My Astounding Habit of Reading a Massive Number of Pages

Posted on December 1, 2016 «
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A Recap

Ah, #ShelfLove, you were a crazy idea that generated out of a comment I left over at 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.

My MidAmeriCon II Spoils

  1. My Life as a White Trash Zombie
    by Diana Rowland (reviewed)
  2. The Kraken Sea
    by E. Catherine Tobler (ARC, reviewed)
  3. Breathe by Douglas A. Van Belle
  4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  5. The Ark by Patrick S. Tomlinson
  6. Updraft by Fran Wilde
  7. Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe
  8. The Symbolism & Sources of Outlander
    by Valerie Estelle Frankel
  9. Adoring Outlander
    edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel
  10. Gilded Cage by Vic James
  11. New Charity Blues by Camille Griep
  12. Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka (ARC)
  13. The ‘Geisters by David Nickle
  14. Goldenland Past Dark
    by Chandler Klang Smith
  15. The Book of David by Robert Boyczuk
  16. The Lost Tribes by C. Taylor Butler (ARC)
  17. The Lost Tribes: Safe Harbor
    by C. Taylor Butler (ARC)
  18. Silence by Michelle Sagara
  19. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  20. The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

Links go to GoodReads

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.

The #ShelfLove Challenge will be back in 2017! Get notified when the details are live!

My 2017 Reading Goals

books read 2016

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*


The #ShelfLove Challenge will be back in 2017! Get notified when the details are live!

2016 #ShelfLove Challenge Books Read

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Out of Time
Screwing Up Time
Beautiful Creatures
The Chronic Argonauts
Agatha H. and the Airship City
The Book Thief

Terri M.’s favorite books »

The #ShelfLove Challenge will be back in 2017! Get notified when the details are live!

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8 responses to “My Astounding Habit of Reading a Massive Number of Pages

  1. This is SO impressive! I am so, so bad at reading books I already own. So bad. And yes, I SHOULD join your challenge but… I know that I am also never going to stop being a mess 😉 I actually DID do pretty well at buying fewer books this year. I only bought books that I NEEDED to read- anticipated sequels, auto-buy authors, etc. I actually don’t have a lot of books left that I bought this year- most of them are still leftovers from the past few years, oops! But you have done an awesome job! And good luck in 2017 😀

  2. You’ve read some great books this year! yay for us co-hosting again next year. I love this challenge, even if I kind of flunked it this year.

  3. I hope this is the right place to link up. :O) I found your blog and challenge through Claudia at “My Soul Called Life”. I think my e-reader had heart failure from the load of book files that keep ‘mysteriously showing up’ there. My post will go live at 8:00 am Monday.

  4. Somehow I started out 2016 with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way things got all tangled and I didn’t finish as well as I wished. Here’s to next year!