Friday, December 26, 2008

2009 TBR Challenge

I didn't do particularly well with the 2008 TBR Challenge. I read just three books from my main list and four from my alternates list, for a total of seven of the twelve required. That's not going to dissuade me from signing up for the 2009 TBR Challenge though. Maybe this year I can make a dent in my massive TBR pile!

Basic Idea of the Challenge
  • Pick 12 books - one for each month of 2009 - that I've been wanting to read (that have been on my "To Be Read" list) for six months or longer.

  • Create a list of 12 "alternates" (books I could substitute for my challenge books, given that a particular one doesn't grab me at the time). (Optional.)

  • Then, starting January 1, 2009, read twelve books from my lists, ending December 31, 2008.
Additional information and a sign-up Mr. Linky
can be found at the challenge blog.

My Main List
(alphabetical by title)
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

  • Bellwether by Connie Willis

  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

  • Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

  • Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

  • Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian

My Alternates List
(alphabetical by title)
  • The Birth House by Ami Mckay

  • Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood

  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  • Light from Heaven by Jan Karon

  • Lincoln's Dreams by Connie Willis

  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli

  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

  • The Woods by Harlan Coben


  1. I thought Fast Food Nation was a really interesting book. I hope you get to that one this year!


  2. Jan Karon invites you to visit her website at
    I know you will enjoy the site!
    Happy New Year!