Goodreads and the 1-Year Challenge


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.



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.


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

Image Credit: Needtobreathe via Always Bë Cool