Thursday, December 12, 2013

2014 TBR Challenge - I Shall Overcome!


Adam from Roof Beam Reader is hosting the 5th annual TBR Pile Challenge, and for the first time ever in the history of this blog, I think I might not fail miserably!

You see, in years gone by I've done terrible at making lists and sticking to them. Especially when it comes to the TBR. But as you already know I turned a corner this year by starting to make seasonal TBR piles for myself. I've decided to up the ante in 2014 by doing the seasonal stacks of 10 books IN ADDITION to 14 books for the overall year for this TBR Challenge. Things are getting cray up in here!


The pile consists of 12 books, and I'll have two alternates below. 
  • Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
  • Geisha, a Life by Mineko Twasaki
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • What is the What by Dave Eggers
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
  • Wise Children by Angela Carter
  • The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster
  • Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney
  • The Contract with God Trilogy by Will Eisner (graphic novel)
And my two alternates:

Both 1984 and Roast Beef, Medium are from my Classics Club list as well. 

I am SO PROUD of myself for knocking off so many of my TBR books this year. It's something I've wanted to do for ages, and to actually be following through is a THRILL! I'm gonna keep this party right on going. 

Do you have any specific books on your TBR for 2014? 







50 comments:

  1. Two of my favorite books are on your list - A Fine Balance and Middlesex. Some of your other books I haven't even heard of. And you've inspired me to get my post for this challenge ready. But first I have to catch up on reviews ...

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that! I've seen great reviews of both of these books, so I hope to enjoy them just as much. Can't wait to see your post!

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  2. Middlesex is really good, I hope you enjoy it. I think it might be good for me to sign up for this challenge, my pile is getting wildly out of hand. I've done quite well this year (not as well as you, though), in attacking it but there is still some way to go. Good luck for 2014 :)

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    1. I had an iffy time with Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, but I have higher hopes for Middlesex. Good luck to you tackling the TBR in 2014 as well, Ellie!

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  3. When you get through your TBR, you can come work on mine! Good luck with the challenge!

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  4. Being locked into reading certain books is usually an epic-fail for me. The Namesake is a book that I'm hoping to get to next year too. Good luck on teh challenge!

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    1. It usually is for me, too. Though, this year something has changed. It actually helps me to choose from a pile that's far smaller. Having too many choices almost paralyzes my reading.

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  5. I have too many on my list to even think about right now. First up, finish all the books I abandoned or ignored the past two months. I'm so behind!! Good luck with your list.

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    1. I hope your reading slump is resolving, Brooke! Miss you!

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  6. I only read 5 of the 12 on my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge list, but I guess 5 is better than none! Good luck in 2014!

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    1. Definitely better than none!! Good luck to you, too, in 2014.

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  7. Oh yeah, Middlesex has been on my list forever too. I am bad with lists as well, but especially so in the beginning of a year. I don't know what a new year has to do with poor list-abiding.

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    1. LOL, we'll see if I'm any better or worse with beginning of the year. I usually have more beginning-of-year excitement, so I fear I might poop out closer to the middle of the year.

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  8. Yay for Simon Van Hottie (Booy...you know what I mean). Let me echo all of the other comments on Middlesex. It's one of my very favorite books and is really a modern classic. SO GOOD.

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    1. Ha! Yes, indeedy he is Simon Van Hottie. So excited to be trying Middlesex!

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  9. Yay for seasonal stacks! They really do help. You can do this, Andi! I have Geisha, A Life too. Let me know when you are about to read it and I'll pull my copy out. Not sure WHY I haven't read that one yet. I'm SO INTERESTED it isn't funny. Yeah, you know how that goes. TBR insanity ;)

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    1. Right??? I've been amazed that they give me direction without feeling stifling. Plus, I'm really still not too hard on myself if I DNF a book or just don't get around to it. It's still helping spur me on. And I feel the same way about Geisha, A Life. WHY haven't I read it yet??? Gah! lol

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  10. That looks like a great stack of books! I have The Memory Keeper's Daughter on my tbr bookshelf and I must read some more Simon von Booy post haste.
    Rock on, Andi! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey! The Memory Keeper's Daughter seems to be in abundance at every library sale I attend. lol Van Booy is excellent. I've loved everything I've read of his.

