Saturday, November 7, 2009

2010 Reading From My Shelves Project



 

So with 2010 just around the corner, I've decided to try to lessen the weight on my bookshelves, by reading books from my shelves, and then passing the books on to someone else: a friend, relative, the library, used book store, swap them, just as long as the book leaves my house once it has been read.  I'm setting an ambitious goal of (75 books).

Does this sound like something you'd like to do as well??? If so, feel free to join in:
  •  grab the button
  •  decide how many books you want to read from your shelves (minimum of 20 - no maximum)
  •  find a new home for the books once you read them
  •  post the titles and the authors of books you've read and passed on
  •  project runs from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010
  •  crossover challenge books are allowed
 You can sign up using  Mr. Linky.

58 comments:

  1. This is a great idea, Diane! I'm forgoing all challenges this next year, otherwise I would join in. I look forward to seeing how everyone progresses!

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  2. I've been thinking of doing the same kind of thing next year. The inflow of books is far faster than the outflow, and I'm not sure how I expect that to work out. I probably won't officially join the challenge (I'm too lazy to update my challenge lists), but I'll be with you in spirit!

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  3. I'm so glad you are doing this challenge. I've decided to do the 25 oldest books on my shelf and the last 25 books to come into my house prior to 1/1/10. It's not going to make much of a dent into the 625 books that I have, but I do have to start somewhere.

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  4. Good idea! I have a ton of books on my shelves staring at me.!

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  5. Hi, Diane! This sounds like a cool challenge! I think I'll do join. I just have to organize my bookshelves. Actually, this challenge is perfect for me, since I don't really plan on spending too much of my hard-earned income on books next year as my TBR pile is already through the roof!

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  6. That is a great idea, and I feel like I am already doing this - except reading the books before I let them go. LOL. I tend to buy too many books, and after having sat there for years, I usually pass them on (sometimes even to the dustbin).

    Your button is lovely and for that reason I am tempted to do this.

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  7. That's a lovely button and a great idea!

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  8. Funny that you posted this today...just last night I purged my "current" bookcase (3 shelves each 2 feet wide, containing books that I think I will read soon) and removed 18 books that I just know I will never read. They will go to the library for the "Friends" book sale.

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  9. This is a fantastic idea- I was actually just thinking how my book collection is pretty out of control. I'm going to challenge myself to read and pass along fifty books. I think not getting a hundred books to replace those fifty is going to be the real challenge though. Great idea!

    Emily
    What Book is That?

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  10. This is a wonderful idea. I want to spend more time next year concentrating on the books I own. Giving them away is something I already do as I love libraries and library sales. Thanks for the challenge. I'll have my post up in a couple of weeks and I'll be back to sign Mr. Linky then.

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  11. What a task! Actually, if I just read from my TBR stacks, I would meet the quota. But the giving them away part...Hmm, I'll have to reflect on that! I'm kind of a collector!

    Love the button, though.

    Also, I'm doing Jenny's Alice in Wonderland Challenge, and even started a new blog to document that...http://moonbeams-rainbows.blogspot.com

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  12. I think this is a great idea, but I can't bear the thought of parting with even 5 of my books, let along 20. But I wish you luck in your endeavor!
    Alayne
    thecrowdedleaf.wordpress.com

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  13. I so need to clean my shelves-great idea.

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  14. That's great! Happy reading and finding a new home for it.

    My books don't leave my house so I don't think I will be participating in this.

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  15. I'm definitely considering this one. I need to sit down and figure out my commitments first.

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  16. Yes Yes Yes! This is the perfect challenge for me. I was kind of planning to do this already and try not to buy any books for 2010. It is ridiculous how many I already have. I will be doing this and I'm going to make a list and then come back to link up. Great idea!

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  17. I'm in for the minimum of twenty, and then we'll see how many more I can do.

    Another great place for passing on books is a nursing home--larger print (not necessarily large print editions) are often welcome.

    The sole purpose of a book is to be read."
    --John Conolly, The Book of Lost Things

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  19. Count me in! My goal is a minimum of 20. Once I am finished with them I will donate them to either the local women's shelter, hospital, or pass them on to a friend.

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  20. This is a great idea, but I am going to have to skip it because I can't commit to giving away my books.

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  21. This is something that I am really hoping to focus on in the coming year!

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  22. I'm sorry I signed up twice. The first time my link was incorrect! Hope this doesn't cause too much trouble.

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  23. I just can't commit to reading and getting rid of book. I'm trying to be better about donating books, but I just can't promise.

