Edited to add:
here are the updated lists, if anyone wants to try to decipher the last few remaing titles in my TBR deciphering challenge! 65 have been deciphered (although two are still listed unanswered on the pictures (To Timbuktu and Charlie and Kiwi: an Evolutionary Adventure, 1 was left as answered by me when I was fiddling with the picture. I can't edit the picture from my mac at home (I have spent too long trying already, and I can't access my blog at work, so it's tricky).
But in any event, thanks for playing--7 books are on their way to Ballou Senior High School.
And here's the bonus round: if anyone can tell me what this book, from the last round of my tbr list, is (I have no clue, myself) I'll buy an eighth book:
The c and the -ity are my best guess, but they could be wrong. Sigh. My speculations can be found here in this post.
The current tbr list, with answers spelled out:
Here's the explaination part, for those just now tuning in:
For the past few years, Colleen at Chasing Ray has been organizing book drives for needy schools. This year, the books will go to Ballou Senior High School, a public high school library in Washington D.C. that needs them so, so badly. There are 1,150 books on the shelves at Ballou; there are over 1,200 students in the school. Here's the page at Guys Lit Wire that tells all about it, and how to help. It's very easy--you go to the wish list at Powells, buy your books, and put in the librarian's address.
In my house, there are four people and multiple thousands of books. If I see a new book I want in the bookstore, I can buy it without worrying about the cost. Books come to me from publishers. I live in a state with a brilliant, and free, interlibrary loan service, and my library is four doors down from my house. I'm lucky that my only problem (viz books) is finding the time to read all the ones I have on hand!
Last year, just to underscore this point to myself, and because I find it amusing, I issued a challenge to readers of my blog. I put up a copy of my tbr list (you can find that one here), and promised that for every ten titles that could be deciphered, I'd buy a book for the cause. I dunno how much it was enjoyed by others, but at any event people played along. 61 titles were deciphered, so I bought seven books--the one I'd have bought anyway, and six more.
So I'm doing it again this year! Here's my main tbr list (there are others, like my library list and my amazon list and my paperback book swap list, but this is the main one). I added an easy one at the end, just to be nice! I'll buy a book for every ten titles deciphered.
Update: lots of titles have been deciphered, but not all are correct...I'll update tomorrow, when I have the piece of paper in front of me again!
Even if you don't want to play, do consider donating a book or two to this worthy cause.
And to make it even more worthy, if you buy your donations through the Powells link I have up on the left, you'll be helping my local public library....If you do, just put guyslitwire@gmail into the find a friend's wish list box, and it will come up!
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