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Jan. 5th, 2011

I saw this article at Salon and decided, despite the now-closed membership, to attempt the "2011 TBR Pile" challenge.

Basically you pick 12 books that you've had in your 'to be read' pile for at least a year, and...you read them. This is my current list, subject to revisions when I get home and look at the massive collection of unread books on my shelves:

The Old Curiosity Shop - Dickens
The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
Odette Toulemonde - Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America - Matt Weiland
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
Sophie's Choice - William Styron
Speak, Memory - Nabokov
Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas - Kristi Brown-Montesano
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Skeletons from the Opera Closet - David L. Grooven
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare

And my alternates, since those are apparently allowed, are Henry VIII: The King and His Court, and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor.


edit: They've opened it back up and I can enter officiallyyyyyy. So here:



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Jan. 5th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oooh, love Sophie's Choice, Middlesex and The Witch of Blackbird Pond (absolutely one of my childhood favorites!). I think I'll make one of these lists...though I won't hold myself to it. :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping I've blotted out enough of the movie that Sophie's Choice won't be boring. Or..something.

Post your list when you make it! Hurray for lists!
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Sophie's Choice is so long and dense that having seen the movie will only make it easier to read. That's how I felt. I knew the basic outline of the story, so I kind of had landmarks to watch for. It's an incredible book--much better than the movie.
Jan. 5th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond! I loved that book. And I also adore The Catcher in the Rye ♥
Jan. 5th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember my oldest brother liking Witch. I just never got around to it. But I have it on my shelf and have felt guilty about it for a while.
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Jan. 5th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I'm fully expecting to find the hero of Catcher annoying, as basically everyone has told me that, and I liked Virgin Suicides enough to warrant Middlesex. Glad you liked it, as we have soooooomewhat similar tastes. ;) I have one more story left in Odette, which I was only able to get because my professors brought it to me after they stayed in Paris. Catheriiiiiine!

I...have no idea. But the cover looked cool, and there's a lady on the cover of the second one who looks pretty badass. :D
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Jan. 5th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
And your ideality (?) has been validated!

In this version, most of Alyss Heart's family and friends are ruthlessly killed by her evil Aunt Redd. Alyss escapes through the Pool of Tears, which is actually a portal between worlds, and winds up in Victorian England and is renamed Alice. At first, the child tries to tell ordinary humans about her world and the power imagination actually effects in Wonderlandia, but they gently chide her for telling stories. She believes that she's found a sympathetic ear in a young Oxford don who is a friend of her adopted family, but he turns her story into the travesty we all know as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Meanwhile, Hatter Madigan, a member of Wonderlandia's Millinery, who also escaped through the Pool, searches for Alyss across continents and time, until he finds her more than a dozen years later. Back home in Wonderlandia, the few who have escaped evil Redd's soldiers plot to retake the land.

That sounds awesome. Good job, Me Like Five Years Ago, buying that.
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Jan. 5th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
I declare that time to be March.
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Jan. 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
I GUESS we could pick another month since I have 12 books.
Mar. 13th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Stopping By
Just stopping through to see how things are going! Don't forget to post your reviews for each book that you finish, too - that's part of the challenge. ;)

I love me some J.D. Salinger, obviously - but I've heard things about The Witch of Blackbird Pond, too - how was it??
Mar. 13th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Stopping By
Oh! I missed signing up "officially" with the Linky, so I didn't know if I was actually entered.

Witch of Blackbird Pond was fantastic. I'm really sorry I didn't read it when I was ten.
Mar. 13th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Stopping By
Oh, yeah - I couldn't go back and add new entries (only edit old ones) so I used your comment as entry - no problemo.
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