Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fortnight of Old Favorites

As I mentioned in last week's In My Mailbox, I am on a temporary book-buying ban in order to let my dwindling book funds recover ("dwindling" is an understatement - "gone" is more accurate) and to take the time to reread some of my old favorites. I buy a ton of books, and I figure as long as I am buying them, I should read them more than once. So starting today, I have two weeks more-or-less free until school starts, and I am going to take those two weeks to get through a huge pile of books I want to reread.

These range from books I read just a few months ago to books I love but haven't picked up in years, and from MG to YA. And this pile is what I came up with after I went through it and put a bunch back. I'd love to read more than this, but I tried to limit the number of books I chose. I don't have any specific order I'm going to read these in. I figure I'll just pick up anything that strikes my fancy at the time. I don't think I will be able to finish all of these in just two weeks, but I'm certainly going to try. 18 books in 14 days? It's possible.

But this challenge doesn't mean I'm going to stop reading the new books I've gotten in the past few weeks. I was planning on finishing those books before I started FOOF, but then I ended up getting a ton of new books, so.... yep. I'm going to be reading those at the same time, and reviewing them as well. They just won't count for the FOOF challenge.

If you'd like, join me! Rereading old favorites is always great, and I'd love to hear about some of your favorites. Or, you can read any of the books on my list. I recommend them all.


Ray said...

That is such a great idea! I love going through my shelves and reading old favorites. The classics never get old. Now I want to do the same. Happy reading :)

Pica said...

I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with it. I'd love to hear about your old favorites as well. If you end up reading any, feel free to leave comments about them. It's always more fun to do a challenge like this together with someone else.

And you're totally right. The classics never get old. Rereads are the best. I always wish I could reread more, so this is the perfect opportunity to take some out for it.

Ray said...

I haven't had a ton of time to read this summer but my favorite re-read so far is The View From Saturday. I found that the writing style was so much better than I remembered and although it is obviously for younger readers, I still found myself enjoying it. And the best part was knowing all of the trivia answers before I read the explanation. A fun self challenge. Next on my list is The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. E.L. Konisburg is one of my favorite writers.

Pica said...

I've never read The View from Saturday- I must have missed that one. But I do love From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I almost, almost put that on my list for FOOF, but as I've mentioned, I tried really hard to narrow it down to a manageable amount. I wish I could have put many more on my list, but I knew it wasn't realistic to have more than 15 or 16, and I couldn't narrow it down past 18! If I ever do another event like this, or if I'm running low on new books to read, I'll definitely keep both of those Konisburg books in mind.

Small Review said...

Oh I wish I could do this! I have too many "obligation" books to read. You have some of my favorites on your pile and a bunch I've been meaning to read. Looking forward to your reviews of them :)


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