Monday, November 30, 2009

2009 - Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge - Completed

 When I joined this challenge I was not too sure I'd be successful, so I selected a goal of 20%.  So here is how I did: In October and November I read a total of 35 books, so that would mean at least (7) had to come from my shelves, and without even realizing it (21) were from my shelves or 60%.  Here are the books that I completed from my own shelves:

Completed Books from my Shelves:

  1. A Change in Altitude; Anita Shreve - disappointing
  2. The Brutal Telling; Penny - recommended
  3. What the Dead Know; Lippmann - recommended
  4. Tortilla Flat; Steinbeck - recommended
  5. Solace; Temes -  recommended
  6. A Duty to the Dead; Martin - recommended 
  7. Gift of the Sea; Lindbergh - recommended
  8. Sworn to Silence; Castillo (audio) - recommended
  9. Haunted Island; Nadler - ?? - okay   
  10. The Recipe Club; Israel and Garfinkle - recommended
  11. The Christmas Cookie Club; Pearlman - recommended  
  12. The Haunting of Hill House; Shirley Jackson - recommended 
  13. Picking Bones from Ash; Mockett - recommended 
  14. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane; K. Howe - recommended
  15. Away; Amy Bloom - (audio) - recommended
  16. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much; Allison Hoover Bartlett - recommended 
  17. Her Fearful Symmetry; A. Niffenegger - recommended 
  18. The Christmas Dog; Carlson - recommended
  19. Await Your Reply; Chaon - recommended
  20. The Christmas List; Evans - recommended
  21. Wishin and Hopin: A Christmas Story; Lamb - recommended  
 This challenge has now pumped me up for my 2010 Reading From My Shelves Project.
Thanks Swapna. Hope all who participated in this challenge had a great time.


  1. Congratulations! I easily get distracted from my shelves by new books, so I really admire those who completed this challenge!

  2. Congratulations on completing the challenge. And that's great that you enjoyed most of the books.

  3. WOW -- out of 21 books, 19 were recommended. That is a great couple months of reading!

  4. With only one disappointing and another only OK, it looks like you picked really good books. Congratulations.

  5. Congratulations! I need some sort of challenge of my own. My shelves are out of control!

  6. You totally rock! You had a couple of great reading months and did fantastic on the challenge. Way to go!

  7. Great idea for a challenge. Brutal Telling is on my TBR list, glad its a recommendation.

  8. Congratulations on completing the challenge! I have a lot of books on my shelves that need to be read too.

  9. Woo hoo! I can't wait to do your shelves challenge for 2010.

  10. Congrats on completing the challenge and it looks like you enjoyed it!

  11. Great job! I have the Shreve book from the library but am thinking about returning it unread.


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