Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge

ClearShelvesButtonS Krishna has just announced the Clean off Your Shelves Challenge.  Details are as follows:

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!


Anyone who wants to sign up!


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.

Crossover with other challenges is welcomed, even encouraged!


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!


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!


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!

I am in dire need of this challenge.  I am constantly berating myself for acquiring new books when I have so many unread books already at my fingertips.  However, I am only going to pledge 20% for now, just because I am new to challenges and don’t want to feel overwhelmed.  However, we can cross over with other challenges, so that should help.  I’m hoping, however, that maybe I can do a little more than 20% when all is said and done.

I am also glad to not have to make a list for this challenge.  It will be a lot more fun to just choose books on a whim than to feel as if I’m already tied down to a certain list of books.

Anyone else thinking about joining this challenge?