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  11. Good luck! I can't make a list and follow it to save my life! Some of those have been on my TBR forever, too... Middlesex is AWESOME, though! I love it and everyone should read it.

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    1. I used to be really bad at it, but somehow it helped me this year. Surprise! So glad to see another positive vote for Middlesex!

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  12. This is awesome! I love that you held yourself to your TBR pile, at least a little bit. I'm terrible at this myself. I might have to consider a seasonal stack... And sticking to it!

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    1. Seasonal stacks are the way to go.

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  13. Good idea! I ave something similar in the works too for 2014. On your list I say you're going to love Middlesex! It's just epic and sensitive! The Memory Keeper's Daughter was good. I read it with my book club 4/5 years ago. The Brooklyn Follies has been on my shelf for 2 years and I haven't been convinced to pick it up yet. Would you be interested in a buddy read for that?

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    1. I'm definitely interested in buddy reading The Brooklyn Follies! Let me know when a good month might be. :) I'm excited to try them all, but I'm really excited that you can endorse Middlesex and The Memory Keeper's Daughter!

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  14. You and I have three in common on the TBR:
    Geisha, a Life by Mineko Twasaki
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

    Although I'm always buying a book somewhere, I've been buying less, so TBR stack is my goal for this year...read some stuff I already have!

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    1. I wish you the best tackling your TBR, Jennine! We can both make a dent! I know we can. lol

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  15. So excited you're joining this one! I love the feeling of knocking books off my list!

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    1. ME TOO! It is so so so satisfying. The quality of my reading has been better for having dipped further into my TBR this year, and I hope I can say the same in 2014.

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  16. I'm not doing this challenge, but I am hoping to read Middlesex and The Namesake this year from my TBR! They have been sitting there too long!

    I have read The Memory Keeper's Daughter and that one is good!! I read it immediately following the birth of my daughter ... not the best time to read it though!

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    1. Yeah, Middlesex and The Namesake have become TBR paperweights for me. No more!

      And I'm so glad to get a good report on The Memory Keeper's Daughter!

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  17. You're inspiring Andi - maybe this challenge will really make me tackle my TBR pile after all!
    Just don't write any rave reviews about these books or I'll only have more books to add to my wishlist!!!!!

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    1. LOL, I know how that goes! If I go out review reading, I'm sunk.

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  18. What a great stack of books! I find it very hard to stick with a list of scheduled books. Even for challenges you know how we always make lists? Well, I usually veer away and add other books. I hope you read A Fine Balance - such an amazing book.

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    1. Iliana, I've always been the same way, but something clicked for me this year and the lists started really helping guide my reading. I don't know why it happened, but I love it!

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  19. I've never made specific lists for challenges before, but I think I will next year. Hopefully we'll both do a good job sticking to our list :) Good luck with your ambitious TBR challenge!

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    1. I hope so, too! I know we can do it. I think I can, I think I can. ;)

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  20. Like a lot of the people commenting, putting a book on a list is pretty much a guarantee that I won't read it! That's why this challenge never works for me. But I am trying to be better about not buying books and not going to the library this year, except for my themed reading months and audible, so we'll see how it goes!

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    1. And its never worked for me either. Not sure how I turned the corner toward productive list making this year, but I did! And I'm so glad! :) Themed reading months always look fun, so I may try more of that in 2014.

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  21. Good luck! I have Middlesex on my failed 2013 TBR Challenge ;)

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    1. LOL, planning to carry it over to 2014?

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  22. Great luck Andi :) I signed up for this challenge for 2013 and FAILED, lol.

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    1. LOL, it happens. I've always failed at it, but hoping I can make a dent this year.

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  23. Maybe we can do a readalong for A Fine Balance in 2014!

    I read Memory Keeper's Daughter some years ago and didn't think it was anything special. I relegate it to a category of unimpressive book-club books such as Like Water for Elephants.

    I also need to read that Van Booy book. It's in my TBR pile.

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  24. Good luck with the challenge. I really enjoyed Wise children, it was on my list this year.

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