2018 TBR Pile Challenge

TBR Challenge 2018

This timely challenge, courtesy of RoofBeamReader, is the perfect motivation to force me to read some of the wonderful books I have sitting on my Kindle or bookshelves but which never seem to get to the top of the reading pile.

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).

The Rules (courtesy of RoofBeamReader):

  1. Each of the 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2017 or later (any book published in the year 2016 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile).  Caveat: Two alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.
  2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky at RoofBeamReader. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
  3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky must be to your “master list”. This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2018.
  4. Leave comments on the challenge post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2018 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com or The Book Depository!
  5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published before 2017! You can read the books on your list in any order; they do not need to be read in the order you have them listed. Audiobooks count. Graphic novels count. Poetry collections? Essay collections? All good! As you complete a book – review it, go to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review.

I love putting together this kind of challenge list (in fact, I sometimes wonder if I don’t enjoy it more than actually reading the books on the lists). Anyway, having sorted and ordered my Goodreads To-Read shelf, here is my list.

1          Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
2          Salley Vickers, The Cleaner of Chartres
3          Laurent Binet, HHhH
4          Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
5          Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
6          Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
7          David Ashton, Nor Will He Sleep
8          Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
9          Maggie O’Farrell, This Must Be The Place
10        Patricia Highsmith, Carol (The Price of Salt)
11        Philip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle
12        Harper Lee, Go Set A Watchman

Reserve 1       David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
Reserve 2       Rosemary Sutcliff, The Flowers of Adonis

Three (4, 6 and 10) on my list are also on my Classics Club list – that’s called killing three birds with one stone. My reserves are both long ones which is to discourage me from DNF-ing any from my main list!

Wish me luck!  Or, better still, why not join in and make a dent in your TBR pile….

25 thoughts on “2018 TBR Pile Challenge

    1. That’s good to hear as I’m a little anxious about Go Set a Watchman as I love To Kill a Mockingbird so much. But I’m curious about it and I picked up a hardcover copy in my local Oxfam bookshop for only £1.

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  1. House of Mirth is one of my favorite books ever. It’s so intense and beautiful.
    I loved Death Comes for the Archbishop too, in fact I was falling in love with Willa Cather through this book, and will read more of her in the future.
    Go Set a Watchman – I am also curious with this one.
    Good luck, Cathy!

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  2. Great list!
    This challenge looks like fun! I wanted to make a point of reading some of my older titles next year so this would be a great way to keep me on track.
    Good luck to you…I will be looking into doing this myself 🙂

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    1. Thanks, putting together the list was a great reminder of the fab books I have sitting on my shelves/Kindle. Hopefully the challenge will make it more likely I do actually read them (although easier said than done). Oh well, who needs sleep anyway…

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  3. I found the link to your post on twitter. Great timing – I really do need to get through some books that have been sitting on the bookshelf for too long. Thanks!

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  4. Great List! Olive Kitteridge is a great book, lots of discussion points for a book club or a buddy read! I had forgotten of a few like Everyone Brave is Forgiven and The Man in the High Castle. Good Luck!

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    1. Wow, you have some great books on yours! 84 Charing Cross Road has to be the perfect choice for a book lover, Stoner is wonderful and I’m a fan of Winifred Holtby so pleased to see South Riding there. I have Anything Is Possible in my TBR pile and I’m really hoping I like Olive Kitteridge as much as you obviously did so I can move on to that one. I’m intrigued by ‘confronting’ as a description of a book!


  5. I recently read The Flowers of Adonis — I think it’s very under-appreciated compared to many of Rosemary Sutcliff’s other books. It took a while to get into (the switching POVs make it challenging at the start) but I ended up really enjoying it! I’d be interested to know what you think when you eventually come to read it, since I know very few people who’ve read it and have no one to discuss it with 😥

    (Here’s my review, if that’s of interest to you: https://miriamjoyreads.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/the-flowers-of-adonis-by-rosemary-sutcliff/)

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      1. To be honest, I’m impressed you’re organised enough to have a TBR list and a reserve list — and to stick to it! I can’t even manage a proper TBR list because I get distracted too easily and suck at planning ahead 😂 Hope you enjoy the book when the time comes, anyway. 🙂

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