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Finished reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6238849

This has been a TBR since June 2008. It is also on the 1001 books list which is another challenge I am doing this year.


I have never read "Lolita" but I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and "Lolita" is heavily analyzed in "Reading Lolita in Tehran". If you haven't read "Reading Lolita in Tehran", maybe you will find it interesting.

 

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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, 2018, is "Waiting for the Party--The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett".

If you find that you truly do not want to read this book, then mark it available and discover 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 2018. Please join anytime during the year.

 

as I really want to read some of the books that have been on the shelves for years!

My oldest is Harm Done by Ruth Rendell - registered in 2009, which I will read as soon as I'm done with the books that I have promised in the tag games :)

 

wingNancyNovawing 11 mos ago
Yeah! I'm in
still slogging through 2009, after making it through 2008 last year.

 

The Last Cowboy Hero Barbara McMahon http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7185910/
Wide Open Spaces Roz Denny Fox http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7289885
Looking for Sophie Rox Denny Fox http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7290357
Montana Mavericks Susan Mallery, et al http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7289875

All May/June 2009.

 

Loved this last year, helped me read a few of those that have been sat around for a while. First up

Children of Dune - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8089599

 

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343844/

August 2012

This year I have made a decision to mainly read previously bookcrossed books so I may not be posting here at all - who knows though maybe the next oldest will be a Bookcrossed book :)

 

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343844/

August 2012

This year I have made a decision to mainly read previously bookcrossed books so I may not be posting here at all - who knows though maybe the next oldest will be a Bookcrossed book :)


Finished :-)

 

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11343844/

August 2012

This year I have made a decision to mainly read previously bookcrossed books so I may not be posting here at all - who knows though maybe the next oldest will be a Bookcrossed book :)


I have a box of books that have been previously bookcrossed that I would like to read as well. I am working on these as well. Good Luck and hope to see you back here sometime.

 

Finished reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6238849

This has been a TBR since June 2008. It is also on the 1001 books list which is another challenge I am doing this year.

 

Finished reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6238849

This has been a TBR since June 2008. It is also on the 1001 books list which is another challenge I am doing this year.


I have never read "Lolita" but I read "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and "Lolita" is heavily analyzed in "Reading Lolita in Tehran". If you haven't read "Reading Lolita in Tehran", maybe you will find it interesting.

 

Finished "Atomised" by Michel Houellebecq
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6376087

TBR since July 2008. This is another one from the 1001 list. I think I registered several books from the list back in 2008 that I never got to. This one was quite depressing but thought provoking. I currently have it listed in the Literature VBB.

 

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough 1/4/07
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4687394

 

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough 1/4/07
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4687394


I recently watched a PBS TV program on Teddy Roosevelt and I found it quite interesting.

 

Promise, Texas by Debbie Macomber http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7206199/

Why I had this #7 in the series long after I read the first 6, I have no idea. But it had a who's who list in the front, so it worked out.

 

wingkeeta1wing 10 mos ago
Oldest TBR #1
Finally finished reading my oldest TBR book. It's been on the shelf since July 2009.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7334970 Harm Done by Ruth Rendell

 

I am very impressed with the number of books that people have read so far this year. I am still reading "Waiting for the Party--The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett". It is quite interesting but a slow read. I am enjoying learning about life in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Here are the stats for January 2018:
booklady331--1 book (Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough)
Diane-Fraser--1 book (Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs)
Kingfan30--1 book (Children of Dune by Frank Herbert)
Keeta1--1 book (Harm Done by Ruth Rendell)
NancyNova--5 books (The Last Cowboy Hero by Barbara McMahon, Wide Open Spaces by Roz Denny Fox, Looking for Sophie by Roz Denny Fox, Montana Mavericks by Susan Mallery et al, Promise, Texas by Debbie Macomber)
perryfran--2 books (Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov, Atomized by Michel Houellebecq)

Totals: 6 bookcrossers, 11 oldest TBRs read

 

I've finished my oldest TBR The First Elizabeth by Carolly Erickson. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2906720/

 

Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6281422

This has been a TBR since July 2008. I thought I had lost this book but found it in one of my boxes in the garage. A pretty good history of piracy but somewhat tedious at times. Will pass this on to another reader or wild release it.

 

I actually finished this book a week ago.

Waiting for the Party--The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924), http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3508408/

My next oldest TBR is:
Apartment 3B by Patricia Scanlan, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3533639/

 

I know that it is the middle of the month but I am only going to list books read in February. When April rolls around, I will list books read in March (which includes my latest book read).

