The 2019 Book Counting Challenge (and Sad News about the Discussion Challenge)

Posted April 1, 2019 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in April Fools, Challenges / 54 Comments

Unfortunately, Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight and I are no longer speaking for various reasons. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty details, but it started because I still haven’t read The Serpent King and Shannon was pretty angry about it. I’ve been promising her for years that I would read that book, so I can’t exactly blame her. But then the emails started getting weird and spiraling out of control … again, I don’t want to go into too much detail because it’s not fair to anyone.

At any rate, because of this, I’ve made the difficult decision to no longer host the Book Blog Discussion Challenge.

I know there are going to be a lot of disappointed people because of this, and I’m really sorry. To make up for it, though, I’ve come up with a brand new challenge…

The Book Counting Challenge! 

This is going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to count books with you!

Every month, we will count the number of books on our shelves and then create a post announcing that number. Link the post up in the monthly link-up and you will automatically be entered to win a giveaway. The person who owns a number of books closest to mine will win a book! I warn you, this will be tough, because my book-buying habits are erratic.

Looking to spice things up a little? Try counting the number of books at your local library. Or maybe at your closest indie bookstore. Anyone who counts at least 500 books automatically wins a prize. (I will have to verify the number, though, so it might take a little while for verification, and I might possibly have to reduce your prize amount because of verification expenses—still, it will totally be worth it, I promise.)

OR a couple of other variations – You could count only books that start with a specific letter or books of a certain color. There are SO MANY fun ways to count your books!

Here’s All You Have to Do:

  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below.
  • Please link back to this post and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • The challenge runs until December 31st, 2019.
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more books we can count. Who knows, maybe we’ll manage a world record!!
  • On the 1st of every month, a link-up will go up right here where you’ll leave your links for that month’s book counts. Every month, I’ll update this 2019 Book Counting Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky–so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsCountBooks2019 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!

Monthly Link-up & Giveaway Posts:

None yet, but keep watching this space!

Use the Linky Below to Sign Up!





Don’t worry, the Discussion Challenge is safe and sound (I am a bit late with the link-up this month—it’ll go up later). And Shannon and I are doing just fine (though she probably is getting sick of me telling her I’m going to read The Serpent King and not doing it).

As thrilling as the book counting challenge sounds, it’s not a real thing. You can feel free to sign up for it if book counting’s your thing, but I don’t think I’ll be participating. LOL!

Hope I had you there for a minute!


And check out my past April Fools’ posts if you haven’t seen them!



54 responses to “The 2019 Book Counting Challenge (and Sad News about the Discussion Challenge)

  1. I am honored to be a part of your epic April Fool’s prank! You always come up with the best stuff! I have only done it once cause it’s a lot of work- and also wayyy too many people fell for it ?

    You’re going to end up with a legit group of people running around counting books bwahaha.

    Also, read The Serpent King ?

  2. Ha! Good one! Yeah, you’re welcome to come count all the books on my shelves. I knew at one time how many were on my TBR shelves, like 300, I have way more than that now just on my TBR, not to mention what I have read. Glad you and Shannon aren’t really fighting. As for reading The Serpent King, it wasn’t a favorite of mine, although I understand why it was for others. I just didn’t enjoy that much.

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Book Blitz with Giveaway: Blame it on Romeo (Beach Read #2) by Sophia Knightly
  3. I am actually laughing hard enough that my daughter is asking what’s wrong. Counting the books at the library did me in! This is probably the best April Fool’s prank I’ve seen yet! Well done! (You had me going for a bit with the whole not being on speaking terms with Shannon!)

    My math skills are terrible and my book collection is huge. I will not be counting anything! 😀

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  4. Jen

    You totally got me! I was so sad for you about your loss of friendship and then when you started talking about counting books I was like uhhhhhh was she drinking while writing this post? LOL! Thanks for the laugh today! My husband and I are both home sick with the flu, so a laugh was definitely appreciated!

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  5. I ACTUALLY remembered this year that you do these pranks and I didn’t fall for it! But it’s probably the first year that’s happened. LOL And oh boooyyy…I do not want to count all the books I have in my house. 😉


  6. Haha, you didn’t fool me because I came here to see what you posted for April Fools, but this is a good one. I actually know how many unread books I own! (It’s 47.) I have no idea how many read books I have. Hundreds. Also, I signed up in the Linky because I could. Hahahaha.

  7. I had a brief moment of panic when I saw “sad news about discussion challenge” but then I remembered the date and your talent for fooling us. Phew! I like to think the whole “Shannon and I had a falling out” thing would have given it away anyway. You two are both so awesome, and it would be unlike you to do even the slightest bit of bad talk about another blogger.

    And yes–read The Serpent King, please.

    • She really HAS been telling me for years to read that book. I bought a copy on her recommendation, and I keep saying I’ll pick it up soon. (Soon never seems to come, though.) Could you just imagine her getting angry about it and sending me nasty emails? Hey, sometimes we get passionate about our books! (I should have said I started insulting The 100 next–that REALLY would have gotten her. LOL!)

  8. Oh my god I almost fell for it DAMN IT hahaha. I’m glad this is not happening, because…. me and numbers aren’t friends at all and counting…arghhh haha. That was such a fantastic idea for a prank hahaha. And… well, aerm, you should read The Serpent King, just saying 😀

  9. OMG! So I came over here to blog hop and I was on the phone with my husband and I honestly don’t know what he told me because I started reading this and I was like oh no this is terrible. And also like wow, what was in those emails? Then I scrolled, so you definitely got me!

  10. HA! I KNEW it! As soon as I read the first sentence I knew this was April’s fools. 🙂 No way you would post something like that 🙂 BUT I LOVED that way to introduce a brand new challenge! 🙂 Sounds fun so I’ll try to participate!

  11. Hahaha you did get me at the end lol I thought only your fight with Sharon was the prank lol my adhd brain got distracted after “April fools” ?

  12. Oh my days, I cannot deal with this prank DD: I was worried there for a minute! Funny about this challenge idea though, because I am actually in the process of counting and documenting all of my books for the first time DD:

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