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Recently, I colour-coded my bookshelves. This goes against everything I’ve ever believed about bookshelves in my life, but there you have it. I have perhaps taken leave of my senses, but the damage is done and it doesn’t seem to be upsetting anyone so I’ll leave it for now.
While I was doing so, though, I realised how many books on my shelf still hadn’t been read despite some of them being there for more than 10 years. Obviously I want to read them, that’s why I bought them in the first place, but they were all on the “one day” metaphorical pile.
Well, dear reader – that day has come. I decided to count every 10th book, put the titles into a hat, and read through the list as each name was drawn. I hope to get through all 17 this year, but I make no promises. Some I’m really looking forward to reading, some I’ve no idea how they ended up on my bookshelf, and some missed out by a whisker that I’d really have liked to include. But this is a challenge after all!
I called it the dusty bookshelf challenge because these poor books have been slowly gathering dust waiting patiently to be read. Well, no longer random book of Abraham Lincoln quotes, your time has come!
If you want to join in, feel free! Choose your long-unread books, use the #dustybookshelfchallenge and tag @veggie_mama and we can play together. We’ll hold hands across the internet in sad solidarity when we get to the cricket biographies…
The Complete Book of Etiquette
I wasn’t sure if I should include this, as I’ve read three-quarters of the way through (yes from the start I have no life) but I’d really like to read the end, so there we have it. I’m pretty sure I bought it from a Lifeline Bookfest. Get it here.
Cheaper by the Dozen
No idea why I bought this, although I’ve seen both movie versions. The first one was way sad. They also had a nice dining room. I think it was an op shop buy. Get it here.
The Voyage of the Beagle
There are few Stephen King horrors I haven’t read and this is one of them. How it escaped my grasp I don’t know. I think I bought it from a second-hand bookshop (well, swapped for others I didn’t want to read any more). Get it here.
Spellbinders in Suspense
I think this was my Dad’s when he was young, and I’m reasonably certain I read it as a kid, but can’t hurt to read again! Hitchcock is great, and it’s only a slim volume. Get it here.
Innocent When you Dream
Lunchbox was reading this. I don’t know where it came from only I know he didn’t finish it. Help. Get it here.
Booky Wook 2
I bought this at the op shop in readiness for when I’d read the first one. I haven’t read the first one. Get it here.
Another op shop find. I love Ben Elton (thanks to my early years in Young Ones-ology) but I’ve never read any of his books. I am so ashamed. Get it here.
The Thorn Birds
One of those ones one should just read, right? Pretty sure this was purchased from a second hand book sale but I don’t know where. Get it here.
The Bourne Identity
I got it when the Bourne movies were big (I have them all) and have never read any of them. Get it here.
Journal of a Novel
A Passionate Life
Come on as if you don’t want to read it. Another bookfest buy. Get it here.
The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is this?
Op shop buy, I’m pretty sure. Get it here.
The Swiss Family Robinson
I read an abridged version a few times as a kid and always wanted to read the whole thing. I loved it. Get it here.
Lunchbox’s. I’m not looking forward to this. Get it here.
The Road Ahead
So curious about ole Bill Gates! Bought at a second hand book fair. Get it here.
And the first pick is….
Have you read any of these? Did you love/hate them? Want to read? Want to play?