Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Challenges: TBR Pile

Host: Roof Beam Reader
Name: TBR Pile
Dates: Jan - Dec
# of Books: 12
Limitations: Must be from list of 12 +2 alternates; pre-2012 publication date

For the record, I'm not choosing any of these books by their covers!

1. Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter, 1913

2. Pollyanna Grows Up, Eleanor Porter, 1915

3. Brentwood, Grace Livingstone Hill, 1937

4. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer, 1928

5. Powder and Patch by Georgette Heyer, 1930

6. Party Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, 1946

7. Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, 1951

8. Lord Peter, Complete Short Stories by Dorothy Sayers (???, but well before 2012!)

9. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer, 1941

10. The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout, 1935

11. The Rubber Band by Rex Stout, 1936
12. The Red Box by Rex Stout, 1937


13. I Will Repay by Baroness Emma Orczy, 1906

14. Lighthouse by Eugenia Price, 1971

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Roof Beam Reader 11:45 AM  

Welcome back! I think this is your third year with us, right?? Looks like we both didn't make it in 2012 - but that's alright, we did make some progress & and that's what counts! Good luck in the coming year - I'm adding some monthly check-ins/mini-challenges & contests this year, to make it more interactive and to hopefully inspire people to stay on track... normally I just let the challenge run its course, but I thought this approach could be fun, too. We'll see how it goes. :)

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