Friday, January 2, 2015

TBR Pile Challenge 2015



It's that time of year again: the TBR Pile Challenge! Last year was a great success. You can see my official list here. I read 11 of the 12 books I picked and one alternate. This is a great challenge because it motivates me to read books I've been wanting to read for far too long (more than a year, per the challenge instructions.) I'm disheartened that I still have plenty of books on my to read list that have been there for that long - I was hoping that wouldn't be the case after last year's challenge - but I'm really looking forward to doing it again.

Here's my list for this year:

1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (finished January 27)
2. The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway (failed! admitted defeat on March 16)
3. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (finished February 20)
4. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (finished May 25)
5. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (finished August 10)
6. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
7. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
8. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (finished November 15)
9. Between Man and Beast by Monte Reel
10. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (finished April 12)
11. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens (finished April 27)
12. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Alternates:
All Fall Down by Sally Nichols
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (finished April 1)

I think this is a good mix of long and short books, classics and contemporary, and I even have a couple of nonfiction books on there.

The Woman in White is on my list for the second year in a row, unfortunately. I was actually really looking forward to it in 2014, but it's a fairly long classic and as you may remember I read both David Copperfield and War and Peace in the past year. (Have I mentioned War and Peace? Only about a dozen times? Oh, ok.)

The Gone-Away World has technically only been on my Goodreads lists for a few months, but its presence on my "To Read" list actually pre-dates my Goodreads account.  It was on my old Word document To Read list and never got transferred over when I set up my Goodreads account. But I've still thought of it many times over the years until a recent recommendation at a library conference spurred me to add it to my Goodreads shelf. I will read it this time, dammit.

I'll be updating this post as I go with completion dates for each book and links to reviews. Wish me luck!

3 comments:

Kylie Sparks said...

Good Luck! I loved the Doomsday Book.

3goodrats said...

I know, you're one of my two Goodreads friends who have read it and you both gave it 5 stars. That's all I need for recommendation!

Kevin said...

I've never read A Separate Peace. It seems like one of those YA classics that so many kids who grew up in the Northeast seem to have read and that never really crossed my radar. I read The Woman in Black years ago. I recall the book being better than the stage adaptation I went to see with some friends. I love Walden, but I don't think I've read it all the way through since undergrad. I just like opening it at random and reading passages.