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To-Be-Read Challenge

What a great idea this is! I learned about this challenge from syrinxkat, and decided right away to join! In 2007, pick 12 To-Be-Reads from your book pile, and make a commitment to read at least one of them each month in 2007. The books must have been in your possession 6 months or more. In my case, I went to my BookCrossing bookshelf and chose 11 books that have been sitting for quite a while; my 12th book isn't listed at BC, but has been sitting around neglected for a good long time, too. Lots of times I look at my shelf and think, "Oh, I should read *this* - it's been sitting here for months," and then I pick something else instead. Hopefully, this will give me an incentive to get some of these (mostly BC) books moving again.

There's also a Yahoo group for participants: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tbr_challenge/?yguid=166368028

My List (Date the book came into my possession)

1. The God of Small Things (April, 2006)
2. The Magician's Assistant (December, 2004)
3. Woman Warrior (October, 2004)
4. Red Mars (September, 2004)
5. Strange But True (August, 2004)
6. Rituals (July, 2004)
7. Leap of Faith (October, 2005)
8. Cloudstreet (June, 2005)
9. What Dreams May Come (June, 2004)
10. The Bar Sinister (February, 2005)
11. Red As Blood (August, 2004) Read, January
12. Delicate Creatures* (Thanksgiving, 2004) Read, January


ETA Jan 11: I've decided to add an alternate list, just in case I hate one of these books, and decide I simply can't finish it. So, my alternates are:

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (June, 2005)
The Templar Revelation (April, 2004)
The Birth of Venus (~2005)
Necessary Dreams (~2005)
Vurt (1995)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (November, 2004)
Wild Swans (~2005)
Reading Lolita in Tehran (~2005)
The Eyre Affair (~2005)
Ammonite (~2004)

ETA January 31: Added a few more alternates, and replaced one of my main list books (Bad Move) since I can't find my copy. These will be the last changes to the list.

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synergy
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
That's a good idea for getting through those books. I know I have plenty of books I've had for years I've not gotten around to. I'm so bull-headed though that I know if I make a list like this for me, I'll dig in my heels about getting around to reading it avoiding it by not reading at all or reading very little every day. I tend to read books more as inspiration hits me. Sooner or later I might actually read all of them. LOL
hedwig_snowy
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
Did someone ever get around to reading Bonfire of the Vanities!?!?!? ;)
here_be_dragons
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I DID, thankyouverymuch. And I reviewed in it my journal. AND, unless I'm sadly mistaken, you made COMMENTS to that entry.

So don't get all Lucius with me, Mister.

;)
hedwig_snowy
Jan. 9th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Well, one of us has old timer's and I'm not sure which one...what was your name again???

*Will get Lucius on your @ss anytime I please Missy!!!* :P
happy_potterer
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
The only one on there I've read is The Woman Warrior. (We're talking the Maxine Hong Kingston book, right?) It's fantastic. I couldn't put it down.
here_be_dragons
Jan. 9th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Yep, that's the one. Hedwig_snowy recommended it to me a couple of years ago, and I read the first couple of pages a while back, and then it ended up under the couch or something . . . but now I've found it, and will finish it this year! :)
melissa_mifeng
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
I love things like this. I really do. People should read way more than they do. Of course, my goal has to be "gorram it,put that book down and read your dreadful school book!" I did ok last semester, falling off the wagon only once with -Earth Abides-
In the meantime, waiting for the semester to start, I've read seven. Seven glorious books that I wanted to read. :D
saintpip
Jan. 9th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Pratchett is always good! :)

I love What Dreams May Come. I've read it a couple times to remind myself to live its central point.
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