Monday, March 31, 2014

Bybee's TBR Dare: Smells A Bit Like Fail

One of my Book Year resolutions was to participate in the TBR Dare at James Reads Books and only read my own books -- books that already belonged to me from the beginning of the year till April 1.

 Things went belly-up pretty quickly.  I hit a new record for succumbing to temptation (Jan 17). There were just too many new page-pretties out there, and I couldn't keep my hands to my shelf.  In between diversions, I managed to read 10.5 TBRs:

1. My Brother Sam is Dead - James Lincoln Collier (January 1)
2. The Shining - Stephen King (January 2)
3. The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk (January 5)
4. The Devil's Knot: The True Story of The West Memphis Three - Mara Leveritt (January 10)
5.My Name is Mary Sutter (January 14)
6. Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez (January 20)
7. Dear Coca-Cola - Terry Ravenscroft (February 7)
8. Doctor Sleep - Stephen King (February 14)
9. Esther Waters - George Moore (February 20)
10. Man's Search for Meaning -Viktor Frankl (March 14)
10.5 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - Mary Wollstonecraft

I don't know why, but I still think that I can complete this challenge successfully.  Next year.


Val Hamer said...

Can you still do the challenge if you gave in to temptation? Hope so. Go for it. x

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

It's a great challenge even if you don't stick to it 100%!

Vasilly said...

10 books is great! I totally failed this challenge. I don't think I read one of my own books. :-) Maybe next year. . .

Beth said...

I think I'm gonna make it this year! And he's thinking this will be the last one (where do you go from a Triple Dog Dare? That's the ultimate).

But I have also failed in January. And I gave myself a bazillion exemptions, so that helped...

Susan said...

I did well with this challenge last year, but didn't even try it this year. We were so sick over the winter, and I was already in hibernation mode, so I thought denying myself any new books I wanted was too much! lol and I was right. I now have a teetering pile of new books on my Mount TBR!

Glad you had fun and read 10.5 books off your pile of already owned books. It's always a relief to read something already on the shelf (and like it!), isn't it? Well done, in spite of giving in so soon. You had a rough winter and it was unfair to expect you not to buy anything while in the US anyway! :-D

Ettible said...

I'd love to know how "The Shining" compares to the movie, which is one of my favourites. It seems like it CAN'T compare!

Unruly Reader said...

You remain a reading rock star.

Care said...

I am now singing the song that goes with 'keep your hands to yourself'... but I'm saying shelf. ha.
I have done OK with reading books in the house lately - the classics challenge is helping me.