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TBR (To Be Read) Challenge – 2007

December 3, 2007: CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!

Challenge Wrap Up and Thoughts: The goal of the challenge was to read 12 books off of my TBR pile – and I did that. I had originally targeted 12 primary reads and 5 alternates, and had wanted to read them all. Instead, I managed to knock 10 of the primary reads off the list, along with 2 alternates. I won’t be able to get to the rest of the books by the end of the year, but don’t be surprised if you see them on my TBR 2008 Challenge list!I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. It gave me a good feeling to know I was finally getting to some books that had sat on my shelves for far too long. My favorite read from this challenge was a tie between Terms of Endearment and Fatal Voyage – I loved them for very different reasons and they are completely different genres! My least favorite read was The Maze.

Thanks for hosting the challenge, Jenn! See you in 2008!!

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Perhaps I’m stepping in over my head, but I’ve joined another reading challenge…to read 12 books in 12 months from my to-be-read stack. The books I’ve picked have lingered in the pile for 6 months or more and they are:

1. Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie

Completed: January 8, 2007
Rated: 3.5/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

2. Zelda by Nancy Milford

Completed: February 8, 2007
Rated: 3.5/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

3. I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb

Completed: February 27, 2007
Rated: 4.25/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

4. The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar

Completed: April 21, 2007
Rated 3.5/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

5. Terms of Endearment, by Larry McMurtry

Completed: May 26, 2007

Rated 4.5/5

To see a review of this book, click here.

6. The Evening Star, by Larry McMurtry

Completed: June 30, 2007

Rated 4/5

To see a review of this book, click here.

7. Lost Geography, by Charlotte Bacon

Completed: August 25, 2007

Rated 4/5

To see a review of this book, click here.

8. Range of Light, by Valerie Miner
9. The Maze, by Catherine Coulter

Completed: January 21, 2007
Rated: 2.5/5
Head hopping, information dumping, plot holes I could drive my car through (especially when it came to law enforcement protocols)…this one was not the greatest. On the plus side, the sex scenes were good *laughs* and it was fast paced. The ending was not believeable in the least. Can’t recommend this one.

10. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Stephen King

Completed: November 30, 2007

Rated: 3.5/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

11. The Guardian, by Nicolas Sparks
12. Fatal Voyage, by Kathy Reichs

Completed: December 3, 2007
Rated: 4.5/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

Additional Reads if I have time:

1.  The Last Time They Met, by Anita Shreve2.  The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell3.  The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards

Completed: February 19, 2007
Rated: 4.5/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

4.  The Reading Group, by Elizabeth Noble5.  East of the Mountains, by David Guterson

Completed: October 1, 2007
Rated: 4/5
To see a review of this book, click here.

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    December 29, 2006    

    I liked Balzac and the little Seamstress, actually the second book is somewhere in my tbr piles. And while it’s been a while Wally Lamb’s book is still in my mind as a very interesting book. I am looking forward to seeing how you like them.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 6, 2007    

    I’ve only read Balzac, and I really liked it. I’ve just been admiring the pictures of your new great room. It’s wonderful. I’ll bet you are enjoying it immensely.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 6, 2007    

    Thank you for the compliments on our great room…we *do* love it! It took what felt like forever to get it done, but it was worth the wait.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 21, 2007    

    “I Know This Much is True” is one of my favorite books of all time. Enjoy every second of it and let us know what you think! Also I noticed “If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things” in your library. Wasn’t that an incredible book? After reading it I finally understood what is meant when someone talks about a poetic novel.

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 30, 2007    

    I am very much looking forward to I Know This Much Is True! I found If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things to be a difficult book intially to read…but I ended up really enjoying it.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 5, 2007    

    Of the books on this list that I’ve also read, my feelings about them match up exactly to your ratings.

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 6, 2007    

    That’s cool, Dew! I knew we had something in common 🙂

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