Rummanah Aasi

  My TBR pile has gotten out of control. I have two and half bookcases full of books that are filled to the brim. I've now started putting them in bags because I can't find room on the shelves! I bought almost all of them from my public library's used book sale where all the proceeds benefit the library's collection. So, really it's a good thing I bought them. ;) To tell you the truth, I don't think I've read anywhere close to 20% of what I have on the shelves already. I already know that I will go back and buy more this fall. It's not that I lost interest in them, in just that I get distracted by new releases. *Sigh* So when I saw the Off The Shelf Challenge, which is hosted by Bookish Armour, I knew this is the kick in the butt that I need to start clearing my shelves.

Important information regarding this challenge: This challenge is to read those books you own copies of, but have never got around to reading. If you don't have many that you own, but have a massive TBR shelf you're welcome to read those ones as long as you don't add new ones. You don't need to actually get rid of your books after you've read them, this is just to read them. This challenge runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2011.

How to Participate

1. Decide which challenge level you'll be doing (see below) - do not include books that you buy from the start of this challenge.

2. Grab the badge and post it on a side bar or in a signature (if you want to participate but aren't blogging, there is a Submission For Non Bloggers).

3. Create your own post to let all your readers know you’re taking part in the challenge and at what level (if you're really proficient you can list your books!). Make sure to link back to this page with either one of the buttons or a text link.

4. Use the link form to enter into the challenge by sharing your challenge post url and your name (either your name, blog name, or both). Please don't use the comment form to participate, only to comment on the challenge or something else..

5. Submit your reviews (if you choose to review them, but that is optional) on the review page.

6. When you’ve completed your challenge let us know on the completion post. If you're using a tag or category, the Bookish Armour recommends sharing the link back so that everyone participating in the challenge can find them.


Challenge Levels


Tempted– Choose 5 books to read

Trying – Choose 15 books to read

Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read

On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read

Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read

For extra hard challenges:

Hoarder – Choose 76-125 books to read

Buried – Choose 126-200 books to read


My level for this challenge will be Making a Dent: reading 30 books from my TBR pile. I don't have a tentative list right now, but I will post a compilation here as well as on the completion post of this challenge. Although this challenge doesn't require you to pass your books along when you're done, I'll be weeding my shelves and may even do a few giveaways, so stay tuned.

Books Read from my TBR Pile

  1. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  2. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Khaf
  3. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
  4. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  5. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffins
  6. The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  10. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris 
  11. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 
  12. Wings (Wings #1) by Aprilynne Pike 
  13. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy 
  14. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 
  15. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 
  16. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen 
  17. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott 
  18. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 
  19. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpah Lahiri
  20. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  21. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  22. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
  23. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  24. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  25.  Many Stones by Carolyn Corman
  26.  Tithe by Holly Black
  27.  Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  28.  Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
  29.  The Theif by Megan Whallen Turner
  30.  Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
  31.  That Summer by Sarah Dessen
  32.  Soldier X by Don Wulffson
  33.  Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
  34.  Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  35.  Pigman by Paul Zindel
  36.  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  37.  The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybeck
  38.  Naked Song (Poems) by Lalla
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