I’ve been dithering for some time now about taking on reading challenges because I really want to concentrate on reading without thinking whether the books I read fit any of the challenges I’ve joined, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about that – if they do, they do and if they don’t it doesn’t matter and so here’s another challenge for 2015.
Adam from Roof Beam Reader is running his TBR Pile Challenge for the SIXTH YEAR!
I’ve not joined in before because I’ve been doing Bev’s Mount TBR Challenge, but this is slightly different because the books you read must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year and you have to list them in advance. This means the books cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2014 or later (ie any book published in the year 2013 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – Adam will be checking publication dates!)
The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months). Books have to be listed and reviewed so that you can link back to Adam’s challenge. You are allowed two alternates just in case you just can’t finish a book for whatever reason.
For the full run-down of challenge details, see Adam’s blog (click on link above).
I’m a bit doubtful that I’ll complete this challenge because I often find that planning in advance what I’m going to read doesn’t work for me – I seem to find reasons for reading other books instead of the ones on my list! But I’m going to give it a go anyway – here’s my list:
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (pub 1994 – on my TBR since 2008)
- The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (pub 1994 – on my TBR since 2009)
- The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower (pub 2007 – on my TBR since 2007)
- The Burning by Jane Casey (pub 2010 – on my TBR since 2013)
- Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (pub 1844 – on my TBR since 2007)
- Zen there was Murder by H R F Keating (pub 1960 – on my TBR since 2012
- Mrs Jordan’s Profession by Claire Tomalin (pub 1995 – on my TBR since 2011)
- Fresh from the Country by Miss Read (pub 1970 – on my TBR since 2012)
- The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld (pub 2006 – on my TBR since 2007)
- Bad Land by Jonathan Raban (pub 1985 – on my TBR since 2011)
- We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates (pub 1997 – on my TBR since 2011)
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (pub 2010 – on my TBR since 2013)
- Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming (pub 1956 – on my TBR since 2011)
- Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (pub 1949 – on my TBR since 2011)
And here are the books: