Tuesday, 2 February 2016

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge


I have joined quite a few reading challenges since I started my blog but this one sounded the most interesting of them all.

As Evie from the Bookish Blog says: "We all have those books. We buy them, win them, they're gifted to us. Then we put them up on a bookshelf and there they stay, collecting dust, waiting for the time when we'll finally decide to pick them up."

Okay, I admit, my TBR (To Be Read) pile is a lot longer than it should be and I can't resist buying any new books but I will attempt to read more old books than buying new ones this year.

I could, of course, try to tackle the 50+ challenge but we all know that is not going to happen, instead, I will try to do at least 11-20 old books in addition to the new ones I'm buying and those I get from the library and hopefully be pleasantly surprised at the end of the year. Wish me luck. Thank you.

So far, I have already read these of my "old books" in 2016:

Weizsäcker, Richard von "Drei Mal Stunde Null? 1949-1969-1989" [Three Times Hour Zero] - 2001
Perry, Anne "A Christmas Odyssey" - 2010
Twain, Mark "The Innocents Abroad" - 1869
Camus, Albert "L'étranger" (The Stranger/The Outsider) - 1942
Smiley, Jane "Early Warning" - 2015
Ephron, Nora "I Remember Nothing. And other reflections" - 2010
Grass, Günter "Mein Jahrhundert" (My Century) - 1999
Mistry, Rohinton "Family Matters" - 2002 

Paluch, Andrea; Habeck, Robert "Der Schrei der Hyänen" [The cry of the hyenas] - 2004 
Trollope, Anthony "The Way We Live Now" - 1875
Marini, Lorenzo "Der Tulpenmaler" (L'uomo dei tulipani/The Man of the Tulips) -  2002
Swarup, Vikas "Q & A" - 2005  

Mora, Terézia "Das Ungeheuer" [The Monster] - 2013    
Grimm, Jacob und Wilhelm "Jorinde und Joringel. Acht Märchen der Brüder Grimm" [Jorinda and Joringel. Eight Fairy Tales] - 1812
Adorf, Mario "Der Dieb von Trastevere" [The Thief of Trastevere] - 1994
Mitchell, David "Cloud Atlas" - 2004 

Robertson, Adele Crockett "The Orchard: A Memoir" - 1995
Mercier, Pascal "Perlmann's Silence" (Perlmanns Schweigen) - 1995
Waters, Sarah "The Night Watch" - 2006

Obama, Barack "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" - 1995
Sedano, Nina "Die Ländersammlerin" - 2014
Bryson, Bill "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" - 2006

Eliot, George "The Mill on the Floss" - 1860
Perkins, Sue "Spectacles" - 2015
Grossman, David "
The Zig Zag Kid" [יש ילדים זיגזג/Jesh Jeladim) - 1994
Oates, Joyce Carol "Sexy" (Sexy) - 2005
Mak, Geert "De goede stad" [The Good Town]  - 2007
Aaronovitch, Ben "Whispers Under Ground" (Rivers of London 3) - 2012 
Rushdie, Salman "Midnight's Children" - 1981
Mantel, Hilary "Bring up the Bodies" - 2012
Adams, Douglas "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - 1979
Obama, Barack "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream"  - 2006
Pye, Michael "The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are" - 2014

Atkinson, Kate "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" (Familienalbum) - 1995 - 496 pages
Štimec, Spomenka "Kroata Milita Noktlibro" [Croation Nocturnal] - 1993
Oates, Joyce Carol "Carthage" - 2014

Kostova, Elizabeth "The Swan Thieves" - 2010

37 books

5 comments:

  1. No challenges for me this year, but I always enjoy seeing what others are reading. On your recommendation I'm reading I'm Off Then and enjoying it very much.

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    1. Ooooh, I do hope you will enjoy I'm off then, please, let me know when you're finished.

      Happy Reading,
      Marianne

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  2. Good for you Marianne. We will make each other work toward the goals we've set. I am already falling behind due to a conference last week where I picked up 20 books (not counting those I had signed to others). Of the 20, I've read one and have it ready to go on to someone.

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    1. That will be great, Shonna, I have read three so far but one is in German and has not been translated, so I might not write a review. But I will count it anyway since it is/was a book on my TBR pile that I have now finished.

      Hope you will get closer to your goal this month.
      Have a great time,
      Marianne

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