In 2014, Christian Blogger John Acuff (Stuff Christians Like) issued a challenge to his readers to empty off a bookshelf in their homes/offices in the new year, and then begin filling it with the things we read over the course of the year.
I participated in this challenge in 2014, but stopped tracking part way through the year. This is, in part, because I was reading a lot of partial books for research, and wasn’t sure about the etiquette of listing partially read items. The other reason is because I started a job as a full-time pastor, and my reading decreased in the wake of sermon prep, commentary research, and all the duties of ministry.
In 2015 I gave it another shot. I read a lot, both for work and pleasure, and I wanted to get a better idea what I read in a given year. I have a short list of some of my favorite books on Goodreads, a LibraryThing list of what is on my shelf (way out of date), etc., but nothing that really shows a timeline for what I am reading.
I had a pretty good year in 2015. I didn’t reach my totally unrealistic goal of reading 50 books, but I did knock out a pretty nice list of great books. I want to up the number in 2016, and I also decided to choose a significant number of books ahead of time.
I still have the same problem as previous years, though. I have too many books to free up even a small piece of a shelf for this task. I also read many of my books on a Kindle now. So, instead of clearing off a physical space for books, I have created a new “bookshelf” on Goodreads to use for this challenge. If you want to follow along with my reading this year you can do so by visiting this page.
You can also check out the titles I read in 2015.
Books Not Listed on Goodreads