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Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge

Hi, everyone! Time for another 2012 Reading Challenge!!

I actually have bookCASES, not bookSHELVES, of books that haven't been read. I have books that have been there for 22 years that haven't been read! You know how it is, good intentions and all...I just ended up buying more and more books and the ones on the shelf never got read! I even have boxes of unread books packed away because I had no more bookcases to unpack them! What I need to do is join a challenge where I read ONLY what is on my shelf and don't buy!! Yeah, that will never happen :)

This challenge is being hosted by Jessica at Books: A true story.

Here are the details copied from Jessica's blog:

2012 The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge

Here are the steps for this challenge:

1. Write a blog post with a list of all those books that are literally or figuratively sitting on your shelf that you’ve been meaning to read for a while. You can pick books that you bought and haven’t read or books that you’ve just been waiting to read for a long time. Feel free to use the badge I made at the top of this post.

2. Pick a level

~Pixie Dust – Read 0-5 books

~Dust Bunny – Read 5-10 books

~Cobwebs – Read 10-15 books

~Grungy – Read 20+ books

EXTRA CREDIT-Say how long that book has been sitting on your shelf!

3. Link your blog post where you are doing the challenge at the bottom of this post (with the blue button) and then enter the giveaway!

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I would love to reach Grungy Level, but I'm going to be realistic and go for PIXIE DUST (read 0-5 books).


I am going to keep track of my progress below (I simply cannot list all of the dusty reads sitting on my shelves; I am going to go through them and pick out five books for the challenge and list them below):
  1. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) (on the shelf since 1980)
  2. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (on the shelf since 2009) 
  3. Incans, Aztecs & Mayans by John Holzmann (on the shelf since 2009) 
  4. Listening to Crickets: A Story about Rachel Carson by Candice F. Ransom (on the shelf since 2009)
  5. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole (on the shelf since 2009)
  6. Toliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady (on the shelf since 2009)
  7. Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega, Book 0.5) (on the shelf since 2010) 
  8. Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone (on the shelf since 2010) 
  9. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 1) (on the shelf since 2011) 
  10. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega, Book 1) (on the shelf since 2010)
  11. Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega, Book 2) (on the shelf since 2010) 
  12. Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins (Landmark Books, Book 28) (on the shelf since 2009) 
  13. Cinema of Shadows by Michael West (on the shelf since 2011) 
  14. The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham (on the shelf since 2009) 
  15. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (on the shelf since 2009) 
  16. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (on the shelf since 2010) 
  17. 3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross (Women's Murder Club, Book 3) (on the shelf since 2010)
  18. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (on the shelf since 2010)
  19. If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy (on the shelf since 2009)
  20. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Anna, Book 1) (the hardcover version has been on the shelf since 2011)
  21. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (Nevermore, Book 1) (on the shelf since 2010)
  22. Loose Gravel by David P. Holmes (on the shelf since 2011)
  23. The Gunslinger by Stephen King (The Dark Tower, Book 1) (on the shelf since 1985)
  24. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (on the shelf since 2010) 
  25. (on the shelf since 1993)  
  26. Thee, Hannah! by Marguerite de Angeli (on the shelf since 2009) 
  27. William Wilberforce: God's Politician by John Holzmann (on the shelf since 2009)
  28. The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (on the shelf since 2009)
  29. The New Guy: Gathering Bonus Short by Kelley Armstrong (Darkness Rising, Book 1.1) (on the shelf since 2011)
  30. The Winter at Valley Forge: Survival and Victory by James E. Knight (Adventures in Colonial America) (on the shelf since 2009)
  31. American Indian Prayer Guide by Danette Maloof  (on the shelf since 2009)
  32. First Encyclopedia of Seas & Oceans by Ben Denne  (on the shelf since 2009)
  33. Mysteries & Marvels of Nature by Elizabeth Dalby (on the shelf since 2009)
  34. The Usborne Science Encyclopedia by Annabel Craig and Cliff Rosney (on the shelf since 2009)
  35. Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? by Jean Fritz (on the shelf since 2009) 
  36. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz  (on the shelf since 2009)
  37. What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz (on the shelf since 2009) 
  38. You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party! by Peter Cook (You Wouldn't Want to... series) (on the shelf since 2009)
  39. Water by Trevor Day (See for Yourself series)  (on the shelf since 2009)
  40. The Story of the U.S.A., Book 1: Explorers and Settlers by Franklin Escher, Jr. (on the shelf since 2009) 
  41. Real Science-4-Kids: Biology, Level I by Dr. Rebecca W. Keller (on the shelf since 2009)
  42. Lyrical Life Science, Volume 1 by Doug C. Eldon (on the shelf since 2009) 
  43. Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton (Agatha Raisin, Book 2) (on the shelf since 1994)


  1. Thanks for joining my challenge! I still can't believe you have books on your shelves that have been there for 22 years. You win the Dustiest Book Award (it's not real, but you can totally have it :) Can't wait to see what books you read!

    Jessica @ Books: A true story

  2. @Jessica: Thanks for hosting, and thanks for the Dustiest Book Award, LOL!

    I think The Chronicles of Narnia box-set is the dustiest book on my shelf. I have had them for 33 years, and I never finished the series! I read the first 2 books, started the 3rd, when I was 8 years old. That's as far as I got! Now, my plan is to read the series with my 9 year-old daughter. Yes, I joined the 2012 Narnia Challenge!

  3. You read 46 books!!? I am not worthy :D Awesome job. I just added your link to the finishers page. Congrats on finishing so many books!

    1. I did! What I am really happy about is that about 40% of the total books that I read last year (46/111) were the ones on my shelves! It feels good to get to some that were really waiting a long time to be read!

  4. You read 46 books!!? I am not worthy :D Awesome job. I just added your link to the finishers page. Congrats on finishing so many books!


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