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In 2016 I’ll Be Reading My Own Damn Books


I’m only a few more purchases away from this.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again to reiterate: my book purchasing, especially in the last 12 months, is completely out of control. I’ve stocked up on books like a squirrel stores nuts or like a doomsdayer stores toilet paper. The only plus is that a lot of them are in digital format, so I’m still able to, you know, move around my house. And buy even more physical books.

Along with books purchased in the last month, there are loads that have been lurking around my TBR Towers for approximately three years now, which is a real travesty.


So. In 2016 I’m going to be reading my own damn books. Which is great because there’s a challenge actually called Read My Own Damn Books. How convenient! It’s being hosted by Andi over at Estella’s Revenge and it’s pretty simple: read the damn books you already have. You can set your own goals if you like. For example, Andi is aiming to read 100 of her own books that currently sit unread.  I don’t really have a numbers goal as such. I’ll just be really pleased to get rid of one of the two and half towers of books I have.

You can sign up to read your own damn books here.

CLEAN YOURCoinciding with that challenge – at least for the first three months of the year – is the Clean Your Reader Challenge, being hosted by Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm. This challenge is also simple: read as many e-books from your e-reader as you like/can over a three-month period (January through March 2016). And that’s it. This challenge is ideal for me as I’m getting to the point that I don’t remember that I even have unread e-books because I can’t actually see them, and I’ve accumulated them just because “they were cheap”.

You can sign up to clean your reader here.

I have two allowances for myself (because I know I’m not that strong):

  • There are three new releases in 2016 that I’m REALLY excited for and I have OK’d myself to purchase. The first is a new biography about Primo Levi the focuses on his time in the Italian Resistance during WWII (if you read this post you’ll know that I’m kind of a fan of Levi); another is a memoir from my favourite author/former British intelligence officer, John le Carré, which I’m stupidly excited about; and the other is a novel penned by Gary Oldman AKA George Smiley AKA Sirius Black that’s SET IN THE WEST AND IS ABOUT VAMPIRES (also stupidly excited for this).
  • If I get an itch and need something new, I’m allowed to go to the library or NetGalley, or to the book exchange. The last is only allowed if I exchange one of my books for another one.

Also. I’m doing Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder challenge, which is the guide I’ll use when I get the itch to read something I don’t already own. There are 24 tasks to complete in this challenge and while I’m sure many of them will be completed by reading the books I already own, I know there’s a few that I’ll need to do by looking beyond my own collection.

So that’s my plan and I plan to stick to it. I’ve also decided not to set a reading goal in Goodreads in 2016, as at times this year I feel like I’ve been reading for numbers and not for enjoyment, which kind of defeats the purpose of reading. So even though I’ve got three challenges this year, I don’t have a number to aim for as such, so hopefully reading will be more fun again.

Do you have any reading plans for 2016? Do you need to do one of these challenges too?



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  18. Maria says

    Read Your Own Damn Books is the perfect challenge for me next year! I am such a compulsive book buyer, and I have stacks spilling out of my bookcase. Definitely time to clean it out!

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    • Really it’s everything I’ve bought over the ‘years’. I realised last night I’ve got books I bought about 10 years ago that I still haven’t read. It’ll be nice to read those after all this time!


  19. I will be *trying* to read my own damn books next year. I haven’t come up with any concrete rules for myself yet. Most of my reading has been from the library lately, though, so my #1 priority is to cut down on the number of books I put on hold. We’ll see how it goes. If it’s not working out I might have to crack down on myself with tougher rules. 🙂
    Good luck with yours!

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    • Good luck to you as well! Definitely start with small steps and while rules might be needed, I think you should allow yourself some flexibility as well.
      I can see how the library could be a place of great temptation – free books!!
      My library charges $2.50 to put books on hold, and while I find that annoying I’m also cheap and don’t want to pay that, so it discourages me from putting books on hold. Which is obviously a good thing because I don’t need encouragement.

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      • First, I think it’s awful that they charge money to put books on hold.
        Second, I think it would be a very good thing for me if they did that here.
        But, I’m glad they don’t. 🙂

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    • Thanks for hosting it – it’s nice to know that there are lots of other people out there who can’t buy books and read them straight away.


  20. Sounds like you are serious about clearing some of your books next year! Goodluck, I always wonder why I purchased and then didn’t read the book straight away! So many gems just sitting in a bookshelf undiscovered.

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  21. I’m in the same boat as you with the numbers challenges – it did get a bit exhausting. No way am I planning to read 100 books next year! I like that ‘Clean Your Reader’ challenge – considering signing up for that one 🙂


    • Exhausting is the right word. I’m excited to just be able to read however many books I like without thinking about whether I’m going to reach a certain number.
      I’m really looking forward to Clean Your Reader – I went through all my reading apps on my iPad and there are so many on there I’d forgotten about. It’s like getting a whole bunch of new books all over again!


  22. Anusha Narasimhan says

    Best of luck with your challenges! I’ve signed up for shelf love, cloak and dagger, dystopia and grown up reading challenge.

    I’ve also been buying books like crazy and downloading a lot of inexpensive books on kindle. Like you say, I keep forgetting my ebooks. I should definitely sign up for clean your reader challenge. The book riot one also seems interesting. So I’ll add these to my list. Thanks.

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    • I like all your challenges – they’re so diverse so you should have a fun time reading. Good luck with them all and I’m glad I could introduce you to a couple more!

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  23. I will once again set up with GoodReads. Numbers aren’t a big deal, as I set 50 and read over 80. I just like reading tabs on the books I read because I always forget titles.

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    • I’ll definitely be keeping track of what I’m reading in Goodreads (I’m the same as you – I’ll forget otherwise), I just won’t be setting myself a number goal on there. I feel freer already!

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      • I wax surprised how easy it was to reach my initial goal, as it meant reading a book a week–and I think I’m way too busy to do so. Yet, this once again shows how I’m hooked on books.

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      • I need a support group, haha. I think it’s going to have to start after January for me because my mom and I are going on this big literary trip soon in which we’ll be visiting a ton of major American author sites. I have a feeling I won’t be able to resist during that.

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  24. I think I probably need to sign up for some of those challenges. I’ve got to get my pile of unread books down but it will never happen. I just can’t resist buying books and I’ve requested vouchers for Christmas 🙂

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    • I have the same problem. Unfortunately I also have a space problem so I barely have room to accumulate new books. But I figure once I get all of these books out of the away I can start building up my collection again!

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      • Thankfully mine are mostly e-books so space is less of an issue. I did catch myself at the weekend eyeing a lovely leather bound copy of Jane Eyre. I thought if I got it I could buy a new bookcase and start a proper book collection. I convinced myself that was a very, very bad idea thank goodness 🙂

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