2015 TBR Pile Challenge

The official TBR Pile Challenge is back for its sixth year, hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader and I have decided to join in. I will also be using this as a chance to give blogging another try.

Here are the rules:

1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2014 or later (any book published in the year 2013 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with Mr. Linky below (in the main post) – link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky must be to your “master list” (see my list below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge).  Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2015.


I’ve gone through my list of books I’ve owned for at least a year that I have not read, and chosen the following for my challenge:

1    Bitter Lemons of Cyprus: Life on a Mediterranean Island by Lawrence Durrell (2000)
2    Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon (1982)
3    How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (1939)
4    Marathon Man by William Goldman (1974)  2/27/15
5    The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (2009)
6    Topaz by Leon Uris (1967)
7    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (2012)    1/22/15
8    Casino Royale by Ian Fleming  (1953)  5/4/15
9    The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne (2004)
10    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880)
11    The Boo by Pat Conroy (2010)
12    Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil (2011)

my alternate choices
Six Days of War by Michael Oren (2010)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2012)


Update: as of 3/2/15 I have read two of the twelve challenge books

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6 Comments on “2015 TBR Pile Challenge”

  1. Hello! I think you meant to link to Adam’s blog, but it looks like that link is going to mine. I thought I’d let you know in case that was in error. 🙂

    Also, love this list! Best of luck to you.

  2. Pogue says:

    I enjoyed Wild, it was not what I expected.

  3. Caitie F says:

    Great list! William Goldman is one of my favorite authors and that book is one of his best.

  4. […] I love travel and adventure memoirs and knew I was going to enjoy this book (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail). I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading it, as I’ve owned it since November of 2013. The recent release of the movie spurred me on, along with the fact that I chose this book as part of my TBR Challenge. […]

  5. […] pile for a long time (since July of 2013) and one that I included when I wrote up my post for the TBR Reading Challenge.  But while I maintained a vague recollection that Marathon Man was a thriller, possibly even of […]


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