And finally, I have over-ambitiously signed up for a third reading challenge. Am I setting myself up for failure? Time will tell, but I hope not!
TBR PILE CHALLENGE
This challenge is hosted by Roof Beam Reader, and it is actually a necessary and compelling challenge. I always feel so guilty about the books that sit on my shelves unread. It makes me sad, like I am hurting their feelings by ignoring them. I used to have an entire separate shelf (ok, two full shelves) of TBR (to be read) books, but the books just sat there, judging me. So I integrated all of them into the rest of my library, separating them out by putting a green sticker on the spine. Now sometimes I think I can hear the green stickers sneering at me as I walk past my bookshelves on my way to the living room to watch TV.
The challenge is to read one TBR book a month for all of 2012 - for a total of 12 books. The books must have been on the TBR shelf for more than a year, meaning they all must have a publication date earlier than 1/1/11, and I must have had the book for longer than a year. This shouldn't be a problem. Also, I have to pick my 12 books now, but I can pick 2 alternates in case I can't (or don't want to) finish one from my original list. Here are my picks (in no particular order, except the last two are my alternates):
1. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant;
2. The House of Sand & Fog by Andre Dubus III;
3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett;
4. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen;
5. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson;
6. City of God by Paulo Lins;
7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy;
8. Animal Farm by George Orwell;
9. The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve;
10. Bloody Mary by Carolly Erickson;
11. The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir;
12 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe;
My Two Alternates:
13. A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr;
14. The snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway.
So yeah, this is going to be tough because surely if I was excited to read all of these, I would have done it long ago, right? But these are all books worthy of being read, so I'm going to at least give it a go.
I will be updating this list throughout the year as I read and write reviews of these books. I'll post a link here to the review for each book and a link on each review back to this original post. Let the removal of green stickers commence!