Wednesday, January 2, 2008

TBR Challenge Wrap-Up

When I first joined the TBR Challenge yahoo group last year, I thought I would be finished this challenge in six months. Turns out, it is the only one that I did not finish. Around September, I lost interest in the books that were left on my list. I would still like to read them. Just not right now. But, I did come close, completing 10 out of my 12 books (2 were alternate selections).

I joined again for 2008, and gave myself more alternate choices, so we will see what happens this year! (Sorry for the lack of links, I am having some difficulties linking things this morning)

Books finished:
Things fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
I, Rigoberta Menchu
Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
Hilda and Pearl - Alice Mattison
Survival in Auschwitz - Primo Levi
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolfe
Bee Season - Myla Goldberg
Fall On Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald

The best book: Things Fall Apart.
What book could I have done without: I originally had The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand on this list, and it was the only book in 2007 I did not finish. I also did not like Bee Season by Myla Goldberg.
What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge? I might not be the best at completing year-long challenges!


Eva said...

Ayn Rand is evil, lol...I read The Fountainhead as a senior, and the only reason I finished it was because I was reading it for a scholarship essay competition.

Good luck with this year's challenge! (and I'm worried about my ability to finish year-long challenges as well)

Literary Feline said...

You did very well regardless. I do know about waning interest as I was getting there by the end too. I ended up reading my last three books in December. And although I enjoyed the books once I read them, it took a while to get motivated to start them.
Good luck this year with the challenge!

Nyssaneala said...

eva - Congrats on finishing that whole book, in high school no less! I don't think a scholarship contest could even have motivated me to finish!

wendy - I'm in a few year-long challenges this year, so we'll see how I fare. :) Congrats on finishing the TBR challenge.