If tracking my reading journey this year has revealed anything, it’s that I am one of those readers. The ones who hit up bookstores and libraries on the regular (and can’t leave without books, plural, in hand). Who sign up for every existing e-book email list. Who scour “best of” articles for new titles. Who recognize there’s a problem then start a “want to read” list on Goodreads anyway. Book hoarders and me, we understand each other. I am one of them.
For the last 11 1/2 months, I’ve been wrestling with my bookshelves. Not literally. That would be alarming. First off, assuming they could become sentient and mobile, my bookshelves would win, easy. The sheer tonnage of my books in my house!
From a certain angle, my bookshelves can look downright menacing … good thing this bookcase is screwed into the wall.
Plus, my Nook is crammed full of books too. Opening my library is like…
At the dawn of 2016, I was tickled to discover the Read My Own Damn Books challenge created by Andi at Estella’s Revenge. I had such excellent intentions. The very best! Well, you know what they say about good intentions…
I still have 19 days until the sun sets on 2016. And you can believe I’m waiting until the bitter end to do my end-of-year stock-taking. But … spoiler alert: I’m that kid who thinks s/he can cram a semester’s worth of work into one weekend. Which is to say: If this challenge were graded on a percent scale, I would not be earning a passing grade. Fewer than half the books I read this year came from my existing library. And that library? Real and virtual just keep on growing.
That’s where Benjamin Thomas of The Writing Train comes in. He proposed a brilliant, if terrifying, idea: The Book Hoarders Bucket List Challenge. A competition to see who can do the best job of crushing his/her personal Mount TBR.
There are rules. There are points. There are rewards. Here’s the gist of it, courtesy of The Writing Train:
- Choose the number of books you’d like to read per month
- Pair up with one other person
- Determine how many books you’ll add to your TBR list per month
- Determine a mutually agreed upon prize for the winner.
We’re starting January 1, and book hoarders are invited to join. Even if you’re not a situation-critical book hoarder, you’re still welcomed to join. Visit The Writing Train here to find out more about the challenge and how to sign up!