I failed to complete the To Be Read (TBR) Challenge both of the years (2008 and 2009) I participated, but I decided to participate in 2011 because I was looking for both a way to clear off my bookshelves of books to read and a bit of a challenge in the new year.

The challenge requires you read twelve books you’ve been meaning to read in twelve months. Obviously, TBR Books cannot be rereads, and he list cannot be changed after January 1. Participants can create an alternates list of 12 books in order to have options to choose from, meaning you can read these in place of books on your original list.

I selected a couple of books I have yet to read from my TBR list in 2009. (While I did manage to read three more books off the list since then, I still had several left.) Hopefully, this year I’ll actually read them. The TBR Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2011.

Original List

  1. American Dreams (John Jakes)
  2. And Still We Rise (Miles Corwin)
  3. Anne of Green Gables (L. M. Montgomery)
  4. Black Beauty (Anna Sewell)
  5. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
  6. The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  7. Heidi (Johanna Spyri)
  8. Lasso the Wind (Timothy Egan)
  9. Madame Curie (Eve Curie)
  10. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith)
  11. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  12. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)

Alternative List

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  2. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  3. The Children of Henry VIII (Alison Weir)
  4. The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova) — abandoned
  5. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
  6. The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
  7. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
  8. The Queen’s Fool (Philippa Gregory)
  9. The Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)
  10. The Stand (Stephen King)
  11. Surprise Island (Barbara Willard)
  12. Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Wyss)

This challenge is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.