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 Post subject: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:58 pm 
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Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Reading Challenge 2017

How many times do you look at your book shelves, TBR (To Be Read) list, Virtual Shelves, Wish Lists, or other places and see titles that sit and stare at you but are never read?

This was a fun challenge for the past couple of years, so please join us in this reading challenge with the aim of reducing your to be read shelves or lists by twelve books over the next year.

You are encouraged to list some books early in the year that you've been meaning to get to that you intend to read in 2017. Sometimes committing yourself publicly can help you accomplish those goals! :flower:

Then, come back and tell us the title and author of each book you have actually read or listened to that you've been meaning to get to, but hadn't until this year.

I am committing to read 12 books from my to be read shelf or list in 2017!

Books I plan to read or listen to in 2017 include:
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Books I actually read in 2017 that were from my shelf or TBR lists are:

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:read: Good Luck and Happy Reading :read:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:52 pm 
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I am committing to read 12 books from my to be read shelf or list in 2017!

But for the sake of my own sanity (and because I'm very much a spur-of-the-moment reader), I'm not picking the titles ahead of time. Still, I'm happy to commit to reading at least 12 that I already own. :)

1.Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:30 am 
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OK, If we don't have to pick the titles in advance then I think I can do this one and read 10 books from the TBR piles in my bedroom, which is how I have always done this challenge.

Hmm, I guess I could do a second challenge and see how many books I read from my TBR list (which is actually a spreadsheet and has 708 titles on it right now). Maybe I could see in which challenge I achieve a higher percentage of books read.
See you in 365 days ... :flower:


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:38 pm 
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Yes, you can adapt any of the challenges to work for you. It's fun to see how we all do. :flower: I have actually had success at challenging myself to finally get to some books on my shelf or various lists, so I'm going to do that again this year.

I am committing to read 12 books from my to be read shelf or list in 2017!

Books I plan to read or listen to in 2017 include:
1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow [Done!]
2. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
3. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
4. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
5. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde [Done!]
6. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
7. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich [Done!]
8. Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn [Done!]
9. Still Life by Louise Penny [Done!]
10. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
11. My stroke of insight : a brain scientist's personal journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
12. Same kind of different as me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore


Books I actually read in 2017 that were from my shelf or TBR lists are:

1. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde [Finished 1/14]
2. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman [Finished 1/18]
3. Andrew’s Brain by E. L. Doctorow [Finished 1/24]
4. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan [Finished 1/27]
5. Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn [Finished 1/29]
6. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich [Finished 2/14]
7. Devil’s Cub by Georgette Heyer [Finished 2/18]
8. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow [Finished 2/21]
9. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer [Finished 2/24]
10. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear [Finished 2/25]
11. The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes [Finished 3/9]
12. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov [Finished 3/26]
13. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi [Finished 3/26]
14. Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan [Finished 3/29]
15. Still Life by Louise Penny [Finished 4/7]
16. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [Finished 4/11 and I'm really excited to have gotten to this finally. :teehee: It's been on my shelf for years based on a friend's enthusiastic recommendation and we'd talked about doing it as a modern classic in my in-person Classic Book Group, so I waited and we finally decided it will be our April book, so I read more than a third and then listened to the rest, which was nice to hear Spanish pronunciations, especially of names and places. I would have listed it as one of my 12 for 2017 if I realized we'd discuss it this year, but I didn't know that when I made this list. I really enjoyed the book and I'm thrilled to have gotten to it at last. :party: ]


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:25 pm 
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I am committing to finish reading 12 books from my to be read shelf or list in 2017 that I own or have already downloaded. Furthermore, I commit to finish reading one of them each month.

1. A book I committed to beta read for friend S. that I started in 2016. Done 2/23. (It's ends of February, so I'm already a month behind)
2. Destiny's Plan by Victoria Saccenti - own ebook - Done!
3. Saving the World by Julia Alvarez - already borrowed from library - Done!
4. The Chiefs by Vargas Llosa - from my physical bookshelf - Done!
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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:28 am 
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I was thinking about this challenge and decided that it is more fun to list the intended titles in advance, and then see how I do against the resolution. So, to make life easy for myself, I picked the 12 shortest books (by page number) from the piles in my bedroom:

Books I plan to read or listen to in 2017 include:

Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay (rolled over from 2016 list)
The Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim Harrison
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett

Never Saw it Coming by Linwood Barclay
Theodore Boone - Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah (rolled over from 2016 list)
Calendar by David Ewing Duncan (rolled over from 2016 list)
The Concubine's Children by Denise Chong (rolled over from 2016 list)
From Time to Time by Jack Finney
Risked (The Missing Book 6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Now You See Her by Joy Fielding
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old by Hendrik Groen

Books I actually read in 2017 that were from my bedroom stacks:
Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay
The Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim Harrison
(this is looking good so far!)
The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett
Risked (The Missing Book 6) by Margaret Peterson Haddix


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:03 pm 
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I finally figured out why it takes me so long to clear my shelves, or, I should say, why my shelves will never get cleared. I just finished a book from my list and went immediately to look up other books by the same author (which I added to my TBR list), and then I clicked on a "if you liked that, try this" link and added a whole new series to my TBR list. So clearing my list is like one of those tasks in the underworld - for every book I complete, I add several more to the pile. Soon I will be barricaded behind a wall of books!

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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
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Last week I did something I've been meaning to do for the last 10 years: I have a store-room where I had books jumbled any-which way on two large book cases and several boxes of other books that I had never un packed for lack of space. I finally went through all the books, threw away some of them, gave others away to the local library, and the remaining 500 or so books got sorted out and alphabetized (thereby allowing me to discover that I had several in duplicate). And thanks to that effort I discovered a ton of novels that I never read before - mostly sitting on my shelves thanks to my mother or my oldest son who read as much as I do and are constantly pushing books on me. So I'm going to list all of my newly discovered books so I can see how many I manage to read this year. Given the number of heavy-duty classics I can say some of them are pretty frightening and I won't get through that many.

Here is my initial list:
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The ****** of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
Down There on a Visit by Christopher Isherwood
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Moby **** by Herman Melville
Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Postman by Antonio Skarmeta
Buried Onions by Gary Soto
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton

Lol the ** added by the server for some great classic stories

Anyway: Books I have actually read:
1) Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton. I realized half way through that I actually already read this in the mid '90s but since I couldn't remember it, I finished it anyway.
2) The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. Second time I started this book. I made it through the second chapter this time and abandoned it again. Didn't really do it for me.

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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
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:clap: Good for you getting through sorting stuff you've been meaning to deal with for a long time. I hope your success can inspire me to do the same. :bigsmile: Good luck getting through some on your list. :read:


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Does anyone have the whole Outlander series of books for sale?


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 Post subject: Re: BOOKS: Clear Your Shelves or TBR List Challenge 2017
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I am committing to read 12 books from my to be read shelf or list in 2017! :read:


Books I actually read in 2017 that were from my shelf or TBR lists are:

1.Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
2.All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
3. Winter Street - Elin Hilderbrand
4. Winter Stroll - Elin Hilderbrand
5.The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George
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