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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Sunday Salon: The Books I Didn't Read in 2008

At the beginning of 2008 I challenged myself to read 12 specific books off my TBR. I did not manage to read all 12, but I did get through 5 of them. Here is the list:

I read half of My Sister's Keeper and will finish it. I am going to go ahead and give away Wicked and Year of Wonders. I just have no desire to read either of those.

I will probably do this personal challenge again next year. I think there is an official challenge for it, but I haven't paid close enough attention to join.

I also cleared 20 or so books out of my TBR. I am posting most of them to Paperbackswap, but there are a few that I can't for various reasons. If any of you are interested in these, leave me a comment and I'll send it out to you. First come, first serve.
  • The Best American Essays 2005 (has a very small amount of unknown water damage at the bottom)
  • The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (this one has significant water damage. It came to me this way from paperbackswap and I was then sent a second copy. It is readable, but the cover and the last 70 pages are wavy.)
  • All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg (has a Christmas tag stuck to page 113 by the previous owner. Probably covers 10 or so words)
  • Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble (ARC, corner of back cover is torn off- maybe 2 inches long?)
Interested in any of them?
What did you hope to read this year and not get around to?



  1. Good job! I don't think I even got through 5 of my 12. Eeeeek!

  2. I wanted to read Edgar Sawtelle. I even bought it to read before years' end but never got around to it.

  3. That was an interesting thing to keep track of Lisa. It wouldbn't have occurred to me. But it is a bit alarming to realise that some books have been waiting in the iwngs for over a year isn't it?
    All the best for 2009

  4. There were quite a few books I didn't manage to get to this year that I had hoped to. Most of my TBR Challenge list. LOL I only managed to read 2 of the books on my list. So you did much better than me, and you were doing it all on your own. :-)

  5. I'd love either the essays or Things I Want My Daughters to Know, if no one else has claimed them.

    I had planned to read Tess of the D'Urberviles and also Eldest and Brisingr by Paolini, but didn't get to any of these. Maybe in 2009?

    nnjmom at yahoo dot com

  6. I'd like All Over But the Shoutin' if it's still available.

    I read The Thirteenth Tale and it was one of my favorites this year. I also listened to the audio of Water for Elephants and Audacity of Hope. Good luck with your TBR in 2009!

  7. Oops, forgot to leave you an email if you need to get a hold of me.
    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com


  8. I'll take the best American essays off your hands.

    savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com.

  9. Andi, I'm actually surprised that I read 5!

    Ti, one of my good non-blogging friends read Edgar Sawtelle and LOVED it.

    Kerrie, I have books I've been dragging aroung for 15 years unread!

    Wendy, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who gets distr... oh look, a book I haven't heard of yet!

    Carrie K, Alyce, Serena- I will email you!

    No one wants a damaged book, huh? Yeah, me either.

  10. I would like to read The Lace Reader. It looks like a good book and as long as it's readable. Then I can put it on our library free table and pass it on to someone else.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  11. If no one has taken Things I Want My Daughter to Know off your hands, I've really been wanting to read that one!


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