Challenge the Sixth: Adam's 2019 TBR Pile Challenge

A challenge that's more of a classic than Charles Dickens - Adam's TBR Pile Challenge! The rules are here, but basically it's just this: to finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months). This is always a slightly daunting challenge, but here goes...
  1. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: An Abridged Version by Edward Gibbon.
  2. Childhood, Boyhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy.
  3. The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek.
  4. The Paston Letters.
  5. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.
  6. Zofloya, or The Moor by Charlotte Dacre.
  7. Romola by George Eliot.
  8. Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto.
  9. The Story of the Stone Vol. I: The Golden Days by Cao Xueqin.
  10. Characters by Jean de la Bruyère.
  11. Tarr by Wyndham Lewis.
  12. The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham.
Alternatives:
  1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
  2. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
Wish me luck - I've got some tricky reads on here! 

Comments

reese said…
That's a fun list. I really liked Schweik (as it was spelled in my translation) and Orlando Furioso.

And putting those two giants as your alternates should keep you focused on the main twelve. Whish! I put a couple I was sure I could get through as my alternates.
o said…
I'm thinking perhaps I should have done that :)
Joelendil said…
Cool list...but it just reminded me that I want to read Orlando Furioso. This challenge is supposed to make the TBR shrink, not grow!
o said…
Joelendil - I'm so nervous about that one! I can guarantee that one will be the last I read :)