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LibraryLover23's 2024 TBR Challenge

1LibraryLover23
Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 12, 8:12 am

2024 TBR Challenge List
1. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
2. In This House Of Brede by Rumer Godden (finished 4/10/24)
3. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez (finished 7/9/24)
4. Baghdad Without A Map And Other Misadventures In Arabia by Tony Horwitz (finished 2/13/24)
5. Dead Simple by Peter James (finished 5/27/24)
6. Elevation by Stephen King (finished 4/17/24)
7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
8. Mystery Walk by Robert R. McCammon
9. Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs: The Left Bank World Of Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer (finished 1/10/24)
10. A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years Of Letters From The Lower East Side To The Jewish Daily Forward edited by Isaac Metzker
11. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History Of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
12. Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx

2LibraryLover23
joulukuu 20, 2023, 9:04 am

Carrying over the six from 2023, plus adding six new ones, I went with twelve total this year. I used a combination of random number generator and ones that called to me. We'll see what happens!

3riida
joulukuu 20, 2023, 10:20 am

nice list! a handful of titles caught my eye...but i'm really looking forward to your thoughts on The Omnivore's Dilemma ^_^

I hope you have a good reading year!!

4LittleTaiko
joulukuu 20, 2023, 12:07 pm

Nice variety in your list. Quite a few that I'll be interested to see what you think. I swear I just heard someone talking about Olga Dies Dreaming but for the life of me I can't remember who or why. Probably a podcast.

5LibraryLover23
joulukuu 20, 2023, 6:19 pm

>3 riida:, >4 LittleTaiko: Thank you both!

>4 LittleTaiko: I did Book of the Month for awhile and that was one of the selections, which is how I first came across it.

6majkia
joulukuu 20, 2023, 7:07 pm

I keep trying to read The Goblin Emperor and Station Eleven but for some reason I keep avoiding them. Maybe you'll spur me to finally get to them.

7LibraryLover23
joulukuu 21, 2023, 7:40 am

>6 majkia: Sometimes when I formally add books to a list like this, I immediately lose interest in reading them. A psychological trick, I think! But as of right now, I’m motivated. :)

8Narilka
joulukuu 23, 2023, 2:36 pm

>7 LibraryLover23: I know what you mean, I've had that too lol Not sure if randomly picking would help me at all or not. Happy reading in 2024!

9Cecrow
tammikuu 1, 12:37 pm

Goblin Emperor was better than I expected. I don't know a lot of horror authors, but McCammon is the next one that springs to my mind after Stephen King.

10LibraryLover23
tammikuu 11, 8:46 am

>8 Narilka: Thank you, happy reading to you too!

>9 Cecrow: Glad to hear that about The Goblin Emperor! I have a soft spot for McCammon. His Swan Song is one of my favorites and still stands out vividly in my mind.

11LibraryLover23
tammikuu 11, 8:47 am



1. Books, Baguettes & Bedbugs: The Left Bank World Of Shakespeare & Co. by Jeremy Mercer (260 p.)
The storied bookstore "Shakespeare and Company" in Paris is the setting for this memoir. The author, a Canadian journalist, left home after a troubling incident and ended up staying with the ragtag group of writers who are allowed to live for free at the store, in exchange for helping out, reading a book a day, and providing an autobiography. This one zipped right along for me; I loved reading about Paris and especially the store's proprietor, George Whitman. He's really the highlight here, as he's a colorful character in his own right.

12Cecrow
tammikuu 11, 11:36 am

>11 LibraryLover23:, so let me get this straight. I could have free rent, and pretty much all I gotta do is read a book every day and talk about myself? Where do I sign up!!

13LittleTaiko
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 11, 12:12 pm

>12 Cecrow: - I was wondering the same thing! How have I missed out on knowing that this was a life choice I could have made?

