bookshelf love: 10 books in 10 weeks

A few years ago, I proposed that we show our neglected bookshelves some love and created the Bookshelf Love reading challenge. The idea was to read books that you already own and possibly clear some space on your over-loaded bookshelves in the process. Having become hopelessly addicted to the library (especially now that there's one within walking distance), I haven't read any of my own books in far too long, so I decided to resurrect this challenge once again.

If you would like to join me, check out the guidelines at the bottom of this post, and leave a link in the comments to your blog, Facebook page, or wherever you plan to post updates. For even more details, here is the original original post.

This time around, my goal is to read 10 books in 10 weeks, though this is a rather loose goal. In other words, I'm going to see how many of these books I can read by the end of June, with the understanding that I probably won't get through all of them. There are some heavier books on this list, including a few nonfiction, and only two fantasy novels. With that in mind, I may make a trip or two to the library for a lighter novel to read somewhere in the middle. Although, who knows? Maybe I'll surprise myself.

Since I am already bending the rules (they are just guidelines, after all), I do not plan to follow #7 and get rid of any unread books at the end of the challenge, though I might sell or donate some of the ones I do read. I have this interesting habit of moving frequently, and books are heavy. Anyway, here is the list:

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Dragon Winter by Niel Hancock
Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner
Planted by Leah Kostamo
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Island of the World by Michael D. O'Brien
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

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, give away, 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.

1. Serena (poetree) -- 10 weeks, 10 books (Apr. 19 - Jun. 30)


  1. I'm late to the game, but this is a fantastic idea! Are these books you have never read before, but bought a long time ago?

    1. Thanks, Olivia! These books range from some I acquired a few years ago to some I got just a few weeks ago, but I've never read any of them before.