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This Is My List for the 2008 TBR Challenge

The 2008 TBR Challenge hosted by MizB is a no-brainer for challenges. For me, it’s giving a little more structure to my otherwise random encounters with books. So I finalized my list and I present it to you here (along with annotations from the Peanut Gallery):

  1. His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (this one overlaps with the Chunkster Challenge)
  2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (this one overlaps with the Chunkster Challenge)
  3. Zorro by Isabel Allende
  4. Snow Mountain Passage by James D. Houston (this is about the Donner party…my friend recommended it to me)
  5. You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett (I picked this up at a rummage sale…it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist)
  6. All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (I’ve never read Anita Shreve)
  7. The Killing Fields by Christopher Hudson (I think this one’s been sitting in my TBR pile for 10 years)
  8. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin (this is non-fiction. Did you read that? Non-fiction. I hate to be so blatant in requests for pats on the back, but I haven’t been shy about my aversion to non-fiction.)
  9. Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood (I picked this up at a rummage sale)
  10. Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire (I’ve heard it’s not so good…so I’ve been avoiding reading it for a few years)
  11. Hello Darkness by Sandra Brown (I had to throw in a little light fare)
  12. The Worst Day of My Life, So Far by M.A. Harper (see comment for #11)

Alternate List

  1. Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman (I found this in a box but don’t remember reading it…I’m willing to bet that even if I did read it, I won’t remember. 🙂 )
  2. Deadly Love by B.D. Joyce (this is a mystery and looks, eh, not so great, but I have a hard time getting rid of books in my TBR pile)
  3. The Hours by Michael Cunningham (I tried to get into this book a couple of times, perhaps third time’s a charm)
  4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  5. The Manikin by Joanna Scott
  6. Emma Brown by Clare Boylan (this is a novel from the unfinished manuscript of Charlotte Bronte…I hope it’s good!!)
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (I’ve heard how great this novel is, but it just never seems to be the next book in line…)
  8. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (I love Jodi Picoult)
  9. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (isn’t this like a series or something?)
  10. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith (I’ve heard this is great!)
  11. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
  12. Peter and the Starcatchers by Barry Pearson (a YA novel that is supposed to be good)

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to tell me if you’ve read any of these books and get me excited about my pile o’ books to be read. Whether or not you accept this mission, your computer will blow up (due to your overuse of reading blogs and working on your own blog) in 5 seconds….

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7 Responses to “This Is My List for the 2008 TBR Challenge”

  1. Melody

    Trish, your last remark made me laugh. LOL.

    You’ve a great list there! I had only read “The Kite Runner” and I LOVE it!!! Although most readers rave about this book, I know that there’re some people have other thoughts about it… well, reading is a very subjective matter so there’re bound to be having both good or bad reviews.

    Happy reading! 🙂


  2. Heather

    Let’s see, The Kite Runner is wonderful, Bee Season is decent, The Tenth Circle is pretty good (I love JP as well), and I enjoy anything by Alice Hoffman. I’ve read some Anita Shreve but not the one you mentioned… the few I have read have been good enough; not great but pretty good.
    Oh and I think I’m going to join your novella challenge (like I need another challenge)… I’m going to go compile a list in a minute!
    happy reading 🙂


  3. bkclubcare

    From the main list, I’ve only read The Golden Compass (part 1 of your #1) and Black Like Me in high school – I still remember it if that means anything (20 yrs ago)

    I’ve read Blue Diary, Kite Runner, and LOVED The Hours! But I wonder if it was helped seeing the actresses who played the parts in the movie. I read the book before I saw the movie but knew who was who. If that makes any sense…


  4. Eva

    I loooove the Pullman series-I’m rereading it this year. 🙂 I just finished Pillars of the Earth, and it’s one of *those* books. The mind-blowingly awesome ones. I have Zorro as an audiobook, and I really enjoy the storyline (it’s a fun, swashbuckling adventure-I’d say it’s pretty light fare! and it’s not into the magical realism like most Allende is). I enjoyed The Hours as well, but I’d already seen the movie, which I adored, so I’m sure that affected things.


  5. iliana

    ooh great lists – I say move up “Chocolat” to your main list. It’s such a wonderful book 🙂
    Enjoy your challenge!
    I sent you an email earlier Trish but my email has been acting funky so don’t know if you got it.


  6. trish

    Thanks for the feedback! I’ll be moving Chocolat to my main list…I’m getting excited!

    Eva, I can’t wait until you reread His Dark Materials. I’m absolutely loving it! How come I didn’t read it when I was younger???


  7. Lauren R.

    I totally know that this was posted 1,001 years ago or so (or closer to 1 1/2, but well, you get the point); I just wanted to suggest reading Allende’s Zorro sometime soon. I really, really think you might like it (or any other of her novels), but I may be biased because she’s one of my favorites.
    I’m just reading through all of your posts because it’s creating a fantastic list of books that I want to read! Off to buy the Golden Compass with the new Borders Rewards coupon!


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