request an invite). I have figured out last week, that I have over $25 stashed away in my iBotta app (referral link). I probably have access to over $100 that I could spend on books right now plus the holidays are coming and I’m almost certain to get more gift cards. I have definitely learned restraint, people. This was a rewarding challenge for me. Next to the Discussion Post Challenge hosted by It Starts at Midnight and Feed Your Fiction Addiction, it may have been the MOST rewarding.
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It was SO rewarding that I’m happy to announce the #ShelfLove Challenge is a GO for 2016. We’ve altered the guidelines slightly, but the original intention of the Challenge is still there—read the books you already own. You get to decide the best way for you to limit your book buying. It might be an all out ban or it might be setting a book budget. And to get things kicked off, here are my reading goals for 2016.
My Reading Goals for 2016
My GoodReads Reading Challenge Goal: 52 books
My #ShelfLove Challenge Goal: At least 1/2 the books (26 books), I read will be books I obtained before January 1, 2016.
Total Number of Pages Read: at least 20,000
So if you are ready to join Brandee from Bookworm Brandee, the ladies of ChapterBreak.net and I on this next chapter in the #ShelfLove Journey, click the image below to sign up. We’d love to have you!