That’s right, you read that correctly, I’m challenging myself to read my own damn books!
Can you believe it’s 2018 already?!? This past year has simultaneously felt long and short, but I still can’t believe it’s over. Lately I’ve been deeply contemplating what direction I want to take my baby blog this coming year, causing a mini blogging crisis. *Hysterical laughter* It’s gonna be fine right?? IT’S GONNA BE FINE. *Runs off screaming*
Luckily for me, inspiration struck while I was over at Bookish Owlette! Her two year long TBR list has all the books she bought but didn’t read and I realized I’m in desperate need of this too. The ratio of not read to read books on my shelf is ridiculous. They’re MY books that I BOUGHT with my HARD EARNED MONEY. Get it together @ME!
I’ve gone through all the books I own and made a master list of everything I need to read. I’m actually super excited about this!! It feels like I’m really behind on my tbr list (although I think everyone feels that way???) and this seems like a great way to catch myself up. I’m going to stick this post to my homepage and keep it updated all year as I finish each book.
- I am NOT allowed to purchase ANY new books (THE HORROR)
EXCEPTIONS (I’m already making excuses for myself):
—Books for my book club
—Sequels to any of the books I read that are part of a series (for my own sanity)
- ARCs are still allowed. I never really get any because I’m still too new, but you never know…
- The books I read must have been previously purchased/gifted before this post was put up. No last minute additions (why do I hate myself).
- Audiobooks I listen to at work are still freebies, since I can’t really control what Overdrive or Hoopla has available. But if I DO happen to find an audiobook version of something on this list, it TOTALLY counts.
Word to the wise, if you do this challenge proceed with caution.
Since I decided to do this back at the beginning of December, I’ve been gearing up for it. For the last month I’ve been buying even more books than I normally would in anticipation of not buying ANY for the next year. If you’re a sane, reasonable person you’re probably thinking “Doesn’t that kind of defeat the whole purpose?” Yes reader. Yes it does. Has that stopped me? Nope.
» The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
» And I darken (Conqueror’s Saga 1), Kiersten White
» As Old As Time, Liz Braswell
» The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare
» Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
» The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
» The Diviners (Diviners 1), Libba Bray
» Dracula, Bram Stoker
» Everything is Awful, Matt Bellassai
» Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
» Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
» The Glass Spare, Lauren DeStefano
» Illuminae (Illuminae Files 1), Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
» Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
» Lady Midnight (TDA 1), Cassandra Clare
» Lord of Shadows (TDA 2), Cassandra Clare
» Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
» National Velvet, Enid Bagnold
» The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
» Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
» Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle 2), Libba Bray
» The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle 3), Libba Bray
» The River of No Return, Bee Ridgway
» Saint Anything, Sarah Dessen
» Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick
» Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
» The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
» The Stars Never Rise (TSNR Duology 1), Rachel Vincent
» Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, Cassandra Clare
» Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
» This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales
» The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars 1), Rob Thomas
» The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
» The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
» To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han
» The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
» Truthwitch (Witchlands 1), Susan Dennard
» What Comes After, Steve Watkins
» Wild Beauty, Anna-Marie McLemore
» The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, Anton DiSclafani
EBooks (a.k.a my pile of Bookbub freebies)
» Beautiful Wreck, Larissa Brown
» Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic 1), Melissa F. Olson
» Defiance (Defiance 1), C.J. Redwine
» Dying to Forget, Trish Marie Dawson
» Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga 1), Orson Scott Card
» Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost 1), Alicia Rades
» The Girl in Between (TGIB 1), Laekan Zea Kemp
» Girl On a Wire (Cirque Americain 1), Gwenda Bond
» Golden Blood (Time Spirit 1), Melissa Pearl
» Hidden (Marchwood Vampires 1), Shalini Boland
» The Mermaid’s Sister, Carrie Anne Noble
» The Midnight Sea (Fourth Element 1), Kat Ross
» Blood of the Prophet (Fourth Element 2), Kat Ross
» Queen of Chaos (Fourth Element 3), Kat Ross
» The Paper Magician (TPM 1), Charlie M. Holmberg
» Rippler (Ripple 1), Cidney Swanson
» Chameleon (Ripple 2), Cidney Swanson
» Unfurl (Ripple 3), Cidney Swanson
» Scythe (Arc of a Sythe 1), Neal Shusterman
» Splintered (Splintered 1), A.G. Howard
» Swept Away (Swept Away Saga 1), Kamery Solomon
» Traitor’s Masque (Andari Chronicles 1), Kenley Davidson
» The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods 1), Brinda Berry
Books I’d Like to Reread
» This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
» Clockwork Angel (TID 1), Cassandra Clare
» Clockwork Prince (TID 2), Cassandra Clare
» Clockwork Princess (TID 3), Cassandra Clare
» City of Bones (TMI 1), Cassandra Clare
» City of Ashes (TMI 2), Cassandra Clare
» City of Glass (TMI 3), Cassandra Clare
» City of Fallen Anges (TMI 4), Cassandra Clare
» City of Lost Souls (TMI 5), Cassandra Clare
» City of Heavenly Fire (TMI 6), Cassandra Clare
» The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson 1), Rick Riordan
» The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson 2), Rick Riordan
» The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson 3), Rick Riordan
» The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson 4), Rick Riordan
» The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson 5), Rick Riordan
» Night World, No. 1 (Books 1-3), L.J. Smith
» Night World, No. 2 (Books 4-6), L.J. Smith
» Night World, No. 3 (Books 7-9), L.J. Smith
» Tithe (Modern Faerie Tale 1), Holly Black
» Valiant (Modern Faerie Tale 2), Holly Black
» Ironside (Modern Faerie Tale 3), Holly Black
» The Golden Compass (HDM 1), Philip Pullman
» The Subtle Knife (HDM 2), Philip Pullman
» The Amber Spyglass (HDM 3), Philip Pullman
TOTAL: 86 Books
TOTAL COMPLETE: 0 Books
LOOK AT THAT LIST. That list is a million miles long!!! I’m so ashamed of myself right now. It doesn’t seem so bad on my bookshelf, but seeing it in list form is freaking depressing.
I need chocolate.
There’s NO WAY I’m finishing this whole thing this year. For me, it’s physically impossible, so this challenge might stretch on a while. If I get through 60% of this list I’ll be really proud of myself and that’s 50 books (I rounded down. SO SUE ME). I’m a slow reader though, so who knows. Fingers crossed.
TALK TO ME
Have you read any of these books?!? Tell me what I should read first!!
Are you good about reading the books you buy? PLEASE tell me I’m not the only book hoarder.
What are your reading goals for this year??
Holler at me in the comments!!