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message 1: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Done! Although I'll probably make changes :-)

I managed to find 40 of the 52 titles amongst the books I already own - so I'll "only" need to get 12 new ones. I've ordered three and will probably buy the rest in December and January.

So many great literary master pieces are either totally depressing - although I often agree that they are important and well written - or require a lot of their reader, so I've tried to add a few graphic novels and light reads too :-)
How about the rest of you? What were you reasons to choose the way you did?
How many new books will you add to your collections?


message 2: by Genia (new)

Genia Lukin Something like seven or eight titles. I specifically aimed at titles that have gone from under copyright and can be gotten for free. I also own a large chunk of the books already.


message 3: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments omigosh this is a good question! haha! i have no idea, in part because i belong to a couple of groups that read from certain regions of the world so i am waiting to see what we choose to read and apply them here. so i have several TBDs in my list (which is far from complete in any case!!) and i may or may not have to buy them. i expect to borrow a lot from libraries. :D


message 4: by Janice (new)

Janice (jamasc) I need to obtain about 25 books. :(


Don (The Book Guy) (donthelibrarian) Between working in a school library and having 3 smallish town libraries within 15 min. of the house and what I already own, my goal is not to purchase any....but we will see.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I've got all of mine because I'm already doing a world challenge. I bought about 150 books for it over the last few years. It was cool to order from places like Amazon.fr (for some Francophone African countries) and the University of the South Pacific (in Fiji) for Oceania. A person should have a few books that cost less than their shipping charge.


message 7: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I'm getting a bunch of mine from Paperbackswap.com - love that site!


message 8: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Judy wrote: "I've gotten a couple, Moby-Dick, for one at 1 cent plus $3.99 shipping from Amazon market place. Its used, but there's nothing wrong with it. I just ordered another penny book, [book:..."


I've found 9 of my around the world books there so far, and I have a wish list if any others get posted. Since I'm not in a rush, I think it works pretty well ...


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1309 comments Mod
I think I have around 36 so far, so I'm not concerned. I'm still commited o trying to buy everything used.


message 10: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 17 comments My goal is not to buy ANY new books for the challenge. I have some from my list on the shelves already and a few can be read as copyright free e-books. The rest I plan to borrow from the library. I already own thousands of books and need to stop buying them - I've already run out of room for bookcases :(


message 11: by Mira (new)

Mira (mirarad) I need 20 books. Hopefully I can found those at library sales.

Do we need to read novels for the challenge? Can we read short stories, or poetry?


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1309 comments Mod
Mira wrote: "I need 20 books. Hopefully I can found those at library sales.

Do we need to read novels for the challenge? Can we read short stories, or poetry?"


It is up to you, and might give you a break in the routine or be a quicker read some months. I know I have both on my list, as well as some non-fiction.


message 13: by Mikki (new)

Mikki Mira wrote: "I need 20 books. Hopefully I can found those at library sales.

Do we need to read novels for the challenge? Can we read short stories, or poetry?"


Hi Mira,

I'm reading a selection of novels, memoirs and short stories in order to mix it up a bit..

I want about 9 more, but actually don't need any. I have books here that I could use if necessary but they are authors that I've already read; for the challenge. I was aiming to read new authors.


message 14: by Mikki (new)

Mikki Barry wrote: "yeah the library-builders around here are my heroes, those pics are gorgeous!"

Barry, I'll be posting a new one shortly. Jenny, did you hear that? :)


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1309 comments Mod
Mikki wrote: "Barry wrote: "yeah the library-builders around here are my heroes, those pics are gorgeous!"

Barry, I'll be posting a new one shortly. Jenny, did you hear that? :)"


Woohoo!


message 16: by Angela (last edited Nov 20, 2011 09:01PM) (new)

Angela | 70 comments I am so behind. I still have 45 books to get. However, I am banking on Christmas:-). I usually get a few gift cards for books. I have also given myself a 4 book a month allowance so I should be okay. I have also found a website call The Book Depository that I think is based in Guernsey. It has a few of the books on my list not yet available in the US at a relatively good price.


message 17: by Mira (new)

Mira (mirarad) Wonderful! I just picked up a book at my local library sale (for free!!) "Adventures in World Literature". All of the stories, poems etc are organized by country/nationality, classic or modern. Now I can use this book if I get stuck.


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

So far in my world challenge I've read novels, poetry, plays, history, natural history, politics, culture, essays, field guides, travel guides, memoirs, young adult novels, and kids' books. If I hadn't read for some countries already, I could add graphic novels to the heap.


message 19: by Brittany (new)

Brittany (shadowprancer) | 29 comments I'm using the library!


message 20: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments Hmm, I guess you could pick a couple of short stories?
Best European Fiction 2010


message 21: by Angie (new)

Angie (angie54321) | 23 comments I need about 20, but I'm buying the kindle versions, so hopefully they will be a little cheaper. I'm relying on having Amazon gift vouchers for xmas and my birthday in March to get me through.


message 22: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments Kristen wrote: "I'm getting a bunch of mine from Paperbackswap.com - love that site!"

Kristen, me too. I am also doing some on audio and some on kindle/nook on my phone (the free ones, especially). I need to take a picture of the shelf of physical books I've gathered. It is looking pretty great!

