Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On My Bookshelf

One of the goals that I have set for myself this year is to increase my reading.  You wouldn't believe how many books I have around the house, on my Kindle and in my Audible account that I have yet to read. I'm announcing to the world that I am a book hoarder and I need help. In an effort to control and reverse my book buying habit, I have a subset of actions that I will take.

  1. I will read at least 100 books during the 2012 calendar year.
  2. I will not purchase any new books (unless I already have them on pre-order). New titles will come from the library.
  3. I will sale, trade, donate or gift at least 50 books from my shelves. This does not include books that I need to return to friends.
  4. To keep myself accountable, I will keep a running tally on the blog and do at least one book review a month.
Being that January is almost over and I have not read anything, I am terribly behind. To make it through 100 books in a year, I have to read roughly 8+ books a month, but since I'm down to 11 months, I'm looking at 9+ books a month.  I need to get started!
My first selection of the year happens to be written by a friend of mine, Victoria Thurman.  I met Victoria a few years ago at a book conference (I meet such great people at conferences!) and we have been friends since. When I am dying for wine and curry, she is one of the first people that I call. Her book, The Dating Dilemmas of Delilah Dunnfield,  hit the shelves in October, but I have been waiting to start reading it until my other wine-and-curry buddy, Angela, got her copy over in Indonesia. She confirmed receipt last night so we are ready for a Read-A-Long.  If you are interested in reading along with us, leave me a comment and I will include you in our discussions.
The Dating Dilemmas of Delilah Dunnfield
I'm sure many of you can relate to the opening lines of this book.
I have often heard it said of life that there are watchers and doers.  It doesn't take a genius to figure which of those I am.
When I read these words, my heart jumped then sank because I was just thinking this of my own life. As I am gearing up to meet a boat load of inspiring women at Blissdom, I can't help but think of all the things in my life that I keep saying I will do but haven't made the time to do. I have to stop watching and start doing.  Hopefully as I read along with Delilah's journey, I will make some changes in my own life and thinking.
You can read an interview with Victoria over at Elizabeth Byler Younts' blog.There is also a giveaway so go over and say hi. And if you think of any other questions for the author, let me know.  I'm sure I get her to dish a little more over a glass of wine and a curry.


  1. I like that first line of the book, let us know how it is! I love reading, my list at the library is like super duper long. Maybe you should sell/trade some of your books on the blog? Food for thought.

    1. You are definitely channeling my thoughts! I was thinking about offering books through the blog when I finish them. I was also thinking about offering my Kindle books for the loan program when I'm done. More on that as I finish a few books.

  2. Love books! This book sounds neat, can't wait to hear your thoughts.