Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 CHALLENGE: 2X19 and Mt. TBR


As I've done since 2014, I'm combining the Mt. TBR Challenge with a TBR challenge I came up with to read two books for each year of the century. It gets a little more challenging each year. I didn't reach my goal in 2018, in part because I got distracted by other books on my TBR shelf, in part because I picked a couple of dense chunksters that slowed me down.

So I confess I intentionally picked some short books for 2019 (short in pages, not height, but see below). I like the mix. I'm usually drawn to long novels, so consciously choosing short books will make me read some books that have been waiting on my TBR shelves for a long, long time.

I am going to read 38 books for the 2X19 part of the challenge, one from each of 38 separate shelves on my various TBR bookcases. I have 29 fiction books and nine nonfiction books picked out.


Here are the books in the order I plan to read them. The first two come first because they are my New Year's resolution books. The next two come early because I'm most excited to read them. The rest I am reading in order of height, from tallest to shortest, for no reason except whim.

A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You by Donna Cameron (RCR interview here)

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior

The Girl from Oto by Amy Maroney (RCR interview here)

The Shame of Losing by Sarah Cannon (RCR interview here)

An Affair with a House by Bunny Williams

Mark Hampton on Decorating by Mark Hampton

The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

Friend of My Springtime by Willa Cather

Licking Flames: Tales of a Half-Assed Hussy by Diana Kirk (RCR interview here)

Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum

Zuckerman Unbound by Philip Roth

The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion

The Robineau Look by Kathleen Moore Knight

Agents and Patients by Anthony Powell

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson

A Woman of Means by Peter Taylor

The Poorhouse Fair by John Updike

Girl, 20 by Kingsley Amis

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Slam by Nick Hornby

Lady Into Fox by David Garnett (James Tait Black Memorial Prize Winner)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery by Kyril Bonfiglioli

The Gift of a Letter by Alexandra Stoddard

Do the Windows Open? by Julie Hecht

Dirty Friends by Morris Lurie

Something Special by Iris Murdoch

The Imitation Game by Ian McEwan

The Small Room by May Sarton

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel

The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The Heart-Keeper by Françoise Sagan

The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes

First Love by Joyce Carol Oates


Every year, I join Bev at My Reader's Block in her Mt, TBR Challenge. This year, I am going to climb higher than ever (or try), to reach the Mr. Kilimanjaro level of 60 books. I tried this in 2018 and fell sort by two books because I didn't get through all of my 2X18 books. This year, I have to read 22 in addition to the 38 from my 2X19 Challenge. We'll see how it goes.

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