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Read the Books You Buy Mid Year Update

Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus

So this is a Reading Challenge to Read the books you buy. You don’t buy books? Well then this challenge isn’t for you. Now at the start of 2017 you won’t be sure of what you are going to buy or how many books you will buy.

The percentages to choose from….

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

21 – 40%          Making Inroads.

41 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

61 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns

81 – 100%       Mission Accomplished

See the Sign Up Post for full rules.  If you want to join in now just link to this post below or the sign up post.

As promised here is the mid year link up to share how you are going!

The link ups just mean re linking your commitment post but updated, if that works for you. Or a completely new post. If you are reading on Goodreads just link up your shelf or leave a comment to say how its going and I will count you in.
There will be a $10 Amazon voucher giveaway prize for one reader among those who link up to this post. I will close this off in early August.

Reminder: In December a $25 Amazon voucher or books to that amount from the Book Depository if it delivers to your country.  Even if you don’t get to where you hoped you can still link up, so long as you bought a book during 2017 and joined the challenge!

My Own Accounting!

So by the end of the year I want to be in the 61%- 80% – Maximising Returns range. It is so darn hard reading my own books, I know, a common problem among readers who also take books on for review. For myself I know of only one book blogger who is successful with that and I keep her in mind as my inspiration!

Books from July onwards in 2016
Wild Horse.  B. J. Daniels     Read
Only Beloved   Mary Balogh   Read
Beach Season   Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Rosalind Noonan.
The Iron Duke   Meljean Brooks      Read
The First Day of the Rest of My Life    Cathy Lamb      Read
Books bought in 2017
Whole Latte Life   Joanne DeMaio     Read
The Wicked City Beatriz Williams      Read
Dragonslayer  Emilie Richards            Read
Before I Fall Jessica Scott         Read
Somebody Like You Donna Alward     Read
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans   Joanne DeMaio
Slightly South of Simple   Kristy Woodson Harvey
A Change of Heart    Sonali Dev
Indigo Beverley Jenkins
Their Finest   Lissa Evans
The Mother’s Promise   Sally Hepworth
Dragon Springs Road   Janie Chang
The Things We Do For Love   Kristin Hannah
The Garden of Small Beginnings   Abbi Waxman  Read
The Hourglass   Tracy Rees
Marry in Haste   Anne Gracie
Silver Silence   Nalini Singh   Read
So that is a total of … 22 books purchased to date. And 11 read. That is putting me right on the 50% mark – I need to raise it in the second half of the year. I won’t put off buying some auto reads, but I did manage today to walk out of a bookshop where I went to buy a birthday card with no book. There was 25% off all books, and I saw one I want to read – The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green but I kept on walking knowing I have so many to read!

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Final Of Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016

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“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus

So how did you go with challenge. Remember it was about staying aware and seeing how you were doing. To link up and be in for the giveaway of $25 US Amazon voucher to one entrant, you did not have necessarily to reach your goal, all you had to do was stay with it!

I ended up with 47 books that I had bought over the time period June 2015 until now. Of those 47 I read so far 22. That is 47% and I aim to read by year end two more. That will bring me up to 51%. So I fell in the middle of the moderately successful category. And it is where I aimed to be. Next year I am intending to aim a bit higher.

You can see what I bought and what I read in my commitment post.

What I found most helpful is that it meant I tracked what I was buying and even though I haven’t read them all I have plans for them, two I am not going to read because I didn’t fall in love with the first in the series. Twelve have gone into a TBR challenge for 2017 and a few of the ones bought late in 2016 will roll over into the 2017 Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge. Done and Dusted!

Link up open until January 3rd NZ time. January 2nd USA time.

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Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017

Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus 

Bought the book, you really want to read it…. and then it gets surpassed by review books or library books or other TBR books.

So this is a Reading Challenge to Read the books you buy. You don’t buy books? Well then this challenge isn’t for you. Now at the start of 2017 you won’t be sure of what you are going to buy or how many books you will buy.

So – choose from one of the percentages below and go for it.  Make a commitment post and link up below. List the books you buy in the post as you spend throughout the year and then mark off as you read them.

If you don’t have a blog you can do this on Goodreads with something like a ‘bought 2017’ shelf and you’ll easily be able to see at the end of the year how you’ve gone. Leave a comment on the post with a link to the shelf to signal your participation, if using Goodreads. Or.. you can place the link on the link up.

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

21 – 40%          Making Inroads.

41 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

61 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns

81 – 100%       Mission Accomplished

Rules.

