It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Book Binge is Back!

Some of you have asked about last year’s Book Binge, and wondered if I were hosting it again. And I said to myself, “What a great idea! I think I shall host a Book Binge again!”

Here’s how it goes: For the month of May, participants keep track of each and every book you read. At the end of the month, everyone will blog their list of books. Simple, no?

For simplicity’s sake, and to allow people time to hear about it and sign up if they want, we’ll start on Monday, May 5th. We will all publish our lists on June 1.

Other rules:

– You can include books you re-read, so long as you re-read them in between May 5 and 31.
– You may also include books you start but don’t finish, just note the page at which you gave it up. Something like, “Quit, page 47 of 322″.
– You may only include books you read aloud to your children if they are at least 125 pages long.
– Students may include textbooks (if they’re at least 100 pages long).
– Unless you have a visual impairment which precludes you from reading print books (in which case, it’s unlikely you read blogs), you may not count recorded books.

If you would like to participate, leave a note in the comments. On Friday, I’ll post a list of links to all participants.

AND, for all you lucky participants, we have these lovely blog buttons! There’s a small and a medium version. All you have to do is copy and paste the the following code into your sidebar or post.

For SMALL (125 pixels wide, suitable for a sidebar),

Copy and paste this code:
<a href=""&gt; <img src="; alt="book binge" /></a>

For MEDIUM (240 pixels wide; your text will wrap to the right of the image),


Copy and paste this code:
<a href=""&gt; <img src="; style="margin: 0 10px 10px 0; float:left" alt="book binge" border="0" /></a>

(And if you, like me, are in awe at the way I have CODE on the blog, without it turning into the button and ‘vanishing’ the code, I can’t take the credit. This bit of playing with the browser’s head was devised by my devious sweetie. Isn’t he just so smart???)

I hope you’ll all join me. I’m pretty sure my list this year will be shorter than last year’s — but who know? I may surprise myself! Here’s hoping some of you surprise your own selves, too!

April 29, 2008 - Posted by | books


  1. I’m in, of course, since I was one of the people who asked if you were doing it again…hehe.

    And it shouldn’t be hard to surprise myself, I only managed three books last time, this time I’m aiming for a minimum of five.

    Comment by Zayna | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hooray! I’m in. I certainly expect to read more than last year, but last year I’d moved transatlantically on April 1 & had a baby on May 1, so life was a tad bit busy! Thanks for hosting it!

    Comment by Ms. Huis Herself | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. Definitely in! I’m struggling with so much negativity at work that this will be a welcome diversion! Yeah 🙂 Reading is such a great escape…thanks for thinking of this.

    Comment by Susan W | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. BookMama’s mama here – I read your blog through her blog!! (As a child care giver for over 22 years, I can relate to soooooo many of your entries!!)

    Please count me in on the Book Binge. Last year I did one and read waaay too many books – since we were in Florida. But now we’ll be home, and I probably won’t have as much time to read.

    But I’m ready!!

    Comment by Snowbird | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  5. Meeeee! 🙂

    Comment by Suzi | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. Sign me up too, please!

    Comment by Florinda | April 29, 2008 | Reply

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  8. I’m in! I wonder how this year will compare to last year. I’m pretty sure I read fewer books now that I read more blogs. 😉

    Comment by Alison | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  9. I didn’t know about Book Binge before, but I’d love to participate! I love to read anyway, and find myself with a particularly tall stack of books to get at, so this is great timing.

    Comment by Anne Florenzano | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  10. Splendid – I’m in. I’ve got several books lined up and this’ll make sure I get on and read them all.

    Comment by Z | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  11. Count me in – this is just the push I need to clear the stack of books by my bed

    Comment by MoTB | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  12. This sounds good. I’d love to join in.

    But I’m new here (just arrived via link at Z’s place), so I’m going to ask a stupid question. Does it have to be a whole book to go on my list? I read the bit about giving up at page 47, but what if I only read a couple of chapters of a text/information book (something I do quite often)? Does everybody else include this kind of thing or not?

    I’ve not been asked that specific question before, so let’s see… Non-fiction is slower going than fiction, but it’s not as tough a slog as a textbook… If it’s not too fiddly, how about we count as a book every 200 pages of non-fiction you read?

    Comment by Three-Legged-Cat | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  13. I’ll give it a whirl. Since I utterly failed at April’s Script Frenzy, I might actually feel a sense of accomplishment by doing this.

    Comment by hey bartender | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  14. I’d love to do this! Here’s hoping I actually have time to read something more than my textbook . . .

    Comment by Lar | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  15. I’m another person who arrived here via Z. I’d love to join in. I have lots of books I want to read before June and this is just the push I needed.

    What a great idea!

    Comment by Dash | April 30, 2008 | Reply

  16. I’m all in. I’m not sure how well I’ll do as May is the busiest month we’ve had in ages but I can always find time to read.
    Also I’ve already bought some new books in anticipation. Yay!

