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Subject: Biggest Book Loser Challenge: LISTS ONLY
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 12:22 PM ET
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This is the "lists only" thread for the Biggest Book Loser Mini-Challenge. Just make a post where you can keep track of your TBR "losses" and your "gains".

Your TBR is made of any book you have that you have planned to read one day. These books do not have to be listed on your PBS TBR page. Any book that is removed from your TBR counts as a loss. These can be books you read and added to your keeper shelves, books you read and posted here, books you decide you no longer want to read... The point of the challenge is to whittle down your TBR stack, so anything that causes a book to be removed from your TBR counts as a loss.

A gain is any book added to your TBR after February 1st. At the end of the year, I will figure out everyone's gains and losses and announce our "Biggest Book Loser". I might also figure these numbers out and post them occasionally throughout the year just so we can see how everyone is doing.

You can count ONE book you started reading in January as a loss in February.

This challenge is for all books...not just historical fiction.

If you have duplicates of some books, you can count them both as a loss if both are removed from your TBR.

You do not have to post your total number of TBR books here...unless you just want to.

Ebooks and library books do not count.

Books purchased just to post do NOT count because they were never actually a part of your TBR.

Anyone can participate in this challenge - you do not have to be signed up for the other challenges to play here.

If you have any questions, ask them in the Biggest Book Loser chat thread.  If you know someone who signed up in the other thread, but doesn't visit this forum enough to know they need to make a post here, shoot them a pm so they end up in the right place.

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Space saved for loss/gains totals.

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My list:

Gains: 2

Losses: 10

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Losses  18

Gained    23

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 12:51 PM ET
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Books gained: 41

Books lost:       16

Net gain 25

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 12:55 PM ET
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My TBR as of 2-1-2011 is:  104

My Gains: 0

My Losses: 2


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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 1:01 PM ET
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Gains: 47

August 6
Exit the Actress
Smokin' Seventeen
Madame Tussaud
Children of Destiny
The Queen
Josephine B

July 5
June 8
May 6
April 5
March 8
February 9

Losses: 77

August -7
Leadership and Crisis
10th Anniversary
A Pagan's Nightmare
Ransome's Honor
Without A Trace
Widow's War

July -3
June -2
May - 51
April - 5
March - 5
February - 4

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 1:02 PM ET
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Linda :  February - gained, 32    lost, 17

               March - gained, 8           lost 12

               April -  gained, 5             lost,  12

                May -  gained 4              lost 11

                June -  gained 16           lost 7

                 July -  gained 24            lost 17

            August - Gained 8             lost 17

              Sept -  Gained  6             lost 18

        October - Gained 18            lost  12




Kelly: February - gained 8; lost 4

           March - gained 9; lost 4



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Gains: +39


Feb = -16 / Mar = +16/April = -17


Losses: -56

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 1:25 PM ET
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Gains: 52


Losses: 80

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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 1:48 PM ET
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My TBR starting # is 210 books.

Gains: +40

Losses: - 100

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Gain: 13 

Losses: 2

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 2:05 PM ET
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Posts: 763
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Gains: +30

Losses:  -30


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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 2:34 PM ET
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Gains: 39

Losses: 53

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 2:42 PM ET
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February: -19 (+4 with -23 off the tbr pile)

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Tally as of 4/6/11:

Books Lost:: 72

Books Gained: 20

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 3:07 PM ET
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Counting abandoned!  Took too much time from book purging!




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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:10 PM ET
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My TBR is: 207 Books (give or take - I think I got them all!)




I've finally realized I don't like historical non-fiction or biographies.  To that end, I'm posting the four books below.  Aaahh, it feels good to let go!

Joan of Arc, Regine Pernoud & Marie-Veronique Clin

The Life of Elizabeth I, Alison Weir

The Virgin Queen, Christopher Hibbert

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marion Meade

84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff (I'm never going to read this.)

Morgan's Run, Colleen McCullough (read)

Peony In Love, Lisa See (read)

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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:31 PM ET
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As of December 20 I did some book shelf cleaning!

Gained              5  (gifts)                                    
Lost               380  donated some and gave some as giftsand read til my eyes closed

Net loss        375  Hooray!   But, Christmas is coming - oh dear!  Gift cards for Amazon are arriving.

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:37 PM ET
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Gains:  94

Losses: 131

*as of June 30, 2011

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Gains:   17

              Two Jean Plaidy books - library sale

              Two free books

              Four books from Valli

             2  wl books from PBS, 7 ordered

             1 wl book from gr


Losses:   33

                 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.   Often listed as best novel by this author - good Africa read.  On 1001 Books to Read before I die.  Quality Quantity Cusine I by Harriet Johnston; Deception Well by Linda Nagata; Complete Indoor Gardner (Revised) by Dennis Gardner;  Stuffed by Patricia Volk; The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip; The  of the Blizzard by Douglas Mawson; Dear Zoe, by Philip Beard; Coraline; Madame BovaryOut Stealing HorsesThe Shape-Changer's WifeThe Golden CompassBloody BonesIrish HeartsStowaway to the Mushroom PlanetThe Sunbird; Boston Celtics, Silent in the Grave, That Old Cape Magic, The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes, Enjoying the Art of Canadian Cooking, The Whitehouse Cookbook, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Last Chronicle of Barset, Nights in Rodanthe, Reviving Ophelia, Corridor of Storms, Legacies, The Kite Runner, The Path to Love, The Thirteenth Tale, Green Eggs and Ham, Dark Road to Darjeeling, Beta Colony, En Busco del Tiempo Perdido 1 - Por El Camino de S, Giants in the Earth, seven unpostable romances to a gr friend, City of Ashes  and a Joy Chant novel to Valli.





Last Edited on: 2/28/11 9:42 AM ET - Total times edited: 44
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 6:42 PM ET
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Total books on the TBR pile: 165 (2/1/11)

Gains: +29

Losses:  -39

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TBR as of 2/1/11: 808 (not counting hardbound classic keepers and reference books)

GAINS: 118


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My TBR has 134 (as of February 1st). My TBR on Dec 31, 2011 was 102. I got so confused trying to keep up with what was coming in and going out that I finally gave up. At lease my TBR pile is smaller by 32 books, so that is good.

As of the end of February

Books lost: 28

Books gained: 11

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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 7:11 PM ET
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Gains:  +56

Loses: -32

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