Monday, October 5, 2009

Challenge: Books To Read Before I Die - 2010


I am always looking for ways to reduce my TBR pile. I have well over 1,000 books in my house that I still haven't picked up, and unless I prioritize them, who knows if I ever will. Don't get me wrong, these are all books I picked out, and books I want to read, but it always seems like there is a new, must-read book on its way to me, and some of the books on my shelf get neglected.

So, this challenge, being hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea, is perfect for me.

Here are the guideline for the challenge:
-Between now and December 31, 2009, make a list of between 10 and 20 Books to Read Before You Die. (depending on interest, this may be an annual event challenge).
-The books on your list can come from your stacks or the library, and be in print or audio format.
-Next, make a tentative list and and post it on your blog. Finalize your titles by December 31, 2009. (No changes to the list after that date).
NOTE: If you don't have a blog, you can still sign up and join in the fun.
-Once you've created your post with tentative titles, THEN sign up using Mr. Linky, by pasting the link to your post, along with your name/blog name. This is how you will be registered.
-All bloggers who complete the challenge will be entered in giveaway to win an Amazon Gift Card.

My Titles:
1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
8. The Birth House by Ami Mckay
9. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
10. Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
11. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
12. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

9 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

Hey, you have three good ones so far! I have actually signed up for the Random Reading Challenge to help me with my shelves, so I will pass. But I am supportive of the effort!

Diane said...

Melissa/ thanks for joining. Those are three great books for starters.

Marie said...

You'll love the Book Thief! good luck with the challenge!

Amy said...

The Book Thief was fabulous! Great starters.

Booklogged said...

Going to have to check this challenge out. You have a good start on your list.

Trish said...

ALL three of your choices are absolutely fabulous. Enjoy!!

mel u said...

I am signing up as soon as I get my list fixed in my mind-I too loved
The Book Thief

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

You have a great list. I have read The Book Thief, The Thirteenth Tale, and A Thousand Splendid Suns and they are all amazing. Good Luck!

Dana said...

You've got a great list! I have The Book Thief on my shelves and just read Water for Elephants.