2018 TBR Pile Challenge

Announcing The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!


After a two-year hiatus (while I was writing my doctoral dissertation – sorry!) I am pleased to announce that Roof Beam Reader’s official TBR Pile Challenge is back for the SEVENTH YEAR!

This challenge started when I realized I had some MAJOR issues with buying books but never reading them (not because I don’t read – but because I have such a book buying problem!) Year after year, books would sit on my shelf untouched, and I would end up reading newer ones first. I realized I was missing out on a lot of great books because I let them sit there gathering dust instead of reading them as I bought them.

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


1. Each of these 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 (2) 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 below. 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 below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). 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). See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean. Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2018.

4. Leave comments on this 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!

*Note: 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. This will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered. For an example of what I mean, Click Here.

Monthly Check-Ins: On the 15th of each month, I’m going to post a “TBR Pile Check-In.” This will allow participants to link-up their reviews from the past month and get some recognition for their progress. There will also be small mini-challenges and giveaways to go along with these posts (Such As: Read 6 books by the June Check-in and be entered to win a book of your choice!) I’m hoping this will help to keep us all on track and make the challenge a bit more engaging/interactive. I started these mini-challenges in 2014, and I think they were a great success, so I am continuing them this year!

Chat: On Social Media, please use #TBR2018RBR

My 2018 TBR Pile Challenge List:

  1. Poetics by Aristotle (335 BCE)
  2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  3. Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)
  4. Gemini by Michel Tournier (1998)
  5. The White Album by Joan Didion (1979)
  6. Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1894)
  7. Don Juan in the Village by Jane Delynn (1990)
  8. The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer (1997)
  9. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck (1907)
  10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (1901-2)
  11. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine (2008)
  12. The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement by Melanie Phillips (2004)


  1. Good Without God by Greg M. Epstein (2009)
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011)

Sign-Up to take the 2018 TBR Pile Challenge:   


229 thoughts on “Announcing The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!

  1. I am in this but my list will be filled in as I go. If I make a list of 12 books I know I will go off it or change my mood. I will have 12 blank spaces and will read, link reviews in each space as the year progresses I have SO many TBR books. Look forward to this.


  2. Akylina says:

    Sounds like a wonderful idea to finally make those unread books even fewer! I will move away from home (and from most of my books) again at the end of this month, so compiling a specific list is rather difficult at the moment, but I’ll do my best to stick to whatever list I end up putting together 🙂

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  3. I always wish I could join this but I never have enough books to qualify. I currently have one that would qualify, haha!
    Curious about your date on Kindred – is that a reissued publication date? Also, Kindred is AMAZING! I read it back in 2010 and was completely blown away. I definitely had to read more by her afterwards.


  4. Pudd’nhead Wilson is a great read. I always do terribly at this challenges because it feels like assigned reading. Maybe I need to rethink my approach.

    Anyway, I am glad to see it’s back! And congrats on finishing your dissertation!


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  6. Karen K. says:

    I’m in! Glad to see its return — I’ve been really lax about blogging this past year and this will inspire me to blog more often AND get some more books off the TBR list!

    Also, Kindred is wonderful and Hound of the Baskervilles is my favorite Sherlock Holmes.


    • Roof Beam Reader says:

      Great! Welcome back! I’m excited for both… especially Hound. I didn’t read any Sherlock this year and am feeling a kind of withdrawal.


  7. Oh I’m so glad you’re running this again. I tried to motivate myself in 2016 and failed to read more than 2 on my list. Didn’t even try for 2017. Something about having to check in with you motivates me better!

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  9. Jillian says:

    Hi Adam! Are rereads allowed? I have a couple I purchased simply to reread, & haven’t made time for. They’re on my list because I barely remember the first read, so it’s PRACTICALLY like reading it for the first time?


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  11. o says:

    So happy you’re hosting this again – I have missed it! Count me in, I just need to work on my list…

    So exciting to see a 2018 challenge – this is the first one I’ve seen 🙂

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  14. I’m happy that you are hosting this event again, because it was really helpful at getting me reading every month. I love to join this year, and hopefully I’ll finally get through my list. I do need a few days to compiled good titles and I’ll post it right here. Thanks.


