2016 Book Challenge


Hi Steffibun! I wanted to show you the books I plan on reading for this year’s challenge. And I need suggestions from you!

  • A book published this year: All the Birds in the Sky (thanks Felicia!)
  • A book you can finish in a day: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • A book you’ve been meaning to read: The Maze Runner
  • A book recommended by your local bookseller: The Cuckoo’s Calling (B&N top 100)
  • A book you should have read in school: The Catcher in the Rye
  • A book chosen for you by your BFF: YOU PICK! (lemme guess, the author rhymes with Fart or …Dawson)
  • A book published before you were born: ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • A book that was banned at some point: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • A book you previously abandoned: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A book you own but have never read: Ready Player One
  • A book that intimidates you: The Name of the Wind (662 pages??!)
  • A book you’ve already read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

All the Birds in the SkyThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)The Catcher in the RyeThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)Ready Player OneThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #1)

I’m using my Goodreads account to keep track of all of these. Feel free to yell at me when I’ve been reading a book for over a month. Otherwise I’ll never read this many haha!



Dear Future Kara,

Should you ever find that I’m performing the task described in this next section – please refer to this blog post and proceed as directed.

If you ever find that I’ve sold any of the books in my possession in lieu of getting more bookshelves, please proceed to beat me upside the head with said books while you escort me to Ikea to buy bookshelves and DO NOT REST until the bookshelves are built. You may only stop bludgeoning me with books when you kindly place them on their newly built home.

Please note: Selling shit books to Changing Hands/an independent bookstore for money to buy new and exciting books is 100% okay.


Hi Current Kara,

When we moved into our apartment, I just wanted to get my books out of boxes – so there was no organization done whatsoever. They were basically thrown on the shelves and wherever they stuck, they stayed. And it’s been driving me crazy.

So, I’ve organized my bookshelves into six distinct categories: Classics (books I didn’t read because my school told me I had to/books I purchased at Bookmans to seem cool and educated but never really intended on reading/books I eventually read once I got my head out of my ass), the book shelves of shame (books I’ve bought and never read and may never read if I’m honest with myself but aren’t technically classics), books I’ve read in my life, books I’ve read THIS year, coffee table/food/Walt Disney books, and books I have an interest in reading soon.

 And although I’ve stacked books and stacked books in front of stacked books, there is still the very real concern that I may need a third bookshelf in the very near future. And when I get that bookshelf, imma buy three and put them BEHIND my couch. Because a) how cool would that look? b) the bottom shelves where no one can see? secret storage for secret stuff. c) excuse to buy more books. Or at least I’ll feel less guilty cuz they’re not all cramped like sardines. BOOKS NEED BREATHING SPACE OKAY.

Okay bye current Kara,

A /new Home

Hi Kara,

As you know, the almost move to Tempe was pretty miserable. But – with all of our stuff in boxes, we took the money set aside for the move, and a fair bit of cleaning products, and reimagined our home! Here is the bedroom – which got the most love. I hope you like it =)

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