Thursday, December 31, 2009

TBR 2010 Challenge

Every year I sign up for the TBR Challenge. That's To Be Read for you non-bookies out there. And every year I have to make two lists, 12 original choices and 12 alternates, because I seem congenitally unable to stick to the original 12 and there are no swap-outs for this one. So this year I'll be doing the same thing.

The official rules are:

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

** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)

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

There are also some addendums at the official sign-ups that you might want to check out here.

Now without further ado, here's my intended list for 2010 (and yes, astute readers will note that several of these were on last year's list too--just hush up!):

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Harvest by Catherine Landis
3. Life at These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson
4. In Summer Light by Zibby Oneal
5. Keeper and Kid by Edward Hardy
6. The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizake
7. Dog Years by Mark Doty
8. With Violets by Elizabeth Robards
9. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
10. Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
11. Tender Graces by Kathryn Magendie
12. The Well of Lonliness by Radcliff Hall


1. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie
2. Pure Dead Frozen by Debi Gliori
3. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
4. Slow Fat Triathlete by Jayne Williams
5. Adam Bede by George Eliot
6. Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
7. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
8. The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
9. An Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
10. The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri
11. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
12. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty


  1. Good luck with this one...I loved Dog Years, The Help and Keeper and Kid.

    Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2010

  2. Wow, I'm flattered that 3 of your first 12 are books I recommended/loaned! Yay! The Help is on one of my challenge lists too, thank goodness book club picked it!


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