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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stack 'Em Up!

I have an odd habit.

I love to books. I love to buy books. And I love to go to the library and get books.

And what usually happens is that I buy LOTS of books but end up wanting to read other books that usually, I end up getting from the library.

So, after completing the RIP Challenge, I stumbled upon another challenge that will help me break my odd habit: From the Stacks Challenge.

The rules of the challenge is: read five books that have already been purchased and sitting around waiting to be read (hence "stacks"). So no buying new books to read, and in my case, no checking anything out at the library either, but picking five of them and reading them...starting today (well, after I read the one I'm reading now) until January 30th, 2009.

My five picks:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
The Devil's Bones by Jefferson Bass
The Bloodling by Joseph Wambaugh
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

8-12-08 Note: I decided, after seeing my daughter reading the Deborah Wiles book, to replace The Bloodling with it. This was a book we picked up when Deborah Wiles came to QRB last year and she was amazing. I followed her blog for a bit until she pretty much said TTFN (ta ta for now). It's a book I had forgotten and since The Devil's Bones and The Bloodling are somewhat similar in genre (one is fiction), I have read Wambaugh before and know that I will pick that one up even after this challenge is over...

Ambitious for me but with the holidays coming up, I think I can do it.


  1. This is a good idea. I have quite a few books sitting on my shelves too that i need to just go ahead and read. Maybe i'll make a similar goal for myself...

    Thanks for your comment on my Insincere Luck post - that is a very good perspective.

  2. BTW, that comment was from Audrey.

  3. I love this challenge! I think that I will attempt to do it, too. I have plenty of books on my shelves that have been collecting dust. Time to sit down and read them!

  4. Kerry: I think this is a great idea too, to clear out those shelved books. But the hard part is actually picking the five to read. I know you mentioned not wanting to do that but I think it's important to pick five (or maybe a list to choose from) because then it makes you accountable for actually reading those five books! Don't be afraid to commit!! :-)

  5. BTW: I meant that comment for Audrey too. Commit! Commit!