Monday, January 9, 2012

My other challenge

The 2012 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by the illustrious Adam over at  Roof Beam Reader! And a HUGE thanks for this challenge my friend!

Here are the rules:
  • The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).
  • Specifics:
  • 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.
  • 2.  To be eligible, you must sign-up with Mr. Linky below – link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review.  Every listed book must be completed and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
  • 3.  The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below).  This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge).  See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean.  Your list must be completed by December 31st, 2011.
  • 4. Leave comments on this post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2012 TBR LIST!  Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from or The Book Depository!
  • 5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published pre-2011!
  • *Note – You can read the books on your list in any order; they do not need to be read in the order you have them listed. As you complete a book – review it, and go back to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review - that will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered.  For an example of what I mean, Click Here.
I particularly like this challenge because I have so many books that are overlooked and unappreciated hanging out in my library (I can say that now because I actually DO have a room in my new house that's my library) and this way I can get to them. 
And since quite a few of them were overlooked and passed by because they were huge and I was all worried about how many books I could or couldn't read in a year, I can use some of this list for my Chunkster Challenge list as well :)
 So here we go. I am reading Pillars of the Earth right now.

2012 TBR Pile Challenge
1. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
2. Under The Dome - Stephen King
3. The Killer Angles -Michael Shaara
4. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
5. The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
6. Nickle and Dimed (on not getting by in America) - Barbara Ehrenreich
7.Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
8. Sarum - Edward Rutherford
9. Gone With The Wind-Margaret Mitchel
10. One For The Money - Janet Evanvich
11. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
12. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides

Alternates -  Thirteen Moons and All The Pretty Horses
I'll look forward to how this goes for everyone and will probably end up with more on my own TBR list from reading your posts :)



  1. I'm in this one too...and needed it desperately...I'm actually kinda glad we can't change our lists once we start...kinda adds another level of commitment I think :) Good Luck!

  2. Oooh, some of my favourites are on your list, so I really hope you enjoy them! Gone With the Wind, Memoirs of a Geisha and Middlesex are all amazing!

  3. Laura recommended the exact same three books I was going to give a shout out too! They were all really wonderful, five star reads for me.

    I'm also doing this challenge and I have Hitchhiker's Guide on my list too. I've been meaning to read that book for a while.

    I never really considered reading Evanovich's books, but the trailer for One for the Money looks so good!