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Oldest TBR Reading & Release Challenge 2017

This is a challenge to read and release the oldest book on Mount TBR. I know that I have kept books around that I really do want to read, but there are always other books that I choose to read first. So, this poor book remains at the bottom of the pile.

To find the oldest book in your personal Mount TBR, sort the TBR books "in your hands" by registration date ascending. The first one listed should be the book that is your oldest TBR.

My oldest TBR, as of January 1, 2017, is "Twice Told Tales" by Nathanial Hawthorne.

If you find that you truly do not want to read this book, then mark it available and find what your oldest TBR truly is.

After you have read your oldest TBR, please post the name of the book and link to this book on this forum thread. Then you can then read your new oldest TBR book. This challenge is for the year 2017. Please join anytime during the year.

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This is a challenge to read and release the oldest book on Mount TBR. I know that I have kept books around that I really do want to read, but there are always other books that I choose to read first. So, this poor book remains at the bottom of the pile.

To find the oldest book in your personal Mount TBR, sort the TBR books "in your hands" by registration date ascending. The first one listed should be the book that is your oldest TBR.

My oldest TBR, as of January 1, 2017, is "Twice Told Tales" by Nathanial Hawthorne.

If you find that you truly do not want to read this book, then mark it available and find what your oldest TBR truly is.

After you have read your oldest TBR, please post the name of the book and link to this book on this forum thread. Then you can then read your new oldest TBR book. This challenge is for the year 2017. Please join anytime during the year.
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My oldest TBR is Twice Told Tales by Nathanial Hawthorne,
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2878086/
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My oldest TBR

is Creation in Death by J.D. Robb http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7825119 (registered 2/23/2010), but two others (Bleeding Kansas by Sarah Paretsky and Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell were also registered at the same time, within minutes of each other).
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7825130
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7825144

Guess I have to read them all or mark them available. Will post again once each is finished.
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with one done for the new year!

Bygones by LaVryle Spencer http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6089220

Not as good as some of her other work, very predictable
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to get more of the older books read. I keep getting new ones and ..... you know how it goes.
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As usual, many of my "TBR" books are books I've actually read, but haven't yet written up reviews. Since I do want to move those along as well as the ones I haven't read at all, I think I'll submit one of each:

Oldest current TBR on my shelf that I read but haven't written up yet:

The Tyrant Falls in Love, Vol. 2 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8550475/ ), registered in January of 2011 and read, I think, by 2012.

Oldest still-unread TBR:

Pet Shop of Horrors, Vol. 10 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10100495 ), registered in August of 2011. This one's a bit of a special case - I *deliberately* put off reading it because it's the last of the initial series, and I didn't want it to end {wry grin}.

And the oldest unread TBR that's not a manga and that I haven't deliberately been saving for a special occasion:

A Few Hints and Clews ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12707035/ ), registered in July of 2014. That one I expect I can get moving pretty quickly now that I've been motivated! [Update: read and released!]
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My two oldest TBR were registered the same day:

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
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My two oldest TBR were registered the same day:

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


I have a similar situation. The moving truck was coming and I REFUSED to pack the books unregistered, so I had quite a stash registered on 4/21/08! I keep chipping away at them.....down to the last few.
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My two oldest TBR were registered the same day:

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


I'm reading both of these, and while I don't dislike either of them, neither is what I want to be reading right now! Ugh!
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My two oldest TBR were registered the same day:

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje


I'm reading both of these, and while I don't dislike either of them, neither is what I want to be reading right now! Ugh!


I didn't like the movie for The English Patient, but do have the book to try. Sorry they're not working for you.
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Fortunes Favorites by Colleen McCullough 6/18/05[944 pages]*10
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448355

This was a fantastic book. I don't know why I kept putting off reading this book. Probably the size of the book.
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Fortunes Favorites by Colleen McCullough 6/18/05[944 pages]*10
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448355

This was a fantastic book. I don't know why I kept putting off reading this book. Probably the size of the book.


yeah - 944 pages looks daunting!
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Once I got into the book it wasn't as daunting as I thought. It moved quickly.
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housecleaning challenge...so many of the April 2008 (and plenty of others) hit the availables boxes - to the tune of 100+ culled.

