Goodreads and the 1-Year Challenge

Needtobreathe

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. (Kathleen Norris)

When my Mister and I moved in together, decorating came easy.

Our tastes mesh well — clean lines and dark furniture, artwork of city skylines. We agreed on getting one feature piece for our new home. While he's not a huge fan of throw pillows and I could do without surround sound, we both wanted a bookcase.

He's an avid reader and I'm an eager shopper — the combination makes for a considerable library. Organized by color and type. Business books toward the bottom, cookbooks in the middle. It's really quite lovely.

Bookshelf

Except.

My love for buying books has outpaced my reading in a big way. There are 50+ books in these shelves that I haven't finished and most I haven't even started. Because of this, I've asked myself:

Can you go 1 year without buying a book for yourself?

Yes, I'm up for the challenge.

For a lot of people this might sound easy, maybe even a little silly. But as someone who has a hard time walking past Barnes & Nobel without something catching my eye, I need to do this. There's so much knowledge, entertainment and inspiration within reach.

My goodreads account is set up, and my unread books are listed on my to-read shelf. With the exclusion of gifts and book club books, I'm dedicated to reading what I own before buying anything new.

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Have you tried anything like this before? If so, I would love to hear about your experience!

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