Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Challenge: TBR Pile Challenge



I've already signed up for two TBR challenges for 2012: the Mt. TBR Challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block and the Off the Shelf challenge hosted by the team at Bookish Ardour.

Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting a similar challenge he calls the TBR Pile Challenge.  This is for books that have been on your TBR shelf for more than a year -- since before January 1, 2011.

I signed up because I like the commitment demanded of participants, who must pick 12 books to read and review.  I plan to use this challenge to finally read some books that I have been meaning to read for many years. And I plan to maximize crossover with other challenges.

Click the button or the link above for details.

The date after the book is when I added the book to my TBR shelf -- not when it was published.
The books I have finished are in red.

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (2001) (Non-Fiction, Non-Memoirs Challenge; Back to the Classics Challenge; reviewed here)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre (1982) (reviewed here)

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (2003) (a Pulitzer winner for the Battle of the Prizes, American Version; reviewed here)

Friends and Lovers by Helen McInnes (2007) (Vintage Mystery Challenge); not reviewed)

The Comedians by Graham Greene (1998) (Books Published in the First years of My Life Challenge; 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 (Non-Fiction, Non-Memoirs Challenge; reviewed here)

How To Read and Why by Harold Bloom (2009) (Non-Fiction, Non-Memoirs Challenge reviewed here);

Mr. Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow (2009) (What's in a Name Challenge; a National winner for the Battle of the Prizes, American Version; reviewed here)

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (2001) (a Booker winner for the Battle of the Prizes, British Version); reviewed here)

World Without End by Ken Follett (2010) (Chunkster Challenge; Tea & Books Reading Challenge; reviewed here)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (1992) (Chunkster Challenge; Tea & Books Reading Challenge)

Redemption by Leon Uris (2007) (Chunkster Challenge)


Witness by Whittaker Chambers (2009) (Chunkster Challenge; Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge; reviewed here)

Personal History by Katharine Graham (2007) (Chunkster Challenge; Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge)


Last updated January 9, 2013.  Katharine Graham killed this one for me. I just couldn't get finished with her autobiography before the end of the year.


  1. Great idea! Kudos to the brain behind it. I just came from a blog where the owner stated her desire to clear her TBR shelf.

    I made mine a NY's resolution. :D

    Good luck!


  2. Looks like reading down the TBR shelves is popular this year! I'm doing a different version of the same thing (which matches nicely with one of my 2012 reading goals). I've accepted C.B. James' TBR Double Dare to read only TBR books from my shelves until April 1st.

    Good luck to you!

  3. This is a great challenge! I'm participating for the second time this year.

    I'm really curious about the Bloom book, so I hope you get to that one first. ;)

  4. I have sort of sworn off challenges after failing miserably in 2010, but I did make a personal promise to myself in 2012 to read 26 books that I owned prior to 1-1-12 and with which I am willing to part when I am done.

    Good luck with this!

  5. I think you'll enjoy Oscar & Lucinda - it was one of my top books this year.

    I've always wanted to read my copy of Lonesome Dove and considered putting it n my list for this challenge but I already had a couple of chunky reads there...

    Have fun & enjoy!

  6. I'm participating in the Mount TBR Challenge as well and already New Releases are bullying their way into my reading time!

    I have A Bell for Adano on my shelves too; but I'm focusing more on 19th century Classics this year, having books cross over between the Back to the Classics Challenge and the Mount TBR Challenge (and the What's in a Name? Challenge #5 too) :-)


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