Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge – Details

It’s time to officially announce the Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge! This is a challenge that is aimed at getting through those books that have been sitting on your shelves for months, even years!

Who?

Anyone who wants to sign up!

What?

Any non-review books that are on your shelves and/or review copies that have been on your shelves for over six months. This means that recent review copies and library books are not eligible for this challenge! However, that doesn’t mean the book has to have been out for six months in order for the review copy to be eligible.

For example, say a book came out in July, but you received the review copy in January. That review copy would be eligible for the challenge since it’s been on your shelves for over six months.

EDIT: I want to clarify, because it seems like I haven’t been clear on this – only review copies have the 6 month shelf life requirement. Books you have purchased/traded for/etc. and are NOT review copies can be from anytime – even from during the challenge!

Crossover with other challenges is welcomed, even encouraged!

When?

This challenge will run from October 1, 2009 – November 30, 2009. This means that it does coincide with Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon, and any books that qualify for this challenge that you read during the Read-a-thon are eligible!

Where?

Here – at S. Krishna’s Books! The sign-up post for the challenge will be posting today as well. Come back to post your review links – there will be links to everything you will need in my sidebar!

How?

This challenge will work a little differently than other challenges. Instead of picking a set number of books to read during this time period, you will pick a percentage. This means that a certain percentage of the books you read during these two months will have to qualify for this challenge. For example, let’s say you pick 40% and you end up reading 10 books in October and November. 4 of those books would have to qualify for this challenge in order for you to complete it. I am setting a minimum percentage of 20%.

As a result, there is no need to make a list of books prior to starting the challenge, though please feel free to do so if you want to! Your wrap-up post should have a list of the books you read for the challenge, though, so please do keep track of what you read!

That seems to be it – here is the link to the sign up post, and please spread the word!

If you’d like to use the button above in your own posts, please feel free to either save it or use the code below.

Comments

  1. Count me in. Most of the books I need to read right now don’t fit this so I’m going for the minimum of 20%

    my post is here

  2. Count me in. Most of the books I need to read right now don’t fit this so I’m going for the minimum of 20%

    my post is here

  3. If I didn’t fail at all my challenges, I might be persuaded to give this one a go 😉

  4. If I didn’t fail at all my challenges, I might be persuaded to give this one a go 😉

  5. I like the idea of going for percentages instead of a set number of books. Fun challenge!

  6. I like the idea of going for percentages instead of a set number of books. Fun challenge!

  7. I have failed at every reading challenge I’ve ever entered, but have been wanting to try again for some time. This sounds like a good way to get involved. My goal is 50%… we’ll see how THAT goes. Maybe I should have aimed lower 🙂

  8. I have failed at every reading challenge I’ve ever entered, but have been wanting to try again for some time. This sounds like a good way to get involved. My goal is 50%… we’ll see how THAT goes. Maybe I should have aimed lower 🙂

  9. Sounds great! Count me in!!

  10. Sounds great! Count me in!!

  11. I’m soooo excited for this one!

  12. I’m soooo excited for this one!

  13. I am in!!! I’ll get my announcement post up soon and link up. Yay!!

  14. I am in!!! I’ll get my announcement post up soon and link up. Yay!!

  15. This is a great idea. I’m in. I’ll probably read between 15 and 20 books in the two months, so let’s go for 40% which should clear about 8 books from the stacks. It’s a start.

  16. This is a great idea. I’m in. I’ll probably read between 15 and 20 books in the two months, so let’s go for 40% which should clear about 8 books from the stacks. It’s a start.

  17. Woohoo! I love this challenge. Just what I need. And you know I am a sucker for challenges. In fact I am withdrawing from a couple I will never finish (999 Challenge comes to mind…) and I am starting fresh so I will be making a post about these changes sometime this week. I will be back to sign up with Mr. Linky after I make the challenge post!

  18. Woohoo! I love this challenge. Just what I need. And you know I am a sucker for challenges. In fact I am withdrawing from a couple I will never finish (999 Challenge comes to mind…) and I am starting fresh so I will be making a post about these changes sometime this week. I will be back to sign up with Mr. Linky after I make the challenge post!

  19. This is such a great idea! I’ll come back to link to my sign-up post once I have it up 😀

  20. This is such a great idea! I’ll come back to link to my sign-up post once I have it up 😀

  21. This challenge coincides with my current reading situation and goals without bogging me down with a preset list that I will want to change later. Yay! Count me in.

  22. This challenge coincides with my current reading situation and goals without bogging me down with a preset list that I will want to change later. Yay! Count me in.

  23. OK, this question probably only pertains to me but if I am reading a book that has been on my shelf longer than six months (in my case, impossibly longer ::sigh::) when the challenge starts, would it count towards my percentage or since I was already in the middle of it would it not count? Ultimately the answer won’t change anything since I’m signing up regardless but I’d love to know so I calculate my percentages correctly at the end.

  24. OK, this question probably only pertains to me but if I am reading a book that has been on my shelf longer than six months (in my case, impossibly longer ::sigh::) when the challenge starts, would it count towards my percentage or since I was already in the middle of it would it not count? Ultimately the answer won’t change anything since I’m signing up regardless but I’d love to know so I calculate my percentages correctly at the end.

  25. Kristen – Eh, I’m not picky. As long as you complete it during the time period of the challenge, it’s fine!

  26. Kristen – Eh, I’m not picky. As long as you complete it during the time period of the challenge, it’s fine!

  27. First time visitor or you site! Thanks for putting this together – I’m in! I haven’t been accepting new books for almost a month due to backlog…

    Can’t wait!

  28. First time visitor or you site! Thanks for putting this together – I’m in! I haven’t been accepting new books for almost a month due to backlog…

    Can’t wait!

  29. This sounds like a really fun challenge to start with. Count me in!

  30. This sounds like a really fun challenge to start with. Count me in!

  31. What about books you have won?

  32. What about books you have won?

  33. Esme – Books you have won definitely qualify! Doesn’t matter how you got them as long as they aren’t library books or review copies newer than 6 months!

  34. Esme – Books you have won definitely qualify! Doesn’t matter how you got them as long as they aren’t library books or review copies newer than 6 months!

  35. Looks like a fun challenge. Count me in. My introductory post is up now too. Here

  36. Looks like a fun challenge. Count me in. My introductory post is up now too. Here

  37. HI! I swear I had signed up for this one, with a goal of 50%. I have been really good at sticking to it, making it even more of a challenge, by making sure 50% of what I have been reading comes from my TBR shelf and has been there over 6 months!

  38. HI! I swear I had signed up for this one, with a goal of 50%. I have been really good at sticking to it, making it even more of a challenge, by making sure 50% of what I have been reading comes from my TBR shelf and has been there over 6 months!

  39. Blog is sadly out of date, so here is what i read:

    1. Evanovitch, Janet Fearless Fourteen
    2. Henley Virginia Infamous
    3. Koontz, Dean The Husband
    4. Roberts, Nora Deam triology Finding, Holding,
    7. Brown, Sandra Fat Tuesday

  40. Blog is sadly out of date, so here is what i read:

    1. Evanovitch, Janet Fearless Fourteen
    2. Henley Virginia Infamous
    3. Koontz, Dean The Husband
    4. Roberts, Nora Deam triology Finding, Holding,
    7. Brown, Sandra Fat Tuesday

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