Challenge Accepted: Angie’s first mission


BY: ANGIE HADDOCK


If you’re an avid reader, you’ve probably seen memes poking fun at buying “too many books.” It’s a habit some of us have, even if we have a bunch piled up that we haven’t read yet.

When I think about the idea of “Reading Our Shelves,” that’s what it makes me think of: the idea that I need to tackle some of the books already on my shelf (or my TBR list) before I dig into more new ones! 

To that end, I went through my collection this weekend. My mission was to find at least 6 books of the same genre that I hadn’t read yet. I would give myself the challenge, for the purpose of this blog, to read 6 books in 6 months that were already on my shelves. I found that I had a plethora of biographies (some autobiographies, some not) on hand, so I am going to pull from this pile for this challenge.

So many biographies to choose from…

I’ve also created a shelf on Goodreads of the biographies (and memoirs) I’ve read already, if anyone is interested.

I’d love for you to join me!  Ok, you don’t have to read the same books I’ll be reading.  But give yourself the challenge of going through your shelves and digging out the things you meant to read and haven’t made time for yet.  Let me know if you uncover anything exciting!

Meet Us!

Brittany Lewis, Co-Founder

About me? My name is Brittany and I work as a 1:1 paraeducator in a self-contained special education classroom. I work in a middle school. Everyday is different and everyday is an adventure. This means that every night I need to unwind and my way of unwinding is reading. By reading I mean laying down and putting on an audiobook because I am too tired to read, but the book gets exciting and wakes me up so I can’t sleep. Reading, it’s a double-edged sword . . .

Lots of the book I read are YA, but lately I’ve gotten into Adult Romance novels because Jay McClean hooked me in with her “More Than” series which lead me down a rabbit whole with Penelope Douglas, and now I’m reading Erin Watt’sRoyals” books. . . A bit of a mixed bag with some of those, but overall I’m enjoying the change from reading only Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld – who I will love forever and can’t wait for their next books to come out.

I started Reading Our Shelves to challenge myself to think more critically about what I’m reading rather than just moving onto a new book after I finish my current one. I keep my Goodreads up-to-date and give star ratings, but I don’t write why I thought that. That’s were Reading Our Shelves comes in. Nisha and I will go through out Goodreads shelves – and our real bookshelves – and put those thoughts behind the stars out there for others to read and ultimately enjoy.

Thank you for joining us on this journey and if there’s a book on your shelf you want us to try leave it in the comments 🙂


Nisha Gode, Co-Founder

My name is Nisha. I work as a coder at an IT company. I’ve loved to read ever since I could get my hands on books. My mom would take me to the library so much that they knew my name. I could never get into audiobooks. They make me so bored, because I have to sit in one place and just listen. My mind tends to wander. I can only listen to them while driving.

My first two favorite series ever were “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne and “The Babysitters Club” by Ann M. Martin. There was something magical about a traveling treehouse that can take you to different places in time. It might be why I have such a love of history as well. TBC was all about a group of girls being friends and running a business. I loved reading about their adventures. I primarily read YA novels and comic books.

Brittany and I have always seemed to share a lot of the same books, so the idea for this blog made a lot of sense. I usually have small reviews written from all the highlights I take in my iBooks, but I never remember to post them to Goodreads, so mine is also full of just stars and reading lists. Reading Our Shelves will hopefully force me to remember to talk about them publicly and what better way than with a friend.


Angie Haddock, Author

Hello my name is Angie. I read a lot as a tween/teen, and then stopped reading for fun when I was in college.  A lot of us probably go through that “burned-out” phase. It took me a while to get back into it.  In my mid-twenties, I spent a lot of time in the wicked worlds of Gregory Maguire, or with the snappy dialog of Elmore Leonard. I credit two books for turning me on to non-fiction: “Life Itself” by Roger Ebert and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

Now I read a lot of non-fiction: memoirs/biographies, self-help, spiritual, socio-political stuff, and a few books about parenting/kids. I also still read fiction, to keep myself sane – historical fiction, sci-fi, and diverse literature are some favorites. Feel free to take a look at my Goodreads!

Other loves include watching soccer, drinking tea, eating ice cream, and doing yoga.

Welcome to Reading Our Shelves

This is a book review blog. Our authors Brittany and Nisha love to read and to talk about what they’ve read. That love gave birth to Reading Our Shelves. Our goal is to go through our shelves and read as many as we can and share our opinions with you. There’s so many books out there and we’re here to help you chose which ones to add to your own shelf.


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