I’m signing up for the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge at Roof Beam Reader, because I need something to remind me how many good books I have waiting for me on my own shelves.
Pick a dozen books that you have owned for more than a year and not read. Pick two alternates, just in case one or two of that dozen, doesn’t work out. Read them in 2014.
I’m only picking books I really want to read, because life is too short and there are too many great books to do anything else, but I did set myself some other criteria.
I’ve picked my books from different shelves around the house so that I look at all of the other books that aren’t on the list along the way.
Every book I picked has acome from a different place – not for any particular reason, just because I wanted to see if I could work things that way.
And none of these books are on my Classics Club list or anything to do with any other projects, because I want to read a wider range of books next year.
So here are the twelve:
Stratton’s War by Laura Wilson
This one came my way courtesy of ReadItSwapIt a couple of years ago. I really do want to read it, because I like the look of one or two of the books later in the series.
Devotion by Nell Leyshon
I picked this up from a book stall because I recognised the author’s name. I loved The Colour of Milk and I have high hopes for this rather different, contemporary story.
The Phoenix’ Nest by Elizabeth Jenkins
I spotted this one in a local bookshop, sadly now closed, not knowing at the time that it was rare. Searches have revealed noting, it doesn’t get a mention in the author’s biography, but the opening suggests that it is set in an Elizabethan theatre …
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
I bought this second novel when it was brand new in local bookshop, because I loved Ali Harris’s first book.
The Mesmerist by Barbara Ewing
This one was sitting on a charity shop shelf, and I had to bring it home.
A Secret Alchemy by Emma Darwin
I spotted this one at a fundraising sale for our local museum.
Eden’s Garden by Juliet Greenwood
This one was ordered from the publisher after reading Claire’s review.
You by Joanna Briscoe
This one dropped through by letterbox, unsolicited, a few years ago, and I like the look of it but I’ve never quite got around to picking it up.
Darkness Falls All Over Again by Nigel Balchin
I bought this one when I was living in London. I remember listening to the radio, hearing somebody pick this as their favourite book set in London. and saying that it was like ‘The End of the Affair’ – but better.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
This was a gift from a very generous Virago Secret Santa a couple of years ago,
Two-Thirds of a Ghost by Helen McCloy
This is a green numbered Penguin that I picked up in a very good second-hand bookshop in Falmouth.
A Wreath for the Enemy by Pamela Frankau
I can remember my fiancé – a trained spotter of Virago Modern Classics – coming home with this one.
And here are my two possible substitutes:
The Children’s Book by A S Byatt
I pounced on this brand new hardback copy when it was being sold very cheaply at a library sale.
The Heart of London by Monica Dickens
This one came from a bookshop in Redruth, on a day when I had to be very picky because there were so many books I would have liked. It made the cut because I love Monica Dickens, and it is such a lovely editions.
Wish me luck!