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Books off the Shelf Challenge

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Edited: May 19, 2010, 9:42am Top

I just stumbled upon this group and thought it would be perfect for me to try and cut down my tbr pile which is currently lingering around the 70 mark since I keep reading a few books and then buying a few more so next year I will use this challenge to make a good dent in that pile.

For this challenge I will try to read at least FIVE TBR books each month although I'm not going to designate a specific category for a particular month as I'm liable to want to read something completely different to the genre I'm supposed to be reading at any given time.

To qualify for this challenge the book has to have been in my possession BEFORE December 1st 2009 so all the books I got for christmas don't count.

The categories I have are as follows:
Historical Fiction & Non-Fiction
1. Pagan's Vows by Catherine Jinks (22/1/2010)
2. World Without End by Ken Follett (7/2/2010)
3. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick (3/5/2010)
4. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland (18/5/2010)

Sci-Fi and Fantasy
1. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (2/1/2010)
2. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (3/1/2010
3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (17/1/2010)
4. Return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien (24/3/2010)
5. The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith (7/4/2010)

Sherlock Holmes (yes I know it's not a genre)
1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (5/1/2010)
2. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Athur Conan Doyle (25/2/2010)
3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/4/2010)

1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (20/1/2010)
2. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (27/2/2010)
3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (9/3/2010)
4. Castle Dor by Daphne du Maurier (27/3/2010)

Literary Fiction

Foreign Language books
1. In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce (23/1/2010) FRENCH TRANSLATION

YA books
1. Adored by Cecily von Ziegesar (3/4/2010)
2. Take a Chance on me by Cecily von Ziegesar (14/4/2010)
3. Boys R Us by Lisi Harrison (15/4/2010)

As I read TBR books I'll update this list and I'll post links to my rather pitiful reviews which will be over on my 75 book thread as it's more time efficient.
Woo new challenge!

Dec 3, 2009, 9:50am Top

"Foreign Language books"--thanks for reminding me! I have those in a separate pile, and was not even thinking of them when I joined this group. Will have to put a couple of those on my list, too.

Dec 3, 2009, 10:00am Top

No problem :) Most of my foreign language books are just french translations of books I've already read in English but I thought there's no point classifying them as anything else!

Dec 3, 2009, 10:25pm Top

Glad you're here. Looking at your categories, I'm thinking you'll be helping me find books for the 50 book challenge!

Dec 4, 2009, 12:33am Top

Wow, you sound a lot more organized than I am! I'm a moody reader; I could never plan in advance to read certain genres at certain times. (Except spooky books in October, maybe . . .)

Dec 4, 2009, 7:39am Top

>5 tymfos: I'd like to think I was organised but quite often I do find myself not wanting to read a certain type of book when I intended to read it. So it's highly likely that although i have categories I probably won't read all the books in one group before i fancy reading another genre.

Dec 27, 2009, 11:52am Top

Hey Rach I found you and im gona star you for the new year!

Dec 27, 2009, 3:39pm Top

Yay!! :D are you running around here somewhere as well? *goes hunting*

Jan 1, 2010, 7:32am Top

Starred ya!

Jan 2, 2010, 8:43am Top

Howdy chaps I've got my first book for this challenge done early this morning.
The Two Towers click the title to go to the review on my 75 book thread :)

I've decided on how I shall determine what books will count towards this challenge: If it's been on my shelves longer than 2 months it can count. Books that i've bought and read immediately do not count.

Jan 3, 2010, 11:45am Top

Good luck - and what a good start to the New Year, with a nice dollop of Tolkien!

Jan 5, 2010, 6:48am Top

Right since my last post I've now got two more BotS books read reviews for which can be found here for Dead as a Doornail and here for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

I might go for one of the classic books that I need to get through next or I may start on my re-read of Alison Croggon's Pellinor books which I've planned for this year.

Jan 17, 2010, 7:03am Top

Hallelujah I've finally read another Book off my Shelf! I've had a stint of reading library books which has caused this rather lengthy gap since I last posted. Hopefully once I finish my last library book I shall get back on my TBRs and make some more progress.
Finished up this morning The Lies of Locke Lamora which has been on my shelf since November 11th 2009 so qualifies nicely for this challenge.

