I have set myself a new challenge, and I hope some of you will join me. I get most of my books from the library. I always have far more on hand than I can read. Because I work there, I am always aware of new and forthcoming titles. Plus, books just catch my fancy as I walk by them. Or maybe they ensnare me in their clutches?
I’ve been trying to buy fewer books, but I do buy some when I travel. Sometimes I can’t resist books from the remainder tables! I always read my library books first because they have due dates and waiting lists. So my own stack of books keeps getting back-benched.
A few years ago I stopped borrowing books and committed to reading only what was in the house. By removing the distraction of “even newer” books from the library, I was able to get through 8 of my own books, which I really enjoyed.
So I have set myself another READING DOWN THE HOUSE challenge. If you would like to give it a go, the “rules” are:
- Tell us you’re “in” in the comments below
- If you’re a blogger, post about the books you have at home waiting to be read, set a reading goal, and link back to this post
- Tell us which books you’ve read and what you thought of them by commenting here or on any of the follow-up posts I’ll be writing (or linking your post to one here)
I have seventeen books waiting to be read: 10 that I bought new, and 7 used or freebie books. 3 are music biographies and the rest are novels. My goal is to read 5 by the end of the year, and the remaining 12 in 2014. Since I read a lot, that will still give me time to read the other books that jump out at me.
Here are my 17 in no particular order:
- The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak
- Cloud of Bone – by Bernice Morgan
- The Birth House – by Ami McKay
- When God Was a Rabbit – by Sarah Winman
- A Forest for Calum – by Frank MacDonald
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics – by Marisha Pessl
- Beatrice and Virgil – by Yann Martel
- Going Out – by Scarlett Thomas
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Turtle Diary – by Russell Hoban
- Citizen Girl – by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
- Aquamarine – by Carol Anshaw
- London Triptych – by Jonathan Kemp
- Maggie and Me – by Damian Barr
- Ride a White Swan: the Life and Death of Marc Bolan – by Lesley-Ann Jones
- In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran – by John Taylor
- From the Velvets to the Voidoids: the Birth of American Punk Rock – by Clinton Heylin
If you’ve read any of these, you can tell me what to read first – but no spoilers, please!
Do you have a big stack of books at home to “read down”?