Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wrap-Up: Mount TBR Challenge 2013

The Mount TBR Challenge attracted me this year as a way to chip away at my massive TBR list--the books I own but haven't read.  I attempted to read 12 of those books this year, and alas, it looks like I only read eight, while continuing to purchase new books.  So much for whittling the list!  The books I read were:

The Assault by Harry Mulisch
Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The favorite?  Austerlitz--lovely and wistful and sad, and so very unusual in the way it is told, as a slowly meandering unfolding of memories.  I've just made it sound boring and depressing, and it's anything but.  It actually gets more suspenseful as it goes on, and I couldn't put it down once I saw where the narrative was going.  I read most of it on a train through Germany and the Czech Republic last summer, which adds to the specialness.

Thank you Bev at My Reader's Block for hosting this challenge.


  1. Thanks for joining me! And, hey, eight books off the mountain are eight books! It all helps to try and keep the TBR in check.

  2. My biggest problem`keeping the TBR in check` I did not participate in this challenge but will certainly look at my reading list 2013 and see how many I read from the TBR. New years not buy any more new books, just put then on my wish list! Hurrah, Dutch book on in your TBR,..`The Assault`!

    1. I know, that's my resolution too--don't buy more books, read what I have! We'll see.