Sunday, 15 May 2011

"Books I should have read by now" challenge!

Gabe over at GabeReads is hosting a challenge. The challenge is to read some of those books that have been collecting dust on our bookshelves. It starts on 1st June and ends on 31st December and you can choose which level you want to read at (ie how many books you want to read each month 1-3). If you are like me and have 100+ books sitting on your shelf I highly recommend taking part. Will make you feel a little less guilty when you buy more books (maybe).

I have decided to sign up for Voracious reader which means 3 of my TBR books a month. I am hoping that I'm not being too adventurous with that. That means 18 books which isn't a lot considering I am over 50 so far this year. However, the last six months of the year are going to be my busiest plus I have my book group choice. Anyway, fingers crossed. I have picked out a list of what I hope to read. I tried to mix it a little but realised that a lot of my TBR books are quite large. So I put a lot of shorter books in there and if I am ahead I can swap in one of those large tomes. As it is there is a lot of crime books. I didn't realise I owned that many and all by authors I haven't read before. Must have been when I discovered that I might like crime after all. There is even a couple of non fiction on the list.

Hard Times - Charles Dickens
Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Making History - Stephen Fry
Century Rain - Alistair Reynolds
A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin
Exit Ghost - Philip Roth
Mary Tudor - Anna Whitelock
A is For Alibi - Sue Grafton
The Surgeon - Tess Gerritson
The Bachman Books - Stephen King
Lullaby Town - Robert Crais
Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet - David Mitchell
The Greatest Show On Earth - Richard Dawkins
I Can See You - Karen Rose
Skin Privilege - Karin Slaughter
Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
The Woods - Harlan Coben
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

I won't necessarily be reading them in this order either although I do think a Charles Dickens might be first. If you fancy signing up for the challenge click on the image and it should take you straight to Gabe's original post.


  1. I counted 7 months of the challenge which makes it 21 books. I did write a up a list but not sure if I'll stick to it...I'll post what I'm doing on the 1st! Goos luck :)

  2. I counted 7 too but thought I must be wrong. Not to worry I have plenty of books to choose another 3 from. Not sure if I will stick to the list either. It all depends in what mood I am in. Look forward to seeing yours.