Sunday, 29 December 2013

TBR Challenge 2014

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from my “to be read” pile (within 12 months).
Each of these 12 books must have been on my 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 my TBR pile – the host 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.
My complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2014.
Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as I have never read the book before and it was published before 2013!

I decided to look at the top shelf of my living room bookcase, which has been unchanged for more than a year (like 3 I think) and pick what I can see there. My books:
1. The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books that Matter Most to Them edited by Roxanne J Coady
2. Drowning Anna by Sue Mayfield. Finished October 31
3. Mental Traps: the Overthinker's Guide to a Happy Life by Andre Kukla
4. Bizarre Books by Russell Ash. Finished December 10
5. Dry Store Room No. 1 by Richard Fortey. Finished December 28
6. Serious Things by Gregory Norminton. Finished November 8
7. Dead Men by Stephen Leather. Finished November 18
8. Slam by Nick Hornby. Finished May 22
9. The Unfree French: Life under the Occupation by Richard Vinen.
10. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Finished October 31
11. Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay. Finished December 15
12.Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee. Finished May 29

1. Lauchlin of the Bad Heart by D.R. MacDonald
2. Drivetime by James Meek


  1. I hope we both can tackle The Pillars of the Earth - the sheer size of the book does seem a bit daunting :)

    Good luck with the TBR challenge!

  2. Thanks Irene. And yes Riv, maybe we should try to tackle that one early so we can cross it off?

    1. I don't yet know when I will feel like taking on this tome, but I have a spring-y feeling about this book, so hopefully in spring! :)