My #StartOnYourShelfathon TBR & Goals || Challenge

Hello beautiful people! Every year, I try and fail to complete the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge … honestly, I think it’s a fantastic concept — but I REALLY dislike the constraints of finishing books based off of the prompts.

On the beauty of Instagram, someone commented on one of my photos stating they’re going to read 20 books off of their TBR pile. And then … I found the #StartOnYourShelfathon!

The creators of this magnificent challenge (I believe) are the bloggers from The Quiet Pond! They have a very well descriptive (and adorable) post regarding the aboutness of this challenge, which you can find here. I will provide a VERY BRIEF overview of the challenge below!

What is #StartOnYourShelfathon?

The #StartOnYourShelfathon is a star-themed challenge made to help readers get through that TBR pile rather forgetting about it and letting it grow to uncontrollable levels (yup … that’s me). The goal is to read as many books on your shelf (physical, electronic, audiobook) anytime between December 13 2019 to December 31 2020 … so you have LOTS of time to get this show on the road!

However, this is no ORDINARY challenge! You’re quest is to help Castor the Star Collector find his missing stars by reading unread books on your shelves AND by completing the goals you’ve set for yourself for the challenge!

Download and complete your very own ‘star map’ by reading books and completing your goals, give yourself an amateur star-collector name, and go on an epic reading adventure! For more information on Castor’s story and on how to join this epic journey, please visit The Quiet Pond’s instruction to the challenge post!


My #StartOnYourShelfathon Goals

The year 2020 is already looking like a rather busy one for me, so I’m keeping it REAL simple. My three goals to complete for this challenge are:

↠ I will read at least 20 books that I have not read yet that are currently on my bookshelf (physical and/or eBook) by December 31 2020. I’ve created a shelf on Goodreads to display these books: startonyourshelfathon
↠ I will donate books that I have DNF’d and/or will not re-read.
↠ I will only purchase a new book for every 3 books I have read from my unread pile; these do not count towards this challenge since they’ve been purchased AFTER the challenge began.
↠ If I DNF any books on this list, I can only swap them for books that I own OR a book on my Goodreads TBR list but ONLY if I borrow it from the library.

There are two star maps to choose from. I don’t really KNOW if I’m going to actually do this part … but if I do, I will complete the following star map:

The map can be filled in as the following items are completed:

YELLOW STARS: For finishing an unread book as part of the readathon.
LIGHT BLUE STARS: For finishing a readathon goal you set for yourself.
↠ RED STARS: For reading and finishing an unread book that ended up being a new favourite!
DARK BLUE STARS: Placeholder stars.


My #StartOnYourShelfathon TBR

As mentioned earlier, one of my goals is to read 20 books on my CURRENT TBR pile on Goodreads (shelf: startonyourshelfathon). Some of them have been on this list for years, whereas some are more recent:

  1. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Book #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
  3. Hunting Prince Dracula (Book #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
  4. Escaping from Houdini (Book #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
  5. Capturing the Devil (Book #4) by Kerri Maniscalco
  6. Love & Gelato (Book #1) by Jenna Evans Welch
  7. The Simple Wild (Book #1) by K.A. Tucker
  8. The Last Wish (Book #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski
  9. Sword of Destiny (Book #0.75) by Andrzej Sapkowski
  10. Her Royal Highness (Book #2) by Rachel Hawkins
  11. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  12. Crooked Kingdom (Book #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  13. Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
  14. Light Filters In: Poems by Caroline Kaufman
  15. Bloody Rose (Book #2) by Nicholas Eames
  16. Daughter of the Siren Queen (Book #2) by Tricia Levenseller
  17. The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan
  18. Greenwood by Michael Christie
  19. The Cruel Prince (Book #1) by Holly Black
  20. Assassin’s Apprentice (Book #1) by Robin Hobb

To be frank, I THINK you’re supposed to pick books that you actually own already … but I’m using this as a way to tackle my Goodreads TBR shelf … #sorrynotsorry! Most of these I own already but as per my goals, I am NOT allowed to buy any of the ones I don’t currently own (this includes borrowing from the library for me as well) until I’ve read at least three books from my list above that I PHYSICALLY own (whether that be eBook, audiobook or a physical copy). This list MAY change depending on whether I DNF any books.

Update: I decided to ACTUALLY pick books that I either own via eBook or are on my bookshelves … because I really need to start getting to books that I already own. THAT way, I can make room for more books if I end up donating!! There is one that’s on pre-order (italicized), but I technically do own it.


Join #StartOnYourShelfathon!

If you want to join in on the #StartOnYourShelfathon, you can find more information on The Quiet Pond! Make sure to use the hashtag on your blog posts, Instagram photos and/or videos!

Are you participating in the challenge? If yes, what does your list look like? Link your post in the comments below so I can check out your TBR pile and Goals!

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29 thoughts on “My #StartOnYourShelfathon TBR & Goals || Challenge

  1. I can’t believe I’ve stumbled across this because I had a similar idea yesterday when adding a few spreads to my book journal. I did a TBR spread of 20 books for 2020, consisting of those backlist books on my shelves I’ve yet to read and trying to read them before buying any more books! It just seems uncanny that we’re all having similar reading challenge ideas for this year!

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  2. This is actually perfect for me because my reading goal for 2020 is to NOT buy any new books or request ARCs but read all books (either paper copy or ebook) that I already have. I’ve already got my spreadsheet sorted but knowing there’s a group of people with the same goal will help with my motivation!

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  3. I love that one of your goals is donating your books!! I think I want to do that some time this year, since my shelf is now more than full haha. I hope you enjoy Sorcery of Thorns and Lucky Caller!! I’ve been turned into an Emma Mills fan so I’m super excited for her newest book, and though I didn’t like Margaret Rogerson’s debut, I think I might enjoy SoT ☺️ good luck on your goals and getting through your TBR!!

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  4. I literally totally forgot about this readathon – it’s basically my entire goal for the year to read all my unread physical books so idk if I’ll officially join it or not – good luck on your tbr though!

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  5. I’m doing this challenge as well, and although I don’t have very many unread books on my shelf, it’ll help me actually read the few books I keep neglecting. I’m trying the popsugar challenge for the first time and, now that I know it, all I read about is people saying they failed? What is this 😂

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  6. Best of luck for this readathon, Jenna! I’ll look forward to your thoughts on all of these, especially Sorcery of Thorns and Love and Gelato, two books I really want to read 🙂 Happy reading!!

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  7. Amazing post, honey! ❤ I've seen this challenge around and kinda want (need!) to do it as well, but don't want to add any more goals to 2020. I think I'll try to complete it anyway by prioritizing my physical TBR (after I read all those ARCs).
    Good luck! I'm sure you'll complete this challenge 🙂

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    1. Thank you, love! And that’s kind of the cool thing about this challenge … you don’t really NEED to participate in the actual challenge to get on it. If anything, it’s like a friendly reminder to get on all those books on your shelf that keep glaring at you ha-ha! And YOU HAVE SO MANY ARCs! Super cool, BTW! I’m not applying for any this year … if an author requests that I review a book and it sounds intriguing, I’ll give it a go. But I’m not going anywhere near NetGalley or emailing authors … I have SO many books to read ha-ha!

      And thanks! 🙂

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