I have kept to The Dare this year, but overall, my reading is down from past years. My reading is down overall so this is no reflection on The Dare. I did find some treasure in my TBR stack– A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr is a new favorite book that I might not have ever read but for The Dare.
My total for The Dare is 18 books, most of them on the short side. I went after the short books in my TBR stack in a naked attempt to jack up my numbers this time around. I’ve already culled 15 books that will be going to the Friends of the Library Book Sale un-read, and I’ll probably do another 15 this week once The Dare is over. If they’ve been on my TBR shelf more than five years, it’s time to admit that I’m never going to read them.
And I will confess that I have a stack of about 20 books waiting to be added to my TBR case. Remember, The TBR Double Dog Dare was not a book-buying ban. I could never go without buying books for three months. So the books I bought along with the ones that came in the mail mean that my TBR list will go down just about 20 books when it could have gone down much more what with the culling and the reading I’ve done.
I can’t say that I really learned anything this time around. The first time I did The Dare was kind of eye-opening. Forcing myself to read only what I already owned for three months changed the way I read a little. But after so many years of running The Dare I’ve become someone who regularly reads from the TBR list. I’m a lot more picky about what I add to the TBR stack than I used to be now that I so clearly know what happens to those books.
So, I’ve got a feeling that this may be the last time I run this activity. Who knows how I’ll feel about it come next fall, but if you think you might be interested in taking it over, please let me know. I’ll be happy to pass the dog leash over.
Meantime, how did you do? And what bookstore will you be visiting on Wednesday, April 1? I hope to visit Pegasus Books in Berkeley, one of my new favorites.