Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The 2011 To Be Read (TBR) Challenge

Yesterday, I blogged about reading challenges and mentioned that today I would talk about the one I'm planning on participating in this year. It is ....

The 2011 To Be Read (TBR) Challenge


The article I mentioned yesterday also favoured this reading challenge, so perhaps I'm just really open to the power of suggestion, but I couldn't help but feel that the goal of this challenge, created by the Roof Beam Reader, is right up my alley: "To finally read 12 books from your "to be read" pile, within 12 months."

My "to be read" pile is threatening to topple over and bury us all one of these days, so any progress I can make is great. The books that are on it are generally ones that I own—that I've been really excited about and bought, rather than borrowing from the library—but that I then never get around to reading because I'm always reading library books! So here's my list ... you can expect to hear more about these throughout the year (hopefully!)

1. Zadie Smith: Changing My Mind
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Beautiful and Damned
3. Louise Penny: Still Life
4. Z.Z. Packer: Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
5. Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs
6. Sandy Balfour: Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose
7. Nicole Krauss: A History of Love
8. Chris Adrian: The Children’s Hospital
9. Haruki Murakami: Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World
10. Mark Zusak: The Book Thief
11. Paul Poissel: The Facts of Winter
12. Wells Tower: Everything Ravaged Everything Burned

Oh, and I'm allowed two alternates in case any of those prove to not be all I hoped they would:

1. Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone
2. Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

There's still time for you to join the challenge as well. It's open until January 15th. And if you don't want to join officially, you can always just make your own list or reading challenge and work toward it this year.


  1. Lets hope you don't have to use your second alternate pick, Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell, as it is 800 pages long!

    As a show of support for your noble effort, I have decided to pick a title from your list to read as well. I have chosen Everything Ravaged Everything Burned by Tower Wells.

  2. I can vouch for the zz packer and the Zadie Smith for being deliciously readable - I whizzed through them in no time. The Beautiful and the Damned is wonderful too - later this year there's a biopic of Zelda planned using the title, so it may be a popular choice later in the year.

    I'll investigate the Tower Wells too - with that title and author name, it has to be worth a look!