Sunday, November 27, 2011

TBR Pile Challenge 2012 Hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader


I'm joining the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader.  This challenge really appeals to me because I've been thinking a lot about all the unread books on my shelves (and nightstand) (and desk) (and floor) (and the way back of my car!). Most of us can't get to all the books we'd like because there are just too many books and not enough time. I have another problem, and I wonder if any of you might suffer from this affliction, too. Sometimes I "save" books. I really want to read them and feel confident that I'm going to love them, but I let them sit and save them for some future time. What am I thinking? That there will be a book drought and I have to hold some in reserve? Am I afraid that as much as I think I'll love a book that I'll be disappointed? Why am I denying myself these books? I don't know, and it's easy to get distracted by all the new and wonderful books that come my way.

Recently I heard about Susan Hill's book, HOWARD'S END IN ON THE LANDING in which she chronicles the year she spent reading only her own books. I'm not ready to go to that extreme, but I do intend to make reading through my own TBR pile a priority for 2012. Adam's challenge specifies that you can only read books that you have owned for at least one year - so they must have been published prior to January 1, 2011. This requirement will force me to pick some books that have been languishing for far too long. Also, I only have to read 12 books - but I must specify which ones (along with 2 alternates in case something turns into a dreaded DNF). I also like the idea of signing up with Adam's challenge because he is a new-to-me blogger and it's fun to connect with new, like-minded people. I'm not discounting the possibility of signing up for other challenges that encourage me to read my own books, but this one is for sure.

Click here to get more information about the 2012 TBR Pile Challenge or to sign up.

Here's my "official" list. Books can be read in any order. I'll link each title to my review as I post them.

1,   THE SPIRITUALIST by Megan Chance
2.   THE LAST DICKENS by Matthew Pearl
3.   THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery
4.   DOWN THE NILE by Rosemary Mahoney
5.   KISSING GAMES OF THE WORLD by Sandi Kahn Shelton
6.   THE GOOD THIEF by Hannah Tinti
7.   THE ROSE OF YORK: LOVE & WAR by Sandra Worth
8.   THE PROFESSORS’ WIVES’ CLUB by Joanne Rendall
9.   PEONY IN LOVE by Lisa See
10. SERENDIPITY by Louise Shaffer
11. CLEAR SPRINGS by Bobbie Ann Mason
12. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES by Min Jin Lee

Alternates:

1. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF IRENE DOS SANTOS by Margaret Mascarenhas
2. SEA OF POPPIES by Amitav Ghosh

Now that I've done this, I can hardly wait to get started!

5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Good luck!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

What really amazes me about my TBR pile is that many of them were books I was just "dying" to read - but the longer they hung out in TBR, the less enthusiastic or more distracted I got until I no longer cared about many of them! So that's the biggest reason I don't join this challenge. But I wish you good luck! :--)

Adam said...

Glad you're joining us!

I've had The Last Dickens (as well as The Poe Shadow and The Dante Club) on my shelf for ages - still haven't read any of the Matthew Pearl books for some reason. I think I need to get to those soon.

Good luck!

Zibilee said...

I also tend to save books for some other time, when they will potentially be the perfect read for me. I don't know what's wrong with me, or why I do this!

I read The Last Dickens, and it was a favorite. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

Good luck with your challenge!

Debbie Rodgers said...

It's like saving the nicest lingerie or prettiest journal...this isn't the perfect time to use it BUT the perfect time will come - right? ;-)

I think you will enjoy The Last Dickens - I certainly did.

Have fun next year!