I haven't done the review yet on my 75 Book challenge thread yet but I shall later when I am also going to post my two most recent reads on my re-vamped book blog which I'm hoping to keep up for at least 6 months. Link here

Check it out if you like

Jan 18, 2010, 9:58am Top

Right-o I've now done the review for Lies so here is the Link

Yes there is another plea in that post for people to have a look at my fledgling blog which I'm hoping to update tonight but I'm needy in that way, I needs opinions!

Jan 18, 2010, 11:15am Top

I've popped over for a look - as soon as I get home to my own laptop I'll bookmark you...

Jan 18, 2010, 11:19am Top

Ellie- yay! :D I am very grateful for anyone who looks at it. I shall probably be doing a random ramblings post later (or I may start it now...) and I'll definitely be doing a post about how many books i've acquired this month cos there's been 7 today alone!

I really will have to do some work though in a minute... I've *got* to stop procrastinating!!

Jan 18, 2010, 8:35pm Top

Checked out your blog. I'm not much for following blogs, but it looked and sounded as good as others I've seen. Best wishes with it. I know I would never have the discipline to keep up with it. Good luck!

Jan 23, 2010, 12:23pm Top

I've got two more BotS read and I've just reviewed them on my 75 book thread: here

Two firsts in my categories; historical fiction and a foreign language book. The latter has been in the "currently reading" pile for several months as found it hard to concentrate on the French for extended periods of time. Thankfully it got easier towards the end.

I'm certainly surpassed my target number of TBR books for this month, hopefully if I can refrain from buying too many new books in the months to come I can get the TBR pile down to around 30 or so. *she says hopefully*

Feb 25, 2010, 11:30am Top

Well this month has generally been terrible for TBR reads as I've mostly been reading books that I bought in the period just after my cut-off date for this challenge. But thankfully I've finished a book for my Sherlock Holmes Category. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and I did my very tiny review here
It's mostly me wishing that Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. would record audiobooks of the Holmes' books as I rather like Jude's voice and think it would be perfect having Watson actually narrating the stories.

Feb 25, 2010, 11:15pm Top

Oh, I do like that audio book idea!! I've listen to books all the time, but I've never listened to a Holmes book. You're right--it would be a treat.

Feb 28, 2010, 3:18pm Top

I managed to get another book read for this challenge the other day My Cousin Rachel the review of which can be found here

So this month overall has been pretty poor for TBR books so in March I'm going to make a concerted effort and maybe read several of the Classics I've got loitering about and finish off my half-read books.

Mar 12, 2010, 9:34am Top

Phew! Finally another book to add to this challenge! I finished The Count of Monte Cristo earlier this week and I reviewed it last night over on my 75 book challenge thread

Hopefully I'll get more TBR books done this month because my Pile seems to be growing faster than I can whittle it down :S

Mar 27, 2010, 4:44pm Top

Egads I really have been neglecting my Books off the shelf challenge! I did actually get a book read for this challenge the other day- Return of the King and I reviewed it here

I also just literally 5 minutes ago finished my du Maurier book of the month Castle Dor which thankfully qualifies for this challenge. I haven't done the review yet on my 75 Book thread but when I do I'll come back and post the link.
Now I'm of a mind to watch a dvd, toodles!

Apr 8, 2010, 9:58am Top

Ok gotta update this challenge before all the dust bunnies move in.

Review for Castle Dor is here

Reviews for Adored, Return of Sherlock Holmes and The Vampire Diaries are located here

That's all for now folks!

Apr 9, 2010, 7:19am Top

You're racking them up! Good job!

May 14, 2010, 3:21pm Top

Heck I've neglected this thread something rotten but then it's really my own fault for continually reading newly purchased books rather than the ones I have racked up from 2009. However I did read another BotS back at the start of May (yes it has only just occurred to me) so the link to the review for Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick is here

Oh I just remembered why it took me so long to note the BotS read here... I only got round to reviewing it the other day on my other thread! Oops...

May 19, 2010, 9:46am Top

I recently finished another BotS which I've had lurking about half-read since last August. I'm very glad that I finally came back to it as it was a very enjoyable read. My review is only a line or two as I was feeling generally too lazy to write a proper one at the time. In any case my thoughts on Company of Liars by Karen Maitland are here

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