Update: Read it or Lose it

Last January, I selected 20 books in my house that I had been meaning to read, but just hadn’t gotten around to. I vowed that if I didn’t read them in the next year, I would give the unread books away. In the end I finished 9 of the books on my list.

The books I finished were:
The Book That Changed My Life edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen. Finished March 2013.
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food by Gary Paul Nabhan. Finished May 2013.
Daughter of Heaven by Leslie Li. Finished March 2013.
Defiance by Carla Jablonski. Finished January 2013.
Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. Finished January 2013.
Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter by Ruth Rendell. Finished August 2013.
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez. Finished February 2013.
The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family’s Legacy of Infidelities by Katharine Weber. Finished January 2014.
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull. Finished December 2013.

Started but never got in to:
Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels by Jill Jonnes
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Lewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi
Radio On by Sarah Vowell
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney Wilfred Mintz
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America by Lillian Faderman

Never even picked up (guess I didn’t want to read them as much as I thought):
Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
Origins by Amin Maalouf
Trash by Dorothy Allison
What You Call Winter by Nalini Jones

Didn’t finish, but giving myself an exception and keeping, because I make the rules, dammit!
The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

All the books I didn’t finish are getting donated. If any are on your To Read list, and you’d like me to send them to you, just let me know!

Update: Read it or Lose it

Read It or Lose It!

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Jami would tell you that I love a challenge. I like to set a goal and make it a game to complete it. So this year, my goal is to get through some of the many books that have been floating around my house for me to read “some day”. To that end I’ve picked 20 books that I’ve been meaning to read, put them all on my nightstand (above), and if I don’t read them by the end of the year, I will give them away. These are the books I will FINALLY read in 2013:

The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
The Book That Changed My Life edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food by Gary Paul Nabhan
Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels by Jill Jonnes
Daughter of Heaven by Leslie Li
Defiance by Carla Jablonski
Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter by Ruth Rendell
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Lewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi
Lies Across America by James W. Loewen
The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family’s Legacy of Infidelities by Katharine Weber
Origins by Amin Maalouf
Radio On by Sarah Vowell
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney Wilfred Mintz
To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America by Lillian Faderman
Trash by Dorothy Allison
What You Call Winter by Nalini Jones

Read It or Lose It!