TBR Pile Challenge

2018 To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge:


My 2018 TBR Pile Challenge List:

  1. Poetics by Aristotle (335 BCE) (Completed 01/10/18)
  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) (Completed 3/10/18)
  9. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck (1907)
  10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (1901-2) (Completed 01/03/18)
  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) (Completed 01/25/18)

My Progress: 4 of 12 Complete

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    • Awesome! Congratulations! I’m reading my last one (Ragtime) right now. How was Madame Bovary? I started it years ago but only read the first 10-20 pages or so… don’t think I was ready for it.

  4. I’m done and Kelly is close—http://www.jennyandkellyreadbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/completed-post-birthday-worldand-this.html

    Already perusing the pile for next year’s challenge! Thanks for a great time!


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  8. I just saw that you are currently readng The Handmaid’s Tale. I read that in high school and I think nearly had a religious experience I loved it so much. I then devoured everything Atwood wrote for the next few years and was even fortunate enough to hear her speak in person at a Writers Week event. I can’t wait to read your review! 🙂

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  10. I finished my first on my list a couple weeks ago but just put up the review, here.

    I have a quick question/concern. When looking through the list of participants, I don’t see myself listed. I’m sure I signed up in the beginning but I can’t seem to find my blog listed. =/ Did I miss some step in the process? Any help would be much appreciated.

    Jessie Marie

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  13. Since I’m too late to get in on this, I have made my own plan for the next year (school year starting up with the kids is a good time to start) to read 12 books that I already own. I buy so many books! I’m enjoying your blog so much!

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  16. I fell behind during a mid-year cross country move, but I am doing my best in the end game here. Just finished #6, so I get to double up for my final three months!

  17. buriedinprint says:

    Each of my twelve was a book that I’ve deliberately avoided for some reason, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it takes some doing to actually pick one of them up, but I’ve still only finished four (reading the fifth, The Woman in White); I’m not sure I’ll make it! *bites nail*

    • Hah! I was just having this conversation on Twitter the other day, with a couple other challengers. There’s a reason we bought/asked for these books & a reason we’ve hung onto them over the years – just keep that in mind when you’re feeling like you don’t want to read them. You DO want to read them, or you did. And, you never know, you might just end up with a new surprise-favorite! (It has happened to me – this year, in fact!)

  18. Hm, I thought I had left a commente here re: my final progress but I guess not! I managed 9 of 12 which is an improvement, albeit a minor one, over my 8 read for 2011’s challenge. I read about 1/5 of the way into one of my books but just never got in the mood for it, the same happened with The Once and Future King even though I had it signed out for four months from the library…..Of the books I did read, I particularly enjoyed Animal Farm (just as good as Nineteen Eighty-four, I think) and liked most of the rest.

  19. I am terrible at finishing challenges. I read only two off my pile for last year’s challenge and this year I have just challenged myself personally to get a few more whittled away.

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  22. I posted a comment about my latest read on the wrong post. Typical me. I’m up to 5 of 12 now, which is better than either of the previous two years!

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  28. Caitie F says:

    Looks like I am going to fail miserable again! In 2012 I read 4. So far, I have read 3, but think I can get two or three more done. Maybe I will succeed next year?

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  67. my computer crashed so i lost some reading/ reviewing time but i managed to add oen more:
    Blood Trade ( Jane Yellowrock 6) by Faith Hunter so it means i’m at a total of 3 so far

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