I have a confession: I may have physically read only one book since college.
As an English major that is embarrassing for me, but my professors wrecked me. Having to read classics at a breakneck speed in addition to all the other classes you have to read for, and then analyzing them to death in a 16-page paper can ruin reading for you. I had to read Moby Dick twice because that particular instructor loved Herman Melville so much that he practically taught it in each of his classes. I never want to hear about that damn White Whale again.
I’ve listened to several books on audiotape, but it isn’t the same. I listened to an audiobook for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods which included a diverse cast of voice actors so it was more like a play than anything.
I’m not complaining! But, there’s something about holding a book in your hands and moving through the pages. Seeing, touching, admiring the cover art. Choosing which bookmark to use to save the place in your adventure.
I’ve recently gotten into things like Goodreads, the Booktubing community on Youtube, and other bloggers who post reviews. I missed reading so much.
So, I was happy to see that there was a book challenge hosted by Novel Knight which charges the participants to tackle that TBR (to be read) list.
Everyone has the entire year to complete the challenge and all books must be released before the beginning of 2017. I’ve got my eye on some 2017 new releases so the balancing act will be interesting.
Because I’ve read that one book or two books since college, my TBR list is long. Books I’ve started and quit halfway through or were recommended by a friend and I never quite picked them up.
How many, you ask? Around 87 so far and that’s all the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Some probably have sequels or trilogies I’m not aware of, but I’ll go ahead and read them because I’m thorough like that, dammit. When I’m introduced to a world and I really like and there’s more to be had, then I’m investing in that series.
It’s actually quite a diverse group of books which include young adult fiction, crime thrillers and dramas, science fiction, and horror. At one point in my life, I had sworn off YA because of books like Twilight and the flooded market of wolves, vampires, and post-apocalyptic dystopian worlds.
However, I’ve found there is so much more out there. I’m currently reading Siege and Storm in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and I absolutely love it. I was a little skeptical at first because the main character is yet another young girl who thinks she’s plain and unimportant but turns out to be something special. But, you know who else was like that? Harry Potter. Without the girl part, of course. I can’t slight the book for that and the more I read, the more I love the characters and the world-building.
Anyway, some of the books on my list include:
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The Shining by Stephen King
- The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
- The Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz
- The Dexter Morgan series by Jeff Lindsay
- A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
And the list goes on and on and on. I could spend an entire year reading all the Stephen King books we have on our shelves, but maybe that could 2018’s challenge.
I’m excited about reading through my pile, but my excitement for the mini-challenge is ineffable. It’s a competition for the House Cup!
The House Cup is from the Harry Potter series and is awarded at the end of each school year to the Hogwarts house with the most points. There are certain actions which result in points and this year I’m doing all I can to bring it home for Gryffindor. Plus, I was awarded a badass nickname for the challenge – BronzeAsphodel.
When I participated in National Novel Writing Month, there were House Cup word sprint challenges where you wrote as many words as you could within a set period of time, and Gryffindor always got stomped.
My goal this year is to read 52 books – one book a week. Between writing, volunteering, and some exciting news that I will have toward the end of the month, this is a reasonable goal. Ok, maybe overambitious considering I work too, but I’d really be happy just reading 10 books.
So, I’ll be posting my progress throughout the year, and if you feel left out by all means join!
I have my Goodreads profile updated and anyone can add me as a friend or watch my progress here. If you’re attempting the challenge, let me know and we can see if maybe we have some of the same books!
What are some of the books on your TBR list and how long have they been sitting there? I’m interested to hear your comments so post them below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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