    Comment by Dani | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  17. I keep a list anyway, so I’d love to play along! I’ve got good stuff coming up this month, too — a few reviews to do. Bonus!

    Comment by Susan Helene Gottfried | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  18. I’d like to join, please. ^_^

    Comment by tin cc-ong | May 1, 2008 | Reply

  19. I’d like to do it. I saw this on Florinda’sblog. Sounds like a good thing to do.

    Comment by Mike F. | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  20. I’ll do it. I need to.

    Comment by Bridgett | May 2, 2008 | Reply

  21. Is it too late to sign up? I’d love to join in!

    Comment by Literary Feline | May 3, 2008 | Reply

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  23. I’m in. But just so you know, I’ll only binge. I don’t do the purging. 😉

    Comment by Baroness von Bloggenschtern | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  24. I’m in

    Comment by Lisa | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  25. Florida sent me over. Can I join too?

    Comment by alisonwonderland | May 3, 2008 | Reply

  26. Florinda sent me over too! I’m in – could do with catching up on a few challenges and this will help 😉

    Comment by Mrs S | 50 Book Challenge | May 4, 2008 | Reply

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  28. Sure. Count me in, I need an excuse to read more books.

    Comment by Michelle | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  29. What a fabulous idea! I’ve posted this to my blog A Novel Challenge so you may get some more participants 🙂 I’ll be playing along and posting my thoughts on my main blog at

    Comment by Wendy | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  30. I left a comment – but it might have been dumped into your spam folder because I gave you a link! I’m in…and wanted to let you know I posted your challenge to my blog which links all the challenges in the blogsphere!

    Comment by Wendy | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  31. I usually post about all the books I read and do a monthly wrap up anyway so I feel like it’s cheating but count me in too. I do have a lot of books waiting to be read so this will be the incentive to read instead of doing something else this month. Thanks.

    Comment by tanabata | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  32. I’ll be joining in! I can NOT wait to get started!

    Comment by Lena | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  33. I’m in. This will be my first Book Binge. I can’t wait!

    Comment by Natasha | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  34. I’m in! Maybe it will get me back on track reviewing what I’ve read.

    Comment by Kristen | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  35. I’d love to join in!

    Comment by veronica | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  36. I’d love to join as well.

    Comment by blbooks | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  37. I’ll try.

    Comment by Beth | May 4, 2008 | Reply

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  39. since this is going to start on my birthday, of course I am in.
    kim in ohio

    Comment by kim in ohio | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  40. Ok, I can do this. So nice and simple and short.


    Comment by girlsgood | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  41. What a fun idea!! I’ll keep track and see how I do 🙂

    Comment by Corinne | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  42. Well, you’ve talked me into it. Sign me up!

    Comment by Jan in Edmonds | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  43. Well this sounds fun, I am in! 🙂

    Comment by Amy | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  44. For some reason my website didn’t post.

    Comment by Amy | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  45. I would love to join! Sign me up.

    Comment by divagirlrn | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  46. I think I made it in time. Can I still join?

    Comment by Juli (Can I Borrow Your Book?) | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  47. Well, I’m always up for a challenge. If I can still join, I’d love to participate.

    Comment by chainletters | May 5, 2008 | Reply

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  49. Please count me in. 🙂

    Comment by Melody | May 5, 2008 | Reply

  50. Can I still join in on this one? I know it starts today, but I only heard about it just now reading emails! 😕

    If I can join you, my blog is at:



    Comment by MizB | May 5, 2008 | Reply

  51. Can this include books on CD?

    Comment by Jan in Edmonds | May 5, 2008 | Reply

  52. Count me in!

    Comment by Bethany | May 5, 2008 | Reply

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  54. Hi there! I’d love to join in too. =)

    Comment by Josette | May 5, 2008 | Reply

  55. I would love to join this challenge if I still can!

    Comment by serena | May 5, 2008 | Reply

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  57. I know I’m late, as usual. But if there’s still time, I’d like to sign up, too!

    Comment by JLS Hall | May 5, 2008 | Reply

  58. I’m a little late, but I’d love to join!

    Comment by Whitney | May 6, 2008 | Reply

  59. I think I’m losing my mind. I could have sworn I posted here the other day when I copied added the button to my blog. I’d love to join please.

    Comment by Lori | May 7, 2008 | Reply

  60. I’d love to join in the Book Binge and will post the badge on my blog soon 🙂

    Comment by KittyCat | May 7, 2008 | Reply

  61. I’m in! Thanks for hosting something this fun and simple!!
    (page after page)

    Comment by Kim | May 7, 2008 | Reply

  62. I want to join also. I am just starting my book blog so there is not much to it yet but there will be soon.

    Comment by purplemoonmyst | May 7, 2008 | Reply

  63. I am new at blogging, so I do not know how to figure out the blog’s address yet. I just joined the Yahoo! group A Novel Challenge, and they had a link to your challenge. At least I copied your small “button” address correctly! Every Summer my library has a 5 book minimum book challenge where you can follow the theme or just read 5 books. This year’s theme is time travel. Too bad I can’t read my Doctor Who books for this. It has to be books that are available at the library only. I will keep you posted. Judy in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

    Comment by Judy | May 10, 2008 | Reply

  64. I’m in, I do that already.

    Comment by Callista | May 11, 2008 | Reply

  65. How do I let you know when Im done?.I have put the button and is noting the ones Im finishing in my blog as a list..Is it the way it should be?

