A Little Dose of Inspiration ~ A Guest Post & A Contest

July 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Books, LIfe, My Life with Books, Reading | 27 Comments
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While I’m not much more inspired today than I was yesterday, at least my post from last night and the picture I found using Google Images inspired Lisa Roe from Online Publicist. At the end of the post you will find details about the contest this post inspired me to hold… 🙂

A Little Dose of Inspiration?

Playing off of Jennifer’s post from Tuesday, I had a thought. We’re all feeling a bit blah-si-blah recently. With the conclusion of summer upon us (yes. It’s almost August now. Eek.), it’s time to reflect on the trips not taken, the plans aborted (I did not make it to German Fest AGAIN this year), and the books not read.

Wow. That’s depressing. I really intended on accomplishing much, much more this summer! Especially when it came to books. I read books for my projects, I read online content, and I read a postcard. Not that I’m complaining! I love what I do. I firmly believe we all do, but, there is a time when the weight of the books brings us down.

So, with that in mind, I feel we need to look at our TBR’s in a different way. Instead of gazing at that pile with a sense of foreboding and obligation, we need to shed a different light on them. Or move them to a different spot, spread the stack around, place them somewhere unusual or unexpected. Then take a picture and post it on your blog! Maybe once we look at the books in an artistic way, without the words, font, editing errors, and storylines getting in the way, we can see them as the beautiful objects they are instead of ‘work’.

I was going to stack mine outside by my reading bench for the photo, but when I came in, I found my darling kitty had his own affections for my titles, so I instead took this one:

Aw! My heart now explodes with joy at the thought of those books!  I can’t wait to see what images you all come up with!

Creative TBR Photo Contest

I was so excited by Lisa’s post that I decided to hold another contest. If Lisa’s post sparked your imagine to take a creative picture of your TBRs, submit your photo to me with a title. I’ll post all of the pictures I get anonymously (using only the title provided) on Monday, August 11. I’ll have all of my readers vote for the title that is most inspiring to them. The picture that captures the most votes as of 5pm EST on August 15 will win a $15 Amazon email gift certificate from me. Have fun! I look forward to seeing what you come up with!



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  1. Aw sucks I don’t have TBR piles anymore because I own a Kindle but the kitty sure is darn cute and reminds of my 8 fur kids.

  2. What a great idea – it makes me really wish I owned a digital camera. (BTW, Lisa encouraged me to stop by, and I’m glad I did. . . what a great blog.

  3. Sweet, I’ll have to think what to do. I don’t think I can use it all, because there are a ton of them…

  4. I’ll just take pictures of the boxes of TBRs I’ve packed in anticipation of our move in a couple of weeks. Seriously. I have boxes of TBRs. They mutter at me during the night, pissed off because I haven’t even pretended to be interested in them lately.

  5. sounds like a fun contest, cute kitty!

  6. What a fun contest! Count me in. I’m glad to hear others are in the same boat. I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one photo but I have submitted one.

  7. I just got my first submission! I’m so excited. This is going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s pictures. Can someone lend Andi a digital camera? 🙂

  8. What a great idea! I’ll post this on my blog and direct people here!

  9. This is going to be so fun. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  10. Hi! This sounds fun…I’d like to join in too 🙂

    Just started a book review blog and am hoping to meet other reviewers. This SAHM/WAHM really need a nice chat here and there about English books, esp as I’m stuck in Mandarin China!

  11. It is good! Maybe I should post a picture too


  12. Ooooo how fun!! My camera’s in the shop but I can use my daughter’s.. it’s not a very good one but it’s better than nothing.. now to find an artful way to arrange 50 or so books, LOL.

  13. […] A Creative To-Be-Read Pile Contest – The Literate Housewife […]

  14. […] Looks like fun. […]

  15. I can’t wait to see everyone’s pictures as they roll in!

  16. Sounds fun 🙂 Hmm I wonder what I should do?

  17. I’m trying to think of something:)

  18. Hi, I just emailed you my entry, thanks for holding such a fun contest!

  19. I relocated my books and in the process I had to bring one of my book cases downstairs and i noticed one of my new books had been used to cut their teeth on the top and bottom corners were gone and of coarse it was a hard back book. I don’t think that would qualify for the cute inspirational picture. LoL!

  20. Bookworm, I got your picture! Thanks so much!
    Lori, sometimes people need other types of motivation. Your title could be, “Break into your TBR pile before your pet does!” 🙂

  21. […] but I’ll have to show that later, because I entered it into the Literate Housewife’s contest).  Because my books to review are all in order of importance (aka, when they’re being […]

  22. I don’t know that I’ve got the energy to pull all of my TBRs off their shelves again after I did it for my Ye Grande Olde TBR(e) Challenge post. I still have dents in my skull from that stupid tower falling over so many times.

  23. I have TBR Piles, but they’re so many, I’d have to have a huge, crazy tall pile. It’s all over my shelves and my room and my bathroom and cars and every where. I’m overrun by books, not to mention the ones in my iPod. My husband’s fault for getting me a 150 GB, I took it to mean I have to fill it up with books, so I did. I have over 20 in there so far.

  24. I love when kitties pose with books! There is nothing cuter.

  25. That’s such a cute picture!

    My TBR are all over the place, and I don’t have cute pictures of it. 😦

  26. Hello. And Bye. 🙂

  27. […] or other readers to think differently about all those books we “have” to read.  Click here for more details.  The reader who submits the winning TBR pile photo wins a $15 Amazon gift […]

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