December Checkpoint #TBR2022RBR

And so it ends.

As we head into the final few days of 2022, I wanted to post briefly about the challenge and people’s progress, including my own. First, though, I want to say that I’m very excited to bring back this challenge in 2023. It will be our TENTH year. Can you believe it? Sign-up here! (#TBRYear10)

As to my challenge progress this year, while I was hoping to finish all fourteen books on my list, which means the twelve challenge titles and the two alternates, it looks like I’ll be finishing at just thirteen of fourteen. That said, it’s one of the very few times I’ve actually “won” the challenge, having completed and reviewed at least the minimum twelve. So, hoorah!

My Original List, Linked to Reviews

  1. Chicago Poems (1916) by Carl Sandburg
  2. Crush (2005) by Richard Siken
  3. RimbaudComplete Poems and Prose (2002) by Arthur Rimbaud
  4. Nature Poem (2017) by Tommy Pico
  5. Madness (2017) by Sam Sax
  6. When My Brother was an Aztec (2012) by Natalie Diaz
  7. A Book of Common Prayer (1977) by Joan Didion
  8. If Beale Street Could Talk (1974) by James Baldwin
  9. Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) by Jesmyn Ward
  10. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig
  11. A People’s History of the United States (1999) by Howard Zinn
  12. A Poet’s Guide to Poetry (1999) by Mary Kinzie


  1. A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) by Bill Bryson
  2. The Warmth of Other Suns (2010) by Isabel Wilkerson (not pictured)

Of this list, I would have to say that my favorites were Sing, Unburied, Sing; Rimbaud: Complete; and Crush.

We do have some folks who have commented on the master post indicating that they are finished – outstanding! After the year ends, I will be going back to The Mister Linky to randomly select a winner from all the participant posts this year. Remember, all your linked reviews for completed books from your original TBR Pile list (which I have saved), plus ONE final wrap-up post, will earn you entries into the final giveaway, provided you have linked them all to our Mister Linky by January 14th. I will be selecting the winner on January 15th and announcing it on our first checkpoint post for 2023. To put it simply:

  • How to be entered to win: Link up reviews for any/all completed book on your original list before January 14th.
  • How to get a bonus entry: Link up a challenge wrap-up post before January 14th.
  • How to get a second bonus entry: If you COMPLETED your challenge (at least 12 out of 14 books read and reviewed), leave a comment on this post by December 31 saying so; I will check your links and/or your wrap-up post, if you provide one, and add your name to the “Current Completers” list below.
  • One winner will be selected randomly on January 15th and be notified via blog/email.
  • Only those who originally registered for this challenge last year and have been participating are eligible to be entered. (I have all original lists saved.)

If you’re out there and you’ve finished your challenge, be sure to leave a comment letting us know! If you didn’t finish – what kind of progress did you make?  1 of 12?  6 of 12? Even reading one book is a step in the right direction, so if you gave it a shot – good for you!

Which books from your list did you love? Which ones did you hate?

Which books or reading challenges are you looking forward to in 2023?

22 Comments on “December Checkpoint #TBR2022RBR

  1. I’ve done really well at reading this year. I’m on track to have read 13 of 14 (finishing one of the alternates tonight, and should be finished with the last of the main 12 before Christmas). Unfortunately, I have not been good about writing reviews and I don’t envision I’ll have the time between now and the end of the month (or even by January 14th) to write 11 or 12 reviews. But I’m very happy that I managed to to complete my list, and I look forward to signing up sometime in the next two weeks for the 2023 Challenge!

    Thanks again for hosting!

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  2. Thank you for hosting this challenge! It was my first year participating, and I read 12/12 plus my two alternates. Out of 14 books for this challenge, I had 4 5-star reads and 5 4-star reads, which is an incredible record compared to my overall reading for the year. Looking forward to next year’s challenge.

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  3. I read 12 of 14. It was a mixed bag (see wrap-up post), but satisfying to get some off the TBR that had been there for a long time. Thanks for hosting the challenge!

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  4. I’ve completed 12 of the 14 which I consider finished because I knew I would never read the 13/14, they’re going to the charity shop for sure! My favourites were definitely the two memoirs and it was good to get back to some non- fiction. Thanks Adam and see you next year for the 10th instalment!

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  5. I read all 14–had them finished by July, which I think is the earliest I’ve ever completed your challenge. This is one of the first challenges I signed up for back when I started blogging and I love it. So glad you brought it back and we’ll be doing it again next year.

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  6. I read 11 of my 14, so I didn’t finish but feel pretty good about it! Some of my favorites were Song of Achilles, Quiet, Before the Ever After and 84 Charing Cross Road. Thanks for hosting this again, I always enjoy it and I’ve already been thinking about my list for next year.

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