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Subject: Are they SCREAMING at you?
Date Posted: 1/9/2011 2:07 PM ET
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Do you have too many books you are just DYING to read? Books on your shelves that are screaming your name? So many that you can't decide which to read first?

 

I do! I'm dying to read the new family sagas I got from my secret santa, Mary. I'm also eager to read the newest Rennie Airth and a couple of other good mysteries sent to me by my bud Jeanne.

Then, there is the fantasy I am beginning to love more and more. My Lynn Flewelling books (I'm blaming these on Genie!) are definitely screaming my name. I also want to start Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" which is the first book in a long series. I have several other fantasy books I'm eager to try, too. I've been reading some of Ruth's posts in the fantasy forum and that is adding to my list of "must try" fantasy.

I'm dying for "The Passage" by Cronin, "The Last Stand" by Philbrick (I love his books), Matterhorn, Cutting for Stone, The Princess of Nowhere, Heartbroke Bay, and I just got my hands on the newest Frank Delaney; "Venetia Kelly's Travelling Show"; with an intriguing name like that, how could I not be interested?

I also just got the first book in a Valerie Anand series, "The Proud Villeins" and I found an old book "The Cloister and the Hearth" that is calling out to me.

 I'm finding it so hard to choose between these great books that I sat them all aside and decided to focus on others for the challenge.

 

What are you DYING to read??? Books you want right this minute??? Books you can hear whispering to you while you sleep???

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 2:49 PM ET
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On my bed right now I have 7 books,  3 mysteries, First Man in Rome, The Plains Of Passage Jean Auel, and 2 romances.    I am being indecisive today.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 3:15 PM ET
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Interesting, nothing has been *screaming* at me lately which I guess is a good thing so I can whittle away at the others, but I do know what you mean. I new Chadwick or Penman always screams. Loudly.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 4:16 PM ET
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Yes, they are screaming at me.  I have been reading quite a few books lately, and the more i read, the more I want to get to another book.  I love the tag line, ' Dear Lord, please let me live long enough to make it through my TBR pile.'

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 7:44 PM ET
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Sarah's Key is screaming at me.  A couple of CF's...most notably The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen Coble.  The second and third books in the Saxon Chronicles.  What's really bad are the books that aren't on my TBR that are screaming at me....Ghengis, Martyr by Rory Clements, Confessions of Catherine de Medici....They are just dying to make it from wherever they are to my shelf!

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 8:30 PM ET
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Now that most of my categories for the challenge have already been filled, I keep finding books I'd LOVE to read. Darn it. That's what happened to me last year, too, and I gave up early on. But I really want to stick it out this year.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 9:00 PM ET
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Arika, don't forget that you can always change your mind about the books you choose for the challenge. If you find a different book for a category and you want to read it instead of the title you listed, you can do just that with no problem.

If I had been stuck with every title I listed last year, I never, ever would have finished the challenge. You should see me trying to figure out ways to make fantasy books filled with mystical characters fit into this challenge, lol.

Date Posted: 1/9/2011 10:19 PM ET
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Yes -- I have hundreds of books screaming at me simultaneously, resulting in a headache-inducing, gut-wrenching, mind-numbing cacaphony that paralyzes me almost every time I'm ready to choose my next book.

And I blame all of you.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 7:57 AM ET
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My Lynn Flewelling books (I'm blaming these on Genie!) are definitely screaming my name.

Good! A little what-goes-around-comes-around. devil

And you shoulda heard my books yesterday when I picked up The Eight. Vicious lot, they are.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 8:10 AM ET
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I think I have about 400-500 books in my bedroom screaming at me although my werewolf ones howl at me.  I have been trying to repost some I will never read. Too bad I can only pick out 2-3 of those:)

Alice

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 8:20 AM ET
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I have all of my challenge books stacked up in a very visible place, and every time I pass by and get a glimpse of the titles I think "read faster, read faster"!

Diane

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:32 AM ET
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For some reason, it makes me feel better to know your books are all screaming too! :-D

Genie, I just know you are going to love The Eight, then I'm gonna have to try it too, and my whole little oh-so-carefully planned out bookcart is going to be knocked right over. Look at what you are doing to me, Genie....*sob*

Yes -- I have hundreds of books screaming at me simultaneously, resulting in a headache-inducing, gut-wrenching, mind-numbing cacaphony that paralyzes me almost every time I'm ready to choose my next book.

