Time to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

There is this food blogger I’ve been following for the past 3 months or so. She is Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen and even though I have not yet tried any of her yummy-looking recipes (definitely going to try to concha recipe soon though), I love reading her posts. Her writing style is one which I enjoy reading.

Up until sometime last week, I had been visiting her website and reading her posts from my phone. As a book lover, you can guess my excitement when I went to her blog from my laptop and discovered that she has a book section on her menu. The Universe stopped for a second and I declared this girlichef my friend, because if you read books you’re my friend.

Reading her post about participating in the Read My Own Damn Books Challenge (for originating post, click here), struck a chord with me because I have a book problem. I am a chronic book-buyer. I buy books I want to read and won’t read them because I bought a newer book that I want to read.

In my single years I had a three-tier bookshelf filled with double rows of books, piles of books on the top shelf of my closet, headboard shelf lined with books from end to end, 2 drawers full of books and smaller books went on my revolving CD stand. Though I did read my books, my reading was no match for the amount of them I had.

After getting married and several book inventory downsizings later, by last year I had managed to cut my book stash down to two small shelfs in my closet and swore off buying books until I read some of my own.

I actually did good about not buying any more books, as heart-breaking as it was at times, BUT I also wasn’t reading any of the ones I had on my shelf. That was due to my discovery of Kindle Unlimited. Where I’d read short books (of approximately 80 pages) whenever I had a chance.

My Kindle Unlimited streak came to an end when I moved to Galveston this past summer. No internet access on my tablet meant no books to download. Since I had not taken any books with me, I went to the bookstore and purchased a book and guess what? I didn’t read it.

I know, I know. I’m horrible.


The Challenge

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Now that I’m back home and winter festivities are over , I have more time to read. And I’m going to read my own damn books!
Here are my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks goals:

  • Read only books that I already own (obviously)
  • Read a minimum of two books each month, this includes E-books
  • I will be permitted to treat myself to 1 new book only after reading 4 of my own books

Cook books have been excluded from my version of the challenge. A reading experience to me is losing notion of time and place while diving into the world of the book, something which I would be unable to achieve with a cookbook. What a cook book will do is incite me to step into the kitchen and experiment

So there it is. Seems fairly easy. I will update as I read and will include the book I read in January after deciding to join in on this challenge.


  • The Blue Zones, 2nd Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest (Finished January 31, 2016)


  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (February 7, 2016)
  • The Mastery of Love: A Guide to the Art of Relationship (February 28, 2016- Eek! Almost didn’t make it!)


  • The Invitation (March 5, 2016)
  • The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace (March 16,2016)


I won’t even lie, between finding the a┬ácontractor to putting stuff away and getting stuff out of the way to the initiation of update/remodeling work on my house, I didn’t manage to get my hands on a book


  • Be Here Now (May 16, 2016)


  • The Prince (June 13, 2016)
  • The Prophet (June 27, 2016)



*Edit on 02/29/2016 to add February

**Edit on 11/28/2016 to add March, April, May, June

1 thought on “Time to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

  1. How was your progress for the month of Feb? I know exactly what you mean about reading your own books. Like you, I’ve set a monthly goal of audiobooks and books as well so here’s to both of us hitting our targets!

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