Monday, December 31, 2007

The TBR (To Be Read) Challenge 2008

I'm joining the TBR Challenge for 2008.

Below is my list of 12 books I had piling up around the house or languishing on my Amazon wish list or lying in wait on my book club's list that I'm committing to read in 2008. They're in no particular order as I can't be arsed to bother organizing them.

Neverwhere: A Novel - Neil Gaiman

A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. LeGuin

Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy - Samantha King

The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Salem Falls - Jodie Piccoult

The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova

The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America - Katherine S. Newman

Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon

The Last Continent - Terry Pratchett

Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

Alternates - The challenge allows you to name up to 12 alternates in case one of the books on the main list doesn't tickle your fancy. In my alternate list are the next two books in the The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin and the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman, the first of which are in my main list. I didn't want to commit to the entire trilogies if I decided I didn't care for one of them.

The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. LeGuin

The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. LeGuin

The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman

Wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

If you enjoyed Neverwhere, the BBC produced a miniseries several years back. It's available for rental at Premiere Video on Mockingbird. Or maybe your wacky powers of the internet can bring it to you.

Traivor said...

How was the Earthsea trilogy? Some guy at Grygar's white elephant was extremely unhappy to walk away with my extra copy.

It's going to be on my 2009 list.

UnrulyDuckling said...

The trilogy was great - less science fiction and more fairy tale than I was expecting, though. Everything about it was beautiful and melancholy.

However, I went on to read the fourth book, Tehanu, which was published almost 20 years later, and I didn't like as much.

You're going to think this is rich coming from me, but there was too much patriarchy-hatin' internal monologue-ing going on. In this literary setting I think it would have been much more effective to show us the struggles and frustrations of the character as a woman than to openly rant about it.