One last time. James will host the most wonderful of bookish dares - the TBR Triple Dog Dare. And yes, I am brave enough for one last round, even as I secretly hope it will not really stop happening each January through March. If you have not had the pleasure before, it works like this:
"For the first three months of 2016 read only the books that were already in your TBR stack as of midnight December 31, 2015.
You can modify The TBR Dare any way you need to: include books you’ve ordered but not received yet as well as books you have already placed on reserve at your local library; make exceptions for certain books that will be published early next year; allow book club choices and ARCS as needed. The TBR Dare has always been about having fun, so make whatever changes to the “rules” you need to to keep it fun. To keep everyone honest, I only ask that you publish your exceptions in your sign-up comment or on your blog.
If you just want to take The TBR Dare for a month, that’s fine, too. The TBR Triple Dog Dare will run from January 1, 2015 to April 1, 2005. Technically, it’s not a shopping ban so you can still buy books–you just can’t read them until April 1."
Every year I have participated, I have moved major numbers of my books out of the "to be read" category. Last year, I reached my goal of 20 books, and was pretty smug about the whole effort. That said, I also cheat like a dog every year primarily because of my appreciation for the annual bookish smack talk fest known as the Tournament of Books. So this year, just in case it is the last dare, I want to be a little proactive about this. Help me by telling me the books that you think will be on the ToB long, long list (fiction only) in a couple of weeks? So that I can make the best acquisition gambles possible? And not cheat for this final dare. I will start a list right under this. And give you full credit for your contribution of course. Here are a few I'm thinking about just to get things started:
- Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
- The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
- Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
And please go tell James you accept his triple dog dare.