So, now my 50 oldest unreads (my Librarything "to read" page) actually has books from 04/2008 - 01/2009. And now I have them lined up in reading order...by romances vs. non-romances. (and knowing me, I know which ones get read first!)

Back to post as I start reading them and moving them along.
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Finished reading Recalled to Life by Robert Silverberg. A rather thought provoking sci-fi novel. I've had this one on my TBR shelf since December 2006.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3118755

Making available for now.
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SPRINGWATER by Linda Lael Miller http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6087598
a romancey western historical one. Of course that leads to the other 3 in the series that AREN'T from 04/2008, but will be read anyway ;-)

Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6064240
Woman's fiction type of read that has me longing to pack my bags and head to Greece. Maybe one day with my baby sister, who wants to go also.
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From 2013
Great Expectations - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7802932/

Thats 2013 done apart from one, which seems to have disappeared in the house move a year ago !
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......Thats 2013 done apart from one, which seems to have disappeared in the house move a year ago !

I have a few of those. When the #s ever get down, either I'll find it or realize it's gone forever.
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Wow, that's a hefty tome to read! I loved it, though.
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Welcome to a new year of reading our oldest TBRs.

My oldest TBR is Twice Told Tales by Nathanial Hawthorne. It is educational and interesting, but very old-fashioned in its writing style. I have read almost 50 pages. The current story is about how badly the Puritans treated the Quakers. They were very few Quakers in Massachusetts (for obvious reasons). I am quite appalled really.

booklady331 -- 2 books (Fortune's Favorites by Colleen McCullough, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett)
kingfan30 -- 1 book (Great Expectations by Charles Dickens)
NancyNova -- 3 books (Bygones by LaVyrle Spencer, Springwater by Linda Lael Miller, Night of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy)
perryfran -- 1 book (Recalled to Life by Robert Silverburg)

Total books read for January 2017: 7 books

Great work, everyone. It is a good start for the new year. My start was hampered by choosing to read a book that I wanted to give someone for her birthday as well as being ill this past week. I am getting better though.

I have copies of "The Night of Rain and Stars" and "The Pillars of the Earth" on my TBR pile. I hope that I get to them someday. Also, I remember reading "Great Expectations" one summer when I was a teenager, desperate for something to read and taking it off my father's bookshelf. I frankly knew nothing about Charles Dickens when I read it.)

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although I'm not sure why I bothered. I kept expecting it to get better.....not.
Dare to Kiss a Cowboy by Renee Roszel http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6193857
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Married to the Man by Judith Arnold http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6168811

The love that she ran away with and married when she was 18, before she panicked and left - she's still married to! So she sets out to track him down to get the divorce papers signed, so she can marry Mark the banker - only Mark just seems so predictable now that she sees Cody again.
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Finished Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins. TBR since December 2006!
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2590871

I originally read this back in the 70s and thought it was hilarious but I guess my tastes changed. This time it was mainly just embarrassing! Making available and may wild release.
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Finished Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins. TBR since December 2006!
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2590871

I originally read this back in the 70s and thought it was hilarious but I guess my tastes changed. This time it was mainly just embarrassing! Making available and may wild release.


I find that too. I fondly recall a book, and on the reread, it's dreadful. I guess it's a combo of my changing tastes, and my life experiences
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Although 100+ pages into this 500+ page book, I gave up and just googled "what is this book about"?

Skipped to the ending. and that was that.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6600342
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Although 100+ pages into this 500+ page book, I gave up and just googled "what is this book about"?

Skipped to the ending. and that was that.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6600342


I actually read this book about 15 years ago but I can't say I liked it. It was interesting and well-written but not actually 'my cup of tea'. I was drawn to it because of the cover.
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This is promised to another bookcrosser and will be on it's way soon.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11342760/

Still on 2012 books!
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This is promised to another bookcrosser and will be on it's way soon.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11342760/

Still on 2012 books!


