October Checkpoint #TBR2019RBR

Happy Autumn, TBR Pile Challengers! 

Well, it’s autumn here in the United States, but I suppose it is spring elsewhere. Anyhow, those are the two best seasons, aren’t they? So, happiness all-around!  

I wonder if you might take a moment to leave a comment this month and share your favorite book from this year’s challenge? If you’ve completed your list or made a lot of progress, share that too! We’d love to cheer you on and feel motivated too, especially those of us (cough cough) who have been stuck for a little bit. 

Speaking of stuck, there have only been 9 new links added since last month’s checkpoint, and I have a feeling more reading than that has happened, but maybe not? I for one did NOT make any progress, so I can’t fault anyone else. In fact, I’ve been so busy that the last post I made on this blog was, wait for it, the September checkpoint post! (Where I lamented not making any challenge progress. Ha!) It’s time to take a look at my daily planner and see how I can start managing my time a little better. 

Progress: 7 of 12 Completed / 7 of 12 Reviewed

My progress is exactly what it was. Even my overall reading has been slowing down, as I focus on more in-depth readings of course works + grading student papers, etc. That said, I have been reading some comic books (House of X / Powers of X) and read an absolutely stunning book called Ziggy, Stardust & Me that I’ll need to review soon, or re-read again. Maybe both. I also finished Living Buddha, Living Christ, which was great, and the new long-awaited new release from Stephen Chbosky, which was fine enough (it doesn’t hold a candle to The Perks of Being A Wallflower, but what could?). Now that we are headed into the eigth week of the academic term, I hope I’ve adapted well enough to my work schedule in order to get back to an effective reading/writing and leisure schedule as well. But enough about me.

Books read:

How are you doing?


Below, you’re going to find the infamous Mr. Linky widget. If you read and review any challenge books this month, please link-up on the widget below. This Mr. Linky will be re-posted every month so that we can compile a large list of all that we’re reading and reviewing together this year. Each review that is linked-up on this widget throughout the year may also earn you entries into future related giveaways, so don’t forget to keep this updated!


To be eligible to win a book of your choice ($20USD or less from Amazon or The Book Depository), please leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite TBR Pile Challenge read of all time. If you’re new this year, it would need to be from this year’s list, but if you’ve participated many times, it can be from any challenge list in the last 8 years. (Yes, I HAVE been hosting this since 2011, can you believe it?) I can’t wait to hear what you all share, and good luck! I’ll choose and post the winner for November’s checkpoint, so be sure to comment by November 14th. 



17 Comments on “October Checkpoint #TBR2019RBR

  1. I posted my October book, title is Bran New Death but I got in a hurry and didn’t include the title, DOH! Wanted to let you know under the correct thread (I wrote under the Sept. one but wasn’t sure if it got seen) Thanks!


  2. This has been an odd year but I’m writing away trying to catch up with reviews. I think my favourite TBR title was last year ‘A Voice Through A Cloud’ by Denton Welsh. It’s a memoir really of his terrible accident, which sounds gloomy, but it wan’t it was joyous!


  3. My favourite would have to be a read from last year, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I absolutely sobbed, which I wasn’t expecting. It’s really stayed with me.
    It’s been a crazy year for me, so I am doubting that I will be able to finish my challenge…but I’m still trying!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. My favorite is from the 2013 TBR list: A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders. If I am remembering correctly, it is the only 5-star book I’ve had on any of the lists. Two runners-up: Slippage by Harlan Ellison and Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons.

    PS: I’ve finished all my books (including alternates) for this year!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ve read 13 and am about 1/3 of the way through the 14th. I always have trouble picking just one favorite of anything, but one would be Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohkle. It’s set in WWII, about a daughter of a eugenics scientist who, when she realizes what her father’s research is actually being used for, sets out behind enemy lines to save the deaf daughter of a friend. It’s riveting. Another was from last year’s reading, He Fell in Love With His Wife by Edward Payson Roe. It’s an old-fashioned story and a well-worn plot–two hurt people in a “marriage of convenience” come to love each other. But it had me in tears in places.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. This is my first year participating. I’ve finished 11 books so far, and of those my highest rated (though a painful/difficult read) is “King Leopold’s Ghost” about the colonial exploitation of the Belgian Congo. My favorite in terms of enjoyment is the purely escapist fantasy “Corum: The Coming of Chaos.”


  7. So far, I’ve completed nine of my list and am almost finished with number 10 BUT I’m way, way behind on writing the reviews! Although the writing has been a little frustrating, I’ve enjoyed the challenge. My favorites so far have been Tom Drury’s The Driftless Area, a kind of supernatural noir story of love and death and Esther Freud’s Summer at Glaglow, a multi-layered, time shifting tale of a German Jewis family not unlike the author’s own (she’s the daughter of the famous British painter Lucien Freud, who in turn was the grandson of Sigmund himself)


  8. I have read 9 but am behind in my reviews! I may finish by 12/31 – not sure, as I have two big papers to write by Thanksgiving. My favorite thus far is a mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming, although I can’t really count it because it turned out I really had read it when it was brand new. It was the book that comes right after that I had been saving for the right moment. But that is why I have alternates!


  9. I think my favorite book for this challenge would be… Mistress Pat by L.M. Montgomery! Such a charming read.

    Also, it just so happens this was the first title I chose to read from my 2019 TBR list. And yet, I just NOW realized I hadn’t linked it up yet… but it’s there now! :O

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I am catching up! Just reviewed my 8th book, Avalon by Anya Seton (kind of an odd one but such a great author). On the other hand, I have two papers to write in the next month so I may have to play a lot of catch up in December.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. My favorite book as part of this challenge would probably be The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. I just read it this year, and it was great.

    Liked by 1 person

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: