Friday, April 1, 2011

Project: Read The Shelves

I'm starting a challenge for myself starting today, April 1st, 2011 until April 1, 2014 - that's right, a three year project for me to work on. Over the past two years that I've had this blog, I've accumulated a lot of books. And by a lot, I mean three entire bookshelves in my room are crammed with as many books as can possibly fit. I've become such a compulsive book buyer. Every time I walk into a bookstore, I never leave empty-handed. However, now that all the Borders stores in my town have closed (so sad!) I think in a way it will be good for me. I'll be able to save my money and actually have an excuse to finally start reading all of the many books on my shelves waiting their turn to be read. I'm also a very sloooooow reader..I usually only finish about two books a month. Anywho, before I make this longer than it is already, I'm going to list 100 books that are currently sitting on my shelf collecting dust. My goal is to have all 100 of them read in three years. This is just a challenge for myself to see if I can really do it, but I'd love some encouragement along the way! (Those bloggers who read two books a week can be really intimidating sometimes...) I know this sounds like a very easy project for some of you, but I honestly don't know if I'll be able to finish all 100, with all of the other amazing books that will be published along the way. We'll just have to wait and see!

STATUS: 9/100
  1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Split by Swati Avasthi
  3. Candor by Pam Bachorz
  4. Drought by Pam Bachorz
  5. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  6. Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman
  7. Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell
  8. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  9. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway
  10. Fat Cat by Robin Brande
  11. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares
  12. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  13. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  14. Airhead by Meg Cabot
  15. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
  16. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
  17. The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor
  18. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  19. Bitter Melon by Cara Chow
  20. John Belushi Is Dead by Kathy Charles
  21. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  22. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  23. Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen
  24. Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
  25. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  26. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
  27. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
  28. Chasing AllieCat by Rebecca Fjelland Davis
  29. 13 to Life by Shannon Delaney
  30. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  32. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
  33. Confessions of a Serial Kisser by Wendelin Van Draanen
  34. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
  35. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  36. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  37. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  38. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  39. Top Ten Uses For An Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro
  40. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  41. This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas
  42. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  43. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  44. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  45. Tighter by Adele Griffin
  46. Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin
  47. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  48. Willow by Julia Hoban
  49. Possessions by Nancy Holder
  50. The Devouring by Simon Holt
  51. Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley
  52. You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay
  53. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
  54. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
  55. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  56. XVI by Julia Karr
  57. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  58. The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus
  59. Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
  60. Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  61. The Lighter Side of Life and Death by C. K. Kelly Martin
  62. Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
  63. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  64. Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
  65. Madapple by Christina Meldrum
  66. Winter Longing by Tricia Mills
  67. Ruined by Paula Morris
  68. Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison
  69. The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus
  70. Deception by Lee Nichols
  71. Trapped by Michael Northrop
  72. The Book of Luke by Jenny O'Connell
  73. Academy 7 by Anne Ostuerlund
  74. We Were Here by Matt de la Pena
  75. Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson
  76. Other Words For Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
  77. Never Sit Down In A Hoopskirt by Crickett Rumley
  78. We Hear the Dead by Dianne Salerni
  79. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
  80. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott
  81. Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
  82. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  83. Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors
  84. Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
  85. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  86. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
  87. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
  88. Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
  89. Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee
  90. Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
  91. The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  92. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  93. Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
  94. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  95. Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
  96. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  97. My Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions by Becca Wilhite
  98. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
  99. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  100. Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink


  1. My first thought was I want to read them all, too! So I will! Although it will probably take me longer than three years...

    I've read five already, so that leaves me with 95.

    Awesome goal - you can do it!

  2. Those all look like great books! I'm the same way, I have so many books on my shelves right now, and I work in a bookstore, so the employee discount actually encourages me to spend more money by buying more books!

  3. The best of luck goes out to you! I don't think I'd be able to stick to the list - there are so many other books out there that keep on coming that unfortunately, many of those I hear are wonderful get pushed behind. Maybe I'll join you!

  4. You can do it! Goodreads has a great reading goal for the year. Once you've read a book, you can mark it as finished and it will give you a percentage of how much you've read towards your goal. Also, you can do this for individual books. It helps me to see how much I'm accomplishing. You could always divide your 100 into 3 and you'll have about 33 books a year. This number seems way less intimidating. You have so many good books too!

    I'm getting a Nook for my graduation present in May so I'm in big trouble where my booking buying obsession is concerned. At least it will cut down on the random piles of books in my room everywhere.

    My goal is 111 books for the year. Eeep! I don't know why I did that to myself, but I have a thing about numbers and it felt right. Good Luck and with your goal and keep us posted! :)

  5. -Thanks Jennifer!

    -Kayla, wow I would have the same problem. It must be awesome to work there though!

    -Lissa, yep that's my problem. I get stoked about a new book and buy it, but then a few months later I forget about it because of all of the many other books coming out!

  6. Thanks so much for the comment Devan! I hadn't heard about the Goodreads 2011 Reading Challenge before, but am joining it now. :) I'm setting my goal for 50 - since I plan on reading books from my "read the shelves" list, but also others, too.
    That's so exciting about getting a nook! I have a Kindle, and absolutely love it. Good luck on your goal!

  7. I consider myself a slow reader as well. I currently read about one book a week. I hope you will be able to read all those books! I have read wintergirls myself a short while ago, here are my thoughts on it if you are interested:

    I actually found that I was able to read through that one rather quickly. I love YA books for that reason. The letter are bigger and therefore it seems like I am reading much faster ;)

  8. I know what you mean. I want to read all of them too and they are all present on my wishlist too but a)money seems to be a problem...i find myself broke after the purchase of a couple of books b) you can't find any of the books here so all those in the USA be grateful :)

  9. I'm just like you! I understand you :)
    You have all my support! =D

    Can I make a suggestion? You could post your progress every... 6 months? once a year? So you can check yourself and we keep your personal challenge on mind :)

  10. Thanks for the suggestion! I just added a "status update" at the top of the list that will be used to show my progress.

  11. OMG i love all of these books. I can read super fast so i can read a 500 page book in 3 hrs so i have read a lot of theses! I really did love most of them :)


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