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Jean"s (Majkia's) Hopeless Task

(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge

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Edited: Dec 26, 2011, 6:36pm Top

Last year I bought twice as many books as I read. And that doesn't even count the ones I already have. Sigh. Most of mine are ebooks, but I do have a few on the shelves. I might denote the dead-tree editions. Oh, yeah, and I have a bunch of audio books I never remember to listen to. Sigh... I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

Dec 22, 2011, 10:01am Top


You can do it...we all have the same addiction but we also all have the same love of books or we wouldn't be in this situation. I got more new books last year than old books I read but I'm going to keep trying to read them all! Even if you only read 1 book a month off your shelves, that's 40% of your goal. Don't be discouraged.. just enjoy the books as you read them.

Dec 22, 2011, 4:35pm Top

LOL. I'm psyching myself up by telling myself I'm a sapper with the Bridgeburners... "First in, last out!"

Jan 7, 2012, 8:34am Top

Bad bad me. Bought my first book of the year, and haven't yet set off any BOMBS... Sigh.

Jan 8, 2012, 9:22am Top

Finally detonated my first BOMB

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Yay me.

Jan 26, 2012, 1:32am Top

What did you think of Oryx and Crake, Majkia?

Jan 26, 2012, 8:26am Top

I found it disturbingly realistic as far as possibilities go. Quite the cautionary tale. And Snowman was an interesting choice for pov as you're never sure what he knows or how he knows it or indeed if he's a trustworthy narrator.

Definitely one of those books that deserve to be read. I'm sure I'll read Year of the Flood at some point soon.

Have you read it?

Jan 26, 2012, 7:59pm Top

Yes, I have read it. It, along with the Flood, has wormed its way into my memory and both still give me the chills. As you said, there's just a little too much realism there, and that's disturbing.

Books are expensive here in Australia, so I haven't bought them yet, but I'm looking forward to them moving into cheaper editions so I can put them on my bookcase, along with my other treasured books.

What are you going to read now that you've finished your first bomb?

Jan 26, 2012, 9:28pm Top

Probably Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson, or possibly The Alienist

Jan 30, 2012, 8:20am Top

Since last here finished:

Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn - pleasant period cozy
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney - EXCELLENT!

Currently reading: The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Feb 1, 2012, 8:18am Top

Ah, I see you enjoyed Stef Penney's The Invisible Ones, too. Have you read her The Tenderness of Wolves? I think I may have enjoyed that even more.

Feb 1, 2012, 11:01am Top

No, I have not read The Tenderness of Wolves but certainly plan to after reading Stef Penney. Good to know it is as good if not better. Looking forward to it.

Mar 25, 2012, 9:19am Top

Yay, another bomb. will update the ticker. This time Still Life by Louise Penny. It was okay.

Jun 20, 2012, 4:48pm Top

yay! finally another bomb! The Sword-Edged Blonde which was a lot of fun.


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