I loved this book too. I actually wish I hadn't read it so I could read it again. Cecilia Ahern's books are very unique and imaginative.
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I tried to read Poem a Day - a book of 366 poems, but despite some Dickenson, Shakespeare and Ripling in the book, it didn't strike my fancy. So, into the availables stash it goes.
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Keegan's Lady by Catherine Anderson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6087753

Since I had read everything else in this series, it was odd that I missed book 1 at the time. Reading this one helped to explain the other stuff in the series!
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Sorry that I am late getting these stats posted. I was visiting my new twin grandsons in Southern California and I've been somewhat overwhelmed since I've been back.

The book that I am reading, Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne is unique and interesting, well not "I don't want to put this book down" interesting, but it gives me a picture of life in New England in the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s. He is including some folk lore and historical tales. I have read 91 pages out of 288 pages.

Here are the stats for February 2017:
Diane-Fraser--1 book (P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern)
NancyNova--3 books (Dare to Kiss a Cowboy by Renee Roszel, Married to the Man by Judith Arnold, Keegan's Lady by Catherine Anderson)
perryfran--1 book (Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins)

Thanks for participating in my challenge this month. Keep up the good work. rhythmbiscuit gets an Honorable Mention for working on two books that 'aren't really what she wants to be reading'. I have a couple books like that that I'm working on now as well.
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Do You Remember the First Time? by Jenny Colgan http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11342775/

Another booked promised to a BCer I just wish I didn't have two other books started as well!
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Do You Remember the First Time? by Jenny Colgan http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11342775/

Another booked promised to a BCer I just wish I didn't have two other books started as well!



finished :-)
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East of the Mountains by David Guterson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6085301
almost went out unread, but I changed my mind. Glad I did - it was quite good

I thought I was down to only 1 more April 2008, but checking on Librarything, I see another lurking. Off to track it down.
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the only 3 April books left are PC's, so moved on into May 2008 which only has 2 registrations

Read the easy one first: Family at Stake by Molly O'Keefe http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6181029 Typical romance, but a good, quick happy-ending read.
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a total of 23 non-PC 2008's as of now to read.
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http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6307980

Three authors each with a novella of the perfect night of love. Onward to the next one in line!
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This month we have only one bookcrosser who made progress reading her oldest TBRs.

NancyNova: 2 books (Family at Stake by Molly O'Keefe, Secrets of a Perfect Night by 3 authors)

An invitation to all bookcrossers who read this: Please join us and read those oldest TBRs that have sitting around and ignored.

I am currently reading a book that will probably take months to read. It is "Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorn. I have been working at it but I am about 1/3rd through the book.
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This month we have only one bookcrosser who made progress reading her oldest TBRs.

NancyNova: 2 books (Family at Stake by Molly O'Keefe, Secrets of a Perfect Night by 3 authors)

An invitation to all bookcrossers who read this: Please join us and read those oldest TBRs that have sitting around and ignored.

I am currently reading a book that will probably take months to read. It is "Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorn. I have been working at it but I am about 1/3rd through the book.


This challenge gives me impetus to read my "roots" (read our own tomes) or cull them if my taste has changed!
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Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6181007

Looked bigger than it was because it was a hardback, but was only 300+ pages. Good story about two sisters, set around WWI. One drowns, but why? What exactly had happened on that island in the winter?
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Adopted Son by Linda Warren http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6294809

Formula romance with the usual happy ending
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but there are some non-Canadian books registered in 2009 that I won't get to because I am concentrating on reading Canadian books to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. So I can't participate in this challenge this year but I'll try to remember it next year because I have been finding some gems in my oldest books.
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From 2014

It was a bit of big book, probably why I've been putting it off :-)

A Suitable Boy - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12359944
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Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley 1/4/07 [357 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4687388

Offering up in my Non-Fiction VBB
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Cupid Jones Gets Married by Deanna Talcott http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6484730

Cute little story - after postmistress Cupid "gives away" Burke's girl, he demands that she rustle up a wife for him - pronto!
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Two more 2008 registrations were discarded after 5 pages each - not worth my time.

