Well, congrats to me on (mostly) finishing Emily’s TBR Challenge! The challenge was to read or attempt to read 20 books from your TBR pile and to post on each one. There was something about not buying new books in the challenge, but I think everyone involved quickly forgot about that. I finished 19 of the books and made a serious attempt to finish the 20th, Rosalind Belbin’s Our Horses in Egypt, but I wasn’t enjoying it, so I set it aside. I didn’t quite write on every book, but I wrote about most of them, and I’ll bet each book got at least a brief mention, if not a full review. Here’s the post with the list of books. I was surprised to find that the challenge wasn’t really all that challenging; I didn’t feel constrained or limited by it and was happy picking up each book when the right time came.
So, I thought I would make another list for next year. These books are ones I’ve had on my shelves for a while, some of them for a long time, such as the William James and the Yukio Mishima. Some authors I’ve been saying forever that I want to read (Atwood, Colette). Others just caught my eye when I was reading through my list of unread books. I have seven novels and five nonfiction books, one for each month, or something like that. I’m looking forward to it!
- Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov
- Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
- Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
- Colette, Cheri and The Last of Cheri
- Scarlett Thomas, PopCo
- Sybille Bedford, A Legacy
- G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday
- William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience
- Cynthia Ozick, Quarrel and Quandary
- Janet Malcolm, Two Lives
- Mary McCarthy, On the Contrary
- Francis Wilson, The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth