lunes, 5 de enero de 2009

Support Your Local Library Challenge

Since I couldn't even make it a full month into my harebrained plan to go a year without books, I've decided to join the 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge in recognition of my status as "easy prey" for book dealers everywhere. While I have no delusions that signing up to read 12, 25 or even 50 library books in 2009 will cure me of the need to purchase every other book I touch, I'm curious to see whether commiting to read a library book a week (my goal = 50, to be chosen from the "local library" right outside my office at work) will help break me of the habit...somewhat. In any event, all my reviews for the challenge will be linked here below as I get to them. See you later in the stacks!
  • 1/50: Leonardo Sciascia, The Day of the Owl (review)
  • 2/50: Mel Gordon, The Seven Addictions and Five Professions of Anita Berber: Weimar Berlin's Priestess of Depravity (review)
  • 3/50: Mike Dash, Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century (review)
  • 4/50: Richard Grant, God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre (review)
  • 5/50: Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (review)
  • 6/50: Mary Austin, The Land of Little Rain (review)
  • 7/50: John Dunning, Booked to Die: A Mystery Introducing Cliff Janeway (review)
  • 8/50: Nicola Denzey, The Bone Gatherers: The Lost Worlds of Early Christian Women (review)
  • 9/50: Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby y compañía [Bartleby & Co.] (review)
  • 10/50: Andrea Camilleri, The Shape of Water [La forma dell'acqua] (review)
  • 11/50: Hanan al-Shaykh, The Story of Zahra (review)
  • 12/50: Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North (review)

6 comentarios:

  1. Wanted to stop in and welcome you to this challenge. If you haven't already, feel free to join us at the Yahoo Groups where others are participating in this challenge as well as others.

  2. Thanks, J. Kaye! I look forward to the challenge.

  3. haaha, this is a great one! I wouldn't be able to do year without books either.

    I was thinking of joining this one, I don't see any reason not to because I do check stuff out from the lib all the time.

  4. Yeah, it's certainly a budget-friendly challenge, Bethany. I'm still buying books, of course, but at least I'm screening some of them first before automatically reaching for my wallet. What a bizarre concept!

  5. yes, spending money on books has always been easy....but now that I have too many to read I am TRYING to stop. Should there be an AA for book folks!? ha.

  6. I'd attend an AA for book folks even if they didn't serve coffee or doughnuts. Good idea (but I'm not sure I'd really want to be cured of that addiction to tell the truth)!