Saturday, January 9, 2016

Start the Year With A Dare!

TBR Final Dare
UPDATE: 4/1/16


This is really the last year James Reads  is holding his Dare, which challenges participants to read from the TBR piles only until April 1. This is a necessary event for me, although I usually spend it reading down my library pile and only have a few weeks to read the books on my actual shelves. This year looks like it will be about the same.

On the other hand, it's really about time I got control of the library pile. I should probably schedule a few mini-Dares in August and November to help as well. I bet my cats would step up for a button; they walked around my laptop and sniffed very suspiciously at Dakota's image.

Of course, I get to have all my own exceptions. First of all, Cybils books don't count. If I wait until April to start reading them I'm doomed, and anyway the January reading is the most fun, before the winners are announced. Also, all book club books don't count. That means my Family Book Club, the elementary book club I help run, the monthly Friday club, the weekly Tuesday club, and the online clubs Vaginal Fantasy and Sword and Laser. Also, if I'm reading a tight series, I can keep ordering the next, especially in Manga where the story is continuous.

I'll keep three lists of the books I knock off my shelves: Library Books, My Books, and NOOK books. Library NOOK books count as Library Books, if you were wondering, and I know at least one of you had thought of that (Hi Kevin!).

Library Books:
  1. Twin Spica 4, Kou Yagimuma
  2. Silver City, Cliff McNish
  3. Moomin's Winter Follies, Tove Janssen
  4. Songs of Willow Frost, Jamie Ford
  5. The Eighth Day, Dianne Salerni
  6. Dick Francis's Refusal, Felix Francis
  7. The Gospel of Loki, Joanne Harris
  8. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
  9. The Heist, Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
  10. Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Cynthia Leitich Smith
  11. Tarzan Alive, Philip Jose Farmer
  12. An Apprentice to Elves, Sarah Monette, Elizabeth Bear 
  13. The Veil, Chloe Neill
  14. A Bride's Story 6, Kaoru Mori
  15. Zero to Five, Tracy Cutchlow
  16. Dead But Not Forgotten, ed: Charlaine Harris, Toni Kelner
  17. Between Planets, Robert Heinlein (audio)
  18. Kat, Incorrigible, Stephanie Burgis 
  19. Canadian Summer, Hilda van Stockum
  20. Blue Lily, Lily Blue Maggie Stiefvater
  21. Time and Again, Nora Roberts
  22. A Family of Readers, Roger Sutton & Martha Parravano
  23. Time and Again, Jack Finney
  24. Imperfect Sword, Jack Campbell
  25. 100 Best Books for Children, Anita Silvey
  26. No Vulgar Hotel, Judith Martin
  27. Only a Kiss, Mary Balogh
  28. The Kentucky Cycle, Robert Schenkken
  29. Venus on the Half-Shell, Philip Jose Farmer
  30. Radiance, Catherynne Valente
  31. The Spies of Mississippi, Rick Bowers
  32. Not Always a Saint, Mary Jo Putney

My Books
  1. I Lived on Butterfly Hill, Marjorie Agosin
  2. The October Country, Ray Bradbury
  3. Waiting For the Party, Ann Thwaite
  4. Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand (Hooker translation)
  5. Parallax, Alan Hirshfeld
  6. Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott
  7. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

My E-Books
  1. Laura's Wolf, Lia Silver
  2. Prisoner, Lia Silver 
  3. Mercenary Instincts, Ruby Lionsdrake
  4. A Stranger's Gift, Anna Schmidt
  5. Republic, Lindsay Buroker

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