Tuesday, December 26, 2006

TBR Challenge

OK, finally, here are the books I plan to read for Jenn's 2007 TBR Challenge.

** Pick 12 books - one for each month of 2007 - that you've been wanting to read (have been on your "To Be Read" list) for 6 months or longer, but haven't gotten around to.

** Then, starting January 1, 2007, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31, 2007.

1. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber
2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke --FINISHED
3. White Teeth - Zadie Smith --FINISHED
4. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck --FINISHED
5. Them - Joyce Carol Oates --FINISHED
6. The Shipping News - Annie Proulx --FINISHED
7. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
8. number9dream - David Mitchell
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
10. Brick Lane - Monica Ali
11. Unless - Carol Shields
12. (One Hundred Years of Solitude OR) Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez --FINISHED

Natural Flights of the Human Mind - Clare Morrall
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus III
My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk

*Last updated December 18, 2007


  1. tanabata, you've picked some great books! I completely "endorse" (not that you need my opinion:) the following from your list that I've read:
    The Crimson Petal and The White (LOVED IT!)
    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (I wrote a brief post on it a few days ago)
    The Good Earth (I can still see imges from her writing.)
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Which I've read several times.)
    House of Sand and Fog (It stirred up my emotions 'til I didn't know which side I was for.)

    I will join you with "The Shipping News," one I've always wanted to finish. I started it the summer of 96 or so, but didn't get all the way through. It still disappoints me because I love Pulitzer Prize winning books.

    Thanbs for sharing your great list! I look forward to hearing your thoughts as you complete each title.

  2. Ooh. I should do this challenge I'm sure cause I have a lot of books that aren't just on my TBR list, but that are actually sitting on my shelves. Sigh.

    Your list looks really good. I have the Crimson Petal and the White - - on my shelf, and awaiting reading. I also have On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

    Unfortunately, the only books I've read on your list are not ones I've enjoyed. Can't wait to hear what you think of Everything is Illuminated . . .and personally, I've read One Hundred Years of Solitude, and I suggest going for Love in the Time of Cholera since you've left yourself a choice. I haven't read Love in the Time of Cholera, but One Hundred Years left me cold and was super long to boot!

    Your extra credits sound pretty fascinating too!

  3. A very fine list, indeed. I can't believe I left Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell off my list. My daughter, who is visiting over the holidays, reminded me that I was going to put A Prayer for Owen Meany on my TBR challenge list. Looks like I will be doing a bit of altering.

  4. Bellezza, it's always nice to get endorsements on upcoming reads! I read your post about Jonathan Strange. I'm really looking forward to reading it. All of them really. I look forward to comparing thoughts about The Shipping News.

    Anita, all the books on my list are actually ones I already own and have been waiting on my shelves for a while! So this is a great challenge to get me to finally read some of them!
    I know some people have had a hard time getting through 100 Years.. I've never read any of his books though so I'm determined to read at least one this year. Another book friend loves Love in the Time of Cholera, so we'll see what my mood chooses but I'm probably leaning that way.

    booklogged, it's so hard to choose and limit these lists to a specific number, isn't it?

  5. What a great list. You've got some of my all time favorites on it :)

    I'm planning to read Crimson for the chunkster challenge. That book is huge.

  6. Oooh, fabulous list. Many of these are on my TBR as well. Good luck with it!

  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude is a great favourite of mine. I really hope you enjoy it!!

  8. Iliana, Crimson is on my Chunkster list too. I figure having it on 2 lists will help ensure I get it read. And like you said, it's huge!

    Thanks Andi.

    Heather, see then someone, like you, loves 100 Years and I start wavering again about which one to read. I think I'll let my mood decide when the time is right. :)


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