Congratulations to our February Winner: Alyssa from The Reader’s Refuge! 

Aloha, TBR Pile Challengers!

It is March 15th and we are now at Checkpoint #3 for the 2013 TBR Pile Challenge! I’ve been happy to see all of your updates on Twitter and on your blogs, announcing your progress through the challenge.  Congratulations on your successes so far!

I have currently read 6 of my required 12 books. I can’t believe I’m already half-way done!  I plan to read two more (A Streetcar Named Desire and Gods and Monsters) by mid-May, which will leave me with just 4 more books to finish this challenge.  I am going to try to knock them all out by August and finish up early, before the start of the next school year!


Book #1: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Book #2: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Book #3: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Book #4: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Book #5: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

Book #6: Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love, and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris Kaplan (Review to come soon)

My favorites so far have been Orlando and O Pioneers! but, I have to say, I have enjoyed all of my choices – I’m happy with my selections thus far! Why did they stay on my shelves, unread, for so long!?

Now that we’re 1/4 of the way into the new year and this challenge, what are your thoughts?  How are you doing?  Which books have knocked your socks off, and which had you running for your alternates pile?!

Below, you’re going to find the infamous Mr. Linky widget. IF you have completed any reviews for books on your challenge list, please feel free to link them up here so that we can easily find your posts, encourage one another, see what progress is being made on all these piles, etc. Also, feel free to link-up to your own checkpoint post, should you decide to write one (not required – but feel free!)

Also – this month’s check-point comes with a giveaway! YAY!  Any books that you have read and reviewed for this challenge, since February 20th, and which you link-up to the Mr. Linky below, will count as entries toward the giveaway.

The Prize:  One book of your choice ($20 USD or Less) to be shipped from The Book Depository!

Good Luck and  Happy Reading!

LINK UP YOUR REVIEWS Feb 21 – March 20
(Please wait until April 15th to link-up posts written after March 20th)


  1. still slogging through moby dick (second read of my list). only 67 pages to go then i’m off and running through the rest. although a tough read i’m actually really enjoying moby a lot.


  2. I’m falling behind on my pace, sadly—but I think packing and moving is a good excuse?? Sigh. I’ve only read one more of my TBR Challenge books (third, total) since the last check-in, although I’m in the middle of my fourth challenge book right now (Atonement by Ian McEwan… very slooooooow start for me but now finally halfway through it’s grabbing me). Despite the moving, hopefully I’ll finish that one in a few days!


  3. Another three crossed off of my primary list, bringing me to 10/15 there, and one more from my secondaries takes me to 14/23 overall. Taking a little break from the dusty stuff to check out some shiny new material, though, as well as checking out another book that could’ve qualified for the challenge if I’d thought about it. (It got bumped up the line because I want to see if the rest of the series is worth buying while they’re on sale…)


  4. glad to finally have one to post! very slow on this for now, with lots of other challenges going, and especially scheduled reviews. will be easier starting in May. thanks for the giveaway!


  5. Congrats on your progress! I just read my fourth book for this challenge–Louise Gluck’s The Wild Iris. I really enjoyed it, and I don’t consider myself a “poetry person,” so that’s saying a lot! I’m hoping to get back on track with this challenge after finishing my current book (which was on my TBR list, but not included on my challenge list, d’oh)!


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  7. I finished up my third (Austenland, by Shannon Hale) and am half way through my 4th (Never Let Me Go). So on track if I keep managing to plow through one a month!


  8. I just finished my second book, Corelli’s Mandolin, which I loved. So far I’m doing well though I need to read another one this month if I want to stay on track. I’ve got some doorstoppers on my list and a couple are a little scary!


  9. Adam…my laptop is possessed. It linked me up before I could get the proper url entered. If you could ditch #21 (the fake entry)…I’d appreciate it. I missed the first two checkpoints. Very proud of myself for getting on the ball and linking up this time (albeit incorrectly at first).


  10. Half the way already? Great! I’ve already scrapped 5 titles of my list so far. The Portrait of A Lady is my most favorite so far, but The Mystery of Edwin Drood is just a little behind it. Now I can’t wait to grab the next 2 books for next month, both from Zola.


  11. I’ve read two and I’m reading two more in the beginning of April–then I’ll be all caught up! I’ve already doubled what I read of my TBR pile challenge last year! ;-P


  12. I’ve got three this time! Now I feel all caught up, having finished 4 titles on my list. Though they are all shorter titles…uh-oh.


  13. Finished my second book of the challenge, George RR Martin’s A Storm of Swords, just a few days ago. It took me almost two months to read. Granted, I interrupted it for one other book not in the Challenge as well as proofreading Lightspeed magazine each month. But it’s nice to have knocked the heftiest of the books on my Primary List off.


  14. I seem to keep reading my challenge books at the end of the month, so last month I read On the Road (review in the linky) and I just read The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which I’ll review and link to next month!


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