One more from 09/2008 was read though
Riley and His Girls by Janis Reams Hudson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6483942
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Ugh, I've had fits and starts with my oldest TBRs. I haven't been interested enough in one to complete it, and life is too short to read a book I don't like! Therefore, I've changed the status of several books from TBR to something else, or I've released them.

Still from 2003 (the dawn of time compared to some members' oldest), here's my latest endeavor. Wish me luck!

Artemisia by Alexandra LaPierre: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/616880
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Here are the stats for April:
booklady331--1 book (Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley)
Diane-Fraser--1 book (Do You Remember the First Time? by Jenny Colgan)
Kingfan30--1 GINORMOUS book--(A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth)
NancyNova--4 books (Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz, Adopted Son by Linda Warren, Cupid Jones Gets Married by Deanna Talcott, Riley and His Girls by Janis Reams Hudson)

AND Good Luck to rhythmbiscuit who keeps "changing the status" on the oldest TBRS.

I have decided to "change the status" on the book I've been ploughing through for four months although I haven't even touched it for a few weeks. I have read over a hundred pages of "Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne and have decided to call it quits. I was not really enjoying it and everything inside of me was screaming "Don't Read It". I have got to listen to those inner voices. I am interested in learning about what it was like to live back in the 18th century and early 19th century which was my main motive for reading it but I am learning a lot more from "A Midwife's Tale--The Life of Martha Ballard, based on her diary, 1785-1812". Here is the thread for Twice Told Tales and my journal entry for the first third of the book which I read: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2878086/

Anyhow, my next oldest TBR is a book that I recently took out of a bookbox. It is "Sister of my Heart" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3189302/. This book was once in the hands of rhythmbiscuit who read it and enjoyed it. It is a book set in India like "A Suitable Boy". Its setting should make it interesting to read.

Thank you all again for participating in the challenge. Hope you have a merry month of May and enjoy reading outdoors as the weather for most of you is getting more pleasant. For me, the tentacles of 100 degrees + weather is beginning its slow abduction of our perfect mild weather.
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This one fit plum's challenge, and was very good - it's from March 2009, and a local library book sale.
If Wished were Horses by Carolyn McSparren http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7040370

Now it's off to the September availables box for the Wild Animals challenge.
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Found it

Persuasion - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11273804/

From 2013 - thought this had gone missing when we moved but it finally turned up !
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Persuasion - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11273804/

From 2013 - thought this had gone missing when we moved but it finally turned up !

I am sorry that you did not like "Persuasion" by Jane Austen. I love all her novels. I do recommend the film adaptation that was made ten or more years ago. It is actually quite funny at points in the movie, but reading a synopsis of the book before watching the film might be helpful.
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Tolkien A Biography by Michael White 3/29/07 [265 pages]
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4750150

Sending it on to another BCer
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Finished The Treatment by Mo Hayder. TBR since February 2007!
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4676737

This was a pretty horrific and compelling read in the Jack Caffery series by Hayder. Will probably include this in a bookbox at some point.
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Songs of the Humpback whale by Jodi Picoult http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343072
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Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7993467
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Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6600421

The author died before she finished this sequel. It was good, but likely would have been great if she had lived to rewrite and polish it. This one was from 10/2008, bought because my sister told me about it.
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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6482817

Very intriguing and sad book. Esme was committed to a women's asylum, but was she really insane? Or just different?
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Berlin Noir by Philip Kerr
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5662882

This was an engaging trilogy of over 800 pages taking place in pre and post-war Germany. I've had this as a TBR since November 2007. Will probably include in a book box.
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Thank you so much for participating in the challenge while I was away. My laptop decide to not work a few days before I left for a two-week vacation. I was able to make release notes with a tablet but wasn't able to devote time to much else. On top of that, I haven't been feeling well so my energy is low. But I am now back in the U.S.A. and my laptop has been fixed. It is the same one but I am using a newer version of Microsoft so it is quite different. I was able to read my oldest TBR on vacation.

