TBR Pile Challenge

2014 To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge:


Congratulations to 2013’s Winner, Deb of The Book Stop!
Deb won a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card!

My 2014 TBR Pile Challenge List:

1. The Complete Poems by Walt Whitman (1892) (Completed 1/27/14)

2. To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck (1933)

3. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (2010)

4. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan (1995) (In Progress)

5. On Writing by Stephen King (2000)

6. Annabel by Kathleen Winter (2010)

7. Pierre; or, the Ambiguities by Herman Melville (1852)

8. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (2006)

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2006) (Completed 5/15/2014)

10. The Republic by Plato (380 BCE)

11. A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel (2006)

12. Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853)


1. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather (1927)

2. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault (1969)

My Progress: 1 of 12 Completed 

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166 thoughts on “TBR Pile Challenge

      1. We can do it! Don’t give up! I think I’m working on #6 right now… just make sure to pick from your list from here on out. If you do those first, you might even finish with time to spare at the end of the year (then you can go back and read some of the other random stuff that catches your attention – which has been happening to me all year!) lol

    1. Awesome! Congratulations! I’m reading my last one (Ragtime) right now. How was Madame Bovary? I started it years ago but only read the first 10-20 pages or so… don’t think I was ready for it.

  1. I’m done and Kelly is close—http://www.jennyandkellyreadbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/completed-post-birthday-worldand-this.html

    Already perusing the pile for next year’s challenge! Thanks for a great time!


  2. I just saw that you are currently readng The Handmaid’s Tale. I read that in high school and I think nearly had a religious experience I loved it so much. I then devoured everything Atwood wrote for the next few years and was even fortunate enough to hear her speak in person at a Writers Week event. I can’t wait to read your review! :)

  3. I finished my first on my list a couple weeks ago but just put up the review, here.

    I have a quick question/concern. When looking through the list of participants, I don’t see myself listed. I’m sure I signed up in the beginning but I can’t seem to find my blog listed. =/ Did I miss some step in the process? Any help would be much appreciated.

    Jessie Marie

  4. Since I’m too late to get in on this, I have made my own plan for the next year (school year starting up with the kids is a good time to start) to read 12 books that I already own. I buy so many books! I’m enjoying your blog so much!

  5. I fell behind during a mid-year cross country move, but I am doing my best in the end game here. Just finished #6, so I get to double up for my final three months!

  6. Each of my twelve was a book that I’ve deliberately avoided for some reason, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it takes some doing to actually pick one of them up, but I’ve still only finished four (reading the fifth, The Woman in White); I’m not sure I’ll make it! *bites nail*

    1. Hah! I was just having this conversation on Twitter the other day, with a couple other challengers. There’s a reason we bought/asked for these books & a reason we’ve hung onto them over the years – just keep that in mind when you’re feeling like you don’t want to read them. You DO want to read them, or you did. And, you never know, you might just end up with a new surprise-favorite! (It has happened to me – this year, in fact!)

  7. Hm, I thought I had left a commente here re: my final progress but I guess not! I managed 9 of 12 which is an improvement, albeit a minor one, over my 8 read for 2011’s challenge. I read about 1/5 of the way into one of my books but just never got in the mood for it, the same happened with The Once and Future King even though I had it signed out for four months from the library…..Of the books I did read, I particularly enjoyed Animal Farm (just as good as Nineteen Eighty-four, I think) and liked most of the rest.

  8. I am terrible at finishing challenges. I read only two off my pile for last year’s challenge and this year I have just challenged myself personally to get a few more whittled away.

  9. I posted a comment about my latest read on the wrong post. Typical me. I’m up to 5 of 12 now, which is better than either of the previous two years!

  10. Looks like I am going to fail miserable again! In 2012 I read 4. So far, I have read 3, but think I can get two or three more done. Maybe I will succeed next year?

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