Thursday, November 20, 2008

National Blog Posting Month # 20: Read Your Own Books Challenge

I've just signed up for the Read Your Own Books-challenge which is hosted by MizB. I think this is a great challenge as I have about a gazillion books waiting on my shelves and I am embarrassed to say that some of them has been there for years. But sometimes I just go overboard at the library and then I have to read those books before getting started on my own and at other times I buy a lot of books and then I want to read the new ones and suddenly the TBR-shelves are bulging. I have comitted to reading at least 10 of my own books for this challenge and as of now, I am not really happy about comitting to a list, but I guess I can change along the way. The good thing is that this challenge can be combined with the other two challenges that I am participating in next year: A Classics Challenge and a Read and Review Challenge. So far I think my list of 10 of my own books for the RYOB-challenge will look like this:

1. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
2. The Way the Crow Flies by AnnMarie MacDonald
3. Jesus out to Sea by James Lee Burke
4. The Wiles of Men by Salwa Bakr
5. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
6. Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
7. A Confederay of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
8. Falling Man by Don DeLillo
10. Engleby by Sebastian Faulks

This is my post # 20 in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.


Beth F said...

I read Confederacy of Dunces long ago. I remember loving it. I have Oscar Wao on my TBR for next year. Looks like a good list.

Beth F said...

Oops! Meant to thank you for stopping by and fir sharing the Danish proverb. I really like that one.

Bogsider said...

Thanks for stopping by here, Beth. And yes, that proverb is true, isn't it ;o)

softdrink said...

Oscar Wao is fun, in a twisted sort of way.

I'm trying to avoid challenges this year, but there are some good ones out there!

raych said...

This is...I don't do challenges, but this is brilliant. I just got around to reading Middlesex after owning it for a year and wanting to read it for many years, for all the reasons you state here. Once I own a book, it's almost as if I've already read it and I kind of lose interest. There isn't that due-date urgency.

I give my hearty stamp of approval to Oscar Wao, and to The Way the Crow Flies even though I haven't read it, because I loved Fall on Your Knees so much.

Bogsider said...

I am never good with challenges, but am determined to 1) get to the bottom of some of my piles 2) read some of those classics I keep telling myself must have something, since people keep raving about them and 3) get into a good rhythm with reviewing.

I loved Fall on your Knees. It is, if not THE fave book of all time, then pretty close to the top. Have also heard much about Oscar Wao, so I am really looking forward to get going on this list. The sad thing is that I have at least 20 more books I could add. But I don't want to commit to a too complete list. I want to be able to put in a few mysteries as well when or if the lit gets too serious.