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The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge!

Posted by Caitie F on December 18, 2013


So I have tried (and failed) at this challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader for a couple years now. I think I might get 5 books from my list last year read. Maybe. We will see how I do in these last couple weeks of the year.

But why not try again? I love the idea of this challenge, I just need to remember to do it.

Here are the rules copied from the sign up page, which you should totally go to because it is a fun challenge!

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).
1. 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 1/1/2013 or later (any book published in the year 2012 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.
2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with Mr. Linky below – link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean. Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2014.
4. Leave comments on  as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that youCONQUERED YOUR 2014 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from or The Book Depository!
5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published before 2013!
*Note – You can read the books on your list in any order; they do not need to be read in the order you have them listed. As you complete a book – review it, and go back to your original list and turn that title into a link to the review – that will keep the comments section here from getting ridiculously cluttered.

So to keep up with tradition, I have a spreadsheet of books I want to read, and I will use to pick my 14 books. I haven’t updated this list since last year, so all the pub dates should be good, but I will have to double check. There are 613 books on that list and it is sure to be an eclectic mix!

1. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides 
3.  Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John W Dower
4. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
6. Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
7. The Litigators by John Grisham not reading anything else by him
8. Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudevillle to Glee by Mike Weaver and Colleen Hart
9. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Read first 30 pages, not a book or me
10. Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby Read a couple chapters, not crazy about it
11. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
12. Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

1. Why Do Men Have Nipples? by Mark Leyner
2. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

8 Responses to “The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge!”

  1. Shonna said

    I did very badly on this challenge myself. Only 2 so far and more looking unlikely. You have a nice list. I have #2 on my reading pile too. I can highly recommend #4 (it was a hoot to read) and #9 (insightful and moving). Good luck.

  2. Sydney said

    Ok, I’m very intrigued by Sweat, Tears and Jazz Hands.

  3. Claudia said

    Great list. I really want to read Guards! Guards! at some point too. Good luck with your challenge!

  4. thanks for sharing. When I feel courageous enough, I plan to read your #5!

  5. Your list reminds me the sad fact that I have never read any Nick Hornby book… I hope you like The Marriage Plot, I definitely want to read it as well in future.

    Good luck with the challenge! 🙂

  6. Laurie C said

    I failed in 2013 worse than in 2012, but I’ve signed on again, ever optimistic! I LOVED The Marriage Plot on audio, and would like to read it in print one of these days. The Year of Magical Thinking was so good, too. Good luck on the challenge this year! I haven’t read any others on your list except the Stephen King which I liked, but wasn’t a favorite for me.

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