Books on the Shelf

Michelle at Overdue Books (found via Pages Turned) has issued the From the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge:

If you are anything like me your stack of purchased to-be-read books is teetering over. So for this challenge we would be reading 5 books that we have already purchased, have been meaning to get to, have been sitting on the nightstand and haven’t read before. No going out and buying new books. No getting sidetracked by the lure of the holiday bookstore displays.

The bonus would be that we would finally get to some of those titles (you know you picked them for a reason!) and we wouldn’t be spending any extra money over the holidays.

While it’s a laudable goal, I don’t think I’ll be officially participating in the challenge. Time is particularly crunchy lately, and I’m trying to counteract my tendency to do one more thing. I’ll certainly attempt to do it on my site, since it coincides with what I’ve been trying to do anyway, which is read old stuff and not buy new stuff. But I’m not sure I want to commit to a list of 5. The last reading challenge I did showed me how restrictive reading lists quickly become. I’ve got so many candidates vying for my attention that there are probably no wrong answers. But I think I may have a glance over my mass market paperbacks, which have been temporarily exiled to the porch off baby Guppy’s room. They don’t get the same face time and consideration as the HCs and TPs do, so I think I’ll give them some equal opportunity.

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