Money On The Shelf

One of my reading challenges this year is to read more of the books on my shelves. I set myself a goal to read 75 percent of the books that I buy between December 2016 and December 2017. In order to win, I really should be limiting the number of books I acquire but instead, I’ve been expanding my personal library like all the books are about to be banned.

I had 9 books that I bought before December 1st that I wanted to include, plus another 60 (yep, 60) books that I got in the six months between December and May. And if that wasn’t enough, in June, I bought or acquired 14 more books in these categories:

  • The Physics of Everyday Things/ James Kakalios
  • The Icarus Deception /Seth Godin
  • Meatball Sundae /Seth Godin
  • All Marketers Are Liars /Seth Godin
Short Stories 
  • Can’t And Won’t /Lydia Davis
  • The Thing Around Your Neck /Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • New York 1 Tel Aviv 0 /Shelly Oria
  • Small Great Things /Jodi Picoult
  • The Sympathizer /Viet Thanh Nguyen
  •  The Master /Colm Toibin
  • Brooklyn /Colm Toibin
  • The Interestings /Meg Wolitzer
  • The Circle /Dave Eggers
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves /Karen Joy Fowler

Fourteen books in a month looks good on my shelf but it makes my reading challenge that much harder. I have to go get reading now before I become overwhelmed by my TBR. Watch my YouTube video if you want to know a little more about the books and why I chose them

Below, I’ll list all the books I’ve acquired so far during the challenge and whether I’ve read them.  You’ll notice the list includes the books I got in June. I’ve also removed the books that I received for review purposes so all those wonderful books I got from Blogging for Books and read as soon as I got them, unfortunately, they don’t count towards my total.

This is a little tedious but I have to post my list for accounting (!) purposes so I understand if you don’t want to scroll through 78 titles so I’ll say bye here and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Books I bought (red means I’ve read it)

  1. Everything Is Illuminated /Jonathan Safran Foer 
  2. The Road /Cormac McCarthy
  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
  4. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime /Mark Haddon
  5. And The Mountains Echoed /Khaleid Hosseini
  6. A Thousand Splendid Suns /Khaleid Hosseini
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings /Maya Angelou
  8. Daring Greatly /Brene Brown
  9. Made In America /Sam Walton
  10. A People’s History of the United States /Howard Zinn
  11. American Slavery
  12. The 80/20 Principle
  13. Travels With Epicurus
  14. The Book Thief /Markus Zusak
  15. The Time Travelers Wife /Audrey Niffenegger
  16. Reading Lolita In Tehran / Azar Nafisi
  17. The Goldfinch /Donna Tartt
  18. Ghana Must Go /Taiye Selasi
  19. The Corpse Exhibition And Other Stories Of Iraq /Hassan Blasin
  20. Purple Cow /Seth Godin
  21. The Da Vinci Code /Dan Brown
  22. Little Bee /Chris Cleave
  23. Then We Came To The End /Joshua Ferris
  24. The Good Luck of Right Now /Matthew Quick
  25. The Bees /Laline Paul
  26. We Need New Names /NoViolet Bulawayo
  27. Us /David Nicholls
  28. The Husband’s Secret /Liane Moriarty
  29. A Visit From The Goon Squad /Jennifer Egan
  30. Bird By Bird /Anne Lamont
  31. The Dinner /Herman Koch
  32. The Vegetarian /Han Kang 
  33. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close /Jonathan Safran Foer
  34. Anna And The French Kiss /Stephanie Perkins
  35. The Luminaries /Elizabeth Catton 
  36. I Am Malala /Malala Yousafzai
  37. Bel Canto /Ann Patchett
  38. What The Dog Saw /Malcolm Gladwell 
  39. The Sun Is Also A Star /Nicola Yoon 
  40. The Four Agreements / Don Miguel Ruiz 
  41. Breakfast At Tiffany’s /Truman Capote
  42. Not That Kind Of Girl /Lena Dunham
  43. A Brief History Of Seven Killings /Marlon James
  44. Boy, Snow, Bird /Helen Oyeyemi 
  45. Go Set A Watchman /Harper Lee
  46. Diabetes for Owls /David Sedaris
  47. The Little Red Book of Selling /Jeffrey Gitomer
  48. Linchpin /Seth Godin 
  49. Man’s Search for Meaning /Viktor Frankl 
  50. The Prophet /Khalil Gibran 
  51. Think and Grow Rich /Napoleon Hill
  52. Hagseed /Margaret Atwood
  53. The Girl On The Train /Paula Hawkins 
  54. The Fault In Our Stars /John Green
  55. Run /Ann Patchett
  56. Born To Run
  57. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  58. The Handmaid’s Tale
  59. The Longevity Book
  60. The Casual Vacancy
  61. The Sympathizer /Viet Than Nguyen
  62. The Interestings /Meg Wolitzer
  63. Can’t and Won’t Stories /Lydia Davis
  64. The Circle /Dave Eggers
  65. The Master /Colm Toibin
  66. The Icarus Deception /Seth Godin
  67. All Marketers Are Liars /Seth Godin
  68. Meatball Sundae /Seth Godin
  69. Can’t And Won’t /Lydia Davis
  70. The Thing Around Your Neck /Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  71. New York 1 Tel Aviv 0 /Shelly Oria
  72. Small Great Things /Jodi Picoult 
  73. The Sympathizer /Viet Thanh Nguyen
  74. The Master /Colm Toibin
  75. Brooklyn /Colm Toibin
  76. The Interestings /Meg Wolitzer
  77. The Circle /Dave Eggers
  78. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves /Karen Joy Fowler

And my results…. of the 78 books, I’ve read a grand total of 22. Yikes! According to the challenge, that’s “Money Sitting on the Shelf”. What I plan to do differently in the second half of the year, is just to read more of the books I buy. I haven’t reserved anything new from the library in a while and I’m trying to read the stack that I am really interested in, then it’s time to start focusing on my own shelves. I have lots here to keep me busy.

If you’re interested in any of these titles, click here to shop my shelves at Book Depository and support my book buying fund.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Kay says:

    I have so many unread books on my shelf and I just bought one today (that I plan to read now). Clearly I needed to be doing this challenge haha. 22 isn’t bad you’ll get there!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      lol. you too, huh? What did you buy today? Let’s commiserate with each other


  2. Twenty two isn’t so bad, that’s a good amount time put in toward your goal! I see some great titles there, enjoy!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks, Rachel. I hope to improve that number soon

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      1. Right on! You are inspiring me!


  3. Kathryn says:

    You sure have bought yourself up a whole library there! All the best with the reading of them. In May I bought quite a few books but managed to put the brake on after that!


  4. Canuck Carl says:

    Much admiration Karen of all the books you are able to read. I read a fair bit (news articles, blogposts etc.) but with actual books I might read maybe 2 books a year. My family usually gets me books for birthdays and Christmas and I have had to graciously say no to more books. At the rate I am going it will be 30 years by the time I read what is on my shelf! 🙂

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks, Carl. I’ve had some books lying around unread for a long time too. No worries but I can’t imagine turning down books for gifts 🙂

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  5. Wow! I tend to keep less than 10 I’ve gotten without reading. Especially now with my new book bucket list plan. I am also doing more arcs so I don’t have to buy as much. Great feedback here. Like this post a lot.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Since I started my Booktube channel, my book buying got a little out of hand. I used to read mostly from the library and not keep lots of books around that I hadn’t yet read. I figure as I pick up the pace during the summer, I will get a handle on this TBR. I’ve also canceled most of my library reserves for now just so I can read through what I already have.
      Thanks for reading.

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      1. It’s so hard… I totally understand!


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