Wednesday, November 23, 2011

And Yet Another Reading Challenge for 2012!

For several weeks we’ve (Evan) been pondering the ramifications of joining the Mount TBR Reading Challenge for next year.  The rules of this challenge state that all books must only come from a participants own personal library.  This is problematic considering most of the books on our 2012 TBR list physically reside at our local library.  Hopefully you can now see our conundrum, nay quagmire.

However, during our aforementioned pondering, the research wing of Two Bibliomaniacs brought to light that our current percentage of books completed from our personal library is right around 54.7%.  This will not do, sir! 

We have hence decided to set out on a monumental climb of Mt. Ararat, which requires us (Evan) to read 40 books from our personally owed TBR pile. *gulp* Our planned checkpoints are listed below:    

1.       Thursday Next: First Among Sequels – Jasper Fforde
2.       Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
3.       The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
4.       The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana – Umberto Eco
5.       White Oleander – Janet Fitch
6.       I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
7.       Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
8.       The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
9.       Sea Glass – Anita Shreve
10.   Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
11.   The Smoke Jumper – Nicholas Evans
12.   Sons of Fortune – Jeffrey Archer
13.   Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
14.   The Girl who Stopped Swimming – Joshilyn Jackson
15.   Insomnia – Stephen King
16.   Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
17.   Every Breath You Take – Judith McNaught
18.   The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
19.   The Sands of Time – Michael Hoeye
20.   A Separate Peace – John Knowles
21.   The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy
22.   Code to Zero – Ken Follett
23.   Away Laughing on a Fast Camel – Louise Rennison
24.   Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants – Louise Rennison
25.   Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas – Louise Rennison
26.   Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers – Louise Rennison
27.   The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo
28.   A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court – Mark Twain
29.   The Awakening – Kate Chopin
30.   End of the Spear – Steve Saint
31.   Adelé – Emma Tennant
32.   Pirate – Ted Bell
33.   Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
34.   For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
35.   Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
36.   The Hours – Michael Cunningham
37.   The Adventures of Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes
38.   A Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
39.   The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
40.   The Little Balloonist – Linda Donn

If we can accomplish this admirable feat our percentage read will climb to 61.4%.  Now, if only we knew how to Yodel!  Thanks to My Reader’s Block for hosting this exciting challenge!


  1. ooh I like this one! I'm shopping around for 2012 challenges (I totally SUCKED at the books to movie challenges I think I only read one. I'm a horrible person lol)

  2. Welcome to the challenge! So glad to have you join us for some mountain-climbing!

  3. Amanda,
    No worries! We're not doing too hot on the Books to Movies Challenge either...

    Thanks! We're excited to start!

  4. This challenge seems like something I could totally do! I have quite a few books I haven't read yet sitting in my book room. Kind of sad, really. But it's just so tempting to buy or check out newer ones! You've given me food for thought.

  5. Oh my gosh, I swear this challenge scares me more than any other! To face that pile of books begun and failed...Anna Karenina...Sons and Lovers...Blindness...It would mean having to finish stuff that scared me, or bored me, or was simply tough to get through. Because we all know there are no unfinished trashy romances on my shelves. I know, I know, for shame, lol.

    Trying to build up the confidence to join you!!

  6. Good luck!
    I'm only participating in one because don't want to get overbooked.
    Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

  7. BookGeek,
    It almost seems wrong to visit a book store and not by 10 books. Hopefully next year, we’ll read more than we buy... probably not.

    LOL. I fully expect our list to change many times throughout 2012 as we run into unmanageable novels...

    Good strategy. I’m hoping to limit myself to four challenges next year.

  8. Quite an eclectic list! I really enjoyed Insomnia by Stephen almost bears re-reading. Good luck and have fun with this list!