Now that I've finished the 2014 TBR Pile, I've been happily composing my reading list for the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge, once again hosted by Adam at RoofBeamReader.com
And the list is--12 are required, so the last two are technically alternates:
- State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett - I have heard such wonderful things about this book, that I have to read it early in 2015.
- Travel as a Political Act, by Rick Steves - I got this years ago because I enjoy Rick Steves' travel books and videos and I like the premise and I enjoy non-fiction.
- When Christ and His Saints Slept, by Sharon Kay Penman - Penman is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and this book about 12 century England promises to educate me on a time in English history on which I'm a bit shaky.
- 12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup - I want to watch the movie!
- Excellent Women, by Barbara Pym - my JASNA friend Maxene swears that this is the best Pym and that I will love it. 'Nuff said.
- Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, by Jenny Hartley - I find Dickens' various philanthropic endeavors to be fascinating and revealing about his personality and unique set of drivers. Another non-fictional selection...yeah!
- Ross Poldark, A Novel of Cornwall 1783-1787, by Winston Graham - time to get ready for the BBC's remake of the Poldark series, being broadcast in 2015.
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini - I'm always late to the party, but I really do want to finally get around to this book and get my armchair visiting other parts of the world.
- The Jewel in the Crown, by Paul Scott - book one of The Raj Quartet. I enjoyed A Passage to India so much that I wanted to learn more about the country and its history.
- Plainsong, by Kent Haruf - Haruf, a Colorado writer, passed away earlier this winter, and I would like to read some of his works set in my home state.
- The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields - I missed out on this selection when my GoodReads bookclub read it, and I heard it was really good.
- I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb - I've heard good things about Lamb and this novel in particular, and I can't get too mired in the past. Must read something contemporary.
- Paris, by Edward Rutherford - everything I know about pre-Revolutionary France I learned from watching The Musketeers. About time I did something about that, and I love all of the Rutherford books I've read thus far.
- Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel - I don't know why I keep putting this off as I really enjoyed Wolf Hall.
Happy Reading in 2015!