Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Challenge: TBR Pile Challenge



I've already signed up for two TBR challenges for 2012: the Mt. TBR Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block and the Off the Shelf challenge hosted by the team at Bookish Ardour.

Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting a similar challenge he calls the TBR Pile Challenge.  This is for books that have been on your TBR shelf for more than a year -- since before January 1, 2011.

I signed up because I like the commitment demanded of participants, who must pick 12 books to read and review.  I plan to use this challenge to finally read some books that I have been meaning to read for many years. And I plan to maximize crossover with other challenges.

Click the button or the link above for details.

The date after the book is when I added the book to my TBR shelf -- not when it was published.
The books I have finished are in red.

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (2001) (Non-Fiction, Non-Memoirs Challenge; Back to the Classics Challenge; reviewed here)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre (1982) (reviewed here)

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (2003) (a Pulitzer winner for the Battle of the Prizes, American Version; reviewed here)

Friends and Lovers by Helen McInnes (2007) (Vintage Mystery Challenge); not reviewed)

The Comedians by Graham Greene (1998) (Books Published in the First years of My Life Challenge; reviewed here)

On the Town in New York: The Landmark History of Eating, Drinking, and Entertainments from the American Revolution to the Food Revolution by Michael and Ariane Batterberry (Non-Fiction, Non-Memoirs Challenge; reviewed here)

How To Read and Why by Harold Bloom (2009) (Non-Fiction, Non-Memoirs Challenge reviewed here);

Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow (2009) (What's in a Name Challenge; a National winner for the Battle of the Prizes, American Version; reviewed here)

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (2001) (a Booker winner for the Battle of the Prizes, British Version); reviewed here)

World Without End by Ken Follett (2010) (Chunkster Challenge; Tea & Books Reading Challenge; reviewed here)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (1992) (Chunkster Challenge; Tea & Books Reading Challenge)

Redemption by Leon Uris (2007) (Chunkster Challenge)


Witness by Whittaker Chambers (2009) (Chunkster Challenge; Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge; reviewed here)

Personal History by Katharine Graham (2007) (Chunkster Challenge; Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge)


Last updated January 9, 2013.  Katharine Graham killed this one for me. I just couldn't get finished with her autobiography before the end of the year.

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