  15. I’ve been doing this challenge on my own for the last couple of years, so I’m very glad you’re starting it up again for real! I already have a list, but I’m going to wait a bit before posting it in case I make changes.

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  21. Hello Adam, I’m signed up and am looking forward to putting my list up – but first of all I’m afraid I’ve messed up with Mr. Linky! Is it possible to delete the entry that just has Jane as the name (I’m sorry, I didn’t follow the instructions closely enough!) I’ve tried fiddling about but am getting no where. Thank you and sorry for messing up your list!!

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  24. Roof Beam Reader says:

    The books need to have been on your TBR pile for at least a year, so that means they must have been published before January 1st 2017 (anything published in 2016 or earlier counts).


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  29. Surprisingly, several of mine stem from 2014, although I also have a 2012 and a 2016. I started with a couple of 2014 releases I bought on release but didn’t read (Broken Monsters, and Revival), added 2 anthologies, just skipped around on my Goodreads shelves, then verified the acquired dates. I think I have a genre-busting selection (smile).


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  32. My list is finalized, posted, and linked! I had a list before you even announced you were doing this again, but I had only 10 books on it so I had to spend some time agonizing over my final choices 🙂

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  40. chrisharding53 says:

    Is it too late to join? I am sorely tempted… Cannot guarantee how long unread books have been on the shelves… But can guarantee they were not published in 2017… I only buy old books…


  41. Lisa Guidarini says:

    I’m in! I’m working on my list today. It starts with my favorite childhood book, the one that kicked off my love of reading, my sense of humor and showed me it’s okay to be a completely absurd human being sometimes – Alice in Wonderland. It was the first “chapter book” I ever read. My daughter owns my first copy of it. I gave it to her before I moved to Scotland. Now that I’m back, I still want her to keep it. It should be passed down.

    Back to scanning my bookshelves… 🙂


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  58. This is the perfect challenge for me since it was already one of my resolutions/reading goals to Read The Books I Already Own! 🙂 I am *trying* not to buy new books this year because i have sooo many! And I am possessive of them ,,even the ones i have moved around for years without reading….. i may have a problem, but I am glad to find solidarity here 😉

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  61. Joel Getter says:

    Thanks for starting this challenge again. This is my first time participating, and I’m excited to accomplish this one along with two other challenges for 2018!

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  62. Here’s a link to my post with my list–http://anirreverentescapade.blogspot.com/2018/01/pseudo-2018-tbr-pile-challenge-list.html

    I’m bending a lot of the rules so I know I’m disqualified from prizes, but I wanted to be a part of the community. 🙂


  63. anna says:

    Sooo excited about this new challenge for me and your reading community! May I add some books today and later add….so many on the shelf:)


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  65. Got in just under the wire! I’m assuming since you’re now in the Pacific time zone and I’m in Central, I placed my link to my final list before midnight. lol

    I’m keeping track of my 2018 challenges on a page on my blog so I linked to that since you said you want us to link to the list we will be updating and linking reviews to. Yours is the first one I signed up for. I’m behind, as usual. I think you’ll like one on my list especially. We talked about it on Facebook a while back. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting!

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  67. chrisharding53 says:

    Bother! I have my list, and have even written the first post, but have been ill and forgot to join up and link in… Am I too late?


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  75. Definitely joining this challenge. I’ve decided to do an entire no spend bookish month to tackle my TBR pile. This challenge just looks like a fun way to continue my quest 🙂


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  83. I was blog browsing and JUST found our about this. I created a list in my journal of books I considered must reads for the year but didn’t know there was something in the blog space about it. I’ll still look back to see how I’m doing even though I missed the sign up. Great idea!

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  90. I did it! 12 books + the 2 alternates as well. Thanks, Adam, for hosting it again this year. Sadly, I won’t participate in the 2019’s (if you are hosting again), but this has been one of my favorite challenges ever! I’ve read some great books, but also few failures, which, but for your challenge, I wouldn’t have finished it.
    Good luck for your 2019’s!

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