The year is winding down (which is not even possible because my kid still has to turn 1, there's Christmas and parties and...hold me).
With this in mind, I wanted to post a quick update to one of the only challenges I took on this year, and one that I only started in October: Reading My Own Books, hosted by Michelle. You can read all about my exceptions and why I decided to do this here.
I was actually in the middle of The Swan Thieves when I started this challenge, which is partly why I signed up. I wanted reading this huge book I had bought on a whim to count for something. Then I picked Rules of Civility by Amor Towles as my book club pick (I had purchased it on my Kindle when Amazon was running a deal) so I checked off another one! I also finished What He's Poised to Do by Ben Greenman (not reviewed), Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, and You Suck by Christopher Moore (review coming Monday). I'm also going to count Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because technically I do own it, even if I did purchase it after I had already started the challenge. (At least I didn't just add another book to my TBR pile, right?)
I've finished a few more books these last couple of months, but they were exceptions to my rules (The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and The Mark of Zorro by Johnston McCulley (not reviewed)). We'll see how many more I can get to before the year is out and the challenge is over, but so far so good!
Oh, and if there was ever a question that I needed this challenge, let me present to you my bookshelf (my fiction only bookshelf):
Please ignore the bad quality. The bottom two shelves are the books I've read. Those top four, well, I have some work to do. (In my defense, some of those are anthologies that I never expect to actually finish in their entirety, but I couldn't in good conscience say that I've read them, either.) Oh, and this doesn't include the books on my nightstand or on our bookshelf downstairs, or in my closet...I'd better get reading.