Somehow, we’re already halfway through 2011. Time flies! I’ve been wanting to resurrect my month-in-review feature, and this summer seems like a perfect time to do it.
Books read: 30
Pages read: 9,746
My reviews: 20
Guest reviews: 7
Posts on book reviewing: 16
(includes features like In My Mailbox, Wordless Wednesday, and Top Ten Tuesday; reading challenges; and news)
At this rate, it doesn’t look like I will hit my informal goal of 100 books in 2011. But there’s still time… especially with the new reading challenge I’m creating!
Bookshelf ROWDOWN Reading Challenge
I mentioned recently that I am trying to limit the number of books I receive each week because Jack and I will be moving soon. Though the house we planned on buying has fallen through, I’m still serious about curtailing the number of unread books crowding my shelves.
I have a tendency to buy a book so that I am later reminded to read it. Essentially, I become so guilty that I haven’t read The Age of Innocence or Huck Finn after seeing it on my shelves for years, I will finally pick it up–and really, really enjoy it.
But the number of books I buy does not equal the number of books I read, especially when you add library books to the mix. So I’m creating a new reading challenge: Bookshelf ROWDOWN!
Bookshelf ROWDOWN (which is supposed to sound kinda like “throwdown” and yes, I know that’s completely awesome) aims to reduce one row of unread books in one year. By my estimation, that’s about 25 books total, or approximately 2 a month.
I’ll be tagging each ROWDOWN review and tracking my progress in posts like these. Feel free to join me, and I can always use some cheering on!
In order to count for this challenge, the book must have been acquired
at least one year prior to beginning the challenge. Re-reads don’t count unless you give it away afterward. If you want to make different rules, that’s cool, as long as the purpose is clear: to read those neglected but great (why else would you have bought them?) books gathering dust and straining the back of your poor brother on moving day.