I have always been a book hoarder collector. For as long as I can remember, I have had bookshelves overflowing with books. Books stacked on top of books. I love curating book lists, buying books, supporting authors and being surrounded by books.
At the start of this new year, I am repeating the resolution I set last year — to #ReadMyBooks. I want to read the books I have bought over the years! My goal is to read 40 books this year that I already own.
What Books I'm Reading
I have hundreds of unread books on my shelves. I don't know the exact number because I am afraid to count them. But it would take me years to read them all. Last week I went through my shelves and selected a stack that I think I will start with. It is a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Of course, I will likely deviate from this stack, but it is at least a good place to start.
While this idea came to me as I was setting out goals for the year, it didn't just come as an idea for me. It is an invitation like you, fellow reader.
Will you join me this year by reading YOUR books? And as you read, tag me @booksnobbery on instagram and use the hashtag #ReadYourBooks. Together, we will be able to cheer on each other's progress on enjoying the books we already own.
This challenge isn't just about physical books either! Maybe you have a bunch of audiobooks downloaded but unlistened to. Or maybe your kindle library is bursting at the seems. (ALLLL of this is true for me.) Wherever you own books, commit to reading some of them.
Include Your Kids
This is also a fun challenge to include your kids on. Chances are, your kids also have books on their shelves waiting to be read. I've invited my third and fifth graders to join me in this challenge. My five-year-old and I are going to work our way through a few book anthologies that he has that we have never completed.
What This is Not
This challenge is not a ban from buying books. I know that I can't commit to not buying ANY books, though I hope I will buy a few less. My focus will be on reading what I have more than acquiring new books. That said, I still plan to remain a Book of the Month subscriber. I also know I will support friends releasing books and that there will be a few must-haves I will want to add to my collection. You do you. This isn't about being legalistic with books. It's meant to be fun!
To help encourage you in this challenge, I have collaborated with Megan Bukke of Everyday Thread on some free downloads for you. Megan is an incredible artist, and I am so grateful she shared her talent for this challenge. Be sure to follow her etsy shop on Instagram. Her house illustrations are so delightful. Check out the downloads below:
- A bookmark: This delightful bookmark simply says #ReadMyBooks as a reminder to read, read, read those books you have
- A #ReadYourBooks printable: This little booklet printable includes a goal-setting page and a list for you to track your reads.
To access these downloads, enter your email address in the form below and the downloads will be sent your way.
I'm so excited about this challenge. I am hoping the encouragement and accountability will help us all to read the books we have at home.
Other Reading Challenges
Like the idea of a reading challenge? Here are a few other ones worth checking out — you can overlay these lists with the #ReadMyBooks challenge for added fun.
Bloom Book Club Reading Challenge: This is one of my favorite reading book groups on Facebook. Hosted by Stephanie Howell, this is a great reading challenge for anyone, but I especially love it for those new to reading challenges. It isn't too big or overwhelming.
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2020 Reading Challenge: Anne Bogel is one of the most respected voices in book recommendations and curation. Her reading challenge is loved by readers around the world.
The Unread Shelf: This site is solely dedicated to reading the books you own. Check out her monthly challenges to stay on track.
2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge: With 50 book prompts this is a challenge for serious, voracious readers.
Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge: Book Riot's challenge is all about pushing you outside your reading comfort zone.