To-Be-Read (TBR) Challenge 2008

January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

December 7, 2008: Giving up the Challenge

It has become more than obvious to me that I will not complete this challenge. I read a total of 5 books (which includes one alternate) and will not get to any more on my list before the end of the year.  Despite failing to complete the challenge, I am very happy with the books I did manage to read. The Poisonwood Bible had sat on my TBR shelf for about 4 years. It was such an amazing book and I am eager to read more of Kingsolver’s work in the future. Rebecca was another book which had languished for a long time on my shelves – and it too proved to be one of my favorites of 2008.

I think my downfall with this challenge was the number of brand new books which showed up in my mailbox from authors and publishers in 2008. Also, that once I made my list I could not change it. I am considering joining the TBR LIte challenge for 2009 which is not as demanding, but still requires participants to read from their TBR mountains. Stay tuned for that in the next few weeks!


Mizbooks is once again hosting this wonderful challenge which helps readers knock off books lingering on their TBR shelves. All the guidelines and rules can be found here. I also highly recommend joining the TBR Yahoo Group (new members may join beginning December 15, 2007) as it is very motivating to do this challenge as part of a group.

I’ve established my final list:

1. What Was Lost, by Catherine Flynn
2. Stones From The River, by Ursula Hegi
3. Acts of Faith, by Philip Caputo
4. We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
5. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (finished July 12, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
6. The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly
7. A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua
8. Hope Rising, by Kim Meeder
9. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (finished October 13, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
10.The World Below, by Sue Miller (finished April 26, 2008; rated 3.5/5; read my review)

11.Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King
12.Embers, by Sandor Marai (finished March 30, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)

Alternates and Extras:

1. I, Elizabeth, by Rosalind Miles
2. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier (finished November 7, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review)
3. Minaret, by Leila Aboulela
4. The Last Time They Met, by Anita Shreve
5. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
6. She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
7. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
8. Good Grief, by Lolly Winston
9. The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd
10.The Reading Group, by Elizabeth Noble
11.The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell
12.The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant

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    • Anonymous on November 12, 2007 at 00:10

    You way ahead of me on this one, I haven’t even been thinking about my list. LOL! I really should get going on that too.
    I read She Comes Undone with a group. It was good, but most of us found it deeply depressing. A few of us took breaks from reading it to read something lite, then went back to it. That was the only way I could get through it. I am also I had a group to discuss and experience it with.
    If you do read it and want to talk about it, your welcome to contact me.

    • Anonymous on November 12, 2007 at 10:58

    Teddy, Most of the reviews I’ve seen on She’s Come Undone have been positive – but I’ve also read what you are saying as well. I keep putting off reading it, which is why I put it on this list! It has been on my shelf for over a year now 🙂 I’d love to discuss it with you when the time comes.

    • Anonymous on December 22, 2007 at 14:53

    i’ve only read one of your main list – The Poisonwood Bible (which is fabulous!). i’ll be looking forward to your reviews!
    happy holidays! and happy reading!

    • Anonymous on December 23, 2007 at 10:34

    I don’t think I’ve heard one bad thing about this book, Alison!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

  1. I would say that just reading The Poisonwood Bible is an accomplishment. 🙂 It’s one I’ve not been able to get myself to sit down with.

    • 3m on December 8, 2008 at 10:36

    I had to give up on this one, too…

    • Wendy on December 12, 2008 at 10:11

    LH: I loved, loved, loved The Poisonwood Bible…you should read it! It is so wonderful 🙂

    Michelle: You and I are on the same page with these challenges, aren’t we???

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