Saturday, September 3, 2011

No More Books! Penny Takes The TBR Challenge!


I am in the midst of a fairly traumatic undertaking at the moment. Cleaning out my romance novel collection in the basement. I have hundreds and hundreds of print books piled up and I finally decided to take the bulk of them to a wonderful little used book store that specializes in romance. The photo above shows the books I absolutely refuse to part with. Most of these are books that I re-read often....such as Amanda Quick, Julie Garwood, Christine Feehan, Stephanie Laurens, etc. I also have old favorites by Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, JR Ward, and others. I kept my all-time favorite top 20 re-reads, which include some contemporary, some erotica, historicals, etc.

Here is the pile going to the bookstore.....good-bye, my dear friends, good-bye!



Although I avoid most reading challenges, this month I decided to go along with one that my Goodreads group is encouraging....The TBR Challenge. For the entire month of September, I am not allowed to buy any books. (Which is a seriously good idea since I am spending all of my money on Etsy....hee hee!). I can only read books from my already-own TBR pile. I have plenty on Kindle, and I also have plenty of print copies. I'm hoping to read somewhere between 5-10 books this month. Here are the top contenders from my TBR pile....

Sam Wayland Destiny Calls
Sean Kennedy Tigers And Devils
Steve Kluger Last Days Of Summer
Terry Pratchett Going Postal
Mia Marlowe Touch Of A Thief
Jenna Kernan Winter Woman

After that, we'll see. I also have a workshop to prepare, a WIP to write, and preparations for my November release. It's gonna be a busy month!

I hope I can get these books off to the bookstore without shedding some tears. ☹

Wondering how big a credit I'll get at the used bookstore,
Penelope


P.S. Here is a photo of me wearing one of my new Etsy purchases, a bookworm pendant. Hee!

16 comments:

Nicola O. said...

Hah, I have so many books in the TBR pile -- more than usual with the Borders' liquidation going on-- I could probably "live" off it through the end of the year. But there are some new releases that I won't be able to live without, so I don't make these kind of commitments.

;-)

Eva / TXBookjunkie said...

You are a stronger woman than I. I still have books that I bought when I first started reading - in elementary school - and I'm not sure if I could get rid of them or any of the hundreds of books I've purchased since then. Yes, I admit I have hoarding tendencies.

I also do not have the willpower to hold off purchasing new books from the series books I've read (not buy Nalini Singh's newest one?!? The bookstore is just lucky I'm not haunting their receiving room.) Good luck on the challenge!

Penelope said...

Hi Nicola! I had a list of books I really wanted to buy in Sept....but I got pissed off by the prices. For example, Christine Feehan's new book is $13 for Kindle e-book and $18 for the print version. Forget it! I will wait until the prices come down.

Penelope said...

Hi Eva....I guess I have hoarding tendencies, too! Hee hee....but now that I have a Kindle, I decided to clean up the unruly piles. Truly, there are some print books I will never part with....I'm too emotionally attached to them!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I hope you get a huggge credit. Good luck.

Penelope said...

Thanks, Juju! :^)

Amber Skyze said...

I love this idea. I've already been doing my own version. I've knocked off ten on my ereader.

I have the last 3 Ghost Huntress books I want to get read. And I'd like to read Heaven is for Real once my daughter finishes it. :)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I've done the same thing and my keeper shelf resembles yours! I think the idea of getting through your TBR pile is great.

Penelope said...

Hi Amber! I'm fighting with my son for the Kindle right now. He is finishing up his summer reading assignment. Maybe Santa will bring him his own Kindle this xmas....I don't like to share! :^)

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! I am finding freebies on my TBR collection that I shouldn't have downloaded....I just got them bec. they were free, but I will never read them. I think I will "gift" them once I get organized.

Patti (Caught in a FAB Romance) said...

I just did the same thing about two weeks ago. When my TBR got so big I had to stack books beside the bookshelf I decided enough was enough.

Nicola O. said...

Prices... yeah. I have to draw the line at hardbacks. I get those from the library or used. I feel a little bad for the authors, but it's simple economics: higher prices, less sales. :-/

Penelope said...

Patti....I had books stacked 3 rows deep in my bookshelf, plus next to the bed, under the bed, in my office, and in tote bags all over the house. Whoops! hee hee.......

Penelope said...

Hi Nicola! I understand the difference between hardback prices and paperback, but once the ebook is available, it should be suitably priced. An ebook is an ebook is an ebook. There is no excuse for an ebook to be over $10. None.

bookster said...

oh the pain of giving away books
:(
Good for you with the no purchase commitment. I agree with the other comments who said they did not think they could do that!! It just isin't the same to own a book on your kindle as it is to SEE that book on your shelf is it?

Penelope said...

Hi bookster! I am one of those people who forget I already own something....so I had 2 and 3 copies of some books. Ugh! I kept all 3 copies of Lord Of Scoundrels....can't have enough copies of that one! :^)