FEBRUARY RECAP/MARCH PREVIEW

February.

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The month I read Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, and that’s it! I can’t remember the last time I only read one book in a month, but to be fair Lonesome Dove should count as four books. It is long! My full review will be out next week, and I hope I’ve inspired a few of you guys to pick this one up.

I did also listen to The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs and For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt on audio, both of which were solid four star reads. My review for For Better and Worse can be found here, and my review for The Bright Hour will be out soon!

Unread Shelf Project 2019

All three books that I read/listened to came from my Unread Shelf this month!  Here are the numbers:

Unread Books at Start of Month: 16
Books Read from Unread Shelf: 3
Books Purchased: 0
BOTM Selections: 0
Books Gifted/Lent: 3
Unread Books at the End of Month: 16

So, at least I didn’t go up! And I kicked a few big ones off the shelf. I feel good about this 🙂

March Preview

After a long (short?) month of reading one book, I truly couldn’t be more excited for March. At the top of my list are two ARCs I recieved this month: Leading Men from Viking Books and Parkland from Harper Books. After that it’s back to the Unread Shelf Project Challenge and March has two great nonfiction books for me in store — Indianapolis and Blood and Ivy. I have a good feeling about this month!

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Alright folks – we are back! When I wrapped up the Unread Shelf Project 2018, I said that I wasn’t sure if I’d do it again, but here we are. I think this is a great challenge for me because it gives me the kick in the butt to read the books on my shelf, whereas some of the other challenges out there would probably motivate me to read different/new that I don’t own yet.

One thing is different about this year’s challenge: she released all the challenges up front! So I’m going to run through what I’m thinking for the challenges for this year.  I’m hoping to read two books from my unread shelf per month so I’ll try to list two books here where that applies. I have my work cut out for me!

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January: Start reading

Starting the year fresh and full of energy by reading two recently purchased books from my indie bookstore. The feeling of reading a book immediately after you buy it always helps to get me out of reading slump!

February: A book gifted to you by a friend

This past year, I met my match reading-wise! My friend Chistine and I have nearly identical reading taste and speed! It’s been great to exchange books with her. Lonesome Dove was a gift from her for my birthday and Sing Unburied Sing is a way overdue loan from her!

March: The book that’s been on your shelf the longest

These are two of the books I purchased when I randomly won a $50 amazon gift card at work! I had been eyeing up these books so I knew exactly what to do when handed free money. Unfortunately, I haven’t read them yet, but March will be their time!

April: The most recent book you purchased (I bought these three at once, so it’ll be a toss up between which ones haven’t been read yet!)

I purchased these three last week with a gift card I recieved for Christmas. If I haven’t read these by April, these will be top priority!

May: A book you bought because of the movie adaptation

I don’t have any of these, so I’ll make this books I bought for the instagram/book review hype!

June: A travel book or a book set in a country you haven’t been to

I love that this category got separated in to travel OR a set in a new to you country. This category really challenged me last year, but this seems more attainable based on my bookshelves. If you’re thinking to yourself why Less? Well I’m counting “running away from your problems” as traveling 😉

After June, let’s just be honest, I have no idea what I’m going to read! The challenges past June are a little more abstract, and also it’s just far away. So I’m going to list the challenges here in case you are playing along, and I’ll probably be back to decide on those later in the year!

  • July: A book from a series on your shelf
  • August: A book voted for by followers on instagram
  • September: A book you can buddy read with someone
  • October: A book that scares you – for length of content
  • November: A book from your favorite genre
  • December: The shortest book on your shelf

Will you be participating? Do we have any overlapping books on our unread shelves? Buddy reads and words of encouragement are happily accepted. Happy Reading!