Hello 2012!

Last year, I did the Off The Shelf Challenge (With A Twist) for the purpose of, well, making a dint off my piling to-read shelf. I did not do well in this challenge, though, (boo!) due to a lot of reasons, one of which is of course I wasn’t really pushing myself too hard to make up to the challenge. I always got distracted with all other books not yet in my shelf and ended up hoarding more books than actually making a dint off it!

So this year, I will try again, this time with friends, yay! I think I will be more motivated to do the challenge because I have company. Tina of One More Page hosts the Required Reading Challenge and Monique of Bookish Little Me has been doing this challenge too since last year. I think it would be nice to join them this time, don’t you think? 😉

Here are the rules I copied from Tina’s blog:

  • Books chosen for the challenge should be in the current TBR pile as of the month of the Required Reading post. So if you decided to join at March, the books you choose for the month should be in your TBR pile as of February.
  • Galleys and ARCs can be included.
  • Posting reviews aren’t necessary (but don’t you want that out of the way, too?).
  • I’ll be posting a theme every month but you don’t have to follow that. You can choose a theme for yourself if you want to — what’s important is the books that you put there are books that you want to get to reading.
  • And since this is a TBR reducing challenge, it would be very ideal if the books you choose aren’t a part of any other challenge. Just so you can read more. But seeing as I bent this rule so many times last year, you can bend it too. 🙂
  • Lastly: have fun. If you don’t finish a book, it’s okay! If you finish it, then…feel free to reward yourself with something. 🙂

Now that everything’s in order, let’s start the ball rolling! 🙂

Here are the books included in my January Required Reading list:

  1. Pigs In Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. I remember loving Taylor Greer in The Bean Trees so I think I will love this one too, especially that Taylor Greer is making a come-back in this book..
  1. Ocean’s Apart by Karen Kingsbury. This will be my first time to read a Kingsbury book so let’s see if I will discover another author to love. 🙂

I will include only 2 books for this month because I am in the middle of reading 3 more books left unfinished since last year. Wish me luck! 😉


  1. Okay, I have never heard of those books. Oops. 😛 But good luck! And yay you for joining!

    I see you’re reading Monsters of Men! I haven’t even opened my copy of that yet, I’m not sure if my heart can take the ending since they say it’s even heavier than The Ask and the Answer.

    1. Haha, it’s okay Tina. I just picked up Pigs in Heaven in Booksale seeing that it’s only for P10. Haha! And the Karen Kingsbury book is a recommend from Gian who seems to have a fancy over Christian lit these days. 😀

      I have put Monsters of Men on hold since December and I don’t know when I’ll be able to finish it. And yes, the holding off is because I feel I’m not yet ready for another major bookish heartbreak. 😀

  2. Um. I might have to join Tina in her comment about not knowing what books those are. Sorry? 😀

    I think this challenge will be more fun this time because you’re joining! Yay!

    1. You know what, I didn’t really have any high expectations for Barbara Kingsolver but I liked The Bean Trees such that I decided to read the sequel, Pigs in Heaven. I’m halfway through and I am liking it so far. 🙂

      The other book will be my first Karen Kingsbury book, if ever. Good luck to us with all our required readings! 🙂

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