Here are the stats for May. The stats for June will be posted in a few days.

booklady331 (1 book, Tolkien, a biography by Michael White)
NancyNova (1 book, If Wishes Were Horse by Carolyn McSparren)
perryfran (1 book, The Treatment by Mo Hayder)

These are the May stats: 3 bookcrossers and 3 books. Thanks for continuing to participate in this challenge. The book that I started reading in May, I finished while on vacation in June. It is "Sister of my Heart" by Divakaruni Banerjee. I will post the thread with the June stats.
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I finished this while on vacation. It was an enjoyable read:

Sister of My Heart by Divakaruni Banerjee
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3189302/

Here is my next oldest TBR: Tin Wedding by Margaret Leech, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3452526/
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June Stats:

booklady331 (1 book, Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Diane-Fraser (2 books, Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult, Love Rules by Freya North)
kingfan (1 book, Heidi by Johanna Spyri)
NancyNova (2 books, Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell)
perryfran (1 book, Berlin Noir trilogy by Philip Kerr)
tabby-cat-owner (1 book, Sister of My Heart by Divakaruni Banerjee)

Totals:
6 bookcrossers, 8 books (10 books if you count the trilogy as 3 books)

Good Work!!!!

I have a copy of "Songs of the Humpback Whale". I am a little conflicted about reading it as I think that I might not like it, particularly if the ending is disappointing.

Plus, I know how you feel rhythmbiscuit, I find myself reading books that I don't enjoy but still I want to finish them to find out what happens or whatever. Then, I need to take a break and find an enjoyable or very interesting book.

My oldest TBR that I am currently reading is "Tin Wedding" by Margaret Leech, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3452526/

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this challenge has me shelving books according to when I got them...and although I haven't reported them as much...weeding out ones obtained in 2008 that I've changed my mind about reading.
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A Merry Little Christmas by Martha Schroeder http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6575896

oldest of the mass market paperbacks from 09/2008
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another 3 2008's discarded. Now down to the last 4 2008's. I'll see if they get read, or hit the availables stash.
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From 2014

A very generous bookcrosser send me the Dune series in 2014, I've read a few of them, and although they are not quite the oldest, the rest of the series is getting closer to the top of the list 😳

Here's another ticked off http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8159977
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Bandbox by Thomas Mallon
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5236677

This has been a TBR since March 2008. I ultimately quite enjoyed this novel which takes place in 1928 and revolves around the operations of a New York based magazine. Will probably include this in a VBB.
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because when I started reading it, I realized I already had read the story prior to my spreadsheet documentation.

So The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6600359 from 10/2008 has exited with the July Christmas releases.

I'll see which 2008 TBR can be matched up with Plum's challenge for reading next.
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Finished:
Hawke's Cove by Susan Wilson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6600234
Quite good women's fiction in a paperback size that will travel forward in a bookring

A Perfect Day by Richard Paul Evans http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6600271
sappy story about an author who writes a bestseller and the fame almost destroys the family

Onward to 2009!
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Sorry again that I am late posting the stats. I am currently in California. I normally live in Arizona. I was driving on the first.

Here are the oldest tbr books read in July:
booklady331-- 1 book (My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier)
Diane-Fraser -- 1 book (Girl Friday by Jane Green)
kingfan30 -- 1 book (The Winds of Dune by Herbert and Anderson)
NancyNova -- 3 books (A Merry Little Christmas by Martha Schroeder, Hawk's Cove by Susan Wilson, A Perfect Day by Richard Paul Evans)
perryfran -- 1 book (Bandbox by Thomas Mallon)

Total July stats:
7 oldest TBR books read by 5 bookcrossers

I am still reading "Tin Wedding" by Margaret Leech. I have 99 pages read. Like perryfran's book, it was written in the 1920s (1926 to be exact). I actually have little sympathy for a woman whose greatest accomplishment is to sit around, look elegant and not nag their boar of a husband. It is set in New York City. Although it is only a fictional work, the stock market crash will likely destroy this privileged scenario as the husband works in finance. Well, I know also that this women will discover that her husband is deceitful, unfaithful, and basically unloving. I have a lot to look forward to in reading this book.)

