May Check-in #TBRYear10

Hello, TBR Pile Challengers! 

Welcome to the FIFTH checkpoint for our TENTH ANNUAL TBR Pile Challenge! I hope you are all making good progress and enjoying yourselves (and your reading selections!) 

We have more than 100 reviews/check-in posts linked up already, with 7 months to go, and I think that’s beyond awesome! Way to go, you all! 

I’m pleased to report that, in this 5th month of the challenge, I have read four of my twelve books and am currently reading number five. That puts me just slightly behind schedule with summer freedom (ha!) coming up. I hope to get a little bit ahead during the summer months and while I’m on sabbatical in the Fall.

My Progress: 4 of 12 Completed

Although I’ve managed to read/review one more book for this challenge, I’m now technically “behind” for the first time this year. Of course, if I can get another list book read and reviewed this month, then I’ll be back on track. I’m two books behind where I was at this point last year, which is annoying, but I also have a lot of free time coming soon, so I’m confident that I’ll win my challenge this year! My most recent read was Hesse’s Steppenwolf, which I’ve linked below. I’ve also just begun reading my next challenge book, Elisabeth Gaskell’s North and South. It’s good so far, but I doubt I’ll be able to finish it by end of the month.

Books Read:

  1. The Poppy War (2018) by R.F. Kuang (Chinese Historical Fantasy) (Completed 1/10/23)
  2. Pachinko (2017) by Min Jin Lee (Korean-American Fiction) (Completed 2/12/23)
  3. Look (2016) by Solmaz Sharif (Poetry/Iranian-American) (Completed 3/10/23)
  4. Steppenwolf (1927) by Hermann Hesse (Philosophical Novel) (Completed 4/22/23)

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!


As we celebrate this milestone for 2023, I introduce you to our second Mini-Challenge. Here’s all you need to do: Comment on this post with a book review WRITTEN BY ANOTHER CHALLENGER that you would recommend we read. So, yes, spend a little time visiting our fellow readers, maybe even say hello while you’re on their blog, but then come back here and comment with a review you really enjoyed or appreciated in some way. If you can tell us why (briefly), all the better! Winner will receive a book of choice, up to $15 USD.

You can find a list of everyone who has linked-up reviews so far by clicking on the “LINK UP YOUR REVIEWS” text below. Remember, you should also be posting your progress links there, too, so that you’re collecting entries toward the big $50 grand prize at the end of the year. Good luck to you all! Happy reading and happy blog hopping!


5 Comments on “May Check-in #TBRYear10

  1. I’ve read all five of my listed books ( with four reviewed and a review of the fifth, Pinocchio, scheduled for tomorrow, so I’m pleased I’m keeping to schedule according to the spirit of your prompt! I particularly enjoyed your reviews of the Kuang and the Hesse, and look forward to what’s undoubtedly in store. 🙂

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  2. I’ve finished eight of the original twelve as well as my two alternates. The last one finished, Robert Silverberg’s *Tom O’Bedlam* was a disappointment. I recommend Joel’s review of John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids ( I really enjoyed Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids when I read it and I was interested to read Joel’s thoughts on this book.

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