A Novel Experiment

A Novel Experiment #3: A Bookish Family


A Novel Experiment is a new feature of mine where I try some experimental reading over the space of a month or so, and then report back at the end of the month. What is experimental reading, you may ask? My goal is to try different ways of reading, such as reading only ebooks, only one genre, only non-fiction etc, for a month, and then see whether it affects how much and how eagerly I read. Obviously this is not going to be something I repeat every month, but rather every couple of months or so. Previously, I have tried sticking to a monthly TBR list, which went quite well.

For September, I’m going to make the most of being back home and read books only from my parents’ bookshelves. This should help me to expand a bit in terms of the genres I read, and try something new. Plus, well… there’s a LOT of choice.


And that’s not even all of them! I do wonder how I’ll get on with this challenge, seeing as I have just been reunited at last with my own entire book collection. We’ll see!

Do you enjoy setting bookish challenges? Are you the reader in your family, or do others read too?


8 thoughts on “A Novel Experiment #3: A Bookish Family”

  1. Eeep, I love this! Almost everyone I talk to in the book blogosphere says that they’re the sole reader in their families and/or circle of friends. For me it’s the opposite—most of my relatives are big readers, and almost all of my friends were growing up. My parents raised me on books instead of TV. We would all sit at the breakfast table on the weekends, reading our own books. It’s nice to see that your parents have such a great collection of books. That’s the best way to grow up!

    I can’t wait to see how this challenge turns out! Such a fun idea. 🙂

    1. I do wonder if I would have read as much as I do if my parents hadn’t been readers. Probably not? And that sounds like a great way to spend a weekend!

      Thanks, Maraia – I’m a little bit daunted by where to start as there’s so much choice!

  2. Hooray for bookish families! We call ourselves the family Lending Library – we buy each other books for Christmas that we know we’d like to read, and they circulate from house to house (and country to country) accordingly. I’ve let the side down the past couple of years because I’ve retreated to my SFF roots, but you can be sure I’m still buying them fabulous fiction I might fancy borrowing in due course 😉

  3. OH, reading books only from your parents’ shelves is SUCH a good idea. I might give it a go myself, but there’s an awful lot of crossover between their shelves and mine!

    Are you going to ask for recommendations or just dive in?

    1. I don’t really have much crossover – at least with my mum’s collection, but my dad does read SFF. However, he owns a lot less books – most of those pictured are my mum’s!

      I’m not sure. It depends what I’m in the mood to read, and whether there’s a lot of it. As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from 😮

  4. I’ve thought about doing a challenge of sorts before but never really committed to it. However, I think I might try to do ebooks only this month, because I have several to catch up on both on my Nook and with my library. Good luck with your challenge this month!

    1. It’s a really great way to tackle certain books that you need to get through – one of my future plans is a month of review copies only, which means a lot of ebooks too.

      Thanks, Amy! 🙂

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