ROOB: Reading Our Own Books

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:

~ Vasilly at 1330v
~ Jennifer at The Literate Housewife Review
~ Candace at Beth Fish Reads
~ Sarah at Puss Reboots
~ Michelle at Galleysmith
~ Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader

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!

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29 Responses to ROOB: Reading Our Own Books

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I think this sounds like a wonderful idea. My bookshelves are buckling under the strain, and I just keep on ordering more books from the library and accepting more ARCs. I keep telling myself that someday, I will end the madness and read what I have. I even signed up for a challenge “Read From Your Shelves”. I’ll have fun watching you guys and seeing how it all works out!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Monday Movie Meme – Because Everyone Needs a Sidekick =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I am signed up for that challenge, too! I’ve already sent out a few books that I’ve read this year – and will be sending out more at the end of the month. Feels god to clear some space!

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! Good luck with it.

  3. Robin of My Two Blessings
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    Sounds like a good idea and will be keeping an eye on all of ya’lls progress. I’m going to continue my buying ban and keep on reading my own books. I’ll be playing along vicariously.
    .-= Robin of My Two Blessings´s last blog ..Wannabe Writers =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Robin – good for you! I am really happy to get a no-guilt way to read my own books and not the review copies I have stacked up. They’ll still be here on May 1st, right?

  4. Kathleen says:

    I should be doing this challenge but I can’t seem to resist going to the library and getting more books. At least I have backed off buying so many!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..When did you know you were a reader? =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathleen – i already know I’ll have some books from the library because that’s where I get my audiobooks, but my print copies will come from my own collection. Should be fun!

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I can’t wait for April! So many great things start then. Good luck!
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..What inspires you to keep blogging? =-.

  6. Kailana says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I have been sort of doing that all ready the last couple weeks. 🙂
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Broken by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Series, Book 6) by Kelley Armstrong =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – good for you! I’m looking forward to reading some of my own books without guilt. 🙂

  7. trish says:

    I’m way too competitive for games like this! Oh, and there’s that whole reading-at-a-snail’s-pace thing. 🙁
    .-= trish´s last blog ..Which Would You Rather Wednesday =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Trish – that’s where the whole “divide by the number of books” thing comes in handy – if it was based on reading speed, I’d be sunk, too!

  8. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    I started reading my first ROOB book this morning and I am so excited! I should have read it last year!
    .-= Marg´s last blog ..Library Loot: March 31 to April 6 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Marg – I’m excited, too – but haven’t had time to start reading yet! This afternoon…..

  9. Maree says:

    I’m definitely going to play along anyway! 😀
    .-= Maree´s last blog ..Lord of the Rings readalong: The Return of the King =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Pam – It would be, if I could find time to read! too busy this week…

  10. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I hope we all find more room on our shelves at the end of the month.
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Stats Posts: What Are They Good For? =-.

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  12. Debbie
    Twitter: debworldofbooks

    Boy, I’m off of Twitter and miss blog reading for a month and I’m clueless 🙂 Thank goodness I came across this post as I was wondering what all the #roob was about on Twitter. LOL.
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Friday Fun: My Book Tastes =-.

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