2013 “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book” Challenge – details and schedule


Thank you to all of you who voted on the titles for this challenge! I received a bigger response than I could have hoped for, and I am so excited to read along with all of you this year. πŸ™‚

The top eleven titles were no contest; here they are in order of votes, from highest to lowest:

Bleak House by Charles Dickens (11 votes)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (8 votes)
Middlemarch by George Eliot (7 votes)
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (7 votes)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (7 votes)
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (6 votes)
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (6 votes)
1984 by George Orwell (6 votes)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (5 votes)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (5 votes)
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (5 votes)

Six titles tied for twelfth place, with four votes each. I decided to break the tie with a book that is fairly short, and start with it for January. It is a title that is less than 200 pages, and should be readily available at most public libraries, or very inexpensive to purchase for an e-reader. So, January’s book will be…


My Antonia by Willa Cather.

How the read-along works:

~ During January, read My Antonia.
~ Publish a review on or before January 31st.
~ Come back here on the 31st and add your review link to the Mr. Linky on my review post. Or, if you don’t have a blog, please leave your thoughts in the comments section of my review.
~ Visit other people’s reviews and keep the discussion going in the comments section!

The read-alongs will continue throughout the year with the following schedule:

~ FebruaryBleak House – review February 28th
~ MarchAs I Lay Dying – review March 31st
~ AprilThe Grapes of Wrath – review April 30th
~ MayAngle of Repose – review May 31st
~ JuneA Tree Grows in Brooklyn – review June 30th
~ JulyMiddlemarch – review July 31st
~ AugustThe Pillars of the Earth – review August 31st
~ SeptemberCold Comfort Farm – review September 30th
~ OctoberThe Woman in White – review October 31st
~ November1984 – review November 30th
~ DecemberThe Remains of the Day – review December 27th

I saved the two shortest for November and December, since those months get so busy. I also put three of the longest ones during the summer months. I hope you will be able to join me in reading one, two, or all of these titles. I know it will keep me motivated to know that I have other people reading along with me. I’ve posted a main challenge page in my header, for easy reference. You can let me know which books you hope to read in the comments section either here, or on that page.

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7 Responses to 2013 “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book” Challenge – details and schedule

  1. Michelle says:

    You do realize you selected the longest novel for the shortest month, right? πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy! My Antonia is beautiful.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I debated about that – but depending on the edition, Pillars of the Earth is actually longer! I’m very excited about Bleak House, though, so didn’t want to wait to long. πŸ™‚

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  4. Kailana says:

    My Antonia is free on Project Gutenberg. Depending on how my reading goes I may even join in!