Ever felt like you have too many books and not enough time to read them? It seems like every month I’m constantly adding more books to my shelves though I’m rarely reading what I own. With review copies coming in, plus I’m constantly going to the library, and with the occasional book binge, lately I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with all the books I have. Amy over at My Friend Amy came up with a great plan to read the growing piles of books: a point-based game called B.L.O.B. also known as Biggest Loser of Books.
The rules of the game:
- Every person starts out with zero points. For each addition book (except gifts) that come into your home during the game, you add points. In this game, points aren’t good.
- Impulse buys: 10 pts
- Considered buys: 5 pts
- Books from a swap site: 5 pts
- Review copies that were pitched to us: 3 pts
- Review copies that were requested: 5 pts
- Unsolicited: 0 pts
- Library books: 3 pts
- Gifts: 0 pts
- Con someone into buying you a book = 10 pts
- For every book we give away, we can take 2 pts off our score.
- Books requested/bought in January that show up in February don’t count.
- Books placed on hold in January that show up in February do count.
- Points also apply to audios, ebooks, and digital downloads.
- The person with the least amount of points win.
Throughout the month of February six bloggers will be participating in the game: Dawn (She is Too Fond of Books), Nicole (Linus’s Blanket), Amy, Candace (Beth Fish Reads), Jen (Devourer of Books), and myself. Nicole and I think we might need this game more than everyone else, so we’re playing B.L.O.B. until the end of March.
One of the great things about this game besides reading from the ever-growing TBR pile is that we’ve all agreed that for each point we add to our score, $1 will go to a charity of our choice. My charity of choice is 826National.org.
My goal is to read at least 20 of my own books. January has been a horrible month reading-wise. So horrible that I haven’t bothered to update my “books read” page. I’m hoping February is much better. I do think this game is going to be very challenging since I won’t be able to check out books from the library without adding points to my score. Still I’m cannot wait to start!
A few books I’m looking forward to reading:
- Big Machine by Victor LaValle
- The Absolutely True Story of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman
- Gringolandia by Ly Miller-Lachman
- Satchel by Larry Tye
My first read for B.L.O.B. is Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss. It’s a collection of essays I started reading Thursday. I’m really enjoying it so far. Don’t look for a review just yet. It’s a book I’m going to re-read before I review it.
So what are you reading today? Do you have any reading plans for February? Be sure to check out the other B.L.O.B. participants’ lists today and tomorrow.