Thursday, December 22, 2011

2012 Challenge: Mt. TBR & Off the Shelf Challenges


Bev at My Reader's Block is hosting the 2012 Mt. TBR Challenge.  I am signing up at the Mr Kilimanjaro level to read 50 books off my TBR shelves in 2012.

The team at Bookish Ardour is hosting a similar TBR challenge called Off the Shelf.  I am signing up for the 50-book On a Roll level.

Click the buttons or the links above to go to the main challenge pages for details.

According to LibraryThing, there are currently 1,284 books on my groaning TBR shelves.  So I have plenty to choose from.

Here is a picture of my TBR fiction wall.  These challenges were made for me!


Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, reviewed here;

The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark, reviewed here;

A Case of Need by Michael Crichton;

Living by Henry Green, reviewed here;

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré, reviewed here;

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe by Thomas Cahill, reviewed here;

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, reviewed here;

Serenissima by Erica Jong, reviewed here;

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, reviewed here;

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey, reviewed here;

Murder in Belleville by Cara Black, reviewed here;

World Without End by Ken Follett, reviewed here;

The World of Herb Caen by  Barnaby Conrad, reviewed here;

The Black Book by Ian Rankin, reviewed here;

A Month of Sundays by John Updike, reviewed here;

Vie de France by James Haller, reviewed here;

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson;

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Booker winner; reviewed here);

On the Town in New York: The Landmark History of Eating, Drinking, and Entertainments from the American Revolution to the Food Revolution by Michael and Ariane Batterberry, reviewed here;

A Time of Hope by C. P. Snow, reviewed here;

Home Truths by David Lodge, reviewed here;

Glittering Images by Susan Howatch, reviewed here;

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black; 

Trespass by Rose Tremain;

Greene on Capri: A Memoir by Shirley Hazzard, reviewed here;

Paradise Postponed by John Mortimer, reviewed here;

The Gate House by Nelson DeMille (800 pages), reviewed here;

Witness by Whittaker Chambers (802 pages), reviewed here;

Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow, reviewed here;

Swan Peak by James Lee Burke, reviewed here;

The Comedians by Graham Greene, reviewed here;

How To Read and Why by Harold Bloom, reviewed here;

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley;

The Folks That Live on the Hill by Kingsley Amis;

Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh, reviewed here;

Venetian Mask by Mickey Friedman;

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers, reviewed here;

Monsieur Pamplemousse Investigates by Michael Bond, reviewed here;

Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler;

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, reviewed here;

The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille;

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, reviewed here;

The Honourable Schoolboy by John  le Carré;

Death at the President's Lodging by Michael Innes;

May We Borrow Your Husband? by Graham Greene, reviewed here;

The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch;

Lift by Kelly Corrigan; 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle;

Friends and Lovers by Helen MacInnes; and

See's Famous Old Time Candies: A Sweet Story by Margaret Moos Pick


Last updated on January 9, 2013.


  1. I feel your pain and plan to join both challenges too. I have 1210 books marked TBR on my stack but I don't have lovely bookcases for mine. They are stacked in piles all over my house.

  2. Book stacks, book shelves -- all fun! My plan is to read only TBR books for the other challenges I'm doing in 2012. We'll see if I make progress.

    Good luck to you, Kathy!

  3. I LOVE your bookshelves! And I'm so glad you'll be joining us in conquering our Mt TBRs. (I'm doing the Off the Shelf Challenge again in 2012 as well.)

  4. I love your bookcases too! Good luck with the challenges.

  5. I'd love to browse your bookcases!

    I'm in on these two challenges as well - my bookcase isn't as nice as yours, but it's as full :-)

  6. Bev: Thanks for hosting! I'm signing up for your Vintage Mystery Challenge as well, but won't get to that post until after Christmas.

    Kathy: Thanks!I am going challenge wild in 2012.

    Debbie: I think these will be fun. I'm glad you are doing both too.


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