I should have known better. I jinxed myself - saying that the TBR Dare was going well. And here I am, giving up on it exactly half-way through. Not because I want to read new books, but because I want to re-read. Specifically, Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolò series. I technically gave myself an exemption to re-read one book each month, but I've finished the first in the series, Niccolò Rising, and I'm not waiting two weeks for March, to start the second, The Spring of the Ram. As James always says, the Dare is just for fun, and it should be fun - though I tend to get a bit competitive about it.
I know exactly how this happened. It's all Toby Wilkinson's fault. Reading the chapters on Cairo in his book The Nile reminded me of the fifth Nicholas book, The Unicorn Hunt, crucial scenes of which take place in Cairo. I took that book down to re-read those parts, and then ended up looking for other favorites in the different books. And I haven't been able to get the characters out of my mind since.
I thought about giving up the TBR Dare for Lent, but that definitely felt like cheating. I'm still going to focus on reducing the TBR stacks, and I'm sticking with my "one in/one out" policy. In the meantime, I am off to Trebizond.