01 January 2009

2009 To Be Read Challenge

At the end of the year I like to take time to look back at things I've accomplished. Doing this also entails taking note of what I've failed to accomplish. One thing that jumped out at me this year was my puny list of books read. Seriously sad little list. I'm afraid to even guess...but if I had to guess? I'd say 10....10???!!! See? I told you it was sad :( I used to have end of year lists like this:This was before the quilting bug bit me... I think my list of quilt tops finished will be more satisfying. But that's another post. In my attempt to regain some balance in my life I have been scouring all the wonderful book blogs out there for challenges that will help me achieve some of my reading goals for 2009. The first one I'm joining is the TBR challenge. Here are the rules

* the challenge is to read 12 TBR books in 12 months -- you can read those all in one month if you want, or one a month, or however you wanna do it.
* you need to have a list posted somewhere for others to see (even if it's in a comment here)
* you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, 2009!!!
* you can create an Alternates list of MAXIMUM 12 books, if you want, in order to have options to choose from (you can read these in place of books on your original list).
* audiobooks and e-books ARE allowed
* re-reads are NOT allowed, as they aren't TRUE "TBRs"
* you CAN overlap with other challenges
* OPTIONAL: you can join the Yahoo! Group created for participants of the TBR Challenge, if you want to have a place to keep your list, or just to share with others about how you're doing! :)

Here is my list:

1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. Blindness by Jose Saramago
5. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
6. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
7. Exile by Denise Mina
8 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
9. Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster
10. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
12. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson


1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Resolution by Denise Mina
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
4. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
5. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from
Rwanda by
Philip Gourevitch
6. The Life of Pi by
Yann Martel
7. The Heretic's Daughter by
Kathleen Kent
8. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
9. Gargoyle by
Andrew Davidson
10. The Lace Reader
by Brunonia Barry
11. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
12. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

If anyone wants to join me click the title of the post. I think today (Jan. 1) is the deadline to get your list posted.


meggie said...

I wish you a Happy 2009.
Good luck with your reading.
I don't do lists, & take things as they come, these days. I love it!

Jackie said...

That is quite a list. I do read throughout the year, my favorite books tend to be mysteries and light hearted comedy. Good luck on your list.

CJ said...

Saw this and went and joined. THANK YOU!!! I was hard pressed for what to put on my list, so pulled many from my bookshelf that have never been read and then a few from my memory that I knew I wanted to read. I am sure it could have been a better list had I had more time but oh well!

Carol said...

Great list of books...I didn't get mine done to accept the challenge there but I'll set a goal for at least 12 books this year...and post my list on my blog. There are just so many I want to read.
Happy New Year!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I didnt see any quilt magazines on that list. LOLOL Your list makes me hyperventilate. I am not a reader. I know I should but I just don't. Oh I've started so many books over the years.

yellojkt said...

I missed the deadline for that challenge, but I have way more than 12 books laying around waiting to be read.

I run my own challenge called National Just Read More Novels Month. All you have to do is read one novel in the month of January. You can read as many as you want though.

I also don't allow re-reads.

Darlene said...

Wonderful challenge and I know you meet it. Your list of books TBR is incredible. I'm a reader, too but have been more involved in 'easy reads' the past couple of years. I cannot go to sleep at night until I've read a page or two.

Anne said...

Great list of books. One year I made a resolution to read a book a week. I actually accomplished that goal but nothing else got done. I guess what they say about "everything in moderation" is really true but I seem to have an obsessive compulsive personality. Now I just read at bedtime cuz I'd rather be quilting! Good luck! (you should add "The Shack" to your list.)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your idea. I think I'll do something similar but not exact - at my age sometimes rereads are a must. :) I have many books here on my shelves that I haven't read and I just keep buying thinking I'll get to them. I plan to complete one UFO a month so I'll add "read one book" a month to it. I actually read more than that but they're not always the ones I need to be reading! blessings, marlene

Juliann in WA said...

Great list! I have been surepticiously compiling a list for this challenge but haven't officially joined. I did join the Read Your Own Books challenge - doesn't involve making a list. But deep down I am a list maker and a joiner so I may just end of committing to the TBR challenge too. EnJOY

julieQ said...

I have a largish pile by my bed waiting to be read. Currently, the kids at work got me hooked up into the Twilight books...hmmm. jury is still out. :)

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hello! I am Red's (Sharon) friend in San D. I popped over to your blog and found that you are doing the TBR challenge. I was going to sign up for it but I was too late. Anyway, I like your selection and hope that you are encouraged to stay on track!

Drop by my blog because I did give you a shout out!

Happy New Year and nice to meet you!

Niki :-) said...

A Glass Castle was awesome. I'm reading Lucky Bones right now. I'm too late for the reading challenge, but I wanted to let you know I'm a reader and would love to follow along.