Only one oldest TBR was read in February by perryfran:
Under the Black Flag--The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6281422/

I have finally finished a week ago the oldest TBR that I was reading. It took a long time, but I enjoyed learning about the life of Frances Hodgson Burnett and life in the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. I encourage everyone to continue getting these books that we have held onto.

Also, to bookcrossers that have not yet taken part in this challenge, please join us!

 

on this challenge, hubby has managed to read 5 of his books, which make up part of my oldest TBR list:

From July 2009:
A Place of Execution - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337244
Mortal Prey - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7334972

From October 2009:
State of Siege - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7549918

From November 2009:
The Sigma Protocol - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7636905
False Impression - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7627033

Definitely putting me to shame :)

 

Even though I've only had this one since Aug 17, it was registered back in Dec 2005, making it the oldest registered book on my shelf. Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Eleanor Atwood. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3537481/

 

Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6521302

This has been a TBR since September 2008. A very interesting and engrossing historical novel about the founding of Chile in the Sixteenth Century. It is told from the point of view of Inés Suárez who was instrumental in the conquest and settlement of Chile along with her lover, Pedro de Valdivia. I will probably save this one for a VBB.

 

From 2015
On The Road - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4158422/

Not done so well on this challenge, need to get back on it :-)

 

I seem to be reading around things more this year

6. A Man to Rely On by Cindi Myers http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7503992/

Good for a romance & I needed a light fluff break between the heavy weight ones! This one from Sept 2009

 

wingkeeta1wing 8 mos ago
Oldest TBR #2
I've been putting off reading this one, as it's 556 pages long, but finished it today - yay :)

On the shelf since July 2009:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337243
The Torment of Others by Val McDermid

We are trying to read all books registered in 2009, at least, by the end of the year. Next one up The Job by Douglas Kennedy.

 

wingNancyNovawing 8 mos ago
#7
7. The Cowboy's Bride by Carolynne Aarsen http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7522249

I have 3 input streams going for "oldest"
Oldest romances
Oldest non-romances (of which I culled one)
Oldest ABC TBR

 

Femme Fatale by Guy de Maupassant - http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/14980137/.
I will try to finish reading during my journey to Lithuania and I hope to release the book there.

 

8. Lasso Her Heart by Anna Schmidt http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7680334
9. Merry's Christmas by Pamela Bauer http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7680262
10. Mistletoe Marriage by Jessica Hart http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7680172

And that finishes out the romance mass market ones for 2009. Now to finish up the Trade & Hardback ones.

 

Well, it is the middle of April but here are the stats for March 2018.

keeta1--5 books (False Impression by Jeffery Archer, A Place of Execution by Val McDermid, Mortal Prey by John Sandford, State of Siege by Tom Clancy, The Sigmund Protocol by Robert Ludlum) NOTE: well done, hubby of keeta1.
kingfan30--1 book (On the Road by Jack Kerouac)
NancyNova--1 book (A Man to Rely On by Cindi Myers)
perryfran--1 book (Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende)
tabby-cat-owner--1 book (Waiting for the Party--The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
thegoaliegirl--1 book (Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)

Totals--10 books by 6 bookcrossers

I am impressed with the progress made. Hopefully, I will have my 600-page oldest TBR read by the end of the month. (well, then again, maybe by the end of next month)

Note to kingfan30--Thanks for the review of "On the Road". I have never read the book and I think that it won't be on my list of books to read.

 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
TBR since January 2015
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13119729/

 

Apartment 3B by Patricia Scanlan, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3533639/

My next oldest TBR is Summer in the Country by Marcia Willett, http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3632489/

I am looking forward to reading it.

 

So sorry that it took me so long to list the April stats. I finally finished my enormous oldest TBR today. Life has been busy for me lately. I am listing both April and May stats. I will update May in early June.

Here are the oldest TBRs that were read in April:
keeta1--1 book (The Torment of Others by Val McDermid)
asia_be_es--1 book (Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie)
NancyNova--4 books (Lasso Her Heart by Anna Schmidt, Merry's Christmas by Pamela Bauer, Mistletoe Marriage by Patricia Hart, The Cowboy's Bride by Carolynne Aarsen)
tabby-cat-owner--1 book (Apartment 3B by Patricia Scanlan)

Welcome to the challenge asia_be_es. I am glad that you enjoyed reading your oldest TBR. I hope that someone finds it and enjoys reading it too.

Welcome Alia_Rus! I am not sure whether you finished reading Femme Fatale yet.

Congratulations to All who managed to read oldest TBRs.
Please join us if you would like to get those oldest TBRs moving off your shelves.

 

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6570799

This one had been TBR since September 2008. It was a very good story about the Civil War Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. Would recommend it!

