I have tried to participate in a few TBR challenges in the past but they did not always work out. Their scheduling or extra activities were something I could not keep up with. They usually stressed me out. So I needed to find another TBR challenge that I knew that I could participate in while working on my teaching credential. And I think I found the one!
The #ShelfLove Challenge is hosted by Second Run Reviews and Chapter Break. The goal is to be more responsible in how you grow your TBR pile and read the books that you already own. Yup, only your books on your shelves count.
Here are the different levels:
- 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
- 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
- 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
- 31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
- 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
- 51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady
I hope to get to the second level (11-20)at least for 2017. I read 11 books from my TBR pile in 2016, so I know this level is feasible for me. However, I do want to push myself to read more from my shelves. I simply have too many great books waiting for my attention.
This is part of my built in shelf in my room. There are two other levels on it that you can't see here. Also, there are books behind these books that are not shown (it's a really deep built-in). I have to say that the majority of these books have not been read. :( I need to do a better job on that.
Now, when it comes to my responsibility, I think I'll continue what I've been doing. I stopped buying books about two years ago due to my massive TBR pile and for financial reasons. I only add books when people give them to me or when I participate in the LA Times Festival of Books every April (this is the only time I allow myself to splurge on books). So, this part of the challenge will be easy.
I can't wait to get started!