Comments on books read this month:
I went to see the film "My Cousin Rachel" a month ago. I have never read the book so I didn't know what would happen. It does have an interesting plot.

"My Girl Friday" by Jane Green is actually one book by Jane Green that I haven't read. If I ever come across the book (at the Goodwill), I might give it a try.

A note to Perryfran: I hope that you are enjoying life in California.

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Mommy's Hometown Hero by Merrillee Whren http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6906796 read, but not sure why I bothered

Summer by the Sea http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6909146 became a skip. If I keep it, I might eventually read it...but too many books piling up.
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For various reasons, my reading pace has slowed to a crawl. Also, I recently changed the status of all my TBR to "Travelling." However, I still think this challenge is fun to play.

I'm so proud I completed this book from November 2003!
The Left Hand of Darkness: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1095473
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The Shipping News by Annie Proulx has been on my TBR list since 2008.

Next up: Mercy Among the Children

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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney 6/2/12
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11696899
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but, gulp, that does leave ~140 books registered or acquired to go......
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Just as I Am by Billy Graham 5/6/09
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7162178
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From 2014

The Tin Drum - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7941102

Only three more from 2014 to read :-)
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Finished reading "Once..." by James Herbert on this last day of August.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6238875

This one's been a TBR since June 2008. It was a departure from Herbert's usual horror story...more of an adult fairy tale. Will probably include in a book box.
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Sorry that I am a week late getting these stats posted. Recovering from my third episode of flu. I exhort everyone to get a flu shot this year. The flu season was very bad in Australia this "summer" and apparently, this is an indicator of how bad our flu season will be in the Northern Hemisphere this winter.

I am almost finished with my oldest TBR that I have been slowly reading this month. The book that I am reading is a book that was written in the 1920s and I am totally out-of-touch with the limited lives that women had back then. I should be done with it soon.

August stats:
booklady331 -- 2 books (Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney, Just As I Am by Billy Graham)
Jumpingin -- 1 book (The Shipping News by Annie Proulx)
kingfan30 -- 1 book (The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass)
NancyNova -- 1 book (Mommy's Hometown Hero by Merillee Whren)
perryfran -- 1 book (Once by James Herbert)
Rhythmbiscuit -- 1 book (The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin)

Total August stats: 6 bookcrossers, 7 books

Note: I too loved "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew" when I was a girl. I still have the book. It actually belonged to my older sister first. Also, I have been working on "Just As I Am" by Billy Graham and I am almost done with it. (It is an enormous book but quite interesting.)
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...Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3845899

This book has been reserved for a VBB so it didn't show up in my list of TBR's but I have had the book since June 2007 and finally got around to reading it. If it is not selected from the VBB, I will probably release it some other way.
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A fine balance - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10359397

What a great read, not sure why I put it off for so long
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A fine balance - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10359397

What a great read, not sure why I put it off for so long

It is a great book isn't it? And who knows why we take so long to read some books. I've asked myself that any number of times but then I look around at the books from the library that have to be read, and the books for book club that have to be read, and the books that have been given to me that really have to be read and so on. It's a good thing I've got a big enough bookcase to hold the 180 or so books that are on my TBR list.
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The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343791
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The book that I finished was Tin Wedding by Margaret Leech, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3452526

I kind of regret keeping it for so many years because I didn't enjoy it so much. I think that I might have found it more interesting if I was younger because it was a psychological tale of a young woman becoming disillusioned with her husband. I am older and wiser now and have figured out a lot of this stuff and experienced my own disillusionment with life like most people.

The next oldest TBR is a book that I took off my father's bookshelf years ago. It is at the other end of the spectrum. It is "The Overcoming Power" by Shy Mackes, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3493981/



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Sweet Revenge? by Kate Hoffman http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7291465/

Fairly certain I culled some other 2009'rs, but I don't know how many and what they were.
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Almost forgot to add it !

The Final Detail by Harlen Coben
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343793
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mass market paperback size and published by Harlequin, but was really a good women's fiction read.

