Twitter can be dangerous, in that my book blogging friends are always tweeting about the wonderful books they’re reading, and then I end up putting them on hold at the library, or adding them to my multi-page wish list. But, for once, Twitter is going to help me reduce the unread books on my shelves. From a conversation about how we wish we had more time to read our own books and finish some long-standing review commitments, ROOB was born. ROOB is the Reading Our Own Books Challenge. Here’s how it works:
I will earn negative points for each book I read. The amount of negative points is determined by the source of the book (library, review, purchase). If I read a book I didn’t have in my possession on March 15, I earn positive points.
Here is the points breakdown:
-5 points for reading TBR book
-3 points for reading a review copy
-2 points for reading a library copy
+6 penalty points for reading a book new to my shelves (after 3/15)
All participants begin the month with zero points. In order to earn points or penalties, the books must be started on or after April 1, 2010. They must also be finished on or before April 30, 2010. Books in progress as of April 1 don’t count for or against your final score.
Throughout the month of April, participants will keep a tally of points for each book read. In order to level the playing field for individual reading speeds, participants must also keep track of the number of books read during the month.
On May 1, 2010, each participant will add up their total number of points and will then divide the total by the number of books read during the month. The result is the participant’s final score (rounded to two decimal points).
So, if you have read 5 TBRs, 3 review copies, and 1 “new” book, the math would look like this:
-25 (5 X -5) + -9 (3 X -3) + 6 (1 X +6) = -28
-28/9 (# of books read) = -3.11
My fellow ROOB participants are:
Jen at Devourer of Books is an honorary member, as she was planning to join us, but had some other stuff come up so the timing wouldn’t work.
At the end of April, the person with the lowest score is the winner of bragging rights, and one book from each of the other participants’ bookshelves. Yes, I know that kind of defeats the purpose of the challenge, but we love books, okay?!
We capped the number of participants in order to make it easier to keep track of and so that the winner doesn’t end up with 50-some books at the end of the month, but it would be great if you wanted to start your own group and play along – or play along by yourself. Please don’t feel like we’re trying to be exclusive – this was a spur-of-the moment thing on Twitter. Like I said, Twitter can be dangerous!
Of course, the Read-a-thon is coming up in April, too – so I’m really hoping things will work out with the family’s schedule for me to participate, and give me even more time to read some of those books!