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So the lovely and talented Adam, aka Roof Beam Reader is once again running his TO BE READ BOOK CHALLENGE. This year, I’m actually going to sign up properly so I have a chance at winning the prize he’s offering.

Adam’s rules for the TO BE READ (TBR) CHALLENGE are simple. In his own words:

The Goal
To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile, within 12 months


1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2011 or later (any book published in the year 2010 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

So here are my choices:

1. GRIFTER’S GAME by Lawrence Block
2. THE GATHERING STORM by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
4. MAINSPRING by Jay Lake
5. BLIND FALL by Christopher Rice
6. A SECRET EDGE by Robin Reardon
7. THE FIFTH CHILD by Doris Lessing Finished February 12, 2012
9. MAIN STREET by Sinclair Lewis
10. MYSTERY OF THE SEA by Bram Stoker
11. THE SUNNY SIDE by A.A. Milne
12. THE TIN DRUM by Gunter Grass – started in Feb 2012, finished in December 2012

and the alternates:

DANGEROUS LAUGHTER by Steven Millhauser

This is not necessarily the order I will read them in. But they are all books I’ve been meaning to read for more than a year. I think it’s also a nice mix of genres and formats, too.


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  1. Eric Said,

    Maybe I will try this, too. Although I will have to wait until I unpack all of my books to see which twelve I want to commit to.

  2. Rob Said,

    The ony book in your list I’ve read is The Hound of the Baskervilles, but I did thoroughly enjoyed it!

  3. Anthony Said,

    Of course, I’ve thought of 5 other books that could/should have been on this list. But done is done! Maybe I’ll create a different challenge for myself for those other books.

  4. Roof Beam Reader Said,

    Glad you’re joining again – and I hope you can beat this year’s ..ahem… attempt. 😉

    Dangerous Laughter was very interesting, and Mystery of the Sea sounds good (after reading Dracula this year, I would defniitely be open to reading more Stoker).

    I’ll get to Hound of the Baskervilles someday – I’ve read the first two novels in the Sherlock Holmes saga, and I have Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on my TBR Pile Challenge list for 2012 (but I hope to read at least two more episodes, not just the one). I also want to read Main Street someday – but haven’t heard of any of the others. Look forward to your reviews!

    Good Luck!

  5. Anthony Said,

    Mystery of the Sea is one of the few Stoker books I haven’t read, and it’s been sitting on the shelf longer than any of the others.

    I was going to put the 2nd Holmes story collection instead of Baskerville, but I’m hoping to actually finish that in this calendar year (not that it was on this year’s list, either, but I started it this year…)

  6. admin Said,

    Updated this post today, with one completion and one partial-read. I might still finish The Tin Drum, but I’m struggling with remaining interested in it. The story has bogged down suddenly.

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