Monday, 13 January 2014

The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge

Last year was the first time that I had signed up for a bunch of reading challenges, including the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge. I enjoyed the process of picking the books that would fit into the challenge criteria, because it felt like a natural extension of my normal book selection process.

When it came to reading, things did not turn out so good, mostly because for various resons I effectively stopped reading fiction halfway into the year. My final TBR Pile 2013 tally was 4.5 books read out of 12.

It would be very difficult not to do better this year.

The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge


1. W. M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair
2. T. Mann, Joseph and His Brothers
3. C. Valente, The Orphan's Tales
4. J. Abercrombie, The First Law Trilogy
5. G. Keyes, The Briar King
6. J. Bruckhardt, The Civilisation of the Renaissance Italy
7. T. Holland, Persian Fire
8. A. Carter, Wise Children
9. G. Eugenides, Middlesex
10. G. Garcia Marquez, 100 Years of Solitude
11. P. Gedge, The Twelfth Transforming
12. Kalevala

The alternates:
1. J. Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar
2. J. Blish, Cities in Flight

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Reading Challenges 2013, Results

The Challenges

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge
My Goal: 12 pre-selected books
Progress (31.12.13): 4/12

2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
My Goal: Renaissance Reader, 10-14 books
Progress  (31.12.13): 17/14, including 2 hist. fantasy
Level Achieved: Medieval

Back to the Classics Challenge 2013
My Goal: 6 required categories + all 5 optional ones
Progress (31.12.13): 2/6 + 0/5

The 2013 Middle East Reading Challenge 
My Goal: Diplomat, 5-9 books
Progress (31.12.13): 0/9

Tea & Books Reading Challenge 2013
My Goal: At least Berry Tea Devotee, 4-5 books 
Progress (31.12.13): 6/5
Level Achieved: Sencha Connoiseur

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013
My Goal: Mt. Ararat, 48 books
Progress (31.12.13): 39/48 incl. ebooks; 31/48 paper only
Level Achieved: Mt. Vancouver, 36 books