TBR challenge 2015

2015tbrbuttonI’ve signed up to the challenge run by Adam at Roof Beam Reader in the hope this will help me make inroads into my piles of unread books.

The Goal: To read 12 books from my “to be read” pile (within 12 months). Each of these 12 books must have been on mybookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2014 or later

I’m going to use this challenge to simultaneously make progress with three reading projects I have underway currently: Classics Club; Reading the Booker Prize winners and Reading World Literature.

Current progress: 8 completed, 2 I couldn’t finish.

1. Daisy Miller/Washington Square by Henry James. Completed January 2015

2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

3. The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola completed May 2015. Review posted here 

4. Dr Thorne by Anthony Trollope

5. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch – completed November 2015

6. The Famished Road by Ben Okri did not finish. Review posted here 

7. Life of Pi by Yann Mantel completed May 2015. Review posted here 

8. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje completed December 2015

9. Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa

10. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Finished March 2015. Review posted here

11. Between Tides by V. Y Mudimbe Did not finish September 2015 Review posted here

12. Santango by Laszlo Krasnzahorkai Finished February 2015. Review posted here)


Back up choices in case I don’t feel I can finish some of the titles above

13. The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector

14. Old Goriot by Balzac completed October 2015 Review posted here

  1. Love in the time of Cholera was a real dud for me, and so was The English Patient. Reading your post reminds me that I need to plan my classics and Man Booker reading for 2015 too.

    Currently, I’m reading last year’s shortlisted J by Howard Jacobson – surprisingly nice after a rather clunky beginning. Let’s see how it goes though.

    • I did pick up J from the library but didn’t get very far with it before it had to go back (one of those books you couldn’t extend the loan period on). I wasn’t all that excited by it but perhaps if I’d persevered I would have found it getting better like you did.

  2. Great list! I think this challenge is going to be so good to get some books off my list and off my conscience!

  3. I need to read you #2 and 12. Loved #7. I want to finish Proust, then The Divine Comedy, and after that I may go back to read the whole series by Zola

    • I think I’ve tried a few times to read Marquez but never got very far – may just have been that I wasn’t in the right mood. I’ve read a few of Zola’s novels and enjoyed everyone so thought I may as well start at the beginning

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