The Unspoken Years by Lynne Hugo http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6985324
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One wasn't worth it - culled. Kept The Horseman's Secret by Jeannie Watt http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7039263 and read
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Master of the Moor by Ruth Rendell http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343838
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picked up this next in line to read http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7082836
and it's part of a series. Not enough interest to get #1 first, so out it goes!

And then this saga one http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7040312 isn't working either. Time to move on to ones that do work better
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The Things We Do for Love by Kristan Hannah http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6929620

Women's fiction that was good, despite the close to expected ending that I saw coming - the heroine got back together with her ex, but the pregnant teen kept her baby, instead of letting Angie and Conlan adopt him.
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Nobody's Hero by Carrie Alexander http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7040699 decent romance read with a bit of mystery

The Horseman's Secret by Jeannie Watt http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7039263 another unusual romance. Learned a bit about raising horses and school politics in this one


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This was a special book as it had belonged to my late father. I felt blessed reading this book about living a faith-filled life:
The Overcoming Power by Shy Mackes, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3493981/

By the way, my father was a brilliant genius who was a World War II pilot who became an intelligence officer after hanging up his wings. He became a Christian when he was in his forties because he wanted to "check it out".

Now here is my next oldest TBR. It is another one that I grabbed from his massive collection of books when we were going through them years ago.

To Loose the Chains, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3486823
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This was a special book as it had belonged to my late father. I felt blessed reading this book about living a faith-filled life:
The Overcoming Power by Shy Mackes, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3493981/

By the way, my father was a brilliant genius who was a World War II pilot who became an intelligence officer after hanging up his wings. He became a Christian when he was in his forties because he wanted to "check it out".

Now here is my next oldest TBR. It is another one that I grabbed from his massive collection of books when we were going through them years ago.

To Loose the Chains, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3486823


How special to have his books!
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Wow! I wasn't even aware that I had forgotten to list September stats so I am combining September and October. So Here they are:

Diane-Fraser -- 3 books (The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson, The Final Detail by Harlan Coben, Master of the Moor by Ruth Rendell)
kingfan30 -- 1 book (A Fine Balance by Robinton Mistry)
NancyNova -- 5 books (Sweet Revenge by Kate Hoffmann, The Unspoken Years by Lynne Hugo, The Horseman's Secret by Jeannie Watt, The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah, Nobody's Hero by Carrie Alexander)
PerryFran -- 1 book (Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut)
tabby-cat-owner -- 2 books (The Tin Wedding by Margaret Leech, The Overcoming Power by Shy Mackes)

Total stats for Sept/Oct: 5 bookcrossers, 12 books

NOTE: I have read a book by Dorothy Koomson. She seems to always have references to food in her titles. I have a copy of "A Fine Balance" and it is a book that I would like to read someday.
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Wow! I wasn't even aware that I had forgotten to list September stats so I am combining September and October. So Here they are:

Diane-Fraser -- 3 books (The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson, The Final Detail by Harlan Coben, Master of the Moor by Ruth Rendell)
kingfan30 -- 1 book (A Fine Balance by Robinton Mistry)
NancyNova -- 5 books (Sweet Revenge by Kate Hoffmann, The Unspoken Years by Lynne Hugo, The Horseman's Secret by Jeannie Watt, The Things We Do For Love by Kristin Hannah, Nobody's Hero by Carrie Alexander)
PerryFran -- 1 book (Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut)
tabby-cat-owner -- 2 books (The Tin Wedding by Margaret Leech, The Overcoming Power by Shy Mackes)

Total stats for Sept/Oct: 5 bookcrossers, 12 books

NOTE: I have read a book by Dorothy Koomson. She seems to always have references to food in her titles. I have a copy of "A Fine Balance" and it is a book that I would like to read someday.


This challenge caused me to rearrange the TBRs by registered date, to make it easier to pick the older ones first - and it's helping to cull the "what was I thinking?" ones, as I'm not skipping over them - I'm really picking them up and culling them if it's just not for me.

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