The Untouched Bookshelf Challenge

One of my book resolutions for next year was to read more paperbacks. I have read just one or two paperbacks this year! My bookshelf is overflowing and I think it’s high time I read em’ all!

I came across Dora’s post this week and thought of joining the challenge that she’s starting. It’s called The Untouched Bookshelf Challenge. You can read more about it here.

There are certain rules for participating in the challenge and as you all know, some rules are meant to be broken. *Winks* Dora says that if you have received the book as a gift or through giveaway contests then that doesn’t count. I don’t suppose I can call this a gift as it has been given to me by a book-lover. (Please note so as to say yes) One of my neighbor’s daughter lives in the US and she loves to read books. Once she finishes reading the books, she brings it to India so that I can read. Her choice of genres and authors is vast and I have been introduced to a lot of new and interesting writings, thanks to her. Martin Beck series is one such set of books that I got from her. Written by the husband-wife duo – Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall, (Scandinavian authors) I absolutely love the series! Have you read any of their books?

So, I have made a list of books that I bought but never read, and books that were given to me (not by authors or won in a giveaway).


  1. Original Sin by P.D. James
  2. The Murder Room by P.D. James
  3. That Old Ace in the hole by Annie Proulx
  4. Stella Bain by Anita Shreveport
  5. Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy
  6. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Jansen
  7. They did it with love by Kate Morgenroth
  8. The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice
  9. Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
  10. The Recital by Robert Elmer
  11. What If by Randall Munroe (non-fiction )
  12. So far from God (Ana Castillo)
  13. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  14. The Abominable Man (Martin Beck Series)
  15. The Terrorists (Martin Beck Series)


I also have a couple of Patricia Cornwell novels. I don’t know if I have read them or not. *Facepalm* Once I finish with this list, I will read those. I have plans to re-read the Martin Beck series, Agatha Christie novels and a couple of books by other authors – the ones that I purchased for I-don’t-know-why reasons!

24 thoughts on “The Untouched Bookshelf Challenge

      1. Haha. Same here. I had to give away a couple of books so that there’s some space in my cupboard. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ And yet, I keep getting more and more books. Remember the law of universe – you have to give something to get something back. πŸ˜‰

      2. I have kindle paperwhite. I have been reading from for the past four years now. It doesn’t strain much. I usually read at night time and even without external light, I don’t feel any kind of strain on my eyes. ( I hope I didn’t sound like I am selling Kindle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)

      3. Kindle was a gift so πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ before that I used to read paperbacks. I don’t think ebook readers affect your eyesight. I have seen people reading books through Samsung tablets. The screen looks very bright. But ebook readers are different. I am not sure about Kobo though.

  1. I’m so happy about your post! 😊 The link-up will be available from midnight my timezone (that’s GMT-1, so in about 9 hours πŸ˜… I’m thinking about moving it earlier, though, since you’re post is published and mine is ready, too, so there’s no real reason to wait any further πŸ˜… I’ll let you know.
    It’s a great list by the way, and also more manageable than my 67 books πŸ˜‚ I’ve been planning since forever on reading all 60+ Agatha Christie books that my mother owns, too, but never got to it… I will one day, though. Aw, and I love the story of how your neighbor’s daughter brings books to you from the U. S. It’s really nice! ❀️

    1. Thanks, Dora. πŸ™‚ Excited about the challenge. I was thinking of reading all the paperbacks that I own and your challenge gave me an extra reason to start reading it. πŸ™‚
      Speaking of Christie books, maybe we can jointly start a reading challenge too. I was thinking of one Christie book per week starting from Jan next year. But I am open to ideas. πŸ˜€
      Oh yes, the neighbor’s daughter has promised to get more books this December. I told her about my book blog so she said she will get more books for me. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  2. Ah, a joint AC-reading challenge sounds amazing! I’d be happy to do that, though my work schedule will most likely be very tight from next year on, so I’m not sure I can manage 1 book/week. Maybe in January yes, but later I’m not so sure. But generally I love the idea, and I really want to do it! 😻 Can we get back to the details in a couple of weeks/in January? ☺️
    How very sweet of her! ❀️ You won’t have a problem I the near future with what to read then! πŸ˜‚

    1. Yes, sure. We can discuss about the AC challenge later on. πŸ™‚ Even I am not sure how long I will be able to do it, but no harm in trying, right. πŸ˜‰
      Have you read Martin Beck series? It was written in Swedish and then translated to English. Pretty nice books, something similar to Poirot series but with a bit of gore and violence.

      1. I’m in, though πŸ˜‰ We can start it in January and then see where it goes. It’s always possible to change the rules a bit to fit our current lives better. We won’t know how it would best suit us, if we never try! πŸ˜€
        I haven’t read this series, but it sounds really good! I have to check it out! Though I’m almost completely sure that it will go to my TBR! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tip! πŸ˜‰
        (Oh, and the link for the Lists in the challenge is available now! πŸ˜‰ I’m not sure, maybe this comment would end up in your spam if I included the link, so I don’t dare to…but it’s shared on my page of the challenge.)

      2. Sure thing, Dora. We will discuss this in a couple of weeks and come up with a post, and maybe others can join us too. πŸ˜€ And like I mentioned in my post, rules are meant to be broken πŸ˜‰
        Let me check your blog for the link page. πŸ™‚

    1. We really have a lot in common, don’t we, Sue? πŸ™‚ I remember you telling me that you like Vera.
      I am yet to read four books from the Martin Beck series. I liked the series, a bit dark but very well written. πŸ™‚

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