This is Emily’s Attacking the TBR Tome challenge.
The challenge is to read 20 books from your TBR list between December 1st, 2009 and December 31st, 2010. AND you’re supposed to refrain from buying books until you have read or attempted to read all 20 of your chosen books, unless you need to buy a book for a book group. You also have to write a blog post about each book as you finish (or decide you can’t finish) it.
There’s been some discussion on blogs recently about feeling guilty about buying books and not reading them soon after buying them. This is something I’ve never felt. I often buy a book knowing I won’t get round to reading it for a while because I’m currently reading other books and this doesn’t bother me at all. In fact it adds to the pleasure of reading, knowing I’ve got some good books lined up to read in the future. The only time I feel bad about not reading books is when someone has lent them to me and months later I still haven’t read them. I’ll try not to buy any more books (I’m always trying not to buy books!) but I can’t see myself sticking to that for very long.
I attempted to read from my to-be-read piles this year and managed a few, but also added lots of books to the piles. So there are plenty to choose from. Emily’s challenge is to specify the books you’re going to read and not substitute them, but I think I’d better give myself some leeway and if I want to read a book I haven’t listed I will.
As there is a delay between our house sale and house purchase most of my books will be going into storage next week. This challenge has helped me focus on which books to keep out to read until I can get my hands on the rest. I keep changing my mind about which ones to take but so far these are in a box:
- The Day Gone By, by Richard Adams (autobiography)
- One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
- The Children’s Book by A S Byatt
- The Country Life by Rachel Cusk
- Helen of Troy: a novel by Margaret George
- The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie
- Ghost by Robert Harris
- Slipstream: a memoir by Elizabeth Jane Howard
- Rivers by Griff Rhys Jones
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
- Mollie Fox’s Birthday by Deirdrie Madden
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – read
- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Eden’s Outcasts: the story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by J Matteson
- Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan – read
- Map Addict by Mike Parker
- Resistance by Owens Sheers
- Corvus: a Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson
- Being Shelley: The Poet’s Search for Himself by Anne Wroe
This could easily change in the next few days.