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22 March 2005 @ 02:33 pm
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Despite my best intentions. I came back with a new pile of books yesterday from the bookcrossing Irish meeting. So I think it's probably time to update my BC to-be-read list. In retrospect, I couldn't have come away with just a couple, as I had actually asked for most of the books, rather than picking them off the table. My greed will never cease.

obtained this year
Freedom Evolves This is a ring, so it'll be next to be read
Sushi for Beginners
Best of Friends
Tears of the Giraffe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (reserved)
Under the Tuscan Sun
Sisters of the Night
Babylon 5:Clark's Law
Diamond Mask
Soul Mountain
The Measure of All Things
The Bookseller of Kabul (reserved)
The Dune Storybook
The Lord of the Rings Official Movie Guide
The Baker's Boy
A Man Betrayed
Master and Fool
Complete Book Of Spells
Absolution by Murder
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Bishops Heir Kelson 1
Possession: A Romance
First- Time Around the World
Friends: the Totally 100% Unofficial Friends Special
Middlesex : A Novel (reserved)
The Colour Purple
Vintage Stuff

obtained last year, resolved to be read by end of this year
A Spy for the Redeemer
Digital Fortress : A Thriller
In Search of Stones: A Pilgrimage of Faith, Reason and Discovery
Richard III (Dover Thrift Editions)
Screwtape Letters, The [UNABRIDGED] (started & reserved)
The Bible Unearthed : Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin (started & reserved)
The King's Bishop : An Owen Archer Mystery (An Owen Archer Mystery)
The Measure of All Things
The Tightrope Wedding (reserved)
This Day All Gods Die: The Gap into Ruin (Gap Series/Stephen R. Donaldson) on book 3 of the series
Three Brass Balls, The Story of the Irish Pawnshop
Three Musketeers (Wordsworth Classics) (current read, reserved)
Through a glass darkly

I had been confident enough that I would finish all last year's by the end of this year, but now I'm not so sure. I keep picking up more recent ones.
wyvernfriend: Mount TBRwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah the BookCrossing Meetings are bad for my mountain. I managed to resist a lot of temptation this time and am slowly but surely getting through my pile.

Of course that's before I actually acknowledge my catches tonight.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 22nd, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
I caught 8 last night, plus 1 return of a permanent collection book. At least I managed to give away 9, IIRC.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
I gave away IIRC about twice what I took away with me!
a very caring potatomollydot on March 22nd, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
That's generally my aim, but I always fail!
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
I just think that I had got through so many books in the last month that it was nearly impossible for me to end up with a lot of them again!
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of instituting a three strikes and then out, if I start a book 3 times and put it down it should go away to someone else.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 22nd, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I'm not sure if I have the willpower though!

Four of the ones from last years list I actually bought to bookcross, not to read, so I'm not quite sure how I managed to let them sneak on to my TBR list. I might skip those ones. Or skim them.

The Bible Unearthed has been started since last year. It's fascinating, but I find it hard to read more than a few paragraphs at a time. But as it is interesting, I'm unwilling to let it go yet. The Three Musketeers had a slow start but is going ok now. The Screwtape Letters is only delayed because I'm more likely to sit down with a book than a tape.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, some books need to be digested and some are like eating a box of roses, you get to the bottom and wonder where the sweets went!

I'm thinking that the rule is more for books I find myself having to think about reading not ones that need thought between chapters. And for the ones that you have to start reading again cause you honestly don't remember what happened last time you picked it up and honestly suspect that you just put the bookmark into a random spot.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 22nd, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have any like that. Maybe some of my own non-fiction, but no BC books.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
There were a few BC books that I took on spec and then brought back a few months later because they failed to engage my interest.

Some of my own home TBR mountain is getting put onto BookCrossing over time because I'm failing to read them. Some of the rest are because I realised that many of them I would have given back gladly to the library if I had borrowed them that way so away they go.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 22nd, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
I have some that I would have returned if library books, but with the intention of taking them out again. Perhaps I could ring those ones.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 22nd, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
See I occasionally pick up books from donations or in Oxfam, and my mum gives me a book every christmas, many of which are completely wrong for me!