TBR Challenge

For the year 2010, I am signing up for the TBR challenge.  Here are the details, and my list will follow:

** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year - that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “TBRead” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.
** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 “Alternates” (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn’t grab you at the time)
** Then, starting January 1, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31. )
By the end of the year you should’ve knocked 12 books off of your TBR list! (of course, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have added *at LEAST* 12 more to the ever-growing pile by then! LOL).
The good news is, though, that you’ll be making some progress! ;o)
Additional rules/guidelines for this challenge:
* the challenge is to read 12 TBR books in 12 months — you can read those all in one month if you want, or one a month, or however you wanna do it.
* you should have a list posted somewhere for others to see
you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, of the current year!!!
* you can create an Alternates list of MAXIMUM 12 books, if you want, in order to have options to choose from (you can read these in place of books on your original list).
* audiobooks and e-books ARE allowed
* re-reads are NOT allowed, as they aren’t TRUE “TBRs”
* you CAN overlap with other challenges
* OPTIONAL: you can join the Yahoo! Group created for participants of the TBR Challenge, if you want to have a place to keep your list, or just to share with others about how you’re doing!

So, here's my list of 24 books - the 12 main and the 12 alternates:
1. blue like jazz
2. love as a way of life
3. how to speak dog
4. born to kvetch
5. the well-educated mind
6. why (by anne graham lotz)
7. a concise history of the russian revolution
8. cleopatra's daughter
9. the other end of the leash
10. the way of a pilgrim
11. between god and man 
12. slow is beautiful
and alternates:
1. metaphors we live by
2. the excellent wife
3. andrew carnegie
4. father melancholy's daughter
5. i isaac take thee rebekah
6. the unlikely disciple
7. the man who loved books too much
8. ellen foster
9. after dark
10. the life of lou gehrig
11. sink reflections
12. something by Bonhoeffer

Anything look interesting to you?  What would you put on your list?  Did I miss something good?


  1. I loved Blue Like Jazz, and personally adore the concise history of the russian rev. I have to say the second one surprises me, how did you happen to decide to read that one? I thought I was the only possible fan out there! I'm strongly considering following your lead on this, expect to see my TBR list soon... <3

  2. You mean love as a way of life? I think Gary Chapman has a lot of good insight. I definitely want to se your TBR list! I think approx. one third of all the books on my TBR pile are from your recommendation!

  3. I can't count, even on a numbered list. I was surprised by the russian revolution book, lol. I'm working on compiling my TBR list of priorities. Keep your eyes peeled for my official list!


Thank you so much for taking a moment to leave a comment. I love hearing from you!