Dear Reader,

Each year, one of my resolutions is always the same: read more. And, each year, I start off strong, struggle for a few months, and then end just as I began. But I don’t come close to making any of the reading goals I set for myself.

And maybe it’s because I have more time to read in the winter compared to the rest of the year, but this year I’m going to be self-motivated for the full twelve months.

*Cue The Empty Shelf Challenge*

This challenge was created at the end of 2013 by Jon Acuff and the rules are simple: clear off a shelf in your bedroom/office/library/etc. and fill it by the time the New Year rolls around with the books you read. I’m starting mine today because 1) I just went on a shopping spree where I bought four new books that I can’t wait to dive into and 2) in the words of Jon, himself, waiting until January 1st to do something awesome is stupid and fake.

So that’s what I’m up to. I encourage everyone to partake–I challenge everyone to, actually. And you can even do this if you’re an e-book reader or audiobook listener! Just get out there and read–and share your progress on their Pinterest board too!

Here’s to the many stories to discover in 2015.



PS. Current obsession: Ghost by Ella Henderson



  1. F x says:

    I saw the tag on instagram and made a note to google about it. Your post was awesome haha. I think I’ll take up the challenge as I did not read much this year and that is such a sad thing for me.
    Just started following you. Expect a stalking session over the weekend, ha!! Xx

    • sincerelysammy says:

      haha thanks so much! (For the comment AND the follow!) I look forward to following along as you complete the challenge as well. And I look forward to the weekend, then–I’m so flattered to be the subject of your stalking! haha

  2. taisieodele says:

    Something a little related… Have you ever been on the website Goodreads? It’s a pretty awesome website where you can catalogue the books you own, the books you’ve read and the books you want to read, as well as post reviews and see an average Goodreads rating for each book! And you can update your current reading status too for each book you’re reading. They also do something called a Reading Challenge where you set yourself a number of books to read in the calendar year (mine was 26 for 2014) and then it calculates how many books and a % you are ahead or behind schedule. And they have quizzes! It’s a great website, really, imo!
    Just wanted to share that haha 🙂
    – Taisie

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