1.11.2014

The Official 2014 TBR Pile Challenge Hosted by Roof Beam Reader


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So I'm going to try another TBR Pile Challenge. This one's a bit different, because I have to read at least 12 books that were published December 31, 2012 or earlier. The best part? If you complete the challenge, you'll be entered to win a $50 GC to Amazon or Book Depository! The host is Roof Beam Reader, and full info is here.

This one is extra challenging for me because I have to decide ahead of time which 12 books I'm going to read (with 2 alternates, so at least there's that). I'm a mood reader, and I have hundreds of unread books hanging around, so I normally decide which book I feel like reading next once I've completed the current one. Having 12 pre-selected.... well, it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. What can I say? I'm a rebel and I rail against structure. But fine, Adam, I'll try to be less rebellious. Just for you. 

Here's my Official 2014 TBR Pile Challenge List, in no particular order:

1. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusack
2. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
3. The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong - Completed
4. The Calling - Kelley Armstrong - Completed
5. Outpost - Ann Aguirre - Completed
6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
7. Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi - Completed
8. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan - Completed

Alternates:
1. Ask the Passengers - A. S. King
2. Looking for Alaska - John Green

Wish me luck, and if you'd also like to participate, head on over to Roof Beam Reader's post and sign up!

6 comments :

  1. I'm with you on the whole mood reading thing not liking to operate off a list. The list looks pretty good and painless though so hope it works out! Good luck!

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    1. Haha! Yeah, I may have spent the last week making it as painless as possible within the parameters of the challenge. I think I would have taken on some harder books - perhaps even a few classics - if I had more leeway for abandoning them and replacing them at will. Nevermind, though, this will still clear out a bunch of books I've been meaning to read for AGES! Are you doing any reading challenges this year?

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    2. I have an ongoing challenge called the 100 books project which is meant to tackle the 100 books you've been meaning to read, and reading them over a 5 year period. My list is a mix of more challenging reads and fun stuff that's just been on my TBR for too long. It appealed to me because it's a list of 100 books to choose from but of course once you get to year five you should theoretically have a list of 20 books you must read that year which I am a little anxious about - Ha Ha! I also just decided to do an eclectic reading challenge which specifies 12 categories from which you need to read one book each. Some of the categories are a piece of cake (cozy mystery, alternate history) while some are going to be a bit of a challenge (war/military fiction, medical thriller) but that's the point of the challenge - to push me out of my comfort zone. We shall see. I am nervous of challenges as a whole because apparently I'm a huge slacker!

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    3. Ooooh, that is a superb idea. Are you hosting this particular challenge? Is it ongoing in the sense that people can start their 5 years anytime? I have so many books I've been meaning to read... for years. This challenge is good, but because I can't change books partway through I went for easier reads I know I'll get to. With longer to complete the challenge and more flexibility, I'd throw in a bunch of non-fiction and classics, too!

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  2. Hi

    As somebody who reads to mood, I absolutely understand where you're coming from when you say that you have a discomfort in reading to a pre-set list. (It's not something that I'd do because of my need to just pick up a book and start it).

    Hope that your challenge goes well.

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    1. Yeah, this is a... well, challenging challenge! I purposely chose books I don't think will be too difficult to get through and that I'm still looking forward to reading, even though I haven't gotten to them for a long time! At least I don't have to read them in order, right?

      Thank you! :)

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