2012 Reading Challenge

2012 TBR (To Be Read) Pile Reading Challenge

It won’t comes as news to regular readers that I am a bit obsessed by books, and as such I have a lot of books that seem to have been waiting to be read for longer than I care to remember.

So when I came across this challenge for 2012 over at Roof Beam Reader, I thought it would be great to join in and try and get through some of those books that have been hanging around for rather longer than they should have done!

The idea is that you pick 12 books (and 2 alternates, in case you can’t get through any of the dozen you pick), that have been sitting on your shelves unread for over a year, and read them all during the course of 2012.

So, here is my list, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into them, come January, and making a hole in my bookcase for more new books!

  1. A Special Relationship – Douglas Kennedy (completed March 7.5/10)
  2. Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier (read April, 2/10, didn’t finish).
  3. Notes From An Exhibition – Patrick Gale (read Sept, 5/10)
  4. Spilling The Beans – Clarissa Dickson Wright
  5. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell (completed January 5/10)
  6. We Are Now Beginning Our Descent – James Meek
  7. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  8. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale
  9. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory (completed July 6.5/10)
  10. The Rose of Sebastopol – Katherine McMahon (completed Apr 9/10)
  11. The Mitford Girls – Mary S Lovell (completed Sept 8/10)
  12. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen (read June, didn’t finish 3/10)


  1. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  2. A Tale of Two Sisters – Anna Maxted (completed April 6/10)

2 thoughts on “2012 Reading Challenge

  1. I’ve been feeling pretty awful the past week or so, so doing nothing but reading, and then updating my challenge-list page. Thought I’d check in and see how you were progressing. How did I not notice that you had The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher on your list before now? I read it within the last month or two. Very interesting, but very dry. Expanded thoughts on my 2012 Reading Challenge page. We have a pretty awful true-crime program on television over here (Deadly Women) on which this story was portrayed.

    • Hi Kathleen – am still ploughing through my list. Currently reading The Mitford Sisters, which is fascinating, but again terribly dry. Am hoping to tackle Notes from an Exhibition while I’m on holiday next week. Am enjoying this challenge, think I may well do it again next year, as there are always so many books languishing on my shelves!

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