 

Just finished The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/3703584)., which was exactly 500 pages. Sadly, it was one of my least favorite Philippa Gregory books.

On to Horse People : Scenes from the Riding Life by Michael Korda http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3982364/

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude: (TBR since 2003!)http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1058044

 

I finished two more books in May...

4- Horse People : Scenes from the Riding Life by Michael Korda http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3982364/

5- James Herriot's Yorkshire: A Guided Tour Through the Beloved Land of All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4283395/

and now I'm working on this one: Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4594430/

plus I've found three books now that I had zero interest in actually reading, and will be releasing them soon.

 

by Ben Mizrich http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7521787 from a booksale in sept 2009. I'm guessing that it caught my eye. It was quite good, but the casinos wised up & the group's method won't work any more.

 

wingkeeta1wing 6 mos ago
Oldest TBR #3
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337277 The Job by Douglas Kennedy

Next up - Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard

 

Finished Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4594430 and am now onto this one:

Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
by Jean Plaidy http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4594690/

 

The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6659519

This has been a TBR since October 2008. A very extensive travel narrative about the Mediterranean. I'll probably save this for a book box.

 

 

I am still reading my second oldest TBR as I could not find my oldest TBR. I do believe that it is in my possession, probably in one of the boxes I searched through. It has happened before.

My laptop died a couple weeks ago and I haven’t replaced it yet. I have been too busy with household projects. Using my phone is somewhat cumbersome but I will try to get to stats for June.

NOTE: update made 5 months later in November, the book was in a box of books in the corner of the storage unit that was underneath a bunch of boxes and stuff that I didn't see and didn't discover until months later.

 

Took awhile but I've finally finished this one: Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
by Jean Plaidy http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4594690/ and now I'm on to:

Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian American Odyssey
by Lydia Minatoya http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4594663/
***edited to add that I did not finish this book as I did not enjoy it, it is in my release pile***

 

The Essential Difference by Simon Baron-Cohen
TBR since January 2015
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13129321/

 

 

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7534928

Good, but heartbreaking WWII story set in Italy. Lots of characters, but the gist is that the townsfolk are finding ways to thwart the German army & hide the Jews, mostly in plain sight.

 

wingkeeta1wing 4 mos ago
Oldest TBR #4
I've been avoiding this one as well and as I'm having a bit of a sort out, have decided to skip it altogether. Tastes obviously change over a ten-year period :)

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7337466
Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard

Next one up and last one registered in 2009 is Dead Run by P J Tracy

 

 

wingNancyNovawing 4 mos ago
#15 & 16
oldest ABC TBR and oldest paperback of mine

A Mother's Gift by Arlene James, et al http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7961338 is the paperback from 2010. Good light romance

Me by Katherine Hepburn http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7222812 is her autobiography sent to me in a rabck contest. Quite interesting and not sure where it will wind up next.

 

Read a few more in July that I forgot to log:

8. Wideacre by Philippa Gregory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4596663/

9. The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4596668

 

No Way to Treat a First Lady by Christopher Buckley
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6699813

This as been a TBR since November 2008. It was a mildly amusing satire on politics in DC. Will probably save for a VBB.

 

10. To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4535163

11. To Ruin a Queen by Fiona Buckley http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4535158

Confession time, these books are a new addition to my TBR shelf. When one of your bookcrossing friends who knows your reading taste, since it is similar to yours, tells you that they just finished a series that they KNOW you will love and want to send it to you, I did what most would do and said yes. I am loving this series, so I'm super happy to have said yes to them. I have gone through and found some not as old TBR books that I know I won't read and moved those to my release pile.

 

........ I have gone through and found some not as old TBR books that I know I won't read and moved those to my release pile.


These challenges help me to focus on what I *really* will read, and what's best to just move along....

 

Portrait of a Lady - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13291154 from 2015

 

I just read my last post and I forgot that my laptop had died. I have a new laptop now, but this summer has been eventful. I went to Virginia to visit my family in early July. When I got back, I got sick. I am still recovering but I was able to travel again last week, a trip that was planned months ago and I didn't buy trip insurance. I believe that I will always buy trip insurance henceforth.

I did finish my oldest TBR. It is "When Memory Comes" by Saul Friedlander, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3672155

I am planning on moving soon, so I have brought my boxes of bookcrossing books to a storage unit, along with a bunch of other stuff to declutter the house. I will go to the storage unit to find a "old" tbr, but I do not have the strength to go through all boxes. I have a list of my 15 oldest TBRs and I will stop after I find one of them. I have to go to the storage unit anyway to get something else.

I will do stats soon.

