Well, I've done it. I've signed up for TWO MORE reading challenges. But these two work together and I really think I can do both.
First, I've signed up for the Triple Dog Dare hosted by Ready When You Are, C. B. Essentially, I can only read books from my own shelves for the next three months! Last year, one of my reading goals was to read 50% of my books from my own shelves, and despite working at the library (which is as close as I can get to working in a candy store) I managed it. I am making one exception, and that is books for my book group -- since I run the group, I can hardly get away with not reading the books! But that will only be three or four books, depending on the dates (the book group meets the first week of the month). And no more buying books, and I'm putting my Paperback Swap Account on vacation status! I should be able to make a lot of progress on the TBR shelves this way.
And the second challenge. . . The Mount TBR Pile Challenge hosted by My Reader's Block. This is another read-your-own-books challenge, and they overlap (and also with the TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader -- it's my third year in a row). With this challenge, readers commit to reading a certain number of books from their own piles. The titles are flexible, but once you commit, you must complete that number to complete the challenge. There are eight levels:
- Pikes Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR Pile
- Mont Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR Pile
- Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR Pile
- Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR Pile
- Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR Pile
- El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR Pile
- Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR Pile
- Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your own TBR Pile
Last year, I read 51 books from my own shelves (though four were rereads). I still have about 200 unread on the shelves; this year, I think I can make it to 60, especially since I've signed up for the Triple Dog Dare, which should give me a great start to the year. I've already finished three books . . . only 57 to go!!