Congrats to this month’s winner, Karen from Karen’s Books & Chocolate!
Dearest TBR Pile Challengers – Welcome to Another Checkpoint!
It is August 15th, which means we have crossed the half-way point and are now officially on the downslope for our 2013 TBR Pile Challenge! So far, the overall progress and participation in this year’s challenge has been outstanding! I really have been impressed by you guys – even just reading one or two of your twelve, to this point, is great. Keep at it!
Where I’m At: I have now read 10 of my required 12 books – so I’m feeling pretty good! This might be the first year in the last few where I could manage to complete all 12 books + the 2 alternates on my list (although I have some hefty books left to read, so I’m not going to get ahead of myself, here). I need to write my review for Persuasion, which is Book #10, but I do plan to do that, and post it, before the August 20th deadline.
Book #1: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
Book #2: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Book #3: Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Book #4: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Book #5: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
Book #6: Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris Kaplan
Book #7: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Book #8: Shine by Lauren Myracle
Book #9: Gods and Monsters by Christopher Bram
Book #10: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Below, you’re going to find the infamous Mr. Linky widget. IF you have completed any reviews for books on your challenge list, please feel free to link them up here so that we can easily find your posts, encourage one another, see what progress is being made on all these piles, etc. Also, feel free to link-up to your own checkpoint post, should you decide to write one (not required – but feel free!)
GIVEAWAY: This month’s check-in comes with a giveaway! One winner will be chosen from those who link-up to their reviews of books completed between July 21st & August 20th. Anyone who posts a check-in for this month and links-up by August 20th will also be included. The prize is any book of winner’s choice, up to $20 USD, from The Book Depository! Good Luck!
Link-up Your Reviews for July 21st – August 20th:
You’ve got some amazing books on your list! I’ll have to check back in for your “Persuasion” review, since that is one of my favorite Austen books (although it’s certainly not to everyone’s taste).
I’m almost done! One more original list book…plus one more alternate. Finally completed The Age of Innocence!
Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the challenge this year… I’ll try another big push in December for winter break… but I am so very glad I’ve read the TBR books that I have! It feels so good to move them from the TBR bookcase to the finished one! I’m linking up a couple of reviews…
I’ve read two more this month, and now I’ve got one left, plus the alternates. I’m going to try for all of them.
I just picked the wrong, wrong books for this challenge. Most of them are so slow that I cannot pick them up for the life of me. I’ve still only finished one, although I did get 1/3 of the way through another while on vacation–but I just couldn’t make myself finish it.
I hope to get involved in this one if you have it again next year! Sounds like what I need for motivation! LOL!
This is one I host every year – hopefully will continue for a long time (I certainly have enough books of my own to keep going for decades!)
I’m also looking forward to your review of Persuasion–definitely a favorite Austen. I’m pleased with my progress and I’m right on track with 8 of my 12 completed thus far. This is definitely one of my favorite challenges–it’s such a sense of accomplishment to read a great book that has been languishing on my shelf for years.
I’ve read seven, putting me a month behind my goal of one a month. I am reading the longest of my books this month, though, and should be done within a couple of days.
I just completed #10! Daniel Deronda took me forever. Now I just have Mansfield Park and one other. This challenge really pushed me this year.
I finished my eighth book. I keep forgetting to come back and link up my reviews, but I remembered to do it this time!
I just read and reviewed my first one! OMG, so behind! The review will post tomorrow and I’ll come back in a couple of weeks to look for the September check-in to link up. Thanks for being so organized about this! I’m going to try to knock off a few more, but doubt I’ll get through my whole list at this point.
Good job! Never say never! 🙂