Thursday, December 18, 2008

2009 TBR Challenge


It is that time of year again. Time to contemplate the TBR Challenge. Here are the rules:

* 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 need to have a list posted somewhere for others to see (even if it's in a comment here)
* you CANNOT change your list after January 1st, 2009!!!
* 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! :)
Becky's 2009 List

1. Mothstorm by Philip Reeve
2. Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman
3. Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle
4. Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
5. Bliss by Lauren Myracle
6. Smile by Donna Jo Napoli
7. The Indigo King by James A. Owen
8. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
9. Nation by Terry Pratchett
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
11. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
12. My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath

Alternates
1. Small Eternities by Michael Lawrence
2. The Underwood See by Michael Lawrence
3. Guardian by Julius Lester
4. Dune by Frank Herbert
5. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
6. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear
8. Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
9. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
10. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
11. Emil & Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn
12. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

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1 comments:

Book Dragon 8:19 PM  

Highway Cats sounds very interesting. I'm going to add it to my list. I just bought a Dune book for my husband, I think we're going to re-read the whole series.

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