Every now and again, out of boredom or necessity or pure whimsy I set myself odd little reading challenges. That’s part of the joy of having a book blog, I can do that. And I’ve done it again.
I have a book hoarding problem. I just do. Usually I can limit it to ebooks, so it’s not too disruptive. But at the moment, my physical book shelves are stacked two deep and literally overflowing. My office is becoming a bit of a death trap. So, I have to read some of them.
The problem is that my Kindle is so easy to schlep around. Plus, I’ve promised myself that once a book is read I won’t keep it unless it is signed or an absolute favorite. So, though I always want to read, I sometimes don’t want to do the thing that means I have to give the book away afterwards. I know, it’s weird. But I keep bringing books into the house, so now I have to set some free.
I mean, that was part of the point of building a Little Free Library in my front yard. Well, that and it’s just cool. I have no excuse to not be filling it with finished books.
This brings me to my challenge. I went through and pulled out all the itty-bitty books. I don’t usually pick up novellas, but I have several. And I know reading them won’t clear as much space as reading some bigger books. But I figure each of them should only take a couple hours to read, so it’s a good way to do a bit of a clear-out without committing weeks to the task. (Nope, I’m not rationalizing this at all.)
There are 18 little books there. Most, though not all I won and it’s a pretty diverse pile. There’s some bizzaro in there, as well as some inspirational stuff, a memoir, some non-fiction, humor, short story collections, horror, poetry, lit fict, political satire, even a freakin’ play. I figure I can finish one a day for the next few weeks, along with my normal reading and feel like I’ve accomplished something significant. (Hush, that’s what I’m going with.)
In case you can’t read all the titles, the stack includes:
Ghachar Ghochar, by Vivek Shanbhag
- I’m Only Here for the WiFi, by Chelsea Fagan
Can’t Fight Fate, by Lisa N. Edwards Infected, by Janine R. Pestel 12 Hours of Daylight, by Tameka Mullins Mighty Coconuts, by Deepa Remesh
- Sarah, by J. T. LeRoy
- George & Martha, by Karen Finley
- The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
- An Anthology of Regional Poetry, by Chris Hayden
I Died in a Bed of Roses, by Kevin Strange Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana, by Jacob M. Appel
- Brunelleschi’s Dome, by Ross King
- Undivided Lines, by Robert Lampros
The Whimsicals, by Mr. Bohemian
- Well, Let Me Just Tell It All, by Chris W. Scholl
- Saman, by Ayu Utami
The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline, by Tabitha Caplinger The Gifted Storyteller, by Gregg Korrol Resistance, by B. R. Sanders The Magic Laundry, by Jacob M. Appel The “Wonderful” Wizard of Futhermucking Oz, by Matt Youngmark
- Remedies For Vertigo, by Walter Bargen
- Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’, by Jane Ellen Ibur
- Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student, by Loren Mayshark
Reflection in the Music, by LaTara Moore
- A Bit of Earth, by Wendt Crisp Lestina
- Land on fire, by Fary Ferguson
Not pictured, but added to the challenge after the fact (because I keep getting more books):
Unveil my Millennium, by Eric Nimberger Neutral Space, by Rebecca Tran The Inheritance, by Jacqueline Seewald The Alpha Experiment, by Kyle R. Sullivan We are Making the World a Better Place, by K. I. Hope The Devil’s Advocate, by Sulak V. Breaking Away, by Cary Groshek
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Anyhow, between these, the book bundle I’m currently reading (Carole Cumming’s Wolf’s-Own), the bundle I’m listening to (Sarah Noffke’s Vagabond Circus) and the Netgalley books I’ve committed to for the next couple months, not to mention I need to read review request book, I aught to be kept busy in the near future.
I think I’ll start with B. R. Sanders book, because I’ve loved everything I’ve read by them so far. But beyond that, I’m open for suggestions on what I should move up or down the pile.
Edit May 5, 2018: I set this challenge and then it quickly fell off my radar. If anything, the stack has grown, as I’ve added to it. So, I’m starting again, recommitting to finishing it. Below is the new stack (what’s left of the first and what I’ve added to it since, but not read before the second picture). The vertical ones, I’ve pulled out because it turns out that they’re all poetry.
I won’t re-list anything above and the few that I read before taking this second picture will have to do without visual evidence of their existence. But, here are the additions.
Kaleidoscope, by Chip R. Bell The Slave, by Anand Dilvar
- Morningstar, by Ann Hood
- Tuesday With Morey, by Mitch Albom
- Escape Routes, by Johann Christoph Arnold
- Another Fine Mess, by Pope Brock
Consciousness Archaeology, by Maximus Freeman Welcome to my Chair, by Lee Holland Loving Violet, by Steven Lewis
- You Can’t Kill the Dream, by And Yanks/Daniel Brannan
- Bring Out the Dog, by Will Mackin
- Undivided Lives, by Robert Lampros
- Unmarked Trails, by Jane Flink
- My Amazing Transformation of Love, Courage, and Wisdom, by Marty Cole
- The Best Chronicles of Rubem Alves, by Rubem Alves/Glenn Alan Cheney
- Sweet Justice, by Andrew Smith
- My Diary, by Annan Jazz Von
- Memory in Silhouette, by T. L. Cooper
- Life in the Slow Lane, by Ruth Anderson
- The Purity of Jazz…, by James R. Campbell
- District and Circle, by Seamus Heaney
A Mother’s Love, by Mia Henry
- Dead Monochrome Doggerel, Dominique Cypres
If I keep adding to the pile I’ll never finish it. But oh well, I’m going to try……….Is that laughter I hear? Yeah, cause I keep adding.