Off the shelf challenge 2011

Off The Shelf!

I’ve looked through a lot of blogs about books lately and found an interesting reading challenge which may be a way to cut the shelf of unread books I acquired over the last year. Since I started spinning as well as knitting I find myself reading a lot less, plus the mountain of linguistic books I need to read for work / PhD make me a lot less enthusiastic about reading in my spare time. A sad thing, because books and reading were once the most important things in my free time! I read during meals (bad, I know, but I live alone), in public transport, in the park, through breaks and in bed. I went to the public library at least once a week and easily finished three to five books a week. Bookstores and libraries were my favourite places (they still are – I just don’t visit them as often as I used to). Now I find my self struggling to read that amount in a month and often return unread books to the library. I still buy books and I think it’s time to get back to reading them! Ergo, the challenge! I’ll try to read 30 of the unread books in my possession until the end of the year! (Although I hope I will manage to read more than 30 books this year :-))

Here’s the list:

  1. The secret diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James
  2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (audiobook)
  4. Carrie on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
  5. The roar of butterflies by Reginald Hill
  6. Firmin by Sam Savage
  7. The Complaints by Ian Rankin (audiobook)
  8. The other book by Philip Womack
  9. Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
  10. Real Murders by Charlain Harris
  11. A bone to pick by Charlaine Harris
  12. A murder is announced by Agatha Christie
  13. Excellent women by Barbara Pym
  14. The mapping of love and death by Jaqueline Winspear
  15. Good evening, Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes
  16. Few Eggs and no oranges by Vere Hodgson
  17. Henrietta’s war by Joyce Dennis
  18. The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  19. Theodosia and the serprents of chaos by R. L. LaFevers (audiobook)
  20. Theodosia and the eyes of Horus byR. L. LaFevers (audiobook)
  21. Theodosia and the staff of Osiris by R. L. LaFevers (audiobook)
  22. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
  23. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  24. The weed that strings the Hangman’s bag by Allen Bradley
  25. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  26. 20.000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne
  27. How to twist a dragon’s tale by Cressida Cowell (audiobook)
  28. How to ride a dragon’s storm  by Cressida Cowell (audiobook)
  29. Tintentod by Cornelia Funke
  30. Through England on a side saddle by Miss Celia Fiennes

Let’s see how that works! Now back to work 😦


2 thoughts on “Off the shelf challenge 2011

  1. literaryescape 21. February 2011 / 3:19 pm

    Good luck with your reading challenge! I found your blog through the postaday2011 tag. I’m also beginning a huge reading challenge. I’m attempting to read the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. It’s been really fun exchanging book suggestions with other bloggers. I look forward to checking back on your progress with reading!

    Nice to meet you,

  2. iknead2knit 21. February 2011 / 5:15 pm

    I know how you feel. Before I started knitting, I read several books a week, some bought, some from the library.
    Now, I listen to audiobooks, which I enjoy, but there’s just something about a “real” book.

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