Get Paid To Read

I get a lot of the books I read from the library but in the past few months, I’ve been buying a lot more books than I did before. Blame it on the fact that I started publishing my own stories and want to support other authors too. Blame it on the fact that I started a YouTube channel to discuss books and want to have my own material for my videos. Blame it on the fact that I have a new bookshelf and just want to fill it up with some of my favorite titles.

So yes, I found a new group hosted by Book Date (I am not calling it a challenge, even though the title says it is indeed a challenge). This one is to keep me accountable so I am not just buying pretty covers as props but actually reading the books I buy.

Read Your Books Challenge

  • This is a challenge to read the books you buy so you have to buy books to participate.
  • Since you don’t know how many books you will buy throughout the year so just choose one of the percentages below and go for it. Update your post as you buy more books and as you read the ones listed.
  • Non-bloggers can use Goodreads and set up a Bought In 2017 shelf to keep track
  • Include ebook, print book or audiobook
  • Include new books, used books, items bought in a book fair, etc.
  • Runs from 1st January to 31st of December 2017 – I am using books bought between December 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017
  • I am also including books I receive as gifts – just not books I got for reviews.


  • 00 –  20%        Money Sitting on the Shelf
  • 21 – 40%        Making Inroads
  • 41 – 60 %        Moderately Successful
  • 61 – 80 %        Maximizing  Returns
  • 81 – 100%      Mission Accomplished

How you get paid

In July,  will be a mid year link up to share your progress and a $10 Amazon voucher will be give to one reader. At the end of December, you can win an Amazon voucher or $25 worth of books from Book Depository.

My Participation

I am thinking I will read about 75 percent of the books I’ve bought. Let’s see if that happens.
Books Bought So Far
Red means I’ve read it – red, read, homophones, get it? 🙂
December 2016
  • A People’s History of the United States /Howard Zinn
  • American Slavery
  • The 80/20 Principle
  • Travels With Epicurus
January 2017
  •  The Book Thief /Markus Zusak
February 2017
  • The Time Travelers Wife /Audrey Neffenegger
  • Reading Lolita In Tehran / Azar Nafisi
  • The Goldfinch /Donna Tartt
  • Ghana Must Go /Taiye Selasi
  • The Corpse Exhibition And Other Stories Of Iraq /Hassan Blasin
  • Purple Cow /Seth Godin (NF) 
  • The Da Vinci Code /Dan Brown
March 2017
  • Little Bee /Chris Cleave
  • Then We Came To The End /Joshua Ferris
  • The Good Luck of Right Now /Matthew Quick
  • The Bees /Laline Paul
  • We Need New Names /NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Us /David Nicholls
  • The Husband’s Secret /Liane Moriarty
  • A Visit From The Goon Squad /Jennifer Egan
  • Bird By Bird /Anne Lamont
  • The Dinner /Herman Koch
  • The Vegetarian /Han Kang 
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close /Jonathan Safran Foer  
  • Anna And The French Kiss /Stephanie Perkins
  • The Luminaries /Elizabeth Catton

Is this a challenge you would participate in? How long after you buy a book do you read it?

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Tara Patrick says:

    Great question!
    I have books that I bought years and years ago that have yet to be read.
    I plan to challenge myself to cut out TV for 2 weeks. During that time I want to focus on the books that I have piling up. I’ll let you know how that goes….eeek/

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Woohoo, that’s a big commitment. I don’t watch a lot of tv these days either.


    2. Run Wright says:

      Hey. Did you do the 2 week reading substitution that you planned? If you didn’t and you want to do it together, let me know. I am always up for a great challenge 🙂


  2. Its super impressive that you’re reading so many books. I am absolutely terrible about reading. I did buy one book earlier this week and hope to read it with long distance boyfriend within the next few weeks. 🙂 Good luck on your challenge!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thank you! I have a big reading goal so I give myself little challenges to try to meet them. It helps me. You can check out my YouTube channel for some challenge tips.

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  3. Anna and the French Kiss, seriously loved that one, Perkins is a great author I’ve liked all of hers!
    What a fun challenge! I miss the days where I could read as much as I wanted, right now I am lucky to read a book a month… when I’m done with school I’m definitely going to look forward to lots of reading again.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      And you will. I know it probably feels like a long stretch sometimes but graduation is nearer now than when you just started. It’ll come in time.


  4. utopiastateofmind says:

    Wow this would be a good thing to do… but I’m not sure I can get my act together 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Run Wright says:

      Haha. The verdict is still out on me accomplishing it too 🙂


  5. sigh, I need to read more. I LOVE books!

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