Books: A True Story is hosting the 2013 Dusty Bookshelf Challenge. I've never done a book challenge before, but this seemed like one that I could get on board with. It is a challenge to read books that have been living on your book shelf, collecting dust. Earlier this year, I actually cleaned out my bookshelf because I had collected so many books over the years (a lot of them from college) and I knew that I would never read some of those books again. So, I gave away like 30 books at my neighborhood swap. But, even after my book purge, I still have quite a few books on my shelf that either I haven't read yet or haven't read in years. In my opinion, there is no reason to own a book unless you intend to read it multiple times. It is like a movie. Why buy a movie if you are only going to watch it once?
I am going to try and read a Pixie Dust level of dust off my shelf, which is equivalent to 1-5 books. Here are the books that I'm hoping to read off my existing shelf.
1. I, Robot by Isaac Asomov. I have had this book since I was 17 and still haven't read it, so it has been sitting on my shelf for 11 years now; it is time.
2. Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan. I've read this book before, but I need to read it again to get caught up and ready for the release of the final book in the series.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. A friend gave me the complete works of Jane Austin 4 years ago and I have not yet finished a single book in it, though I have started it many times. It is finally time to read this thing.
I'm going to start with this short list and then hopefully, if I am able to read these three, then I can try and read more off my shelf.
If you want to join the challenge, you can sign up for it by posting a blog post, posting a comment on the original post at Books: A True Story, or joining the Goodreads group.