With a title like that, I don’t even need to write a post, do I? Pretty much says it all.
I have a really hard time resisting challenges. Really hard, because I’m a competitive person (with myself, anyway) and they’re fun and sociable and all that. But I always underestimate what they will entail in terms of actual time and commitment and then end up feeling like a jerk for not finishing, even though I know there is probably no one who gives a hoot except for me.
So. In the new year of 2014 (!), I’m going to focus on ONE challenge. If I happen to dip my toes in a few others along the way (like O’s Russian Literature Challenge) so be it, but I’m only going to formally commit myself to one. Mainly this is because it also represents something that I know I need to work on–trimming down my TBR. Thus I’ll be participating in Adam’s 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, for which I’m planning to read the following books that have been on my shelves (physical or digital) for more than a year:
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (1948)
- The Group by Mary McCarthy (1954)
- Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1995)
- Room by Emma Donaghue (2010)
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (2003)
- Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx (1996)
- Taft by Ann Patchett (1994)
- When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka (2002)
- Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett (1996)
- Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphries (2001)
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2009)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)
And my two alternates:
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (2009)
- Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney (2005)
Thanks to Adam for hosting this challenge again and giving me some much-needed motivation to read books that I already own.