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message 1: by Cynthia (last edited Mar 01, 2010 04:39AM) (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments 20.7 - (I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie - Potjy - Time To Declutter
Find a thing in your house/room that should be thrown/given/swapped away, and read a book that related in any way to that object. Just explain how you connect them when you post the task.

Example: I let a big box of cassette tapes sitting around in my room for a decade, so I can read The Song Reader (about music and song), The Hotel New Hampshire (published in 1981, the heyday of cassette tapes), The Friday Night Knitting Club (I think the tape should be reused as handicraft material), or any book in audio format.

(If you are a totally tidy person, you can use things you already threw away. And the real throwing is encouraged, but not required.)


message 2: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments Oooh... The audiobook one totally works for me. I just threw out a book on cassette that I'd had lying around for about a year and a half (unlistened to, mind you), and I've got a TON of cassette tapes my husband keeps bugging me to get rid of. Of course, bugging me is SO not the way to get me to get rid of them... I now listen to the Tiffany cassette as much as possible... just to drive him crazy ;) (Even though I have all the songs I like on my Zune...) Oye, the quality is bad...


message 3: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments If what I need to declutter are books that I don't want to keep but would prefer to swap with others who could enjoy them, does that leave me reading a book about books? (oy getting sick of those)

Or what about the fact that I have a broken computer I need to take to a place that will wipe it out and recycle it? Does that leave me reading a computer books? Or could it be with a main character who uses the computer a lot...or maybe a book about people who meet online?

Let me know what you think...


message 4: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Awesome! Going to read Memories of the Future - Volume 1 by Wil Wheaton.

I have a ton of Star Trek:TNG RPG Books that I really should donate! And this novel is Wil Wheaton's reviews on the first half of ST:TNG's First Season.


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments I have alot of things to declutter lol..but mainly clothes! Could I read about fashion?


message 6: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments oooh...clothes. Good idea.

You know what else I have to declutter? I have a ton of cardboard boxes that need to be recycled. I would love to read a book about cardboard.

LOL


message 7: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Nicole,

Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius HEE! This sounds like a cute book!


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments I give away alot of clothes every season it seems. I been wanting to read "Confessions of a Shopaholic.


message 9: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments Sara ♥ wrote: "Oooh... The audiobook one totally works for me. I just threw out a book on cassette that I'd had lying around for about a year and a half (unlistened to, mind you), and I've got a TON of cassette ..."

Lucky you. My cassette player broke down years ago. And some of my cassettes are by obscure French or Russian singers! I don't know how and where I could get those songs again. :(



Nicole wrote: "If what I need to declutter are books that I don't want to keep but would prefer to swap with others who could enjoy them, does that leave me reading a book about books? (oy getting sick of those)
..."


For the books, you can choose a specific book, and read a book with same theme or same author, etc. Or you can read a book about swapping in general. The choice is unlimited, as long as you can explain it.

And I like the kind of books you relate to the computer (the computer books not included). That's the kind of things I'm looking for.

By the way, my cats would love those cardboard boxes, they prefer them to any scratching post. So, would you love to read any cat book? hehe



Tanja wrote: "Awesome! Going to read Memories of the Future - Volume 1 by Wil Wheaton.

I have a ton of Star Trek:TNG RPG Books that I really should donate! And this novel is Wil Wheaton's revie..."


Wow. I love that idea.



Jamie wrote: "I have alot of things to declutter lol..but mainly clothes! Could I read about fashion?"

Certainly.


message 10: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments Sara ♥ wrote: "Oooh... The audiobook one totally works for me. I just threw out a book on cassette that I'd had lying around for about a year and a half (unlistened to, mind you), and I've got a TON of cassette ..."

Lucky you. My cassette player broke down years ago. And some of my cassettes are by obscure French or Russian singers! I don't know how and where I could get those songs again. :("


Oh, gosh. I just have a little hand-held tape recorder/player I used to tape lectures sometimes. It's sitting in the bucket with all my old tapes... ;)


message 11: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments Jayme wrote: "I give away alot of clothes every season it seems. I been wanting to read "Confessions of a Shopaholic."

Nice idea!


message 12: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Potjy, *giggles* I was so focused on the computer I recently gave away until I skimmed my TBR to notice Wil Wheaton. I haven't used my ST:TNG RPG books in FOREVER long! I honestly should donate to the local comic store ^.^


message 13: by Kim D (new)

Kim D (kdimattia) | 199 comments So I have a bunch of purses and shoes that I need to get rid of so I can then read a book about handbags/purses and or shoes in some way, or with those words in the title??


message 14: by Diane (new)

Diane | 742 comments I have so much spring cleaning to do! Here are a few options I have considered for this task:

I have recently cleaned out all my cupboards, but my fridges and freezers need some serious TLC. I noticed there is an open bottle of wine in the back of the fridge that has been there for a few months - The Wine of Astonishment, and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit rotting in the produce bin.
Also, there are tons of kids toys and clothing that needs to go bye-bye - Ake: The Years of Childhood.
I got divorced in January and there is a lot of stuff left here by my ex that needs to be purged - The Divorce Party: A Novel.
Last but not least, EVERYTHING needs to be dusted - Intruder in the Dust and Out of the Dust.

