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The Clear the Bookshelf Challenge - Summer 2017

A confession first, I shamelessly swiped this idea from a post on The Puzzle Doctor's blog -- he has challenged himself to read 20 classical mysteries over the course of the summer and post reviews as he has finished them.

A second confession, I'm a book junkie. Every time I go into the bookstore, I buy books. A good review in the Wall Street Journal? Off to Amazon I go. Writer's Market comes up with a new bundle of must-have books? I click on Buy. I packed four books for a five-day trip and bought two more while I was away. My bookshelves are full, and there are stacks of books on the floor in my office, my living room, and my bedroom.

Something has to be done.

In the spirit of The Puzzle Doctor's challenge to himself, I am challenging myself to read 20 books from my bookshelf this summer - June 21 through September 20. I'll post reviews as they are finished, then cheerfully donate the read books to the local library. That should clean a shelf...

Here are my challenge books. See my Full Disclosure page for information on Amazon links.

Anyone care to join me?

Comment on this post with your cleanup list, or follow #20BooksChallenge on Twitter for updates.

June 28, 2017 - Just finished this book, a book my kids have been bugging me to read for years. I wish I'd listened sooner.

This is not just a book for tweeners, although I'd love for somebody to mistake me for one. It is a thoroughly fresh story which pulled me in and didn't let me go until the last page. Ready for the sequel.

Therefore, I was surprised at the venom being spewed at the book and Ransom Riggs in the negative reviews. One gal even updated her review four years later to brag about all the haters who commented negatively and whom she'd to ban from her page. For three single-spaced pages, she stripped every element from the story, chewed it up, and spit it out in a soggy mess at her feet. I'd never read book reviews laced with such vitriol.

Wow. If that lady spent as much time working on her own story instead of trashing someone else's work, she'd have a best seller.

I liked the book and think it's a delightful story. Good job, Mr. Riggs.



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