Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TBR Challenge 2010 - The Do Over

It's time for the TBR (To Be Read) Challenge again. I wasn't very good at reviewing the books I read for the challenge, and I didn't update on my progress much throughout the year, but that's mostly because I was a bit embarrassed by my lack of progress.

I failed to check many books off my TBR List in 2009. Although I did read almost 2 dozen books, the majority of them didn't come from that TBR pile that's been collecting dust. Instead, I was buying books at one of my favorite second-hand bookstores or getting them through paperbackswap.com.

I did manage to read 3 of the 12 books off my main 2009 challenge list and 3 off my alternates list. In addition to my TBR books, I read through a number of books by new or new-to-me authors, did some research for my own writing by reading several best-selling memoirs and essay collections, and learned something new by reading a few business and self-improvement books (one of my favorites was A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink).

Having joined Paperback Swap, my TBR list is growing exponentially. Thankfully, I've been able to share some of the books that I've read but were gathering dust on the shelves in order to make room for new additions. It's hard for me to part with my books, but because bookshelf real estate is extremely valuable in my house, I've had to make some sacrifices. Besides, I love sharing books with friends, so why not share them with strangers who might enjoy them, as well?

Sadly, my TBR List for 2010 looks much like my TBR list for 2009. I'm starting to think that if I haven't read them by now they just might not be catching my interest enough, but I'm going to give it a try again. There is, after all, only so much time in a year--and there are SO many books to read. Even if I keep up my reading pace of 2009 and only read books from my TBR list, I won't make it through all of these titles. I plan to do my best, though.

2010 TBR List

  1. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

  2. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

  3. A Hand to Guide Me by Denzel Washington

  4. Writing Your Life by Lou Willett Stanek

  5. Hollywood Worldviews by Brian Godawa

  6. Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

  7. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  8. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (Finished 1/17/10)

  9. Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

  10. Big Boned by Meg Cabot

  11. American Girls About Town (Finished 2/15/10)

  12. Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

  1. The Ha-Ha by David King

  2. Writing Articles from the Heart by Marjorie Holmes

  3. Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach

  4. Trudy's Promise by Marcia Preston

  5. Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult (Finished 1/30/10)

  6. The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman

  7. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

  8. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson

  9. Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson (Finished 2/21/10)

  10. Lisey's Story by Stephen King

  11. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

  12. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

I'll try to keep you posted on my progress and let you know if any of these are worth recommending. If you want to join the challenge, visit the official challenge site and sign up. Here's to a year of reading!

Have you read any of these books? Any suggestions on where I should start?


Catherine @ The Blonde Diaries said...

I didn't finish the TBR challenge for 2009 either. I kept finding other books to read and then I found out that others that I wanted to read but didn't want to buy weren't at my library, etc. So I'm trying again this year as well.

I have read books 8-10 on your list (the Meg Cabot ones). They were pretty good. Very predictible. They aren't my favorite by Cabot but they were good. You should start with them so you can be ready when book 4 comes out sometime this year I think.

Ami said...

Thanks for the comment, Catherine. The same thing happened to me. Other books caught my interest more than the ones on my TBR list. I was thinking about starting with the Cabot books, since I figure they'll be pretty quick reads and I can get the year off to a good start. :) I didn't realize there's another one coming out soon. Happy New Year!

Linda said...

I liked the Mermaid Chair and American Girls about Town. I didn't like Certain Girls as much as I liked Good In Bed.
I'm on a Jodi Picoult hiatus but I have enjoyed her books in the past.

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