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Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge Completed!

November 30, 2009

I can’t believe it!  I’ve completed another challenge!  (This is just my second time actually completing a challenge, so I’m feeling pretty flush.)  The Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge was hosted by Swapna and ran from October 1 to November 30.  The goal was to read “any non-review books that are on your shelves and/or review copies that have been on your shelves for over six months.”  Participants picked a percentage of books to fit that criteria and like the sissy that I am, I signed up for the minimum – 20%.  Here’s what I read during this challenge (I’ve put asterisks by those that count toward the challenge):

  1. Stitches by David Small
  2. Tell Me Something True by Leila Cobo
  3. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
  4. Undead and Unreturnable by Mary Janice Davidson (audio book)*
  5. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
  6. The Unquiet by John Connolly (audio book)*
  7. The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose*
  8. Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
  9. Willow by Julia Hoban*
  10. Angels by Chuck Fischer
  11. Permissions Slips by Sherri Shepherd
  12. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris*
  13. Family Sentence: The Search for My Cuban-Revolutionary, Prison-Yard, Mythic-Hero, Deadbeat Dad by Jeanine Cornillot
  14. One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein
  15. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  16. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume*
  17. Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick
  18. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor*
  19. I Have My Mother’s Eyes by Barbara Ruth Bluman
  20. Everything Sucks by Hannah Friedman
  21. The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
  22. A Christmas Ride: The Miracle of Lights by Edie Hand with Jeffrey Addison
  23. Got the Look by James Grippando (audio book)*
  24. New Tricks by David Rosenfelt
  25. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
  26. Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
  27. Wishin’ and Hopin by Wally Lamb*
  28. The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens
  29. French Milk by Lucy Knisley*
  30. The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page
  31. In the Beginning: The Art of Genesis by Chuck Fischer

Out of 31 books read during October and November, 10 qualify for this challenge, which gives me 32%, so I exceeded my goal!  I think this calls for a book buying celebration.

50 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2009 5:24 pm

    Wow, what a long list! Congratulations on meeting the challenge! I agree with you: this means you deserve to restock that TBR pile!

  2. November 30, 2009 6:11 pm

    Nice job. You managed to read quite a bit!

  3. November 30, 2009 6:30 pm

    Well done!


  4. November 30, 2009 6:39 pm

    Congrats on completing the challenge. Honestly, I’m impressed with how many books you managed to read in only two months. Sigh. If only I could read as quickly.

    Great job! 🙂

  5. November 30, 2009 6:55 pm

    I have completed every single challenge I have entered…zero!

  6. November 30, 2009 6:57 pm

    Congrats on finishing the challenge, Kathy! Great list too!

  7. November 30, 2009 6:59 pm

    Definitely a book buying celebration is in order!

  8. November 30, 2009 7:00 pm

    congrats on completing the challenge! I wish I could complete more of them! Happy buying!

  9. November 30, 2009 7:09 pm

    Congratulations! That is a lot of reading!

  10. November 30, 2009 7:20 pm

    Nice job! I always like to set my goals low and then if I manage to surpass them, I can be particularly thrilled with myself. Enjoy your book buying – I enjoyed mine! 😉

  11. November 30, 2009 7:24 pm

    Yay Kathy! Great job! I came in just above my goal too. We rock!

  12. November 30, 2009 7:46 pm

    Congrats! That’s a lot of books read!

  13. November 30, 2009 8:37 pm

    Woohoo! These reading challenges give us the little push we need! 🙂

  14. November 30, 2009 8:53 pm

    Good job! Sounds like a good thing to keep doing to keep those shelves from overflowing.

  15. November 30, 2009 9:14 pm

    Congrats! I smiled when I saw the Judy Blume book on the list — it was one of my favorites growing up. I hope it stood the test of time for you.

  16. November 30, 2009 9:18 pm

    Congrats. I didn’t fare so well!

  17. November 30, 2009 9:56 pm

    Great!! Congratulations on completion of the challenge. I think u need to reward urself with some new books now 🙂

  18. November 30, 2009 10:48 pm

    Wow, Kathy! You are my reading idol! I can’t imagine reading that much right now. You reminded me that I need to post about the challenge though. I think I met the goal, but I only read 3 books, so I just barely made it! 1 met the goal!:)

  19. November 30, 2009 11:01 pm

    Way to go, Kathy!!!

