Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Empty Shelf Challenge


You may have seen the empty shelf challenge going around Facebook and blog circles. The challenge started with Jon Acuff, and the idea is to clean off a shelf and every book you read during 2014 goes on that shelf. You can even share your books via a shared Pinterest board.  You can even share your pictures with each book you read and let everyone see as your shelf starts to fill with each book.

Cool, fun, interactive way to share what you've read this year.

However, I must admit, I'm not going to participate. Why even bring it up, you ask? Well, I'd like to, but I think I'd embarrass myself. I do have my reasons.

  1. I go through periods where I don't do a lot of reading for enjoyment. Like the entire fall when I was crocheting myself into a frenzy.
  2. I read parts of lots of books that I don't necessarily finish. It's honestly a job hazard. I have to read enough to pitch books and write PR, but there's no way that I can finish all of them. That's rather self incriminating and I can easily get myself in trouble if I don't post every book I work on. 
  3. Combining those two reasons, you bloggers that finish off a book a day may call me a pathetic light-weight reader. My mom should do the challenge. She's been reading me under the table recently. Of course, half of the time, she doesn't know what book she just finished on her Kindle. That's a whole other story.
  4. I don't have an empty shelf. In fact, I'm trying to decide if I can somehow rearrange my shelves to hold all the books I have NOT read yet. I have a book hoard from all of our blog tours (that I don't even work on) and I'm not willing to part with any right now because I am a book hoarder.
This whole shelving thing has me thinking about how I can rearrange my whole office and how I'm probably going to move everything right back where it is now. I'm that OCD. What can I move off this set of cheap shelves to make my "not read" library and you know the books aren't all going to fit.

Where am I going to move my Disney VHS clam shell case movie collection? It's all very stressful. My brain is spinning.

However, with all that said, in a few days, I'll be reviewing my first for fun read of the year.




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