December 27, 2017

Read the Books You Buy End of Year Finish.

Read the Books you Buy Reading Challenge 2017

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes". Erasmus 
So we come to the end of year accounting for reading books we bought since July 2016. How did you go? Even if you didn't make your goal still link up, this challenge was more about keeping an eye on ourselves - what we buy and what we actually read.

Here were the possibilities.

20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

21 - 40%          Making Inroads.

41 - 60 %         Moderately Successful

61 - 80 %        Maximising  Returns

81 - 100%       Mission Accomplished

My own goal was to read in the 61 - 80% range.  In 2015 I only read 30% of what I bought, in 2016 I made it to 50%.  Now in 2017 I have managed to go higher and better to the 70% line. I wanted to at least be at 65% so that is definitely a win and I am maximising returns!

Books Bought from July onwards in 2016
Wild Horse.  B. J. Daniels     Read
Only Beloved   Mary Balogh   Read
Beach Season   Lisa Jackson, Cathy Lamb, Rosalind Noonan.  Read
The Iron Duke   Meljean Brooks      Read
The First Day of the Rest of My Life    Cathy Lamb      Read

Books bought in 2017
Whole Latte Life   Joanne DeMaio     Read
The Wicked City Beatriz Williams      Read
Dragonslayer  Emilie Richards            Read
Before I Fall Jessica Scott         Read
Somebody Like You Donna Alward     Read
Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans   Joanne DeMaio Read
Slightly South of Simple   Kristy Woodson Harvey  Read
A Change of Heart    Sonali Dev  Read
Indigo Beverley Jenkins
Bring on the Blessings Beverly Jenkins   Read
Their Finest   Lissa Evans
The Mother's Promise   Sally Hepworth
Dragon Springs Road   Janie Chang    Read
The Things We Do For Love   Kristin Hannah
The Garden of Small Beginnings   Abbi Waxman  Read
The Hourglass   Tracy Rees
Marry in Haste   Anne Gracie    Read
Silver Silence   Nalini Singh   Read

July 2017 onwards
Everything We Keep Kerry Lonsdale
Lost and Found Sisters   Jill Shalvis Read
Fatal Threat   Marie Force   Read
At Home in Mitford   Jan Karon  Read
Devil's Cut   J. R. Ward   Read
A Second Helping   Beverley Jenkins  Read
In This House of Brede   Rumer Godden
Love Walked In  Marisa de los Santos  Read
Map of the Heart   Susan Wiggs     Read
The One In A Million Boy Monica Wood  Read
Archangel's Viper   Nalini Singh    Read
Something Old Something New Beverley Jenkins
Hold Your Breath Katie Ruggle
The Duchess   Danielle Steele
Lord of the Fading Lands    C. L. Wilson
A Bella Flora Christmas   Wendy Wax
Wilde in Love   Eloisa James   Reading at present.

There is a $25 Amazon voucher or books to that amount from the Book Depository if it delivers to your country for one participant out of those who link up to share how they got on.  Even if you don't get to where you hoped you can still link up, so long as you bought a book during 2017 and joined the challenge! Either a link to your blog post,  a link to a Goodreads shelf or a comment sharing how you did will count.

The challenge ends of December 31st. I will give until the 5th of January for people to link up and then I will draw a winner via


  1. I love this challenge! I need to do it for sure!! Thanks for reading Slightly South of Simple :) I really appreciate it! xo Kristy

  2. Great job! I didn't compute a percentage, but linked to my page of books read and reviewed.

    Thanks for the challenge!

  3. I read BJ Daniels Lucky Shot-she's a good author-of course they all are!!

    1. I read a couple of B J Daniels' books in 2017 too and throughly enjoyed them. Both were from her Cahill Ranch series

  4. Who’ll host Read the Books You Buy 2018?

    1. Andrea I received this comment in my email but couldn't find it on the post, then the light bulb went on and I looked in my spam and found and rescued it. I am not going to host the Read the Books You Buy 2018, so I guess if anyone else wanted to take on the hosting its open for them to do so.

  5. Thanks for hosting the challenge! I managed to make some progress, although not sure of my percentage, so I'm happy.

  6. I missed the lineup but my wrap up post is here:
    Thanks for hosting the challenge and I am definitely going to try to read more of the books I buy in 2018

  7. I also missed the linky...I met my goal. The challenge was a welcome reminder to read the books I had purchased and shelved.


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