Tuesday, December 01, 2009

TBR (Lite) Reading Challenge 2009 and 2010

In 2010, MizB is once again going to be hosting her popular TBR (Lite) Challenge, and once again I'll be signing up. I managed to read quite a few books from my TBR list in 2009, so the challenge was definitely good for me. Oddly enough, though, only one of the books I read was actually from my original list for the challenge. Good thing I chose Option B which doesn't require lists to be carved in stone. So, officially, the books I read for the challenge (with links to reviews) were:

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Cover Her Face by P.D. James
The Great Victorian Collection by Brian Moore
Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
The Master by Colm Toibin
The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter

All of those had been on my "to read" list for years - don't know why it took me so long to get to them, because they were all great reads. I enjoyed each of them, but of the six, I believe my favorite would have to be The Age of Innocence; it really is a wonderful novel and one I'd gladly reread.

Now for the 2010 edition of the challenge, I'm going with Option B again (six books in twelve months), just in case I want to make some changes along the way. But I'm going to try to stick a little closer to my original list (I promise!), so I've done quite a bit of thinking about it. And here's what I've come up with:
  1. Afternoon Men by Anthony Powell
  2. The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
  3. Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
  4. The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
  5. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  6. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Again, all those have been on my TBR list for years - I even started reading Flaubert's Parrot at one time and then put it aside; so we'll see how far I get with it, the second time around.

You can see the full list of all the books I read this year from my to-be-read list here. And to learn more about the challenge, visit the challenge announcement page.


  1. Congrats on completing this challenge and good luck with next years!


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