I've been seeing a lot of challenges for 2012 on the blogosphere lately, and I can't resist joining at least one. I have sooo many classics on the TBR shelf, but this challenge hosted by November's Autumn is only seven books, and I'm pretty sure I can manage that number, if not more. This time around I'm going to go strictly by the books I have unread on my own shelves.
The list is pretty loose right now; I have multiple unread books by some of my favorite authors on the TBR shelves, so if I end up switching titles, I'm okay with that. Anything I read will be progress on the TBR shelf. Here's what I have so far:
2. At least one book by Anthony Trollope. I have NINE unread works by Trollope on my TBR shelves, more than any other single author -- definitely more by page number, since he wrote some real doorstoppers. This includes a copy of Dr. Thorne which I borrowed from my mother a year ago! I'd love to continue with the Barchester Chronicles but Pallisers series is also intriguing. I'm on the library's waiting list for an audiobook of Can You Forgive Her?, so that's a strong possibility.
3. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This must be the fourth year in a row I've sworn I would read this book. Somehow I just never get to it. I've loved most everything I've read by Steinbeck so why do I keep putting it off?
6. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Wheedon Grossmith. I've heard this is hilarious, and I've owned it since 2006. Plus it's really short especially compared to most of the other classics I have unread.
5. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. This is the only reread I'm planning at the moment. It was one of the first classics I ever read for sheer pleasure and loved it. It was my pick for the 2012 reading list of my real-life classics reading group. It's been more than 20 years so I hope it stands up to how I remember it.
7. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. 2012 is the 200th anniversary of his birth, so I want to read at least one new Dickens. I've read ten of his novels so far, and Our Mutual Friend is supposed to be one of his best.
Thanks to Katrina at Pining for the West for posting about this challenge! I'm looking forward to it.