Let me know if any of these work.


message 15: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Jayme wrote: "I give away alot of clothes every season it seems. I been wanting to read "Confessions of a Shopaholic."

That is a good idea! A lot of times I keep clothes that people give me but I don't want because I don't want to hurt their feelings (like they care). Or clothes I don't fit but want to fit again. Or clothes I just don't know where to throw away to.


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments Kathryn, if you haven't worn something in more than 2 years, it's time to give it away. I know the separation will be hard but think about how someone else can benefit from it. Plus, when you give these people clothes, do you really think they are keeping them after they no longer fit? Of course, I am not really that attached to my clothes I guess. :)


message 17: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Exceptions to the not worn rule - EXTREMELY fancy ball gowns. They're expensive. If you think you'd wear at the next special event, keep. If you think it's dated, TOSS! I only mention this since gows can get very expensive. I've kept one or two for emergencies. Otherwise, I donated the rest to Goodwill in hopes a teen got a hold of it for Prom.


message 18: by Sally (new)

Sally (sallysimply) | 541 comments Nicole, if you want to get rid of your books and are tired of reading books about books, here's an interesting one I just stumbled upon - Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons

It's a book about books, but not in the traditional sense. I haven't read it or anything, but it seems interesting.

I'll probably read a book about fashion or shoes. I have an incredible amount of clothes and shoes to give away.


message 19: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Kim wrote: "So I have a bunch of purses and shoes that I need to get rid of so I can then read a book about handbags/purses and or shoes in some way, or with those words in the title??"

Handbags and Halos we can both read this as I need to get rid of loads of my Handbags as well lol.


message 20: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Sally wrote: "Nicole, if you want to get rid of your books and are tired of reading books about books, here's an interesting one I just stumbled upon - Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in..."</i>

[book:Shoe Addicts Anonymous
is this any help Sally?

I am going to be readin this for another task and I have had it on good authority its very good.



message 21: by Angela (new)

Angela | 370 comments Diane I hope the Divorce task is approved...I got divorced in December and I have been hanging on to my wedding dress, photos, and other misc items that remind me of him, but they need to GO!!


message 22: by Kim D (new)

Kim D (kdimattia) | 199 comments Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Kim wrote: "So I have a bunch of purses and shoes that I need to get rid of so I can then read a book about handbags/purses and or shoes in some way, or with those words in the title??"

Ha..."</i>

There is also [book:Handbags and Homicide
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message 23: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Angela - I was divorced years ago. I still have the wedding gown and wedding rings. Not sure where to take the dress. The rings are a rain day nest egg in case things get REALLY tough! But in regards to photos, what I did was store them OUT OF SIGHT and a few years later when I wasn't as emotionally injured went through what photos to keep or toss.

Hope your task gets approved!


message 24: by Diane (last edited Mar 01, 2010 10:49AM) (new)

Diane | 742 comments Angela wrote: "Diane I hope the Divorce task is approved...I got divorced in December and I have been hanging on to my wedding dress, photos, and other misc items that remind me of him, but they need to GO!!"

Yes they do! I'm going to keep the photos though, for the kids. Everything else is outta here!


message 25: by Sally (new)

Sally (sallysimply) | 541 comments Thanks for the suggestion Fiona! That book looks cute!


message 26: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Sally wrote: "Thanks for the suggestion Fiona! That book looks cute!"

When and if you read it, we can chat about it and say what we think of it.


message 27: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Kim wrote: "Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Kim wrote: "So I have a bunch of purses and shoes that I need to get rid of so I can then read a book about handbags/purses and or shoes in some way, or with those words in th..."

Sounds good Kim, might see if library has a copy lol x


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Tanja wrote: "Nicole,

Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius HEE! This sounds like a cute book!"


Omg! HILARIOUS!

I also like Potjy's suggestion about cats. I love cats! My cat loved the boxes too before we broke them done for recycling.

I think I will seriously do one of those things!


message 29: by Sally (new)

Sally (sallysimply) | 541 comments Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Sally wrote: "Thanks for the suggestion Fiona! That book looks cute!"

When and if you read it, we can chat about it and say what we think of it."


Sounds good to me! I need to finish picking my books so I can decide on a reading schedule.


message 30: by Angela (new)

Angela | 370 comments Tanja and Diane: I hope it gets approved too!


message 31: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Sally wrote: "Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Sally wrote: "Thanks for the suggestion Fiona! That book looks cute!"

When and if you read it, we can chat about it and say what we think of it."

Sounds good to me! I need t..."


Sally, read it at ur leisure. I will just read your review and ask questions lol x


message 32: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Jayme wrote: "Kathryn, if you haven't worn something in more than 2 years, it's time to give it away. I know the separation will be hard but think about how someone else can benefit from it. Plus, when you give ..."

lol, that is probably good advice to go by. Clothes and books are two things I can't seem to part with! I connect memories to both and usually when I toss something, I think I am tossing the memory. Totally irrational, I know!


