I tanked on my TBR challenge this year (and last year). There is no good explanation as to why, as I really want to read all the books on my TBR pile. If I wanted play the blame game I can site two reasons why I didn’t complete the challenge: 1) New baby (sorry, Persephone) and 2) recommendations from friends and bloggers distracting me (in a really good way!).
This year I have a plan!
My list is comprised of 12 books recommended to me by friends and bloggers. Every single book on this list has been in my TBR beforehand or I’ve made note of the book in GoodReads. I chose seven recommendations I already own and seven recommendations I’ll need to procure from the library. Viola! 12 books and two alternates.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Green Darkness by Anya Seton
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris
Belinda by Fanny Burney (alternate)
From the library:
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Westwood by Stella Gibbons
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
More Than This by Patrick Ness
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Mariana by Monica Dickens
The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton (alternate)
I’m also going to do blatant external motivation. For each book completed I am putting $5 towards a book purchase. I can only spend the money if I complete the challenge. If I don’t complete the challenge I will donate the money to my library for new literature books.
Let me know if you’ll be joining in the challenge!