2010 TBR (To Be Read) Challenge

2010 To Be Read Challenge

2010 To Be Read ChallengeMizB at Should Be Reading is hosting the 2010 TBR Challenge.  We can’t change our lists after December 31st so I made sure to have a full 12 alternates to fall back on just in case I find there is stuff that  I don’t want to read after all.  Here is what she has to say about the challenge:

** Pick 12 books – one for each month of the year – that you’ve been wanting to read (that have been on your “ToBRead” list) for 6 months or longer, but haven’t gotten around to.

* 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!

** 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)

I plan to read:

  1. Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
  2. The Lost City of Z, by David Grann
  3. The Winter Queen, by Jane Stevenson
  4. The Crying Tree, Naseem Rakha
  5. Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
  6. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  7. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  8. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
  9. Renegade: The Making of  a President , by Richard Wolffe
  10. Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead
  11. A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick
  12. A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray


  1. Snobs, Julian Fellowes
  2. Losing My Religion, by William Lobell
  3. Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon
  4. Flannery, by Brad Gooch
  5. The Wishmaker, by Ali Sethi
  6. Royal Blood, by Rona Sharon
  7. Fear the Worst, by Linwood Barclay
  8. The Secret Lives of Men, by Christopher Blazina
  9. The Valley of Strength, by Shulamit Lapd
  10. The Laws of Harmony, by Judith Ryan Hendricks
  11. Escape, Carolyn Jessop
  12. The Future Has A Past, by J. California Cooper


  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

I’m still not really around.  These posts are just popping up in absentia.  Just so you know.

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    1. It was one of those books that I rushed out to buy because I kept hearing amazing things about it, but then never got to read it!

  1. I’ve got Shanghai Girls on my list for January, and I’m hoping to read To Kill A Mockingbird this year as well. Good luck with you list – this no changes rule is making me nervous, but I’m still participating in this challenge anyway!
    .-= Heather J.´s last blog ..Best Book Club Books of 2009 =-.

    1. Yeah I’m not sure about that either. I tried to pick really compelling books that I have been wanting to read for some time, but you just never know what will happen. I guess we will just do our best!

  2. I’ve worked so hard to make my challenges work around my tbr piles. But you’re right, I’ll probably add books as fast as I know them out!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..NovelTeas =-.

  3. I loved this challenge in 2009…structure appeals to me! I’m doing it again this year, and Fingersmith is on my list as well (I’ve started it and it is just freaking blowing me away). You’ve got a nice diverse selection there. I’ll look forward to hearing about them!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Wroclaw #8 =-.

    1. I definitely will read Fingersmith this year. Just started The Little Stranger and I love it. But Fingersmith is part of a trilogy right? Do they need to be read in order?