Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ongoing Challenges

The Everlasting TBR Shelves

At the end of the year I did a re-cap of all the challenges in which I participated during 2010.  This year I have made a different challenge resolution.  I'm challenging myself to avoid formal challenges and instead make as big a dent as possible in the current TBR pile.

That's not going to be as easy as it sounds.  I have five full shelves of books sitting here physically staring me in the face.  That's over 100 books right here in this room alone.  That doesn't count the ones in the bedroom, the guest room, the living room, or the attic. And I have over 35 audios waiting, and about 10 ebooks from Net Galley for reviews (and I can get many many many more of those if I want), and I have been told by my darling daughter that my new NOOK is in the mail and should be here any time.  That will be great for perhaps handling some of the more than 250 books I have listed on my Goodreads account which I use to track those books I see recommended by you my fellow bloggers or by my buddies on

Last year I got almost 90 free books, either as ARCs or winning contests (thank you fellow bloggers). So even if I restrain myself from entering contests and requesting review copies, I still figure I'll have 50 more to add to the pile, and then I have to stay out of libraries, and stay off the internet.  Not going to happen!!!

SO......I going to try something different.  I always have at least 4-5 books going at once.  Always at least one audio (I do a minimum of 1.5-2 of those a week), I now want to have at least one ebook going, and there are two book clubs a month where the books are picked for me.  So I've listed all the physical books I want to pick from this year in a spreadsheet, I have another list of all the wish books I've seen and want to read, and I'm going to let pick from those lists to get me to read them.  So every month, I'm going to read 2 ebooks, 4 audios, 3 from the shelves, 2 bookclubs, 3 from the TBR list (books I can get from the library,on the NOOK etc), and 3 ARCs.  I usually can read at least 15 a month, so this should be do-able.

Oh...I almost forgot -- I have a list of at least 12 books I've read before and want to re-read.  Hmmmm....maybe one a month!

And....there are three ongoing challenges I'm still participating in:
  • The US Presidential biography challenge: I've finished through Madison, and would like to get to at least through Millard Fillmore this year.
  • Fifty States (Fiction or non-fiction) challenge: I've finished 25 of the fifty states.  I'd like to check off another 5-8 as I read this year.
  • The Dewey Decimal Challenge:  This one will take until I die.  I've read 70+ of the 800+ currently used subcategories.  I just keep adding them as I find them.
A year from now, I'll be very happy if I have accomplished half of what I said here.  But one can always dream.   Just please all of you make a New Year's Resolution that you will NOT run any neat contests, you will NOT offer up delicious reviews of irresistable books, and you will NOT entice me to add to my TBR pile. YEAH  ........ RIGHT......

I wish all of you a year of good health, lots of happiness, and beautiful reading to bring a smile to your face and warmth in your bones.  Happy New Year!


  1. I hereby promise not to run any neat contests, do not delicious reviews, and not entice you to add to your TBR pile.

    Of course, I had my fingers crossed behind my back when I promised all that!

  2. Amazing reading list. I'm going to be more selective in my reads this year. I started so many books that I was disappointed in last year and put them aside. I love US Presidential biography challenge. That's a great idea.


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