2015 TBR Pile Challenge

Too Many Books! (photo by "jsmidt," freeimages.com)

Too Many Books!
(photo by “jsmidt,” freeimages.com)

I’ve never included reading goals in my new year’s resolutions because I read voraciously anyway. (Which is how I know words like voraciously.)  And I’ve never followed a reading list challenge because I like to read what I’m in the mood for at the time. I also like re-reading books.

I’ve seen some interesting reading challenges, though. One started as a “Read England” challenge and spawned a “Read America” challenge, the idea being to read a book set in each English county or American state.

I might do that someday, but the one that caught my eye for right now is one that focuses on my TBR Pile. For the uninitiated, TBR means “To Be Read,” and most readaholics have full e-readers and piles of unread print books.  “So many books, so little time” seems to be our slogan.

My bookcases are often double-stacked – no surprise there – but I used to have a particular shelf for books I hadn’t read yet, usually bought on sale or at a used bookstore or from the Friends of the Library. Like Lays Potato Chips, I can’t buy just one! My TBR shelf grew into two, then three, now all double-stacked. We won’t mention various piles on the floor.

And then I got a Kindle for Christmas a year or two ago.  Do you know how hard it is to resist books at $1.99?  I read the sample on Amazon to make sure the writing is decent and then it’s oh-so-easy to click BUY.  Voila! A shiny new e-book just waiting to be read.

Right now, the new book I downloaded just yesterday is waiting with about a hundred others.  Needless to say, when I saw a challenge that would focus on my ever-growing book list, I jumped on board.

2015tbrbuttonThe idea of Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge is that you pick 12 books from your TBR list which you will read in the 12 months of 2015. You choose two books as alternates “just in case one or two of the books end up in the ‘can’t get through’ pile.”

Hmm . . . books I’ve been wanting to read, most of which I have – I can do this!

So I started my list, balancing out some classics (that I should have read long ago but never did) with some YA and Middle Grade that I’ve missed, plus some that I’ve bought and just haven’t gotten to. Plus a few more that the library will happily provide.  I ended up with about 20 that are calling to me now, and cut those down to this final list:

  1. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  2. Silk Road – Colin Falconer
  3. Pride of Lions – Morgan Llywelyn
  4. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  5. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  6. To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis
  7. Red – Kait Nolan
  8. The Maze Runner – James Dashner (completed 1/6/15)
  9. Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
  10. Percy Jackson & the Olympians series (at least two) – Rick Riordan
  11. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Rhoda Janzen
  12. Pentecost – J. F. Penn
  13. The Baker’s Daughter – Sarah McCoy
  14. The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone

I think the last two are my alternates, but I reserve the right to read any twelve of the fourteen that I happen to be in the mood for!  And to be honest, I think my goal is to read all of them anyway.  🙂

As part of the challenge, I’ll be reviewing these on Amazon/Goodreads and probably blogging about them too.  When a review is up, I’ll link to it here. (EDITED TO ADD:  if the title has a link, click it to see my review.)

So what’s on your TBR list? And are you interested in the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge?






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