11 January 2007

The 2007 TBR Challenge

2007 TBR Challenge button

This has been a good week for clearing out the stragglers in my TBR box. First it was the Winter Classics Reading Challenge, now it’s the 2007 TBR Challenge: 12 books that have been hanging around for six months or more ... in some cases, a lot more.

It didn’t take long to round up a suitable long-forgotten dozen. In random order, with the approximate length of time they’ve been languishing in the box, they are:

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (1 year)
The Secret History - Donna Tartt (1 year)
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien (1 year)
Blood and Gold - Anne Rice (4 years)
Evelina - Frances Burney (18 months)
Tess of the Durbervilles - Thomas Hardy (18 months - at least)
1876 - Gore Vidal (4 years)
The Vicar of Wakefield - Oliver Goldsmith (1 year ... I think)
Lady Audley’s Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1 year)
Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay (1 year)
The Naive and Sentimental Lover - John le Carré (1 year)
Journal to Stella - Jonathan Swift (1 year)

Who knows? Maybe by the end of the year my TBR pile will have dropped below thirty for the first time since 2002.

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