August Checkpoint #TBR2022RBR

Greetings, TBR Pile Challengers! 

Y’all! We have more than 150 posts linked-up for this challenge! How incredible is that?

I hear summer is coming to a close; students and teachers are returning to school, and many are eagerly awaiting the autumn season. Count me in as one of those many! It’s still very much summer in my part of the world, with temperatures hitting 105+ degrees every day (for at least a few more weeks). I’m more than ready for September to get here (or October…or November…) 

Last month’s checkpoint came with the third of four planned mini-challenges. I hope you’ll all take the opportunity to return to last month’s post and look at the few book title poems that people submitted — they were fantastic! Thanks to those who did participate, it was a lot of fun reading your poems. You made the choice very difficult, so I ultimately put them all in contention and allowed an algorithm to choose for me! Mini-challenge #4 will be coming soon. 

Progress: 8 of 12 Completed / 7 of 12 Reviewed

Well, I finally managed to post some thoughts for Richard Siken’s CRUSH, which means I’m nearly caught up on the reviewing side of things. I’m still stuck at 8 of 12 (or 14) read, though. I’m working on the big chunky poetry tome, which technically means I’m “in progress” on Book 9. I think I’m going to knock out a couple of poetry collections and a James Baldwin novel, which is slim but which I hope to force myself to take slowly so that I can savor it. If I can do those in September, then I’ll be at 11 or 12 and can be confident about finishing all 12 plus my 2 alternates. How are YOU doing!?

Books read:

  1. Chicago Poems (1916) by Carl Sandburg
  2. When My Brother was an Aztec (2012) by Natalie Diaz
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) by Jesmyn Ward
  4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig
  5. A People’s History of the United States (1999) by Howard Zinn
  6. The Warmth of Other Suns (2010) by Isabel Wilkerson
  7. Crush by Richard Siken
  8. A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion (needs to be reviewed)

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!


Congratulations to Bev from My Reader’s Block! Your book title poem was awesome, as were all the contestant entries. Your comment number was randomly selected as the winner, so you’ve won a book of choice, $20 USD or less, from The Book Depository!


5 Comments on “August Checkpoint #TBR2022RBR

  1. Thanks so much! I’m excited that book mail will be coming my way. I’ve completed the challenge (alternates and all) and am currently trying to read my way through several other challenges as well.

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  2. Pingback: 2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: August checkpoint | Words And Peace

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  4. I’ve read 9 so far which is really pleasing. I’m about to read More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. Hopefully I’ll read my two alternatives as well.

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