Nickelini Joins in for 2009
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Just found this group, and I'm all over this! Last year in my 888 challenge, and this year in the 999, I had a "Oldest Books in My Closet" category and a "More Books From My Closet." It helps keep the TBR pile moving. By forcing myself to read my older books, I've found some real gems (but those shiny new books always look more exciting, so it takes discipline!).
I'll post later with my list of books I plan to read, but here's what I've cleaned out of the old TBR stack so far this year:
the Oldest Books in My Closet
1. Larry's Party, Carol Shields (Jan 9)
2. Travelers' Tales Tuscany, James O'Reilly ed. (Apr 29)
3. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx (May 28)
4. The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim (July 11, read within 50 miles of where the book was set)
5. Paula, Isabel Allende (July 28)
6. Quite a Year for Plums, Bailey White (August 29)
7. Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy (September 1)
More Books from My Closet
1. The Frozen Thames, Helen Humphreys (April 2)
2. M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman (May 5)
3. Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam, Peter Goldsworthy
4. The End of the Alphabet, CS Richardson (July 16)
5. Unformed Landscape, Peter Stamm (July 24)
6. Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King (August 12)
Back with my list. Since there are four months left in the year, I plan to read four books from this list:
Good House, Love of a Good Woman, or Last Orders (award winners)
Sweeter Than All the World (in progress, but I'm only reading it because I've owned it for years and years, and I paid big$$ for it!)
The Underpainter or Away, Jane Urquhart
Student of Weather or Who Has Seen the Wind (to supplement my Prairie lit course)
Legend of Sleepy Hollow& other stories or Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell (spooky October read)
Wish me luck!
Good luck! I did not know that Elizabeth Gaskell had a book of Gothic Tales. I am going to have to check that out!
Wow, the cover of Gothic Tales makes me want to read it. On to my Wishlist it goes!
Just discovered your thread here. Isn't this a great idea (not as overwhelming as the 999 challenge; more attainable somehow) to help those of us with a TBR problem.
Problem? What problem? I don't have a problem. I can stop any time I want.
*wishing I was living in Nickelini's dream world*
The only time my husband comments on my reading is my TBR's. He cannot figure out why I need more books and frequent the library when I have shelves and boxes of unread books. He doesn't understand that at anytime the writing industry could fall and I need backup.
#9 You are so right. It is our duty to preserve literacy in case suddenly there are no more books!
Hmmm, not getting any closer to reading those books, but I am reading a very old book on my TBR--The Sun Also Rises, which I've owned since the early 90s. I decided to read it because it's lived on Mnt. TBR longer than any of these other ones.
Does anyone else share my TBR problem? I look at the books I really want to read, or feel I really should read and write them down--and I immediately become interested in something else!
I'm now reading The Sun Also Rises, which I've been actively avoiding since I bought it almost 20 years ago. Of the books I listed in post #2, above, I've lost interest in all of them!
I listed Legend of Sleepy Hollow & other stories or Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell for a spooky October read, but I was too busy then to do any extra reading, so that's passed. And I listed Student of Weather or Who Has Seen the Wind to supplement my Prairie lit course, but now that I've done my course reading I'm burnt out on prairie lit. And I can't get excited about any of the others, either.
What is it about saying you're going to read something that makes you hide that very book at the bottom of Mnt TBR?
I think you are right. I had some books last year that I had to force myself to read because 25 years on tbr is so long. Also, I keep putting really long books on my list. Next year, I am going to put more shorter books to balance the long ones. Maybe I will get some long ones read if I have shorter ones, too. The only way I could do the 999 was by not listing any titles in advance.
I think balancing the long books with short ones is a great idea. I do that too. I also didn't list my 888 or 999 books in advance because that would have taken every little bit of fun out of it! Big yuck to doing that. This year for the 1010 though, I'm going to make a list of books I might read--it's fun to compare at the end of the year.
I keep staring at my bookshelf thinking,"Soon, very soon."
Maybe next year.
Well, I'm throwing in the proverbial towel. I did not complete this challenge. I'm not sure if I want to try again next year--something about writing down books makes me not read them. I'm doing the 1010 Challenge, and 90% of the books I read for it will be from the TBR pile, so even though I think this challenge is more fun, I think it may be redundant. Not sure. Hmmmm.
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