  • Books have been bought in 2017 by you or you can decide to include from and including July 2016 buys. Anything previous to that definitely falls into the dusty TBR realm! There is a challenge somewhere in the book world for that!
  • Can be ebook, print book or audiobook
  • You can decide whether you include books bought in 2017 second hand or in book fairs etc.
  • Books for this challenge can also be included in other challenges.
  • Runs from 1st January to 31st of December 2017
I encourage you not to think this through too much, go on buying as you normally do – in a large or small way.

Authors write books, they deserve to be read and enjoyed and paid as well! So I know we love our review books, library books, 2nd hand books etc. But … if you can – buy books as well.

There will be one mid year link up to share how you are going, in the beginning of July.

Mid Year Link Up  now open

In December there will be the final link up to share where you reached. You may not reach your goal, but just link up to account for yourself!

The link ups just mean re linking your commitment post but updated.

In the July link there will be a $10 Amazon voucher giveaway prize for one reader among those who link up and at the end in December a $25 Amazon voucher or books to that amount from the Book Depository if it delivers to your country.  Even if you don’t get to where you hoped you can still link up, so long as you bought a book during 2017 and joined the challenge!

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My Read The Books You Buy Reading Challenge Commitment.

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes”. Erasmus 

In 2015 I I read 32% of the books I bought this year, and I thought until I did the tally I was doing well. Statistics do not lie!  I’d like to be in the 40-60% range at least. That’s what I will be aiming for in 2016.

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

20 – 40%          Making Inroads.

40 – 60 %         Moderately Successful

60 – 80 %        Maximising  Returns

80 – 100%       Mission Accomplished

    I am going to start counting from June 2015.
    I am only counting the new books bought and I am not including audiobooks as I usually buy and read immediately.

    I don’t see myself as a big buyer of books, but when I hear of a good one I like to get it!  Although I do check the library and review shelf first.

    Kindle:
    2015 since June 2015
    Cinder  Marissa Meyer       Read
    The Other Daughter   Lauren Willig  Read
    The Bliss King: Captive   Ainslie Paton
    Switchback  Catherine Anderson   Read
    The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behaviour. Jennifer McQuiston

    2016
    The Edge of Lost  Kristina McMorris   Read
    New Leaf   Catherine Anderson   Read
    From Glowing Embers   Emilie Richards – Kindle Read
    At the Edge  Laura Griffin – bought in March – Kindle  Read
    Smokescreen Emilie Richards – bought in April – Kindle
    A Single Thread Marie Bostwick – bought in April – Kindle
    All of Us and Everything – Bridget Asher – bought in April – Kindle  Read
    May
    Linny’s Sweet Dream List  Susan Schild   Read

    July

    Fatal Identity   Marie Force  Read
    The Summer Bride Anne Gracie  Read
    Wild Horse B. J. Daniels
    October
    Only Beloved   Mary Balogh
    Beach Season   Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Rosalind Noonan
    Second Chance Grill   Christine Nolfi     Read

    Paperbacks:
    Since June 2015
    In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
    The Possibilities  –      Kaui Hart Hemmings
    It’s You –  Jane Porter       Read
    Saving Grace   – Jane Green
    Still Life With Bread Crumbs  – Anna Quindlen
    Accidents of Marriage – Randy Susan Meyers
    The Gilded Hour   Sara Donati
    We Never Asked For Wings  Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    The Coincidence of Coconut Cake – Amy E Reichert   Read.
    The Lake House    Kate Morton
    Between Sisters   Cathy Kelly
    Tamar    Deborah Challinor     Read
    White Feathers    Deborah Challinor
    Blue Smoke         Deborah Challinor

    2016
    April
    Close to You Kara Isaac   Read
    May
    The Beekeeper’s Secret Josephine Moon  Read
    Christmas Ever After   Sarah Morgan   Read
    Sleepless in Seattle   Sarah Morgan      Read.
    Saving CeeCee Honeycutt   Read
    The Secret Life of Violet Grant   Beatriz Williams
    June
    Flight Patterns    Karen White   Read

    August 
    Wild Invitation   Nalini Singh
    First Star I See Tonight  Susan Elizabeth Phillips   Read

    September
    A Promise of Fire   Amanda Bouchet    Read
    The Language of Sisters    Cathy Lamb  Read

    October
    Too Good To be True   Kristn Higgins
    The Iron Duke    Meljean Brooks
    The First Day of the Rest of My Life   Cathy Lamb