Happy New Year everyone! Today is January 1st, and that means my Dusting off the Shelf 2015 Reading Challenge has begun! If you haven’t signed up yet, CLICK HERE. You can do so until the 10th of January. I haven’t gotten very many people so please consider signing up! It’s nothing too formal, just for fun!
This is the post where you can add your links for JANUARY as you read those poor neglected books and review them on your blog, Goodreads, YouTube, where ever. Please be sure to only add links to books that you’ve read this month, and not any fairly recent titles. The link-up is for the challenge only.
Happy reading, and good luck!
If you’ve been following me for some time now, you’ll know about my little read-a-thon that I created called the “Dusting off the Shelf” read-a-thon. Well, turns out I’m not a very good read-a-thon participant, let alone host. But everyone that participated liked the idea and wanted me to do it again…so here I am, kind of doing it again but a different format. I think I’ll have better luck with a yearly challenge!
This challenge is for all of you readers out there who buy books and they end up sitting on your shelves (or eReaders) for months, maybe even years without getting read. This challenge is to get you reading some older titles that have been sitting there on your shelf collecting dust. I know I have tons and tons of books that are doing just that, and I really want to get reading them. I’m seriously missing out on some wonderful stories, I know that for sure.
Note: I’ve looked at a lot of other bloggers challenge announcement posts to get a feel for the rules and guidelines that are normal as this is my first time. If anything looks similar to your challenge, I didn’t mean to copy it on purpose.
- The challenge will run from Jan 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015.
- Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up.
- Any book is acceptable, as long as you’ve owned it and have been meaning to read it for a long time.
- You can set any goal that you want for each month or the year. Whatever you think is attainable for you personally!
- At the beginning of each month I will post a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
- If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
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Sorry that this is going up a little late when it comes to challenge sign-ups. To be honest, I just came up with the idea earlier this week and only just now had time to write a post about it. Christmas break is here for me now, which means you’ll be hearing from me a lot more these next two weeks. I can’t wait to see what the holidays and the new year brings reading wise. I also hope you’ll sign up for this challenge!
Yesterday, August 15th, was the final day of the Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon! It was a total fail for me, but I’m so happy to hear that a lot of you read a crazy amount of books! So, congrats to all of you that completed the challenges, read all the books on your TBR, and were just reading machines in general – you’re awesome! 😉
Here are the books that I completed and started during the read-a-thon:
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner (REVIEW)
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (REVIEW)
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (REVIEW)
- [In Progress] The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I think the main problem was that I was short on time these past two weeks. I had art camp and homework that I had to finish which took out a chunk of time from my reading. I’m a bad planner, I should have known this would have happened!
But like I said before, I know a lot of you did amazing jobs, and I think that (with better planning), I’m going to do the read-a-thon again some time! Probably over a school break, and possibly again next summer. I will have all of the details regarding that when I actually decide on dates, etc.
Some things I hope to improve upon for next time:
- Actually keep track of my page counts 😛
- Interact more with read-a-thon participants
- Read more books!
I’d love it if you’d comment with some constructive criticism regarding the read-a-thon. As this was my first time really participating AND hosting one, I went into it pretty blindly! But I gave it a try and with your help I hope to improve for prospective future read-a-thons!
Thanks again to everyone for being so supportive, and to all of those that signed up! It means a ton to me! 🙂 ❤
Since I got back from my vacation, I realized just how quickly August is approaching. That also means for me, my Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon will be in full swing in just about 5 days! Ah! As you can probably tell from this post title, I’m announcing (a little later than I was planning to) the challenges that some of you lovely people helped me come up with in the Goodreads Group that I’ve created for the Read-A-Thon. Feel free to join it, I’ll be adding discussions for the challenges, etc. in the near future! I’ll also be including my TBR that I hope to read during those two weeks, and I plan to make this my “master post” of sorts for my daily progress. Those of you that have joined: feel free to do something similar to track your progress and see how you do on challenges! If you don’t feel like it, it doesn’t make a difference to me, though! I want this to be a really laid back and fun read-a-thon! 😉
Those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: here is my post in which I announced the Read-A-Thon, give the rules, sign-up info, etc.
With a little help from my blog friends I’ve got a few challenges that you can participate in if you want to! A little incentive to pick up something that’s been sitting around that you haven’t thought about lately.
- Read a book set in the past.
- Read a classic.
- Read a book written before 2010.
- Read at least 100 pages a day.
- And of course…the books must be neglected by you! One that’s been sitting unread for quite a while!
- Read a book set in the past: The Diviners by Libba Bray
- Read a classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (School summer reading book, but if I can make it count, I’ll do it!)
- Read a book written before 2010: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Fear by Michael Grant
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Pandemonium & Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Check back to this post to keep track of my progress throughout the Read-A-Thon! Link me to your progress posts in the comments so I can see how you’re doing, too!
On Twitter use the hashtag #DustingofftheShelf so we can all chat and keep each other motivated!