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments well now, I never said to give up your books but I do ocassionally give books away i know i won't have the time to read and someone else can appreciate.


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments bridesmaid gowns are useless after the wedding.


message 35: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments I actually really like my bridesmaid dress. And I am planning on wearing it to the theater next month!


message 36: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments I'm not sure if this will work, but last summer I got obsessed with reading all of the JD Robb "In Death" books. To the point that if I was on a wait list at the library, I'd just go buy the paperback instead (VERY unlike me -- I hate owning things!). So now I have a few lying around that I need to donate.

Could I read the newest "In Death" book, Fantasy in Death, and then donate the old ones?


message 37: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments God lord, there are thirty books in that series? That is crazy!!!


message 38: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments Well, my kids spent a lot of time in the pool, so I had a lot of reading time!

They are really fun. Future cop meets bad-boy-billionaire.


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments Kathryn wrote: "I actually really like my bridesmaid dress. And I am planning on wearing it to the theater next month!"

I never rewore any of my braidsmaid dresses. They are too frilly and fancy to wear again.


message 40: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments Tanja wrote: "Potjy, *giggles* I was so focused on the computer I recently gave away until I skimmed my TBR to notice Wil Wheaton. I haven't used my ST:TNG RPG books in FOREVER long! I honestly should donate to ..."

Wil Wheaton is real funny. I take a peek at his blog from time to time, but he keeps getting geekier (is that a word?!), so I don't think I can understand half of what he says now. :D


Kim wrote: "So I have a bunch of purses and shoes that I need to get rid of so I can then read a book about handbags/purses and or shoes in some way, or with those words in the title??"

Both are okay.

And all the books with names of the objects in the titles are automatically approved.


Diane wrote: "I have so much spring cleaning to do! Here are a few options I have considered for this task:

I have recently cleaned out all my cupboards, but my fridges and freezers need some serious TLC. I..."


Your fridge part is so hilarious, esp. the oranges! All your options will work, the divorce things included. Even I must consider the dust itself as thing to be eliminated, as I need something specific here, not “everything” or “half of my room” (well, that is my room :P ).


Ashley wrote: "I'm not sure if this will work, but last summer I got obsessed with reading all of the JD Robb "In Death" books. To the point that if I was on a wait list at the library, I'd just go buy the paper..."

Sure. I enjoyed the first books in the series too, but not enough to read all the rest. As Kathryn said, the series is just huge!


And for anyone who think about tossing her bridesmaid dress, you can read A Total Waste of Makeup. The argument about the bridesmaid dress in the book is hilarious. And it’s a lovely romantic comedy too.


message 41: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments The JD Robb "In Death" series can be very hysterical. But after a while, I stopped. I think I tired of the same information being repeated in each book. But really it is AWESOME! Try an early book.


message 42: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Potjy -- Geekier is a word. You used it correctly. Well lately Wheaton has become more involved in RPGs so a lot of the dice/game terms fly over my head. Did you see him in The Guild, Season 3? His every appearance drew laughter. I read some of his TNG reviews on The TV Squad and it was a good giggle fest. Memories of the Future - Volume 1 is an expansion of those reviews.


Sarah (Mood Reader) (bookworm1887) | 467 comments This should be interesting. I am cleaning my room today!


message 44: by Potjy (new)

Potjy | 50 comments Tanja wrote: "Potjy -- Geekier is a word. You used it correctly. Well lately Wheaton has become more involved in RPGs so a lot of the dice/game terms fly over my head. Did you see him in The Guild, Season 3? His..."

Ooooops! That's exactly what I mean. LOL Half of that sound vaguely familiar, but I'm not sure what they are. It might be what my friends feel when I try to explain how cool my latest favorite manga is. :P


message 45: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Which manga?


message 46: by Pollyanna (new)

Pollyanna (polly8) | 114 comments I need to get rid of clothes and magazines so would The Devil Wears Prada be okay to read?


message 47: by Ruby (new)

Ruby (rubina310) I have a bunch of old papers that need to be sorted/filed/thrown away.

Can I read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski in which Johnny goes through Zampano's papers and manuscript and tries to organize it into a narrative?


message 48: by Jennifer N. (new)

Jennifer N. | 422 comments I was recently going through all of my books and found that I have two copies of both Possession and The House of Mirth. Could I read one of those books and then give the others away?


Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) (perpetualpageturner) | 335 comments I realized another thing I need to declutter. I have a ton of used and unused journals & notebooks as well as alot of writings on my computer. Would it be ok to useThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath?


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TMBookluvr (tmb1981) | 285 comments Nicole wrote: "oooh...clothes. Good idea.

You know what else I have to declutter? I have a ton of cardboard boxes that need to be recycled. I would love to read a book about cardboard.

LOL"


I was thinking clothes too and thinking possibly a shopaholic (sophie kinsella) book might work....is that correct?


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