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  24. Awesome! I hadn't planned on joining any more challenges for 2010, but this is right up my alley. :) I'll just need to get a post written up in the next day or two. :)

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  25. This is a great idea. I think I will do this one as well. This will work nicely into the others I will do doing as well.

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  26. This is a great idea. Now I have an excuse I can tell my family for reading soo much. :P I think I'll go for 30 books, since I know other bookworms similar to myself.

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  27. Great idea and I am game to try - since my wonderful TBR list is long now and taking over my dresser!

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  28. It's funny how great minds think alike. Or almost alike in this case. I was thinking I needed to read some of the books on my shelves and the next week I see your challenge. The only thing is, I have a really hard time giving up my books. It is a book goal next year but only a small percentage of read books leave the house for good.

    Looks like I'll be joining you in spirit. maybe Teresa and I can hang out ;-)

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  29. Hi Diane this is a great challenge that I am going to take part in. I am like you and have way too many books just sitting on my shelves so I am joining. My post will be on the 26th I have it scheduled to post.

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  30. GREAT idea, Diane! Going to start getting them gathered up!

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  31. Great challenge!! I'm all signed up!

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  32. I really need (and want!) to get to a lot of books on my shelves. Thanks for helping me formalize my commitment! I'm only promising 20 to start, but we'll see what happens . . .

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  33. I signed up for the challenge. I'm looking forward to clearing some space on my shelves. Of course, if I read something that is super spectacular, and I decide I can't live without it then I may have to cheat on the passing the books on part, but I promise to do my best. Really I don't think this will be a problem, I usually only read a few books each year that meet this criterion. :)

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  34. This is my first reading challenge ever so I'm very excited. I'm starting with 20 books and who knows I might just do over 20. I do have bookshelves busting with books that's for sure.

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  35. Love this idea! I am getting better about getting rid of books but I need lots of support! :) Thanks for hosting.
    *smiles*
    Kim

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  36. Thanks, Diane. I need this :D

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  37. This is exactly what I need! Thanks Diane, for hosting the challenge. I had already planned to read more of my own books since the shelves are double stacked as it is.

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  38. Great challenge Diane. I'm looking forward to it.

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  39. I guess this will get more books out of my house, since I am not buy ing any, but I really love gettign books from the library. Read 16 of mine in 2009, so it is not much of a stretch.

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  40. Thank you for cleaning my house for me lol!! I'm in for the minimum of 20 but that may go up.

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  41. I've signed up - going for 45 books for 2010!

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  42. I didn't see this until after I posted my own personal challenge of a 2010 "round tuit". I, however, still like to see books on my shelves. But then, I'm not to the point of overflowing. Great idea!

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  43. I'm in. This is something I really want to do more of next year so thanks for hosting!

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  44. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the motivation. This is my first challenge and I'm really looking forward to it.

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  45. This is a challenge I really need to do. I'll get a post up as soon as I sort out a few books, but count me in. Thank you.

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  46. Finally got my post up for this one!!!

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  47. I've been meaning to sign up for this one for a while. I have so many things on my TBR piles right now that I really need to get some of them read. Not sure I can pass on every one I read....(sometimes I get sort of attached to some of my books) but I will try.

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  48. Tina and everyone who signed up)...(The book police will NOT be knocking on your doors after the challenge is over to see if you followed through and actually donated the books you read for this challenge)...LOL Have fun everyone.

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  49. Hi Diane,
    I've posted and linked back to you at my place, Just Books. Great idea for a challenge. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Just Books
    http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-reading-from-my-shelves-project.html

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  50. I am SO GLAD to be joining this challenge! I've got a new goal (not a resolution, banish the word!) to get rid of as much as I possibly can this year. Seeing as how I live in a house by myself, you wouldn't think this would be an issue, but it really really is. Really. Joining a challenge forces me to complete the task, and this one fits me to a T.

    Thanks for hosting, Diane!

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  51. Laura...I'm glad you and everyone else seems excited about this challenge...enjoy!

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  52. lol-I've been using eBooks for this challenge but I just realized that this is probably just for our own paper books off our shelves. I should learn to read better. lol.

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  53. Dar...No need to worry, I have am in no way affiliated with the Book Police Patrol...LOL

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  54. I just found this challenge and it is right up my alley. Great idea and can't wait to make a dent in the pile.

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  55. Sherri...good luck; this challenge has motivated me. Hope it works for you. good luck

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  56. I'm certain I would fail this challenge, or I would definitely sign up for it.

    I am good at moving TBR books out of the house...usually unread.

    Here's my post about my experience with Thankfully Reading: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/11/sunday-salon-thankfully-reading-weekend.html

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