14riida
tammikuu 11, 3:31 pm

>11 LibraryLover23: uhm...this is a real place!!! life goals, updated ^_^

15LibraryLover23
tammikuu 11, 6:01 pm

Lol, well as you learn in the book, it’s not without some faults. But yes, according to Wikipedia, they still let writers stay there. George has since passed away, but his daughter Sylvia still runs it in a similar manner. :)

16LibraryLover23
helmikuu 16, 7:45 am



2. Baghdad Without A Map And Other Misadventures In Arabia by Tony Horwitz (285 p.)
I'm a fan of Horwitz's writing; he has a funny, irreverent sense of humor that I appreciate. During the 80's and 90's he worked as a reporter alongside his wife, Geraldine Brooks. These are essays about their time in the Middle East during that period. I was particularly interested in the chapters on places like Libya and Iraq because I don't think I've read anything, fiction or non-fiction, on those places before. This one is by turns funny, sobering, and always interesting.

17Cecrow
helmikuu 17, 3:48 pm

I'm growing to like travel writing, sounds interesting.

18LibraryLover23
huhtikuu 12, 8:52 am

>17 Cecrow: I love travel writing. If I can't get there myself, might as well enjoy someone else's travels! :)

19LibraryLover23
huhtikuu 12, 8:52 am



3. In This House Of Brede by Rumer Godden (376 p.)
Follows the lives of a group of cloistered nuns in a Benedictine abbey. Not much happens in terms of plot, it's more a series of vignettes that touches on their struggles and triumphs, but it's a beautifully done, quiet kind of novel that I very much enjoyed.

20riida
huhtikuu 12, 10:18 am

>19 LibraryLover23: this sounds like a lovely read ^_^

21LibraryLover23
huhtikuu 19, 9:06 am

>20 riida: It was!

22LibraryLover23
huhtikuu 19, 9:06 am



4. Elevation by Stephen King (146 p.)
Unusual little tale about a man who loses weight, but doesn't get any thinner, and how that affects him and his friends in his small town. I liked the quirkiness of it and the message of people putting aside their differences and coming together when needed.

23Cecrow
huhtikuu 19, 10:10 am

I read Thinner years and years ago, that's an interesting variation from the same author.

24riida
huhtikuu 19, 1:27 pm

>22 LibraryLover23: interesting...is it one of his new(ish) works? need to note it down...

i read Desperation by King when I was in high school, and I loved it so much I did not want to read another King book for fear it will ruin him for me...of course I did read more of him, and it did eventually ruin him for me :P

but i read Outsider recently, and now I'm back on the King bandwagon ^_^

25LittleTaiko
toukokuu 3, 2:28 pm

>22 LibraryLover23: - I generally don't read his books since I assume they are all scary. The only one I have read is 11/22/63. This sounds rather interesting though so I may have to give it a try.

26LibraryLover23
kesäkuu 4, 7:47 am

>23 Cecrow: Same! I don't even really remember the plot of Thinner anymore, but I thought it was interesting that he would revisit that same topic.

>24 riida: Yes, it's one of his newer ones. Glad to hear you're back on the bandwagon! Desperation was a great one. :)

>25 LittleTaiko: Yeah, this one wasn't scary, more thought-provoking.

27LibraryLover23
kesäkuu 4, 7:48 am



5. Dead Simple by Peter James (404 p.)
Started with a great premise - a group of men who leave a friend buried alive as a stag night prank are killed in a car accident, leaving their friend with no one knowing where he is. I'm afraid it didn't work for me, however. Too many villains kept coming out of the woodwork and I wasn't that interested. The buried-alive scenes were super tense and claustrophobic, though, and well done.

28riida
kesäkuu 25, 3:23 pm

29LibraryLover23
heinäkuu 12, 8:17 am

>28 riida: Hmmm, possibly. It's been so long since I read Gerald's Game it's hard to remember! In this one, the detective trying to solve everything becomes the primary focus. But the guy trapped in a coffin bit was really tense, which gives it a Stephen King "flavor."

30LibraryLover23
heinäkuu 12, 8:17 am



6. Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez (373 p.)
A very good novel that switches back and forth in perspective between Olga and Prieto, a sister and brother living in Brooklyn. Prieto is in politics, trying to do right by his constituents but also trying to hide a secret, while Olga works to maintain her successful wedding-planning business. Meanwhile, their long-gone mother's shadow looms large over their lives. The well-drawn characters and setting made for an interesting read.

31riida
heinäkuu 15, 3:59 am

>30 LibraryLover23: oooh...sounds like the makings of a prime time soap ^_^