This is one of the challenges I was waiting for, so I am excited to announce that I am joining in on Adam's (Roof Beam Reader) TBR Challenge for 2012! I am currently participating in the 2011 Challenge, and while I am slightly behind (I am currently reading book 7 of 12), I know I want to join in for another year. You can go to the link above to see the specific instructions. I love that Adam motivates his participants with prizes (even though I won't qualify this year if I don't get my butt in gear!).
Participants are allowed to choose 12 books and 2 alternates (just in case). Like my 2011 list, I wanted to include a mix of titles-challenging reads and books I am looking forward to (all are classics). I think my list reflects that.
Here it is.
Allie's 2012 TBR Challenge List-12 Books:
- Volpone by Ben Johnson
- Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyon
- Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
- Clarissa by Samuel Richardson
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
- Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
- I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
I think I created a fairly challenging list, but I am excited to get started! Who else is participating?
Tom Jones is a wonderful book and it doesn't feel like it's 1000 page, 18th C self... I'm so tempted to re-read it again next year.ReplyDelete
You have some interesting choices here to read, many of which I want to read myself at some point.
Awesome picks! I tweeted you about Hunchback and Clarissa - I'm also reading them! I just ordered Tom Jones. VERY curious to read your thoughts.ReplyDelete
I'm all excited about 2012! I feel like it's going to be my best Classics year. Because I have enough under my belt not to be intimidated, and little enough read that I've plenty to look forward to. :D
Oh! I'm reading David Copperfield in February.
Wow - this is a hefty list! I had to add some lighter reads to mine, this year, because I'm so behind in the 2011 challenge.ReplyDelete
Tom Jones and Clarissa are great, though I need to re-read them at some point. David Copperfield was really good, too. Good luck with Volpone (FYI - It's "Jonson") - I'm not a fan. I've tried to read Pilgrim's Progress, since it's so, so often referenced in other early literary works, but I haven't made it yet.
I could have included Brighton Rock, Catch-22, and The Scarlet Pimpernel to mine as well (and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings!)
Maybe I'll go back and make some changes. Or maybe not. Lol
Can't wait to see your thoughts on Catch-22!!!ReplyDelete
I'm not joining the challenge, because as I said to Adam, I don't have a TBR anymore! I have one unread book on my shelves and one in my virtual list that I'm on the hold list for at the library, and I fully plan to have read both by the end of 2011. I LOVE not having a TBR anymore. It makes reading so much more wonderful for me!
Emmuska Orczy is one of those authors whom I love to read. There's a rereadathon going on this weekend, and I believe I will at least try to reread The Scarlet Pimpernel. It's been so long since I've read an adventure of that demmed elusive Pimpernel!ReplyDelete
I'm participating too! A little concerned because I haven't done a year long challenge like this before. I put together my list but I think I'll take a closer look at it to make sure I won't be overwhelmed before I send it in to Adam.ReplyDelete
Looking forward to your posts! I have several from your list on my shelf too.
Clarissa is marvelous! I'm pretty close to the end now, about 400 pages away. It really is gripping, and I do not understand why it is so under read. It annoys me, in fact. Ok, I get that it is long, and that puts people off, but my original plan was to read a few letters every day and let it see me through the rest of the year and 2012, but I honestly cannot put it down. It really is fantastic.ReplyDelete
(I suppose the price of it is slightly prohibitive, too, but the sheer size of it - it's never going to be cheap).
Anyway, I really hope you love it as much as I'm loving it. Absolutely wonderful book.
I'm still working on making my own list, but I'm pretty sure Catch-22 will be on it. I don't anticipate getting to it before the end of the year.ReplyDelete
I'm joining this one too. I have The Scarlet Pimpernel in my list as well. David Copperfield and Catch-22 are both fantastic!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, you have some thick books in that list! Some I really want to read too. The TBR is probably one challenge I should participate in, given the state of my shelves. Hmm...if I can come up with an appropriate list, maybe I will.ReplyDelete
David Copperfield is fantastic. I was weary of reading it at first, because it has so many mixed reviews, but it became one of my all-time favorites.ReplyDelete
Good luck with this year's challenge!