But then the end of 2012 came and went without me finishing and suddenly I feel free to read whatever I want. The odd result is that I now feel even more committed to, and enthusiastic about finishing the challenge. Now that the yoke of the deadline has been lifted I am suddenly excited to tackle the list again. Unlike last year, I will not limit myself to the 20th century list, but will read whatever I feel like reading.
And Simon, don't feel bad, it has nothing to do with your specific challenge. My problem is with the mere existance of challenges.
It also helps that I finally finished a decade, in fact two: the 1950s and 1980s. If you had asked me which decade I would finish first I wouldn't have said the 1980s or the 1950s. I would have assumed the '30s or '40s. I am tempted now to read the rest in chronological order. I have made a bit of an attempt at that already. Let's see if I can keep it going.
It is doubtful that I will finish this list by the end of the TBR Double Dog Dare on April 1st, but it will be interesting to see how far I can make it. Maybe I could finish the list by midyear. That seems doable. With 62 years finished, that only leaves 38 to go. Hmm, 19 books each in February and March maybe I could finish by April 1st.
1932 - Year Before Last by Kay Boyle
1933 - Ordinary Families by E. Arnot Robertson
1934 - Burmese Days by George Orwell
1936 - Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
1939 - Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter
1942 - Clark Clifford's Body by Kenneth Fearing
1947 - Not Now, but Now by M.F.K. Fisher
1963 - The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy
1965 - Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Conner
1971 - A Meaningful Life by L.J. Davis or My Own Cape Cod by Gladys Taber
1972 - Augustus by John Williams
1973 - After Claude by Iris Owens
1977 - Golden Child by Penelope Fitzgerald
1979 - The Safety Net by Heinrich Boll