Put the Library on Hold: A month of reading from our own shelves

Posted December 1, 2014 by Lory in challenges / 29 Comments

When I read this post from Lark Writes…On Books and Life, I knew that I shared her dilemma: how will I ever get to read all the books I already own, when I always need to finish the books I’ve checked out from the library first? I suggested we make a pact to eschew the library for just one month in order to make some headway on the books that have been languishing on our own shelves.

Lark was up for it, and so we decided on January, 2015 as the month to make a fresh start. We can  read all the wonderful books we’ve received over the holidays, as well as some that have been waiting patiently for us to get to them, before heading into the library stacks again.

If you’d like to join us, feel free! You can grab the button if you wish, link back to this post, post your own goals or plans, or just follow along in your own way. There are no “rules” to the challenge, but at the beginning, middle, and end of January I’ll post a progress update for myself, and you are welcome to do so as well.

Will you join us? What books are you hoping to pick up this month?


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29 responses to “Put the Library on Hold: A month of reading from our own shelves

  1. You have a great plan, I wish you good luck and enjoyable month of reading from your own shelves.

    My own plan is a little different. Everything freezes on 31st December and then I plan to read only books that were in the house or downloaded by that date for the next 3 months.

  2. Cat

    The three month double dare challenge I always think about but that is too long for me to forego my library visits which I love. One month I think I can manage and look forward to joining you in January.

  3. Between books I want to re-read and books I haven't read yet my January is booking up fast. 🙂 Thanks for setting all of this up. It's great!

  4. Oh, I would love to do this – but I'm already committed to reading a bunch of ARCs that month. But I am setting a goal of reading more of the books I choose to read in 2015, whether I already own them or need to borrow or even buy them. Anyway, have fun with this, and I look forward to seeing what you end up reading!

    • I'm including some ARCs I've been neglecting on my January reading list. The point for me is to stop going out in a quest for something else when I'm ignoring books I already have! However you manage it, it's good to focus on choosing books you really want to read. Life is too short for books you don't want to read, I've decided.

  5. Kay

    This is an amazingly awesome idea! I work as a desk clerk at my local library and therefore am always picking up more and more books while I am there. My stack always seems to grow and never gets smaller.

    I am 100% in in this challenge. Especially because I put a handful of books on my Christmas list as well that I will probably be receiving, not to mention all the books sitting on my shelves that I already own and have yet to read.

    Okay, sorry for rambling. Obviously I'm just super excited about this.

    I love your blog too. Super cute. 🙂 New Bloglovin Follower.

    Kay @ It's a Book Life

    • I know the dilemma — I used to work in a library too, and later in a bookstore, and both were dangerous places. I'm glad you're joining, and thanks for following too.

  6. Gah! I may cheat a little. I had a few holds become available much earlier than expected. I will read books from my own shelf though. I was going to bow out but saw I already had signed up. A few books from my shelf is better than nothing!

    • Please, feel free to make your own goals! It's hard to pass up those long-awaited holds. I'll be interested to hear how it goes.

  7. […] resolved to start 2015 by reading 20 books that I own (inspiration here) and to participate in Lori’s initiative to put the library on hold in January. So this challenge should be easy, right?!? Yes, hope springs eternal! Without further […]

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