Wednesday, December 14, 2022

TBR 23 in '23 and Mt. TBR Challenges -- My Sign Up Post & Wrap Up Post



This is my sign up post for the TBR 23 in '23 Challenge. The simple idea is to read 23 books off your TBR shelves between January 1 and December 31, 2023. If you want to join me (and I hope you do), go to the main challenge page here to sign up. You can participate through your blog, social media, or just in the comments on the challenge pages.

You do not have to pick all your TBR 23 in '23 books ahead of time. I like to, so I do. You can pick them now. Or you can pick some now and some as you go. You can pick them all at whim. Or you can pick now and then change your mind. The only real rule is that you read books that you already owned before January 1, 2023. Find all the rules on the challenge page.


I like to pick my books ahead of time and keep them stacked by my bedside to motivate me through the year. These are all books that have been on my shelves for so long I want to read them so I can stop looking at them! One has been on my shelf since 1982!!

Here's a list of what is in this basket, listed in alphabetical order by author name, not as shown in the picture above. I may read them in this order because I have no other plan.

  • The History Man by Malcolm Bradbury. Campus novels are my favorite sub-genre and this one is a classic.
  • The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy is a NYRB Classic that gets lots of social media love for it's awesome cover. 

  • The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff is a book I found in a Little Free Library and it looked interesting, if not my usual cup of tea. I'll give it a go, although I did not like Fates & Furies
  • Mystical Paths by Susan Howatch is the last of five novels in her Church of England series, which I really enjoyed.
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. I can't believe I've never read this. 
  • Black Dogs by Ian McEwan is one of his earliest books and has sat on my shelf a long time. 
  • Oregon Confetti by Lee Oser is a book that caught my eye a few years back then got lost on my shelf. It looks excellent. 
  • The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade. This is the one I bought in high school in 1982 and have carted around ever since. It is time I finally read it!
  • S. by John Updike is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter, which sounds very good. 
  • The Spring by Megan Weiler is a novel about an American ex pat living Tuscany. It's a book club pick so i will read it sooner rather than later, and maybe follow it with the Tuscan memoir.
  • The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor won the 1998 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and is about a jazz saxophone playing bear in New York City. OK. I'll give it a try.


This TBR 23 in '23 Challenge dovetails nicely with the Mt TBR Challenge that Bev at My Reader's Block hosts every year. Like I've done for the past couple of years, I am signing up for the "Mt. Kilimanjaro" Level in 2023 to read a total of 60 books off my TBR shelves. That means 37 books in addition to those listed above.


I will try to remember to list my Mt. TBR books here as I read them, although I completely forgot this last year.

UPDATE: Indeed, I forgot to list the books as I went along, but here they are. I read 63 books off my TBR shelves, in addition to my 23 TBR 23 in '23 books, for a total of 86 books off my TBR shelves -- my best year ever!

  • Snow by John Banville


  1. This is a challenge I probably need to take on. You have some wonderful books in your stack. Home Cooking is especially good.

  2. All I've ever read by Susan Howatch is Wheel of Fortune. I read it many, many years ago, and want to go back and reread it. Maybe that will prompt me to read more of her books! Not that my TBR list needs any more books. That's why I'm doing this challenge! LOL


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