I haven't really found a TBR challenge that I like now that the TBR Pile Challenge that Adam at Roofbeamreader.com is no longer around.
I like to set out a set of books that I commit to read from my stacks, and systematically read them. I have found some real gems that way, and am rarely disappointed.
So I am going to do my own challenge, and reward myself in December 2016 if I complete my list.
Following the TBR Pile Challenge rules from years gone by...here are my 14 selections, of which I will commit to reading at least 12.
- Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel - one from my 2015 list that I didn't quite get to.
- Paris, by Edward Rutherford - ditto (and I've already started it!).
- Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates - about Marilyn Monroe, whom I admire, and it will be my first book by Oates.
- The Perfect Summer, by Juliet Nicolson - about the summer of 1911, part of my WWI reading project
- The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton - every review of this book makes me want to drop everything and read it.
- Eventide, by Kent Haruf - I want to read the next book in the series by this late, great Colorado author.
- The French Lieutenant's Woman, by John Fowles - this might be the book that's been on my shelf the longest.
- Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson - this was a Colorado reads book a few years ago, and while late to the party (what else is new?), I would like to read it.
- Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett - I really enjoyed her State of Wonder and Story of a Happy Marriage, and so am eager to read more by her.
- Operating Instructions, by Anne Lamott - I loved Lamott's Bird by Bird (best book on writing ever!) and Traveling Mercies, and it's been too many years since I last read anything by Lamott.
- Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives: The Industrial Resolution in Lancashire, by Sue Wilkes - I picked this up when I was deep into Elizabeth Gaskell and still want to read about the lives of my ancestors.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini - I loved The Kite Runner, which was on my TBR Pile list in 2015, and loved it. Also, trying to get outside my usual reading comfort zone.
- Time and Chance, by Sharon Kay Penman - next up chronologically in her wonderful historical fiction series, the continuing story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine
- What Angels Fear, by C.S. Harris - first in a historical mystery series, featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, a nobleman who fought in the Napoleonic wars. Comes highly recommended.
Part of the challenge is posting on the books read, so I'll commit to doing that as well.
I like that I have a good mix of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, long and short books. Nice to mix it up!
Happy reading in 2016!