I have tried several times to read what is ON MY SHELVES. Generally, as a librarian, I have very little attachment to keeping books. i like to read em and get rid of them. But sometimes, they accumulate. Usually this is because they are uncomfortably large or too heavy to bring places. Sometimes I start em over & over again and get sidetracked. I also have a couple of good friends who have access to free books which they send to me. And I have been very lucky to get a lot of awesome books on bookmooch. So they’re accumulating.
But then E had a great idea–12 Books, 12 Months! Because of my previous failures, I’ve only committed halfway. if that goes well, maybe we’ll work on the next 6! The rules, in case you want to join:
12 Books, 12 Months Challenge
- Pick 12 titles from your To Read Pile. These should be titles you currently own in whatever format you prefer.
- Acquisition of other formats or translations is permitted. So, if you have a paperback but want to read on your Kindle, you can get a Kindle copy. If you have a library copy but want to buy your own, that’s kosher. Heck, if you own a copy and want to check another out from the library, I’m not gonna stop you.
- Post your list in your public space of choice by September 1, 2010. If you prefer not to post, you can just leave a comment with your list.
- Read all 12 titles between now and September 5, 2011. Might as well tack on an extra long weekend at the end for cramming.
- When you finish a title on your list, post about it in your public space of choice. If you prefer not to post, you can just leave a comment with your review.
- Once a month, I’ll post a round-up of the reviews posted from that month so that we all know what everyone else has read.
I’ll post my list here but my reviews will, as always, be on my goodreads page which feeds to facebook.
- The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whitley.–This is preceeded by a biography which is one of the most interesting things I have EVER read. So I’ve been dragging out actually getting to the diary which doesn’t sound as awesome. (bookmooch acquire)
- Out of the Ordinary by Jon Ronson–Jon Ronson is one of my favorite authors but I started this book and HATED it. So hopefully I can finish it. (bookmooch acquire)
- My Booky Wook by Russell Brand–I LOOOOVE Russell Brand. This book is the opposite of what I expected and so I put it down. (free copy from friend)
- A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace–I 30% love/70% hate DFW but I haven’t read that much so I am hoping to up that percentage. I find him jerkily demeaning of Midwesterners, something that fills me with rage. (bought at airport)
- Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World by Trevor Paglen–I bought this book new, which I almost never ever do. I love conspiracy weirdness and everything Paglen’s done. I started this and it was way too….old man military for me. But then we went on vacation near some of the bases mentioned and it revived my interest.
- The Biggest Secret by David Icke–This is a crazy conspiracy theory book about how the world is controlled by lizards. I am seeing Icke speak in October, so I should read it, finally. (free copy from friend, free ebook copy dnlded)
So keep us honest! And join us–I know you have some books you could get rid of! And when you’re done, bookmooch em!