Please note: This post is a copy of my permanent TBR Pile Challenge page. That page will be updated with links to book reviews after I’ve read them!
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I’ve decided to join the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge! Essentially, this involves reading and reviewing 12 books that have been wasting away on the ol’ “to-read” list over the course of the year. Hit that link to go to the Roof Beam Reader blog for more details.
This challenge is different from the Classics Club challenge in a few ways. First, the books don’t have to be “classics” at all, so long as they were published more than 1 year ago. Second, absolutely no re-reads are allowed, no matter how long ago I originally read the book. Third, these are books that I already own (my own rule, not part of the official rules).
Here’s the list!
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
- The adventures & memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
- The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1940)
- The diviners by Libba Bray (2012)
- Reason for hope by Jane Goodall (1998)
- Vegetarian cooking for everyone by Deborah Madison (1997)
- The astronaut wives club by Lily Koppel (2013)
- A year in Provence by Peter Mayle (1989)
- Cooking for geeks by Jeff Potter (2010)
- Founding brothers: The revolutionary generation by Joseph J. Ellis (2000)
- Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (2012)
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2004)
And the alternates, in case one of the above shapes up to be too awful to finish:
- The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2001)
- Crooked letter, crooked letter by Tom Franklin (2009)
Well, fully half the list is nonfiction — this is deliberate, a reaction to the certain knowledge that I’ll be reading a lot of fiction, particularly YA, primarily prepub or new titles this year.
The first 3 titles are also part of my Classics Club challenge. I want to read more than just those 3, though, if I have any hope of catching up! I simply don’t own any of the others on that list at present, so they’re disqualified.
I wish I had more SF/F to balance the list a bit, but as it turns out I’ve already read all but 1 of the SF/F books we have and I’ve been relying heavily on the library for the rest.
Blue – Nonfiction
Green – SF/F
Purple – YA or Juvenile
Red – 20th century
Pink – pre-20th century