Friday, December 9, 2011

The Off The Shelf Challenge 2012

Regular readers of this blog know that I love to read but that I don't do nearly enough of it. Every year, one of my goals/resolutions is to read more books. Even though I already have stacks of books waiting to be read. Even though I asked for more books for Christmas (that was pretty much all I asked for, to be honest.) Even though my To-Be-Read (TBR) list is - literally! - pages long. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out about this challenge on my pal Jillian's blog. (Jillian, by the way, is rocking the 2011 challenge.)

You can find all the official details here or by clicking on the badge on the sidebar, but here's a quick summary: Challenge yourself to read a designated number of books that you already own or that are already on your TBR list. I am going for the On A Roll Challenge Level, which means I need to read 50 books that I already own and/or whose titles are already on my list. Jillian had a predetermined list on her blog that she crossed off as she went along but that's optional. My plan is to write up a list for myself, include books I already own and titles on my TBR list, and then write occasional blog posts with updates on my progress. I might even get one of those snazzy counter things for the sidebar.

So, what do you say? Want to read some great books, achieve a sense of accomplishment, and have some fun along the way? It sounds like a win-win-win (as Michael Scott once said on "The Office") to me.

(Oh, and if the On The Roll Level=50 Books makes you nervous, the levels actual start at Tempted=5 Books and go up to Buried=136-200 Books, with lots of flexibility, so there's definitely a level that's right for you.)


  1. YAY! I'll actually be doing the challenge again in 2012, because I am just that hopeless about accumulating books. I'm glad you'll be joining me.

  2. Thanks for introducing me to it, Jillian! Maybe you can offer up some tips - your list is quite impressive. :)

  3. Good luck on your challenge and I'll watch your reviews for books to put on my TBR list.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks, Sally. There should be some really good books in that giant stack of 50. :)