autumn pile {bookshelf love}

Remember that reading challenge I started way back when (aka February 2016), called Bookshelf Love? Well, I'm doing it again, but this time, the books in my stack aren't in mortal danger (i.e. they won't be donated or sold if I don't read them by the end of this challenge). On one hand, this means there's less incentive to read them all. On the other, I'm already 90% sure I'm going to love all of these books (or else I've already read and loved them or other books in the same series), which is an incentive itself.

This also means that I'm breaking the only rule among my guidelines by including Harry Potter books. I've already read the entire series, and I don't own several of the books. Ah, well, sometimes rules are made to be broken. I included them because I want to reread the series before delving into The Cursed Child, and while I'm only including the first four in this challenge for the sake of being realistic, I'd really like to finish all of them in this time frame!

Between now and Christmas, I hope to read 10 books. That's 10 books in 14 weeks--a much more reasonable goal than my previous 12 in seven (ugh what was I even thinking).

Anywho! The pile:

Airs Beneath the Moon by Toby Bishop
City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Unexpected Dragon by Mary Brown


1. choose a time frame for your challenge
2. select a stack of unread books from your shelves/piles/boxes/book hoard
3. post a photo and/or list of the books on your blog or social media, along with the chosen time frame
4. use the challenge image in your post (if posting on a blog) and link back to the original challenge page
5. leave a link to your post in the comments on the original challenge page, so you can be added to the list of participants
6. read, read, read!
7. donate, sell, giveaway, or recycle any books still unread at the end of the challenge

*I use this term, and not "rules," intentionally. Make this challenge your own! It is typically helpful to choose a time frame for a reading challenge, though, and no cheating on #2!!! If it causes too much stress or you just can't bear to part with your dearly beloved books, you can forego #7.

Want to join the challenge? Sign up here!


  1. I've heard that Seraphina is really good but never read it myself. Hope you enjoy your TBR - and meet your challenge, Serena! Happy reading.

    1. Thank you, Rissi! My husband has been not-so-subtly trying to get me to read Seraphina for quite some time--we're both avid dragon fans! I'm looking forward to it.

  2. Seraphina is amazing and wonderful! I just know you'll love it. You should listen to your husband. :D

    Dare I admit I've never read Harry Potter? I'd like to someday, but it just hasn't happened yet.

    1. I know, I know, I can't wait to read it! :)

      Aside from The Sorcerer's Stone, I actually didn't read HP until college, after I'd seen all the movies. So no worries!