Monday, 22 January 2018

TBR Pile Reading Challenge 2018

This is another highly interesting Reading Challenge I joined two years ago.

I don't think Evie from the Bookish Blog still carries this on, as I can't find it on her page but her words with which she started this challenge are still true: "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."

After two years of participation, my TBR (To Be Read) pile is still a lot longer than it should because I just can't resist buying any new books and going to the library but I have tried to attempt reading more old books than buying new ones.

I could, of course, try to tackle the 50+ challenge but we all know that is not going to happen, instead, I 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. 

I have read

37 books in 2016 of the books that had been waiting to be read for more than a year and
32 old books in 2017. Yes, I have reached the 11-20 but I'm not all that happy with my overall result. Must do better next year. ;)

So far, I have already read these of my "old books" in 2018:

Rutland, Eva "No Crystal Stair" - 2000
Kerkeling, Hape "Der Junge muss an die frische Luft. Meine Kindheit und ich" [The boy needs some fresh air] - 2014
Campbell, Jen "The Bookshop Book" - 2014
Aaronovich, David "Paddling to Jerusalem. An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country" - 2000
Kermani, Navid "Dein Name" [Your Name] - 2011
McCall Smith, Alexander "Tea Time for the Traditionally Built" - 2009
McLeod, Cynthia "Hoe duur was de suiker?" (The Cost of Sugar) - 1987

Wimschneider, Anna "Herbstmilch. Lebenserinnerungen einer Bäuerin" [Autumn Milk. Memories of a farmer's wife] - 1985 
Carnarvon, Countess Fiona of "Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle" - 2011
Ibsen, Henrik "Peer Gynt" (Peer Gynt) - 1867
MacGregor, Neil "Germany. Memories of a Nation" - 2014
Ephron, Nora "When Harry Met Sally ..." - 1990 

Piercy, Joseph "The Story of English: How an Obscure Dialect became the World's Most-Spoken Language" - 2012 
Smith, Betty "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - 1943
Williams, Tennessee "A Streetcar named Desire" - 1947 

Walser, Martin "Ein fliehendes Pferd" (Runaway Horse) - 1978
Schami, Rafik "Die dunkle Seite der Liebe" (The Dark Side of Love) - 2004 

Lennox, Judith "Before the Storm" - 2008
Zeh, Juli "Die Stille ist ein Geräusch. Eine Fahrt durch Bosnien" [The Silence is a Sound] - 2002
Remarque, Erich Maria "Im Westen nichts Neues" (All Quiet on the Western Front) - 1928
Rutherfurd, Edward "Russka. The Novel of Russia" (Russka) - 1991
Domínguez, Carlos María "
The House of Paper" (La Casa del Papel/Das Papierhaus) - 2007
Heidenreich, Elke "Also… - Kolumnen aus Brigitte 4" [So … Columns from the newspaper Brigitte 4] - 1988 
Marbe, Nausicaa "Mândraga" (Mandraga/Mandraga) - 1998
Sansom, C.J. (Christopher John) "Dominion" - 2011
Henderson, Kristin "Driving by Moonlight: A Journey Through Love, War, and Infertility " - 2003
Backman, Fredrik "A Man Called Ove" (En Man som heter Ove/Ein Mann namens Ove) - 2012

Grass, Günter "Die Blechtrommel. Danziger Trilogie 1" (The Tin Drum) - 1959
Weidermann, Volker "Ostende - 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft" (Summer Before the Dark: Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, Ostend 1936) - 2014

Zeh, Juli "Corpus Delicti. Ein Prozess" (The Method) - 2009
Mak, Geert "De eeuw van mijn vader" (Das Jahrhundert meines Vaters) [My Father's Century] - 1999
Drinkwater, Carol "The Olive Harvest" (3. Teil von "Der Olivenhain") - 2006 

Indriðason, Arnaldur "Menschensöhne" (Synir Duftsins) [Sons of Dust)] (Inspector Erlendur #1) - 1997
Kermani, Navid "Zwischen Koran und Kafka. West-östliche Erkundungen" (Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities) - 2014
McKinley, Tamara "Lands Beyond the Sea" (Träume jenseits des Meeres) - 2007 

Wright, Richard B. "Clara Callan" - 2001
Taschler, Judith W. "Roman one U" [Novel without U] - 2014
Coetzee, J.M. "The Childhood of Jesus" (Die Kindheit Jesu) - 2013
NDiaye, Marie "Three strong women" (Drei starke Frauen/Trois femmes puissantes) - 2001 

That makes 38 TBR books in 2018.

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