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28 December 2015

TBR Pile Challenge 2015 Wrap Up

The end of the year is looming, which means it is time to wrap up my reading challenges.

This year I signed up for the TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Adam of Roof Beam Reader. The idea was to work through a list of 12 books that I'd been meaning to read for a while. So, how did I do?

I read (& reviewed) 11 out of 12 titles on the list:
  1. The adventures & memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
  2. Reviewed 23 December 2015
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  4. Reviewed 7 November 2015
  5. The diviners by Libba Bray (2012) 
  6. Reviewed 9 February 2015
  7. The little prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1940)
  8. Reviewed 20 November 2015
  9. The astronaut wives club by Lily Koppel (2013)
  10. Reviewed 22 June 2015
  11. Cooking for geeks by Jeff Potter (2010)
  12. Reviewed 23 December 2015
  13. Founding brothers by Joseph J. Ellis (2000)
  14. Reviewed 4 July 2015
  15. Reason for hope by Jane Goodall (1999)
  16. Reviewed 26 May 2015
  17. Vegetarian cooking for everyone by Deborah Madison (1997)
  18. Reviewed 24 October 2015
  19. A year in Provence by Peter Mayle (1989) 
  20. Reviewed 1 March 2015
  21. Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (2012)
  22. Reviewed 1 February 2015
  23. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2004)
So that's not exactly "winning" ... but I don't think it's too shabby, either.

The final unread book, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, was misplaced when we moved house. I've since found it, but couldn't find the time or enthusiasm for it here at the tail end of the year. Perhaps I'll try it in 2016.

My favorite book was probably The Count of Monte Cristo. I'm glad I did this challenge because I got to read several really awesome titles, but the Dumas doorstopper was certainly the most memorable of them.

It turns out that the Roof Beam Reader blog is not hosting the TBR Pile Challenge in 2016, so stay tuned for my future plans....

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