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The Official 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

Posted by Caitie F on December 15, 2014

This is my fourth time doing this challenge and I have never succeeded. I came close this year, but won’t be able to finish – def. a problem when i end up having several dnf books on the list. But I will try again because it is fun!


Here are the rules


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 1/1/2014 or later. 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 – link to your list 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  must be to your “master list”. 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. Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2015.

4. 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 2014!

*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. For an example of what I mean, Click Here.

Here is my list for the year!

1. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
2. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore
3. Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg DNF
4. Stiff by Mary Roach
5. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
6. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King DNF
7. More Than This by Patrick Ness DNF
8. I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
9. The Fall Giants by Ken Follett
10. Dear American Airlines: A Novel by Jonathan Miles DNF
11. Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley – read June 2015
12. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

1. Bass Ackwards and Belly Up Elizabeth Craft – read June 2015
2. Demon Seed by Dean Koontz

I am super excited about this list!

8 Responses to “The Official 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge”

  1. What a great challenge! Good luck!

  2. The Ghost Bride is really good! It’s enchanting, original and took me to a new world. Good luck with the challenge!

  3. Hmm, I’ve done my post, but don’t see a Mr. Linky here.

  4. Shaina said

    I’ve heard Running the Books is fantastic! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. 🙂

  5. Wow, yours is the first list where I don’t know ANY of the books! Will have to check them out. Good luck, and have fun!

  6. Marianne said

    That Follett book looks great! Good luck with this. 🙂

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