Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge

16 October, 2009

Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge

It’s halfway through October and I think I’ve more than fulfilled myself for Carl’s R.I.P. IV Challenge this year, although I’m in the middle of reading Natsuo Kirino’s Grotesque which will be my final offering for this particular challenge.

But look what I’ve found? Another challenge which will also help clear my TBR shelf! Yes, something fun and also très useful. The Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge hosted by Swapna at S.Krishna’s Books is ideal for serial book buying hoarders like meself. The challenge runs from 1st October to 30th November 2009 and you are required to state the percentage of books you hope to read which will be from your TBR pile. Review books will have to have gathered dust for 6 months, but as I’m still relatively new to blogging with no review books, I get to pick whatever I like.

Next month’s going to be a toughie as I’ll be participating in Nanowrimo, but I’ll still be trying to read books in between frenzied bouts of writing. So I’m aiming for a good 30%. So 1 in 3 books should be off my shelf. I haven’t decided what books I’ll read yet, so that’ll come up in my review and wrap up.

This challenge is a timely find as I’ve been reading many great reviews of Susan Hill’s newest tome Howard’s End is on the Landing and have been contemplating doing the same with my books.

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3 Responses to “Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge”

  1. Mystica Says:

    I came by your blog as I was intrigued by the name! Love the reviews you have done – books are prohibitively expensive in my part of the world but like your second hand bookshop there are a couple of bookshops in Colombo where one picks up amazing stuff. So far have not been disappointed by what is available and its keeping me in reading material (though it may not be the very latest). I liked your review on The Lost Dog – I should try a bit harder I think to find a copy locally. The review was really intriguing.

    • chasing bawa Says:

      Hi Mystica, thanks for stopping by. It’s nice to have a comment all the way from SL! I guess, we are spoilt for choice in London with regard to books and bookshops, especially secondhand. I got my copy of The Lost Dog from my local library as I’m trying to control my book buying addiction. Have you tried the British Council library in Colombo (although I think there might be a membership fee)?

  2. Mystica Says:

    The British Council in Colombo is not really updated on fiction. They seem to concentrate more on English for students (which is an excellent thing to do) and English education for both students as well as adults. The membership fee is nominal actually. My second hand source of books is also through a group of British ladies who run an excellent library/sale of extra books they get and also a couple of second hand book shops in Colombo. The best and biggest second hand bookshop was right in the Fort but it has now closed and that was a huge loss for us readers.


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