I’ve done this post in a Q&A format because I figure that it’ll be more fun to read. Enjoy.
What do you mean no new books? Are you insane?
I mean, that starting from whenever this post goes live, I won’t be borrowing or buying any new books. I also won’t be requesting any books, but I’ll get to more on that later.
Yes, I am insane.
Won’t this challenge stop you from supporting debut authors and the publishing industry?
I have thought long and hard about this part of the challenge. I love to support new books and debut authors and old authors I love so I’m going to remedy this conundrum in two ways.
1) A weekly feature in which I feature new books releasing this week that I want to buy in the future, books I discovered this week and was tempted to buy and any/all books that earn a spot on the blog. I hereby dub this feature.. Shelly’s Stamp! I love the term “stamp of approval” and I figured that this would be a fun feature!
2) For every 10 books I read, I’m going to buy 1 new book. Bonus points* if it’s a debut author. Double points if I buy it from an independent bookstore.
But what about your reviews? I’ve noticed that you tend to mainly review books you get from publishers.
This has always been a flaw of mine, and I’ve been trying to work hard to review all books I read. This challenge will motivate me to review any/all books I read. I hope it’ll also give you lovely readers to get a chance to be exposed to some older titles.
Is this a challenge for blog followers? Do you have a special name for this crazy endeavour?
No, this is not a challenge for my blog readers because I don’t expect any of you lovely people to join my crazy challenge.
I’m calling this challenge Shelly’s No New Book Ban. Perhaps I’ll use the #ShellyBan on Twitter. Not sure yet.
*there are no actual points, I just really like this expression.
What do you think of this crazy feature? Would you be interested in reading weekly recaps about my progress?