For those just arriving: I’ve decided to participate in the TBR Challenge this year. The object is to read as many books as you can that you’ve had on your “to-be-read” pile by the end of the year.
Also, I’ve made a decision about this challenge. If I’m not into something on my TBR list, I’m not going to finish it. Too many books, too little time. I will, however, give each book 100 pages before I give up.
Here’s how it’s going so far…
The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill: Stay tuned for more, Horror Month 2017!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t get into this. I’d certainly suggest it to readers who enjoyed The Golem and the Jinni or Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, though! It’s got incredible atmosphere, nice historical sense of place, and the style is really evocative. Not my (book)bag, but it might be yours!
The Father of the Rain by Lily King. I was absorbed in this one from the first chapter. It’s an engaging, nuanced story of a complicated father/daughter relationship, spanning many years.
The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt. I was a couple pages into this novel when I realized that I’d begun it before. Would you believe I’ve never read anything by Byatt before? Language to savor and beautiful period detail. Sweeping and engrossing. But, alas, not one that grabbed me personally. And I felt really guilty about that, because it’s a gorgeous book.
The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman. I’ve read a couple of Goodman’s books, and I enjoy her brand of psychological suspense. This one, set at a writer’s retreat in upstate New York, is a great Gothic tale and period piece as well as a suspense story. It reminded me a lot of Kate Morton’s work (The Forgotten Garden in particular). I got halfway through and then flipped to the end. For some reason (perhaps the alternating chapters?), the tension just never took for me.
Well. A bit disappointing. But I guess this is why some of these books have sat on my To-Read shelf for five years.
Also, I keep adding new stuff to my TBR list, so now I’ve got 842 items on it. I began with 831. And have read or tried to read five.
I’m thinking I won’t see much of a net gain from this project.