This year, I decided to join two, the 2012 Support Your Library Challenge, and Off the Shelf 2012.
2012 Support Your Library Challenge is exactly what it sounds like, a challenge to read as many books as you can from your local library. My goal for this challenge is 24 books, as I plan to get books from my TBR list from the library, read books for both book groups from the library, and get audio versions of some of the books for the Off the Shelf Challenge, and be able to double count those.
Off the Shelf 2012 Challenge encourages the reader to read books that he or she already owns. Since my nightstand is always over flowing, I think that I can make this one work. I have to admit, however, that even in the best of circumstances, I can only expect to read 24 books from my nightstand each year, including those that I actually own on paper, but listen to on CD.
To this end, and to my dismay, I have made an inventory of my nightstand. After adding it all up, I have to wonder if my nightstand has secret compartments, or if it magically extends into the wall behind it to give me added storage. Here is what it is holding right now:
2. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
4. The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury
5. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
6. Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
7. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
8. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
9. The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
11. Under the Table by Katherine Darling
12. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
15. Middlemarch by George Eliot
16. In the Company of Liars by David Ellis
23. The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
26. The Titans by John Jakes
29. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
30. The Last Life by Claire Messud
34. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
37. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
40. Mockingbird by Charles Shields
43. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
44. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
45. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
As I read these, I'll cross them off this page, and link you to the page where I tell you about the book.
No time to blog - I've got to get reading!
Still Reading: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Still Listening to: Empire Falls by Richard Russo. This one just narrowly missed being listed above. It had lived in my nightstand for at least 2 years before I finally decided to listen to it instead of waiting to read it.