Who doesn’t love a good reading challenge? It’s a great way to be purposeful in your reading, read new books and ones you wouldn’t normally pick up.
I decided to participate in 2 different challenges this year.
This is a much-needed challenge for me. It’s the TBR Challenge.
The TBR Challenge is perfect for book hoarders (I mean, library-builders) who may have purchased books and never gotten around to reading them.
You start by picking out twelve books that have been on your to-be-read list for at least a year, which means the books have to have been published before 2018.
My plan for this year was to read more of the books on my shelves before I order more books, which makes this the perfect challenge.
If you want to find out more about this challenge, you can read all the rules here.
Why the TBR Challenge.
I love books. That’s no secret. And when sites like Thriftbooks exist, how can you not snatch up a cart full?
While a lot of the books I usually order are school-related, I’ve been able to find a lot of books that I see recommended as well. I also find that many books I’m looking for others are too, so I snatch them up when I can.
This, of course, leads to many books that I don’t get to reading right away like I think I will.
The books end up on the shelf and then forgotten.
Towards the end of the year I thought that I’d really like to read more of the books on my shelf vs. buying more books I’m not reading, so I found this challenge to be perfect.
My TBR List for 2019
Les Miserables By Victor Hugo– This book has been on my shelf for probably over 10 years and I just haven’t been able to pick it up. Not from no interest, but from being intimidated by the size. I was able to conquer The Count of Monte Cristo this year, so I feel like I’m ready. (Also, this is scheduled in Ambleside for year 10 and I want to read it before I assign it).
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen – While I’ve seen the movies multiple times (BBC version always wins), I haven’t read the book. I’ve started numerous times get a chapter or two in and then get distracted by another book and never come back.
Gone With The Wind By Margret Mitchell. This one has also been on my shelf forever. I picked it up at a library book sale (that’s where most of my classics come from). I don’t think it’s moved since I put it on the shelves unless I was rearranging shelves to fit more books.
A Passage To India By E. M. Forester. I started reading Howard’s End once but wasn’t able to get into it and then I returned it to the library. I recognized the author so picked this up at a book sale as well. Since then I’ve seen it appear in other book recommendations so it’s time to read.
News of the World By Paulette Jiles. This book was part of an online book club that I never read. It has been sitting on the shelf ever since I picked it up at a library books sale. It’s recommended often so I’m excited to dig in this year.
Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger. I’ve been on a mission to stock the classics so when I see them I grab them. That’s how I got this book.
The Shallows By Nicolas Carr. This book looked interesting when I got it, but I never got around to reading it. The subtitle is “What the internet is doing to our brains.” It should be interesting. 🙂
Climbing Parnassus By Tracy Lee Simmons. This book is about the role the learning Latin and Greek play in liberal education. Latin has always been a part of the Classical/Charlotte Mason method of education.
I love to read anything I can about these two philosophies of education as I implement. We are learning Latin and I’m excited to find out more about the benefits of learning it and Greek as well.
Pitch Anything By Oren Klaff. If you don’t know I am obsessed with anything that relates to the business world. So the next couple books including this one are about business. This book I bought a couple of years ago and it got shelved.
Secrets of Dynamic Communication By Ken Davis. I’ve loved Ken Davis since watching his comedy routines as a teen. This book was recommended by Ruth Soukup from EBA. I was excited when I got it but like most books, it got shelved and I haven’t made the time to read it.
Multiple Streams of Income By Robert Allan. I’m a big believer in multiple streams of income. It is just smart from a personal finance and business standpoint. This book gives many ideas for different streams you can start and a plan on how to do it. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time and when I found a good deal on Thriftbooks, I snatched it up.
No Excuses By Brain Tracy. I love Brain Tracy’s books. I’ve read a lot of them. I picked this one up years ago at Barnes and Noble when it was on sale. It is about the power of self-discipline which is clearly something I need after my pattern of buying books and then sticking them on my shelves never to be read.
Persuasion By Jane Austen and The Awakening By Kate Chopin
The challenge has you pick a couple of alternates in case you just can’t finish a book. I would like to think that I can finish any book no matter what, but that’s not true.
I read about half of Lord of the Flies last summer and just couldn’t make myself finish it.
Alternates to be a good idea.
I picked up both of these books at library sales, as part of my mission to own and read classics. I don’t know much about them other than that. Even if I do read all the books above without problems I’m hoping to reach these as well.
My plan is to read one book of the challenge a month. That will give me plenty of time for the longer ones and hopefully keep me moving forward. I will be writing a review on each book as they are complete them.
Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? What book are you looking forward to the most?