It’s been a month, one-third of the way through, how is everyone doing with the TBR Triple Dog Dare?
So far it’s been pretty easy for me this time around–probably a result of doing it for so many years now I’ve lost count. I’ve developed something of a taste for my own TBR shelves lately anyway; I’m not all that interested in what’s new and current these days. I do still find quite a few books that are “new to me” from reading book blogs, but I don’t have the same sense of urgency about keeping up with current titles that I used to have.
So, I’ve been reading from my own TBR shelves, four books at a time currently, having a great time. I’ve not found anything really wonderful yet, but I have been enjoying myself quite a bit. Right now I’m reading The Visitor by Sheri Tepper, a post-apocalyptic fantasy that is good escapist fun so far; The Man Who Watched Trains Go By by Simenon which is dark, very dark, creepy and suspenseful; the third book in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Series which is sadly not as good as the first two were so far; and The World Rushed In a massive first hand account of the California Gold Rush.
I just finished Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich which was not funny at all. The other Russian classic’s I’ve read have all be pretty funny, at least at times, but Tolstoy seems to have no sense of humor at all.
All of the books but the Ferrante one have been gathering dust on my TBR stacks for some time now, at least a couple of years each. It’s good to finally get to them. I’m doing 100 to 150 pages a night which has really cut back on my Netflix/Hulu addiction. Good for me but bad for Hulu I guess. They’ll get over it.
I’m cheating a little in that I am reading YA books for school. I picked up two books from my school library and had my students vote on which one I should read. It was a very close vote but I’ll be reading something called The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meagan McIssac later today. Having my students vote on what I should read really got them interested in the books. The “loser” is in a students hands as we speak.
We’re doing Book Bingo this semester, too, which is also paying off. I’m doing it along with them which has been making them much more aware of reading. No one has a bingo yet but a few students are very close. I had them do a little assignment about reading where they calculated how many books they could read in a semester if they only read 20 minutes a night on school nights only. Turns out, they were very surprised by how much they could read and by how much more that would be than what many of them usually read. That and Book Bingo has already got a few of them reading much more than they did last fall.
And no one has to take an Accelerated Reader quiz either.
So what have you found in your TBR stacks?