Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012

I have an obscene number of books in my home. I hoard books without apology. In five years I have amassed enough titles to cover not only the many book shelves in every room, but also some serious square footage in regard to floor space. Like Depression Era survivors who save every scrap of paper and bit of twine, I, as a result of a massive library shutdown in 2007, am afraid of another dark time in which I will not have access to books. Now steadily employed, even if the libraries were to close again, I know that I could head to the local bookstores, order online or even dnload titles to my nook; but still, the insecurity remains and I continue to acquire books. Just in case.
So the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2012 is perfect for me! I have enough books even in the last three years to fulfill the Mt. Everest level of this challenge (100+ books); but I know, with the ever constant allure of new releases, I am not going to be hitting that many of my backlist titles. I’m going to start by climbing Pike’s Peak, which is a commitment of twelve (12) titles. If this goes well, I’ll consider moving up the various mountain ranges:
  • Pike’s Peak: 12 books from your TBR pile(s)
  • Mt. Vancouver : 25 titles from your TBR pile(s)
  • Mt. Ararat: 40 titles from your TBR pile(s)
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro: 50 titles from your TBR pile(s)
  • El Toro : 75 titles from your TBR pile(s)
  • Mt. Everest” 100+ titles from your TBR pile(s)
My list, subject to change:
  1. The Religion (by Tim Willocks) – 07/24/2009
  2. Emma (by Jane Austen) – 07/24/2009
  3. The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton) – 07/24/2009
  4. Dracula (by arm Stoker) – 07/24/2009
  5. The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (by Jean Plaidy) – 07/24/2009
  6. The Little Book (by Selden Edwards) – 08/02/2009
  7. Lost Illusions (by Honore de Balzac) – 08/21/2009
  8. Agnes Grey (by Anne Bronte) – 08/21/2009
  9. The Blind Assassin (by Margaret Atwood ) – 09/11/2009
  10. The Time Traveller’s Wife (by Audrey Neffenegger) – 08/10/2009
  11. The Princes of Ireland (by Edward Rutherford) – 02/13/2010
  12. Rumo: And His Miraculous Adventures (by Walter Moers) – 02/13/2010
The dates listed after the title and author are the dates I entered the title on my goodreads “to-read” ist. The titles listed above are the oldest twelve, unread titles from the goodreads list. I own all the titles above. I will be posting reviews on this blog and on goodreads.

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2012

I have a rather prosaic definition of what a Classic is: It’s basically anything labeled as such in the Barnes & Noble Classics Series. While you may snort, and think me rather unimaginative, I find no reason to re-invent the wheel in trying to re-define what a Classic is by any other terms than that it being a public domain title with enduring appeal.
I first found out about the B&N Classics Series in 2007 when I first moved to Jackson County in Southern Oregon. Within 4 months of my arrival, all fifteen branches of the county library system shut down for six months because of budget shortfalls. It was the largest and longest library shutdown in the country at that time. Having refused to transport thousands of books across the country, a very expensive proposition, I found myself literally bookless 😦
I started raiding garages sales, friends and relatives were kind enough to lend and/or give me books and, I discovered the Classics series at the local B&N. For $6.95, I was able to pick up a copy of Pride & Prejudice and I was thrilled! I was on an extremely limited income and owning a new book was luxury.
Ever since the library shutdown, however, I have been a book hoarder! I still scour garage sales, used books stores, book exchanges and, yes I still pick up a Classic from the Barnes & Noble Series every so often. The net result is that I literally live amongst stacks of books, tripping over books that I suspect have flung themselves onto my path in sheer desperation of being noticed and in hopes of being picked up and read! And this is where the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 comes in. I have stacks of Classics, enough to do this challenge many times over I suspect; but I will limit my commitment to one title in each category and see if I can’t make a dent in my TBR lists 🙂
Subject to change, this is a list of the titles I have in mind to fulfill the Back to the Classics Challenge 2012:
  • A 19th Century Classic: The Scarlet Letter (by Nathaniel Hawthorne) – published in 1850
  • A 20th Century Classic: The Wizard of Oz (by Frank L. Baum) – published in 1900
  • (Re-read) A Classic of your choice: The Call of the Wild and White Fang (by Jack London) – I listened to the audio of “The Call of the Wild” (narrated by John Lee) in January 2011)
  • A Classic Play: Julius Caeser (by William Shakespeare; performed by a full cast)
  • A Classic Mystery/Horror/True Crime: Dracula (by Bram Stoker)
  • Classic Romance : Emma (by Jane Austen)
  • A Classic that has been translated from its original language into your language: Lost Illusions (by Honoré de Balzac) – French into English
  • A Classic Award Winner: The Age of Innocence (by Edith Wharton) – Pulitzer Prize 1921
  • A Classic set in a country that you (realistically speaking) not visit during your lifetime: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (by Lewis Carroll) – Wonderland
All of these will be Barnes & Noble Classics Series editions in trade paperback format, with the exception of The Wizard of Oz (a Barnes & Noble Classic title available as an eBook on my nook) and Julius Caeser, which is an audiobook. I will be posting reviews on this blog and at goodreads
Thank you to @SarahReads2Much for hosting
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What’s in a Name? Challenge #4/What’s in a Name? Challenge #5

I’ve been shuffling and sorting through my stacks, seeing what books that I already own that also might qualify for the challenge. The good news is that I
Yay! @BethFishReads has announced the categories for the What’s in a Name? Challenge #5! I’ve spent some time sorting through my stacks, determining what books would work for the various qualifiers and, I’m pleased that I have something from my TBR stacks that will work for every category! This is good news because I would love to make a dent in my hoardings 🙂
Without further ado, this is my tentative list for the challenge:

  • [Topographical Feature]: Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson);
  • [Something You See in the Sky]: A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Housseni)
  • [Creepy Crawly]: The Reptile Room (by Lemony Snicket)
  • [Type of House]: Cleaning Nabokov’s House (by Leslie Daniels)
  • [Something You Carry in Your Purse, Pocket or Backpack]: The Scarlet Letter (by Nathanial Hawthorne)
  • [Something You’d Find on a Calender]: Year of Wonders (by Geraldine Brooks)

Of course, my selections may change. One thing I learned from this past year’s challenge was that I should be flexible and; NOT drink while blogging. I had this idea last year that I was going to be über-creative and do cross media entries (e.g. a book and it’s sequel in audiobook.) It didn’t quite work out that way and many of the titles I had set aside for the challenge went unread while other titles I tackled qualified quite nicely. That is not saying I won’t get creative; only that I shouldn’t strait-jacket myself into a reading list or marry a concept, thus make reading a chore! I think this year I might use the books to create a theme for the month in which I’m reading it. It’s just an idea I’m considering right now and we’ll see how it plays out. The most important thing is that this should be fun 🙂

For the curious, this is what I read for the What’s in a Name? Challenge #4:

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