After my grand announcement last week, one thing I’ve definitely decided is to stop all non-review posts (with rare exception). Because I don’t know when I’ll actually stop reviewing, I realized I didn’t want to necessarily stop the “You Dare Me” challenges, which left me with a kind of conundrum: do I continue to post monthly requests for nominations? Or do I shake it up a bit?
The thing is, the books that are available to you in the TBR will not change. The number will actually decrease as the months go by and I read the books you’ve dared me to read. Putting up a monthly request for nominations is great, because it’ll catch new readers to this blog; however, if you’ve been nominating all along, you’re going to get tired of seeing and/or nominating the same titles over and over each month.
My solution is this: I’m going to open up nominations permanently, and I’m going to increase the number of books a person can nominate to ten. You still can’t nominate the same book ten times, but you can, however, come back in a couple of weeks, or in a month, and give me your same round of nominations all over again if your picks don’t make it.
What will happen, then, is on the first of the month, I’ll announce my dare to YOU, and at the same time, I’ll tell you which book currently has the most nominations and pledge to read that one. So no, you won’t know what books are ahead until I actually announce what I’m reading, but I’m trying to keep it casual, remember?
I always reserve the right to stop all of this at any time, but I suspect that when that happens, the reviews will stop too, so that’s that. But it’s not stopping yet. I’m just trying to make things a wee bit easier on myself.
So. Are you ready to nominate? Let’s do this!
How to find eligible titles: well, it finally occurred to me how STUPID it was to divvy up my TBR pile per year when most, if not all, of you probably just want to see all of the books together. So the very first link is the FULL TBR pile, minus Star Wars books, because they’re not eligible for this.
For those of you who might like to see how long books have been languishing in the TBR, you’re welcome to browse by Library Thing entry year:
A few notes about these collections:
1) All of these lists, except 2007, are years when the unread titles were purchased, not published. 2007 is an exception because I opened my LibraryThing account that year, and when I did that, I scanned my entire library onto my shelves, so the entry date reflects just that, the date the books were entered into the system, not the year I purchased them.
2) If you’re wanting to nominate titles from the 2011 TBR pile, please check the sidebar on my LJ here to make sure I’m not already reading a title you want to dare me to read.
3) With those exceptions, if it’s listed in any of the TBR links, it’s eligible. However, if you pick book three of a series and I haven’t yet read book two, I reserve the right to read book two instead. Ideally, if that happens (I hope it doesn’t), I’ll try to read the missing installment before the month of the dare, so I can abide by your wishes. That may not always be possible, though, so just remember that if you’re voting for sequels.
4) I’m providing links to my LibraryThing shelves because it’s regularly maintained and it’s been up-to-date since I opened it. Those of you who follow me on Goodreads, try to grin and bear the unfamiliar system, because my Goodreads profile was started much later, and the import process wasn’t perfect.
Clear as mud? Are you ready to nominate? Then let’s get started:
1) Pick up to TEN books you want to dare me to read. Remember, they can be books you’ve already read and want my opinion of, or books you want to read yourself, so by daring me, you’ll be following along.
2) Before nominating, check out the comments section of this entry, see if anyone’s campaigning for a book that you might like to nominate. Remember, I’ll be selecting my dare from the top three nominated titles, though I may select the #1 nominated title if it wins by a large enough margin. Also check the sidebar of my LJ to make sure I’m not currently reading the title you want to nominate.
NOTE: if you want to see what books have been nominated in the past but haven’t yet won, please click HERE.
3) Once you know exactly which books you want to dare me to read, enter your choices HERE.
4) After you FILL OUT THE POLL, don’t hesitate to campaign for the books you selected in the comments! THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT, because last month’s tallies still count, so if there’s a title that’s new to the poll, and you really want it to win over the books that lost last month? You need to campaign for it and give it some love!
5) PLEASE NOTE: comments do NOT count as nominations. If the titles aren’t listed in THE POLL, the nomination doesn’t count.
6) This nomination period is open until I select the Dare for December (unless something happens and I get bored of “You Dare Me”), so you have the option to nominate as many times as you want. Bear in mind that you won’t know what wins until the first of every month, so plan your nominations accordingly. Remember, I can see how many times you nominate, so nominate wisely!
Remember: EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO NOMINATE! Whatever wins isn’t a book I’m asking YOU to read. Rather, it’s the book you’re asking ME to read. So basically, once a month, you get to tell me what to read. Fun, right? So please, let’s have an awesome turn-out, okay?
Questions? Comments? Concerns? I’m all ears! Nominate your heart out, and we’ll see what May has in store for me, reading-wise!
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