  20. November 30, 2009 11:20 pm

    Wow, congratulations on reading so many books!!

  21. December 1, 2009 1:46 am

    That is a big accomplishment Kath! Congratulations! Hop to the bookstore now!

  22. December 1, 2009 2:27 am

    Wow, Kathy, well done!

  23. fleurfisher permalink
    December 1, 2009 4:52 am

    Congratulation! I am so impressed with the number of books you read and blog about.

  24. December 1, 2009 8:04 am

    Good job! I signed up for 20% too and did really well in October but I haven’t tabulated my November %, so we will see!

  25. December 1, 2009 8:18 am

    Well, first of all….Congratulations for exceeding the goal and completing the challenge. That is GREAT!

    Secondly….I am in awe of your ability to read 31 books in two months. Way to go, Kathy!

  26. December 1, 2009 8:51 am

    Bravo! Well done.

  27. December 1, 2009 9:02 am

    Congrats! You did great!


  28. December 1, 2009 10:32 am

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  29. December 1, 2009 12:26 pm

    Good job! I’m doing an unofficial clearing of the shelves, but didn’t join the challenge. I didn’t think of calculating it as a percentage, though–what a great idea.

  30. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:00 pm

    Congratulations on another challenge completed! 32% is great 🙂 I’m working on my fourth & fifth challenge of the year. I think both will come down to the wire.

  31. December 1, 2009 2:28 pm

    You are too funny “calls for a book buying celebration”…LOL Congrats did great.

  32. December 1, 2009 5:02 pm

    Congratulations! I haven’t had much luck with my challenges this year, but I’m glad someone is making some headway. Good work!

  33. December 1, 2009 7:58 pm

    Well done! It must feel good to complete this one … and now you have justification to fill those shelves back up!

  34. December 1, 2009 9:42 pm

    That’s awesome! You should definitely buy some books to celebrate. =)

  35. December 1, 2009 10:15 pm

    I applaud you. I joined this and then did not track any of it! I’m so ashamed. I had such high hopes.

  36. December 1, 2009 10:28 pm

    I like the way you celebrate, Kathy! Congratulations on completing your second challenge.

  37. December 1, 2009 10:38 pm

    Congrats on completing your challenge! I’m impressed with the number of books that you’ve read.

  38. December 2, 2009 8:11 am

    Yeay! Great job! That’s a lot of books finished off

  39. December 2, 2009 8:41 am

    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats. I haven’t added mine up yet. Tomorrow…..

  40. December 2, 2009 12:34 pm

    I always knew you read enough to do challenges. Good for you. And any day is a good day for a book buying celebration, isn’t it? Glad you’re finally enjoying the challenges.

  41. December 2, 2009 1:07 pm

    Congratulations on finishing the challenge! And, wow, that’s an amazing list! Makes me feel so very lazy. I may have to go on a book-buying binge just to make myself feel better!

  42. December 2, 2009 8:16 pm

    why yes, any time you finish a challenge you should reward yourself with more books! Congrats Kathy…way to go!

  43. December 3, 2009 10:05 am

    Congrats on exceeding your goal and completing this challenge. Fantastic!

  44. December 3, 2009 6:47 pm

    Congratulations. You did great! I hope the shelves don’t stack up too quickly so you can savor the feeling of accomplishment.

  45. December 3, 2009 8:28 pm

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!

  46. December 4, 2009 7:33 pm

    Congratulations, Kathy! You did a great job. I think every time we complete a challenge we should visit the bookstore as an award. 🙂

  47. December 5, 2009 12:50 pm

    Congratulations! You did an amazing job and read so many wonderful books.

  48. December 6, 2009 3:01 pm

    Congratulations on finishing this challenge, that’s great!

  49. December 8, 2009 9:50 am

    Congratulations! Can you believe I haven’t written my wrap-up post yet?

  50. December 20, 2009 7:12 pm

    Congratulations! I wish I could get that much read! Sounds as though you had fun.

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