Shelf Love Challenge 2016

Whelp, looks like I won’t be hitting my Shelf Love Challenge this year. For those of you who haven’t heard of this challenge, it’s basically just to stick to books you already own. (Here’s the link for those of you who are interested.) There are several levels to the challenge and everyone seems to be doing this one a little differently. Some people are giving themselves a specific monthly stipend for books, some are borrowing books from friends or the library, some are listening to audio books online. I decided to do the “My shelves and I are going steady” level (51+) and to go hardcore and only let myself count books I actually owned; nothing from the library or free on the internet.

Which is where I hit my difficulty. I did stick (mostly) to not buying any books. Aside from the $5 binge at the local rummage sale (which totally doesn’t count…no really), I only bought 6 books in total this year. Super impressive, I know. 😉 BUT! Because of that, I ended up forcing myself to check the library when I saw a book I wanted to read but didn’t own.

So…yeah…totally not going to finish the 51+ level, especially since I just took out two new books from the library yesterday, lol. But I did alright anyhow: 43 of my own books, with another 2 that will probably get finished by the end of December. Not too shabby considering the amount of books I read but refused to count. And I HAVE already managed to hit my Goodreads challenge, which was a straight 60 books, so that’s good enough for me. My shelves will just have to be content with remaining my BFF. 😉

Here’s my list of books for this year (Italics mean I haven’t finished them yet):

Cozy Mysteries
1) Death by Darjeeling (Laura Childs)
2) A Killer Read (Erika Chase)
3) Buried in a Book (Lucy Arlington) 
4) Still Life (Louise Penny)
5) The Excalibur Murders (JMC Blair)

Ebooks
1) Bedlam Stories: The Battle for Oz & Wonderland Begins (Christine King, Nicole Jones, Pearry Teo) 
2) Artful: A Novel (Peter David)
3) Doctor Who: The Angel’s Kiss (Melody Malone, kind of 😉 )
4) Ravenscliff Series: Sorcerers of the Nightwing (Geoffrey Huntington)

Graphic Novels
1) Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper (Kazu Kibuishi)
2) Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories (Joss Weadon)
3) Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (Joss Weadon)
4) Nimona (Noelle Stevenson) 

Others
1) Heap House (Edward Carey) 
2) The Doctor and the Kid (Mike Resnick)
3) Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) — I really liked this one! 
4) Redshirts (Jon Scalzi)
5) The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness) — I really liked this one!  
6) The Last Voyage of Sigismund Skrik (Karsten Flohr, John Brownjohn)
7) The Accident Season (Moïra Fowley-Doyle)
8) The Book of Three (Lloyd Alexander)
9)The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)
10) Breath (Donna Jo Napoli)
11) As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes)
12) NPCs (Drew Hayes) — I really liked this one!  
13) Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Chris Riddell)
14) Mechanica (Betsy Cornwell)
15) Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)
16) Ghost Files (Scott Nicholson & JR Rain)
17) Asylum (Madeleine Roux)
18) Doctor Who: Dark Horizons (Jenny T. Colgan) 
19) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Katarina Bivald)
20) Shutter (Courtney Alameda)
21) Knitting (Anne Bartlett)
22) Circus Mirandus (Cassie Beasley)
23) The Rithmatist (Brandon Sanderson)
24) Past Midnight (Mara Purnhagen)
25) The Grave Artist (Paula Lynn Johnson)
26) Book Scavenger (Jennifer Chambliss Bertman) 
27) The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow (Katherine Woodfine)
28) The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)
29) The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (Chris Colfer)
30) The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
31) A Tale Dark & Grim (Adam Gidwitz)
32) The Doctor and the Rough Rider (Mike Resnick) 
33) The Glass Sentence (S.E.Grove)

Library Books (not counting towards challenge):
1) You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (Felicia Day)
2) A Monter Calls (Patrick Ness)
3) Serafina and the Black Cloak (Robert Beatty)
4) The Island of Dr. Libris (Chris Grabenstein)
5) The Night Parade (Kathryn Tanquary) — If you like Hayao Miyazaki movies, you will like this!
6) The Book of Storms (Ruth Hatfield)
7) Cuckoo Song (Francis Hardinge) — I really liked this one!
8) The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins) — Audio version is pretty decent 
9) Highly Illogical Behavior (John Corey Whaley)
10) Wink Poppy Midnight (April Genevieve Tucholke)
11) The Lie Tree (Francis Hardinge)
12) Jackaby (William Ritter)
13) Wildwood Dancing (Juliet Marillier)
14) The End Games (T. Michael Martin)
15) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (Caitlin Doughty)
16) Ghostland: An American History in Haunted PLaces (Colin Dickey)
17) A Night in the Lonesome October (Roger Zelazny)

NetGalley Books (not counting towards challenge):
1) Four Kings (M.D. Elster)
2) The Girl in the City (Philip Harris)

Librivox Audio Books (not counting towards challenge):
1) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) — Read by Mark Smith

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