I know. I said no challenges for awhile. I made it a condition of my return to book blogging. I did so because challenges tend to pull me away from my own reading. I get caught up in stats. I pick up books I wouldn’t otherwise bother with. My own books languish as I stress myself out trying to read all the books I said I’d read.
But then I came across the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, which is being hosted for a fifth year by Adam of Roof Beam Reader. I’m not sure how I missed it in years past. The challenge? Read 12 books that have been on your shelves or TBR list for more than a year in 2014. Ooh.
I thought I’d just see which books I’d read if I were to do the challenge. You know, just out of curiosity. And I got so excited at the prospect of finally reading these books that I decided to join. You can say “I told you so” should I end up complaining later!
The Challenge (and My Picks)
The challenge requires you to choose the 12 books you’ll read in advance, plus two alternates in case a couple of your original choices turn out to belong in the DNF (“did not finish”) pile. What’s on my list, you ask? Here it is, alphabetical by author:
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- Ramayana (William Buck version)
- The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies
- The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
- I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
- Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
And my alternates:
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau
- The Once and Future King by T.H. White
I’ll review these books just like I always do, and once the reviews are up I’ll link them back here. I’m so excited to finally get to these books!
I’d love to know…
What would be (or is, if you’re doing the challenge too) on your list? Where should I start??