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November 22, 2011 / Leslie

2012 To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge

Adam at Roofbeam Reader is hosting the TBR Pile Challenge.

I have been adding many more books to my shelves than I have been reading and now it is time to do something about that and commit to reading at least 12 books that have been on my shelf for over a year. Some of these books have been waiting even longer, one of them has been waiting about 5 years! As I read and review each book I’ll link up the review on my master list.

Head over to the sign up page for the full details and to take a look at some of the reading lists compiled by other bloggers. There are some lists far more ambitious than mine.

The Goal
To read 12 books from your “to be read” pile in 12 months.

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 1/1/2011 or later (any book published in the year 2010 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile. Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

My 2012 TBR Challenge List:

  1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  2. This is my ambitious read.

  3. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  4. Flew all the way to the Mexican Riviera for a week at the beach; never found time to read it.

  5. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  6. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  8. I think everyone has read this except me.

  9. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  10. Heard so many good things about this one and never got around to it.

  11. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  12. I live in the Chicago area. I’m fascinated with the history of it. Why haven’t I read this yet?

  13. ‘A’ is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  14. I started the series in the middle and stopped because I wanted to start at the beginning.

  15. The Summer House by Jude Deveraux
  16. Blind Man’s Alley by Justin Peacock
    Received this from LibraryThing in August 2010 and forgot about it. Time for a review.
  17. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
    Winner of the first Hugo Award in 1953; a classic.
  18. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  19. Have wanted to read this for years.


  1. Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  2. No idea why I haven’t read this yet. It will make a great alternate if one of the first 10 fails me.

  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer

Anyone else joining this challenge?


Leave a Comment
  1. sagustocox / Nov 22 2011 5:18 am

    You have so many good books on your list. I highly recommend The Road and The Things They Carried. Also The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society is fantastic! Good luck! I’ll be doing the WWI War Through the Generations Reading Challenge in 2012…and my own poetry reading challenge (which I have yet to announce).


  2. Debbie Rodgers / Nov 22 2011 8:14 am

    I’m doing this challenge, too, Leslie.

    You have some really good books on your list: The Tings They Carried is haunting, And of course anything by Kingsolver is fantastic. Have fun!


  3. cbjames / Nov 22 2011 8:35 am

    I just finished read The Demolished Man. It’s okay. I’m posting my review tomorrow. I’m hosting the TBR Double Dare next year, which you might be interested in joining, too.


  4. BermudaOnion / Nov 22 2011 12:19 pm

    I’m laying low on the challenges next year, but I wish you the best of luck!


  5. jeaneC / Nov 25 2011 8:36 pm

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society is fabulous. Should be on the top of the list! Don’t let the title put you off. You will be so happy ..three chapters will be hooked.

    jeaneC from CA


  6. Silsbee / Nov 26 2011 7:18 pm

    The Devil in the White City is amazing. I could not put it down. I really need to get signed up for next year’s challenges. 🙂


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