I'll put mine on paperback swap when I am done with them, so people can grab them from me there as I work my way through my 52! I'm listed as cachebether there.


message 23: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I'm horrible, I know :-) I have to own all the physical books, it's just best that way :-)


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1309 comments Mod
I'm sh1mm3r on PBS. I've found most my books that way!


message 25: by Mikki (new)

Mikki Louise wrote: "I'm horrible, I know :-) I have to own all the physical books, it's just best that way :-)"

Don't worry, I'm the same.


message 26: by Sonya (new)

Sonya Leonard I'm a book hoarder as well:) When I moved to a smaller place I had to get rid of a lot of books. I'm lucky enough to have 3 large used bookstores in my area. So, when I traded in some of my books to downsize I ended up with 250.00 in trade credit :) So, I get all my books there...after reading I keep the ones I want and trade the others back in.


message 27: by Genia (new)

Genia Lukin I have seven bookcases, completely full, plus some books lying on top, plus about five boxes of books I really need to ship from the States.


message 28: by Mikki (new)

Mikki Sonya wrote: "I'm a book hoarder as well:) When I moved to a smaller place I had to get rid of a lot of books. I'm lucky enough to have 3 large used bookstores in my area. So, when I traded in some of my book..."

That's a great idea to give store credits. Our building has a little bookswap area where I drop things off.

Genia wrote: "I have seven bookcases, completely full, plus some books lying on top, plus about five boxes of books I really need to ship from the States."

Genia, if I had the space, I would!


message 29: by Jenny (Reading Envy) (last edited Nov 22, 2011 09:28AM) (new)

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1309 comments Mod
I'm collecting my books for this challenge so I can see them all together, like a family reunion. Then I will only keep those I truly loved, and in 2013 will swap the rest of the bastard stepchildren away for shiny different books.


message 30: by Louise (new)

Louise | 120 comments I persuaded my husband to make one room of our house a library (books + the 2 computers and a desk....), but I've sort of expanded a little, a shelf in the guest room - good if guests can't sleep! - and a few piles in the bedroom (HEY! I'm reading those!! :-))
I'm not sure he hasn't seen right through me, but he hasn't discovered the stacks under the sofa (it's so clever, dog toys and our childrens stuff never disappear under there anymore :-)


message 31: by Genia (new)

Genia Lukin I can't say we abound in space, but I don't see why one can't line the walls of one's salon with bookcases. Most families here have at least one wall of books anyway - mostly Jewish texts and Talmud and such - so I just have some more.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 1309 comments Mod
We used to move a lot when we were earlier in our marriage and careers, so I never kept books since we were always having to pack and move everything (that makes you keep everything light!). One day not that long ago, he looked around in horror and said, "I never intended to live in a house dominated by books." My response was, "You can move out if you want!" :P


Anne (On semi-hiatus) (reachannereach) Genia wrote: "I can't say we abound in space, but I don't see why one can't line the walls of one's salon with bookcases. Most families here have at least one wall of books anyway - mostly Jewish texts and Talmu..so I just have some more. ."

Just a few more, right?


message 34: by Genia (new)

Genia Lukin It appears to be something of an ever-exponential progression. When we finally acquire a house, I should try for a dedicated library.


Anne (On semi-hiatus) (reachannereach) Genia wrote: "It appears to be something of an ever-exponential progression. "

I had the feeling. You know, Genia, several people have shared photos of their bookshelves. Hint Hint.



message 36: by Marieke (new)

Marieke | 209 comments Jenny wrote: "We used to move a lot when we were earlier in our marriage and careers, so I never kept books since we were always having to pack and move everything (that makes you keep everything light!). One d..."

my kind of gal!


message 37: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Self diagnosed book hoarder here. I'm glad I'm not alone. Although I'm doing better in my recovery by focusing on used books and trading/recyling. ;)


message 38: by Beth (new)

Beth (eparks4232) | 311 comments Kristen have you found Bookcrossing yet? It is good for getting me to move my books on when I am done with them. Still have a house overflowing with books.


message 39: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn I think I'll only need to buy a couple or so, made sure that I depleted my TBR pile as much as possible. I should also be able to get quite a few books from libraries.


message 40: by Angie (new)

Angie (angie54321) | 23 comments Looks like I'm the only one doing the challenge on a Kindle. I still have lots of 'real' books, but they are all non-fiction,(I like to make notes in the margins sometimes). I used to get most of my fiction from the library anyway; and that will be my first port of call if I can't get a title on kindle.

Perhaps some of you could trade books if you are reading the same stories?


message 41: by Angie (new)

Angie (angie54321) | 23 comments Ah, that's good, I'm not alone then. I do like real books as well, but I love the convenience of my kindle :-)


Anne (On semi-hiatus) (reachannereach) Angie wrote: "Ah, that's good, I'm not alone then. I do like real books as well, but I love the convenience of my kindle :-)"

Yeah, I'll be using both paper books and my kindle. Not everything is available on kindle and I have a lot of books that have been sitting on my shelves at home for a long time. I want to get through some of those.


message 43: by Angela (new)

Angela | 70 comments Louise wrote: "I'm horrible, I know :-) I have to own all the physical books, it's just best that way :-)"

Don't feel bad. I am the same way :-)


message 44: by mussolet (last edited Dec 07, 2011 01:12PM) (new)

mussolet (sovotchka) | 115 comments The library in my hometown isn't extensive enough unless I only want to read travelogues.
I think I had to get about 35, but I'm on my way there. And I've put some on my wishlist for Christmas ;).


message 45: by Chel (new)

Chel | 186 comments I have alot of books so I may not need to get too many.


message 46: by Constance (new)

Constance (Lieber) | 54 comments Probably about 35. Fortunately some of them will be e-books, which keeps the cost down.


message 47: by Chel (new)

Chel | 186 comments I have alot of books but I'm guessing ten to twenty.


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

I too have a lot to buy, I haven't decided just yet. First I have to see just how many I can find in libraries.


message 49: by Chel (new)

Chel | 186 comments 27


message 50: by Chel (new)

Chel | 186 comments I just ordered seven from Amazon so now I need 20.


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