12 books, 7 weeks {bookshelf love}

In the very near future, my husband and I need to fit all of our belongings into a smallish car, and apparently I am (inconveniently) expected to include more than just books into this "all of our belongings" category. Believe it or not, the culling of the closet and dresser was much easier than that of the bookshelf. The "maybe" book pile became, naturally, a reading challenge. Because what if I get rid of my next favorite book and I never know, because it's gone?! So I have given myself until March 22 -- seven weeks -- to read 12 books, which is almost two books per week. I typically read one book every two weeks, so... you do the math.

If you have read my introductory post to the bookshelf love reading challenge, you already know what happens to the books I don't read by the end of week seven. It's a sad fact, but I've got to pare down the pile somehow, and despite two attempts at culling, the pile is still quite large. So, without further ado, I give you the "read it and/or leave it" stack.

The Hills is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith
The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert
Holding Up the Earth by Dianne E. Gray
Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
Flying Changes by Sara Gruen
Grace at Low Tide by Beth Webb Hart
Blessed are the Meek by Zofia Kossak-Szczucka
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
Valley of Dreams by Lauraine Snelling
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

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  1. My mom and I were just talking about something similar yesterday! I really strive to be a minimalist and not buy clothes that I end up not wearing or kitchen things that just sit in the cabinet, stuff like that. But, I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to books and fabric!

    1. Oh, I totally understand! I like the idea of minimalism (and I'm slowly striving towards it) -- I don't buy much, but I don't get rid of much, either. Especially where books are concerned. :)

      Join me in the challenge, if you like!

  2. Good luck! Saying goodbye to books is hard. The Sara Gruen books are on my TBR as well :)

    1. Thanks! I like keeping even the books I didn't 100% like or that I don't think I'll ever actually read, because they make my bookshelf look fuller. :)

      We should compare notes on the Sara Gruen books -- I haven't started reading them yet, and I already have mixed feelings (the pitfalls of reading reviews, I suppose...). But, hey, horse books!