2016 Read My Books Challenge

2016 Read My Books

Last week I took an inventory of all the physical books that I own.  I came up with over 600!  I haven’t even read half of them and yet I continue to buy more books.  So I decided to challenge myself in 2016 to concentrate on reading the books I already own.  Then I thought, I can’t be the only one who has a surplus of unread books that they own so I decided to open up the challenge to anyone who wants to join in!

The rules are simple:

  • Count up your unread books (whether physical, Kindle, ebook, audiobook, etc) and decide on how many you of those books you want to read in 2016.  You can make a list and include that in your sign-up post or you can just include the number.  I chose to create a page on my blog that has my entire physical book collection with the titles read bolded to help me keep track. 
  •  Create your sign-up post with your total number unread and the number that you want to accomplish reading in 2016 and link to it below. Sign-ups are open until January 10 @ 9 am CST.
  • When (if) you do your monthly review posts, add a line to show your progress and link up your posts to my 2016 RMHLC monthly update posts.
  • Optional: As you’re reading books for this challenge, feel free to use the hashtag #2016readmybooks on Twitter and Instagram to share the books you are reading.

That’s it!  Pretty simple, right?!  No need for a set TBR list.  You have the freedom to choose which books of yours you want to read.  And the best part….  As you link your posts (sign-ups and each monthly link) I will add your name to a jar for an International giveaway at the end of the year for $30 USD to Book Depository as long as BD ships to your country.  So if you participate by signing up and then link up every month, you have 13 chances to win!

My 2016 Read My Books Challenge

I am going to concentrate on my unread physical books for this challenge.  See my collection here.

Unread owned physical books as of 12/9/15: 316 (51.89% of my collection)

Goal for 2016: 60

Books Read:

  1. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
  2. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  3. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  4. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
  5. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
  6. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  7. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  8. Game by Barry Lyga
  9. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  10. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  11. Blonde Eskimo by Kristen Hunt
  12. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
  13. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  14. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  15. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  16. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  17. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  18. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  19. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  20. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  21. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  22. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  23. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  24. Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy
  25. The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
  26. The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
  27. Braving It by James Campbell
  28. The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  29. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  30. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  31. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  32. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
  33. Wytches vol. 1 by Scott Snyder (graphic novel)
  34. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  35. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen and Nancy Butler (graphic novel)
  36. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  37. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  38. Whirl by Emma Raveling
  39. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  40. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  41. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  42. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  43. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
  44. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
  45. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  46. An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
  47. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  48. Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
  49. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  50. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
  51. Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
  52. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
  53. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
  54. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
  55. Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
  56. A Bone To Pick by Charlaine Harris
  57. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
  58. Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  59. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  60. The Julius House by Charlaine Harris
  61. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
  62. The Merciless by Danielle Vega
  63. In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  64. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
  65. Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris
  66. A Fool and His Honey by Charlaine Harris
  67. Last Scene Alive by Charlaine Harris
  68. Poppy Done To Death by Charlaine Harris
  69. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  70. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
  71. Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
  72. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  73. Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  74. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
  75. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Add your link by January 10th, 9am CST to join the challenge and get your name entered in the giveaway at the end of the year.

58 thoughts on “2016 Read My Books Challenge

  1. This is a really good idea! I am terrible about reading books I’ve had forever. I’m going to definitely consider doing this after I take a book inventory. Mine will be all eBooks, but still it would be nice to make myself read some of them before buying any more!

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  3. Fun! I’m definitely focusing more and more on my unread but owned books, and will try to continue in 2016! I’m not a challenge person in general, but I’ll consider this one. 🙂 Have fun, and good luck!

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  4. Reblogged this on The Worn Bookmark and commented:

    Do you have a backlog of unread books that you own? Join me for the 2016 Read My Books Challenge, set your own goal and check in every month for a total of 13 chances to win $30 USD to Book Depository! Open internationally as long as BD ships to your country! Sign up by January 10th!


  5. Love this idea! i have around 75?? Unread books and I’m getting more for Christmas so this would be a really good way to read all of my unread books! I’ve had some on my shelf for like, over a year! Definitely interested in taking part! 😀

    I usually set myself a goodreads reading challenge anyway so I might use the same number for this one.

    Still deciding though depending how much free time I have to read.

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    • Thanks! I hope you decide to join in. Super low pressure, read as many as you want. Doesn’t even have to be the same number as your Goodreads challenge. I set mine as less than what I plan to set for my Goodreads challenge.


    • Thanks! I hope you decide to join in. Super low pressure, read as many as you want. Doesn’t even have to be the same number as your Goodreads challenge. I set mine as less than what I plan to set for my Goodreads challenge.


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  8. I’ve always done Adam’s TBR challenge at Roof Beam Reader, but he’s not hosting it in 2016. I’ve been scouring the interwebs for a new challenge and I should’ve just looked in my feed the whole time! I’ll be signing up!!!

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