Joining the Read Your Own Books Read-A-Thon

I love doing Read-A-Thons and when I found out about the Read Your Own Books Read-A-Thon, I knew I had to participate. Next weekend, though, seemed a weekend I’d be traveling, but now it looks like I may not. In any case, I decided I can still participate, although I may not be around to check in or participate in mini-challenges. We’ll see.

In this Read-A-Thon you can only read your own books. Not the ones you’ve written :-), but the ones that you bought and own. So, no books from the library, no books you’ve got for review, but books that you bought somewhere. Although I guess the book that you got last year from your aunt Miriam also counts.

Now, I have a pile of about 10 books that fulfill these criteria, and I know they will still be unread for a long time if I don’t take action. So this Read-A-Thon is ideal! Let’s forget for just one weekend about those books that need to go back to the libary soon or the books that you promised to review soon. There’s always next week for those!

The Read-A-Thon runs from 9am Friday August 13th until 9am Monday the 16th of August. Join me if you can, and work on that ever-increasing TBR! You can sign up here.

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24 Responses to Joining the Read Your Own Books Read-A-Thon

  1. gnoegnoe says:

    10 books??? My Mt. TBR is HUGE — mostly books I bought too 🙂 It’ll be my M-i-L’s birthday next weekend, so I probably can’t join. Never say never, right?

    • leeswammes says:

      Just phone your MIL to say happy b-day then dive in a book! 🙂 I have more than 10 books but there are several for review, from the library and borrowed from others.

  2. Marie says:

    My own TBR pile is huge. I so need to do this, but I probably won’t have time next weekend and I’m so behind with review copies/writing reviews I should be doing that.

    I wish you all the luck in the world. Have fun!

  3. rikkiscraps says:

    You aren’t planning on reading those 10 books, are you? Sounds like a good read-a-thon though. Good luck!

  4. Gerda says:

    I don’t think one weekend would be enough to read even a few of my many unread books in possession… When I reach old age and can’t get myself to the library I will still have plenty to read! Though, of course, that’s not the reason I don’t read them now…

    • leeswammes says:

      Hi Gerda, I know, there are people with many, many unread books, like you! I’m trying to keep it limited by reading a lot and not buying that much. But still! Anyway, the idea of the Read-A-Thon is that I read more than normal, so at least I should be able to get a little further through the TBR than I normally would.

      Gerda, do you have a blog, too? I’d love to see what you write about (if you do)!

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  6. Miel Abeille says:

    You love challenges, don’t you?!

    I belong to a swap site, so I haven’t bought a book in ages. Right now, I’m working on a book review panel for Elle magazine, so I am flooded with review books. No time for anything else!

    Good luck with your challenge!

    • leeswammes says:

      I do love challenges, Miel! How nice your on a book review panel! Do you get to choose which books you want to review? Hope you get some good books!

  7. Carin B. says:

    Oh yay! I will get to cheer you on next weekend. I don’t think I’ll participate because I can’t read while my husband is home. He likes listening to music and I can’t read with music. Should I send him away for the weekend? Hehehe! Good luck with the read-a-thon. I will definitely check your tweets and blog to be a cheerleader for you!

    • leeswammes says:

      Thanks, Carin! It’ll be great having you as a cheerleader. Now I do hope I will be able to check my email/blog that weekend, but we’ll see…

      You could either send your husband away or maybe sit outside (if the weather allows) so you can read and he can listen to music. Bad habit, music!

  8. Shannon says:

    Wow, I’m still getting over the shock of hearing you only have 10 books that fit that criteria – I wish I only had 10!! I love these read-a-thons but they also wear me out 😉 Not sure whether I’ll be home or at the cottage next weekend, and I’m not sure I could commit to a whole weekend – I get restless doing the same thing all day!

    I wish you luck though, in whittling down your 10 – 10!!! – books and I’ll come and cheer you if I have internet access 😀

    • leeswammes says:

      Ha ha, Shannon! Do cheer me on! I have more than 10 (about 17) but the others are review books, borrowed from friends, or books from the library. I’ve not been buying much (a semi-buying ban) for a long time now. I want to writtle down to 5 or so book IN TOTAL. Why not? I got them, why not read them, right? The nice, shiny, new books can wait in the shop until I’m ready for them.

      • Shannon says:

        Still modest – I believe I have around 700. I know, it’s crazy. Don’t do the maths: I’m quite sure I will be able to read them all!

      • leeswammes says:

        If you’re on a permanent book-buying ban, Shannon, I think you may actually be able to read them all!

      • Shannon says:

        That would require far too much will-power for me I fear. You know what’s more effective? Not reading other people’s blogs! I see so many great books I want to read. But I would be bored and lonely if I stopped coming by! 😉

      • leeswammes says:

        You’re absolutely right, Shannon. Reading all these blogs gives us great ideas for new books for the TBR PLUS the time that you read blogs you’re not reading books. But how could we do without?

  9. What a great challenge!!! Wish I could devote the whole weekend to reading, but that’s not likely to happen!
    Good luck!!

  10. Sue Jackson says:

    Wow, I have so many books sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read! I’ve never tried a Read-a-thon. It sounds challenging, since with two kids our lives are usually crazy hectic, but definitely like fun!

    My son’s birthday is this weekend, so this might not be the best time to try one. I’ll have to give it some thought…


    • leeswammes says:

      Well, Sue, the main thing is that you give reading a higher priority than normal during a Read-A-Thon. I’ll be away some of the weekend myself, but when I have the time, I will choose reading above other ways of entertainment. There are of course those who read 20 out of 24 hours at some Read-A-Thons, but most people take it a lot easier than that! 🙂

  11. I know what you mean about these books never getting read. I’m so glad there is a read-a-thon this weekend, so I can at least skim the surface of my TBR pile lol Happy Reading!

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