2013 TBR List

12 books, 2 alternates! The rules are that I have to read 12 previously unread books in 2013, then post a short review. Or at least post that I finished them. The books all have to have a “published date” before 1/1/12. If I hate any one of the 12 and can’t finish it, I can pick one of the two alternates. Here we go. These are all from my shelves, either real or virtual (Kindle).

1. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (318 p)

2. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (650 p)-Completed 2/8/13

3. The Master Butchers Singing Club, Louise Erdrich (388 p)

4. Night Train To Lisbon, Pascal Mercier (438 p)

5.Snow, Orhan Pamuk (426 p)

6. Bloodsmoor Romance, Joyce Carol Oates (615 p)

7. Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes (150 p)

8. Life of Pi, Yann Martel (356 p)

9. 22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson (323 p)

10. Swamplandia, Karen Russell (316 p)

11. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie (552 p)

12. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, (862 p)*

And the two alternates:

1. Andersonville, MacKinlay Kantor (766 p)

2. World Without End, Ken Follett (1014 p)

I know, I know. There are a lot of classics in there that I should have read before. That’s one problem with being a prolific book buyer. I buy far more books than I can read, and there is always something newer and shinier, or at least closer to the top of the stack, to catch my attention. That’s also a relatively ambitious list, with 5092 pages for the first 12, and 1780 pages for the two alternates.


How about you? What are you planning to read in 2013?

* Edited 12/30/12 to change #12 to Anna Karenina. I’ve never read it, which is a bit ridiculous.


2013 TBR List — 6 Comments

  1. Great list! I may just be lazy and pick from yours. Bill never ever reads the same book twice (I’m famous for rereading books – another sign of laziness). His only exception is Andersonville, which he rereads every couple of years. I suppose I should read it at least once. It seemed I tried at one time, but couldn’t get into it.

  2. Midnight’s Children is brilliant, and there are many on your list that could have made my own (Wolf Hall, Sense of an Ending, 22 Brittania Road)… the only other I’ve read from your list is Life of Pi, which I didn’t love but which I think is one of those books everyone should probably read. Glad you’re joining us in 2013 – good luck! I’ll be back to see what you think of all these. :)

  3. WOW that is ambition, but I will be glad to watch you do this! 😉 Yes, I have a mental list (with many classics), but I just feel superstitious if I reveal it. Hmmm…’how’s that working for ya?’ not well because I don’t read as near as many book as I want to! Maybe I will come around with your inspiration!!!

  4. I would urge you to read “World Without End” as a regular selection instead of an alternate. It was fantastic and I couldn’t put it down. It took me over a year to read Anna Karenina…all those Russian name variations were hard to track. But finish it I did. Now I’m off to check out some of the books you have on your list to see if I need to add them to my own.