    Comment by jinxed | May 12, 2008 | Reply

  66. See my blog for Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Whispering Witch by Kathryn Kenny. I read 84 pages of this 210 p. book, having begun it 3 days before this challenge started.

    Comment by Jan in Edmonds | May 12, 2008 | Reply

  67. have read 17 till now..goin on full swing..:)this is fun

    Comment by jinxed | May 16, 2008 | Reply

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  69. Am I still in time? If so, count me in!

    Comment by Alessandra | May 20, 2008 | Reply

  70. Ooo I just found this, am I still in time???

    Comment by Kristyn | May 20, 2008 | Reply

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  72. Is it too late to join? If not, count me too in.

    – Sandeep.

    Comment by Sandeep | May 26, 2008 | Reply

  73. You can either go to my blog to see how pathetically I did (with the sordid details) or I can just tell you here. I read a grand total of 395 pages in 6 books, finishing two books and not able to complete the rest. But they are still in progress & I will eventually be done with them. Thanks for such a fun trip!

    Comment by Jan in Edmonds | May 30, 2008 | Reply

  74. I only read 6 books. I have the habit of when a book is nearly due on renewal, I wil go to that book and leave the current book that I know that I will have more time to read and then after I am done reading the book that I do not have more time to read and when I am done with the 2nd book, I will go back to the first book that I am reading.

    The 6 books are:

    1st to Die by James Patterson
    The Sunny Side by A A Milne
    16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber
    Out of the Silent Planet by C S Lewis
    The Book of Samson by David Maine
    Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye by Kaza Kingsley

    I have posted comments/reviews for all 6 books on my blog at:


    Comment by Intergalactic Bookworm | May 31, 2008 | Reply

  75. I did really well based on my normal reading rate – I finished the last one on Wednesday and was tempted to find a short book to read to try and fit in another before the end of today but I couldn’t find one!

    1. March by Geraldine Brooks
    2. ADMIT ONE: A Journey into Film by Emmett James
    3. The Sea House by Esther Freud
    4. Maggie Again by John D. Husband
    5. Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder
    6. Hester’s Story by Adele Geras
    7. Perfect on paper by Maria Murnane
    8. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

    Comment by Mrs S | Blue Archipelago | May 31, 2008 | Reply

  76. Oh and if you go here and scroll down you can read reviews of all 8 books 🙂

    Comment by Mrs S | Blue Archipelago | May 31, 2008 | Reply

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  79. My challenge is complete. I’ll be done with my last book of the month in about an hour. A lot less books than I nornmally would read, but I had two deaths in my family in the space of two weeks and just wasn’t able to read as much as I usually do. I hope you do this again 🙂

    My list is posted on my blog. (Scroll Down on the right hand side)

    Comment by fdbolt | May 31, 2008 | Reply

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  81. I’m about to post my list now. Eleven books read. It felt great to make that much time to sit and read. Thanks for the excuse!

    Comment by Susan Helene Gottfried | June 1, 2008 | Reply

  82. My list, should have it on the group webhsite by 6/2
    Book Binge

    May 5 – May 31 all books read May

    1. 1 89 Sutcliff, Rosemary The Light in the Fores
    2 90 Krentz, Jayne Ann Sharp Edges
    3 91 Lewis, C. S. Till We Have Faces
    4 92 Saul, John Guardian
    5 93 Carroll, Lewis Alice in Wonderland
    6 94 Asher, Sandy Mexico
    8 95 Coben, Harlan Hold Tight
    9 96 Upjohn, Sheila Why Julian Now?
    10 97 TTracy, Kathleen The Life and Times of Constantine
    11 98 Gardner, Lisa The Other Daughter
    12 99 Hoag, Tami Dark Hoarse
    13 100 Parker, Robert B. Now and Then
    15 101 Page, Geraldine Year of Wonder
    16 102 Patterson, James Sunday’s at Tiffany’s
    16 103 Johansen, Irs The Face 0f Deception
    18 104 Lewis, Beverly The Forbidden
    19 105 Penman, Sharon Kay Prince of Darkness
    21 105 Clark, Mary Jane Close to You
    23 107 Jackson, Lisa Mc Cafferty’s: Slade
    24 108 Cornwell, Patricia The Front
    25 109 Hooper, Kay The Matchmaker
    27 110 Barton, Beverly A Time to Die
    28 111 Woods, Stuart Sante Fe Dead

    Comment by Lindy | June 1, 2008 | Reply

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