 

...... I have a list of my 15 oldest TBRs and I will stop after I find one of them. I have to go to the storage unit anyway to get something else.


Amazed that you have a list...and have an idea of where the book might be in the storage unit.

 

This book was one of my top ten oldest TBRs but it will have to do as my books are currently packed away in storage.

Testament by Elie Wiesel, https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4098057

I am excited about reading this book. I think that I will learn something. I bought it at a sale of discarded library books.

 

I need to get in on this! My oldest registered book is from 2003!

 

 

I'm reading Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham, which I registered in 2003.

 

I'm sure there were others, as I've reshelved and continue to chip away....

This one is from Oct 2009 & was mine:
The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky by Ken Dornstein http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7543288

 

18. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7543292 lovely book about a shepherd boy searching for his treasure, which is really within
19. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7858636 oldest wishlist book sent to me. Lot of what seems to be disparate characters in the beginning & the interrelationships revealed at the end

 

Racing Hearts by Vicki Lewis Thompson, et al http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8503352 was the oldest paperback TBR. Average romance quick read, now saved for another BC'r

 

12.The Fugitive Queen by Fiona Buckley http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4535141

13. The Siren Queen by Fiona Buckley http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4535139

14. Meridon by Philippa Gregory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4596669

I'm slowly making a dent in my pile.

 

wingkeeta1wing 2 mos ago
Oldest TBR #5
Finally finished the books registered in 2009 :)
This is going much slower than I thought it would.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7547562 Dead Run

 

Two more down!

15. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4596750/

16. Zelda's Cut by Phillipa Gregory http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4596767/

 

was accepted as a rabck in the wishlist tag game, so another oldie done!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7680107/ Picked up at the local library booksale & it was an interesting look at just who the folks were that roads are named after near where I live - these were the Mennonite farmers that moved here to put down roots in the new world & start these communities.

 

Just finished book 17: My Journey to Lhasa: The Classic Story of the Only Western Woman Who Succeeded in Entering the Forbidden City
by Alexandra David-Neel http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4596916/

This was my last book registered in 2006. Woohoo! I'm slowly making progress. Loved this book. I've already lost track of all of the books on my bookshelf that I didn't enjoy reading and gave up rather quickly, and put them in my release pile.

 

18. A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration by Michael Shapiro http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5376524

 

Hunters & Gatherers by Geoff Nicholson
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6700144

This had been a TBR since November 2008. A very quirky tale about collectors. Including this one in the General Lit VBB.

 

First of the 2010 books :)

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7735449
From Doon With Death

Ruth Rendell's debut novel and introducing Inspector Wexford.

 

It has been a long time since I have computed stats. I have not made much progress on my oldest TBR. I have read about 50 pages but I can already tell that it is a unique book and I will find it interesting and illuminating. I have been reading a few books that I plan to put in a book box shortly and a couple books that have been promised to other bookcrossers, so I have been reading.

Here are the stats for May thru October:
asia_be_es--1 book (The Essential Difference by Simon Baron-Cohen)

keeta1--3 books (The Job by Douglass Kennedy, Dead Run by P.J. Tracy, From Doon with Death by Ruth Rendell)

kingfan30--3 books (Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, Drop City by T.C. Boyle, Portrait of a Lady by Henry James)

NancyNova--10 books (Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, Come Home for Christmas by Pat Pritchard, Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins, A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell, A Mother's Gift, Me by Katharine Hepburn The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky by Ken Dornstein, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Racing Hearts, Tuning into Family Destiny by Wesley Clemmer)

perryfran--4 books (The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, The Pillars of Hercules by Paul Theroux, No Way to Treat a Lady by Christopher Buckley, Hunters and Gatherers by Geoff Nicholson)

rhythmbiscuit--1 book (One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques)

tabby-cat-owner--1 book (Apartment 3B by Patricia Scanlan)

thegoaliegirl--10 books (The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory, Horse People by Michael Korda, James Herriot's Yorkshire, Sex with the Queen--900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics, Murder Most Royal--The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard by Jean Plaidy, Wideacre by Philippa Gregory, The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory, The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, Zelda's Cut by Philippa Gregory, My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel, A Sense of Place by Michael Shapiro)

Totals for May thru October 2018:
8 bookcrossers
33 books

Update: I still have not put my house on the market yet. Currently finishing up a few projects that needed to be done before selling.




 

#19 has been read: Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China by Colin Thubron http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5706294 I'm very slowly making it through my TBR shelf

 

by Meira Chand From April 2009
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6407475

 

3. My Capitol Secrets by Rita Jenrette 3/28/09 https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6407388

Maybe next year I'll do better about reading my older books.

 

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