That is the perfect wording for what is happening around my bookshelves! lol

 

I am seriously considering a "Reduce your TBR" mini-challenge!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 11:35 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:18 PM ET
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Yes, mine scream at me. Then I make the problem worse by bringing home library books that must be read by a certain date or I will have to pay money which totally defeats the purpose of using the library in the first place. I. can't. handle. the. pressure!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:40 PM ET
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Yes, you would think that with piles and piles of books everywhere I would have no desire to go to the library...but then I think "but what if there is some really great book sitting there on the shelf that I would never know about if I don't go in there today...

Truly a sickness.

Diane

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:45 PM ET
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I. can't. handle. the. pressure!

 

LOL! Maybe I should consider myself lucky that my tiny rural library has less books than I do? lol

Like Diane, if I thought they had books I needed, I wouldn't be able to stay away. ;-)

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:47 PM ET
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I am seriously considering a "Reduce your TBR" mini-challenge!

Now that's a challenge I think I'm up to.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:51 PM ET
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I am seriously considering a "Reduce your TBR" mini-challenge! 

See, if I ever get around to listing all my TBR books onto a TBR list, I could do a challenge like that. 

I'm reading mainly challenge books for at least January, hopefully February too.  But I thought about making March a "continue your series" month.  I have so many series started and so much time goes by in between them that I'm forgetting some of the character details.

Valli, reducing your TBR would mean not acquiring anything new for a while, and from what I've read here I KNOW you couldn't do that (or I suppose reading 2 books for each one you buy/trade for would technically reduce your TBR pile...)

Diane

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:55 PM ET
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Yes, as you all have " heard" me say, I have got to reduce my TBR pile. I don't even want to go there, as they say, when it comes to mentioning what is screaming at me! Deb summed it up beautifully!!! And no more books will be ordered unless they are on my WL, until I get this mess under control. And to think I now have a KINDLE!!!!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 12:58 PM ET
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And - Oh yeah, Valli - did you suggest a Reduce your TBR "mini" challenge???? As far as I can see, that would be anything but a mini challenge in my case!!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 1:11 PM ET
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 making March a "continue your series" month

I love this idea!  I'm in the exact same boat....too many series already going and several of my challenge books are the first in a series.  I did just finish the last book in a CF series over the weekend, so at least I knocked out one!

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 1:23 PM ET
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The Borgia Bride has been screaming at me. But what's worse - the books screaming at me, or me screaming back at that them "I'm reading as fast as I can!!!!"?
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Date Posted: 1/11/2011 9:04 AM ET
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I have been avoiding my little library room upstairs, cause when I go in I get overwhelmed with which one to start with. I make my daughter go up and randomly pick one for me!!

The book I was dying for (Atlantic by Simon WInchester) I got for Christmas. I got most of the way through than things got hectic at work and i am too tired at night to read. I am hoping to finish it this weekend. i have the house to myself for three days. should be able to finish that and a couple more. wink

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 10:44 AM ET
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Valli, reducing your TBR would mean not acquiring anything new for a while, and from what I've read here I KNOW you couldn't do that (or I suppose reading 2 books for each one you buy/trade for would technically reduce your TBR pile...)

Diane! You are supposed to have faith in me! Or, you are at least supposed to lie and tell me that you believe I can do this! LOL!

 

Polbio, I have made my son choose a book for me several times! I have my books arranged by genre and setting, so I'd tell him what kind of genre I felt like, then make him go grab me one. I've made my husband do it too. I thought I was the only one who did this, lol.

 

I also have too many series started. That sounds like another excellent mini-challenge and one which would fit right into the main challenge, plus the loser mini-challenge.

Date Posted: 1/11/2011 11:03 AM ET
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I also make my DD pick a book for me.  She usually picks a YA book she thinks I will like.  But that's ok, she also will pick from my room as she knows my overflow of books is getting to me.  I have to give her credit....the majority of books she picks for me, I really like.  :D

I like the March  catch up on series month.  I made a list last year of series I have going.  Oui!  I really should wipe out a few, before I start more....but its so hard to say no to the books that talk to you.

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