I'm signing up for Adam's TBR Pile Challenge for next year. For all two of you who've never heard of the challenge, this means that in 2014 I will aim to read and review twelve books that have been in my TBR pile for a long, looong time. I am allowed to list two alternatives, just in case some of the books from my list turn out to be too unbearable to finish. Here's my list, but promise not to laugh at me for not having read some of these sooner - just know that I could have put Lord of the Flies and The Scarlet Letter in there as well. My list went through several versions, but in the end I decided to only stick with new-to-me authors (with the exception of Tolstoy).
I will be updating this post with links to the reviews as I go, so keep an eye on this space if you'd like to know how it's going.
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- If This Is A Man by Primo Levi
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
- White Noise by Don DeLillo
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Germinal by Emile Zola
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Back-up options: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.