Thursday, November 22, 2012
Taking the Double Dog Dare
James of Ready When You Are, C.B., is once again hosting a TBR reading dare - and he's upping the ante with the Double Dog Dare for 2013. Accepting the dare means agreeing to read only from your own TBR stacks from January 1st to April 1st. I've signed up again; I need to. This is the first year that I'll have e-books in the mix, as well as the actual volumes on the shelves (though my Nook is pretty well stocked with out-of-print 19th century novels, I still haven't managed to read an entire e-book since I got it).
I did pretty well with the 2012 Double Dare, clearing 71 books off the stacks by April 1st. At that point, I felt like I'd easily meet the one reading goal I'd set myself for this year: to read all the books I bought within the year. Then came my trove of Trollope discovery, all those lovely fat Oxford World's Classics, the same night that I found William Thackeray's Pendennis (all 1000 pages of it). Adding The Count of Monte Cristo (1128 pages) and Mary Chestnut's Civil War (836 pages) to the TBR shelves pretty much nixed any chance I had of meeting my goal, never mind the other, shorter books that keep arriving.
As James's rules allow, I am making an exception for three new books coming out in those months, from favorite authors Dean James, Deborah Crombie, and C.S. Harris. In theory I should also make an exception for book club books, but then I hardly ever manage to read along with either of the groups to which I belong.
I think this Dare will dovetail nicely with the Reading Presently project that Simon is organizing over at Stuck in a Book, to focus on books received as gifts. I haven't been counting those in the TBR totals, but as I said elsewhere, I haven't been reading them either. And just this month I won a lovely copy of Graham Greene's Stamboul Train from Falaise at 2606 Books and Counting...