Monday, January 6, 2014

Two More Reading Challenges

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!!  


  1. Hooray for the Triple Dog Dare - and all the TBR challenges. I am determined (for the third year in a row ;) that I will seriously make some inroads on my stacks. And not add more books to the stacks in the process. Good luck with your challenges!

    1. I know, it's so hard to not keep adding to the TBR list! I'm on Goodreads and my to-read list is somewhere around 750, it never seems to get any smaller. . . . so sad.

  2. Yikes, I just bought three books today. But one is for your classics challenge (I haven’t signed up yet, but I plan to), so I needed it : ) What I need is to be independently wealthy so I can (a) build a house with a fabulous, dedicated library and (b) read books full time.

    Good luck! You will really make a dent if you read 60 of the 200 unread books you have!

    1. Now I feel guilty that you bought another book for the challenge! I'm really trying to read books from my own shelves for all the categories -- and I'm not going to repeat books from the TBR Pile Challenge I've already signed up for. I have renamed my living room the "library" because most of the books are there, but it doesn't really count since I don't have built-in bookshelves. Someday!

      And you'd think that working in the library would be like reading full-time, but all I do is add more books to my to-read list. It's like working in a candy store!