TBR Pile Challenge

2019 To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge:


My 2019 TBR Pile Challenge List:

  1. Maybe Tomorrow by Jay Little (1965)
  2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  3. Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)
  4. Gemini by Michel Tournier (1998) (Completed 6/7/2019)
  5. Sanctuary by Christopher Golden (1996)
  6. Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut (1997) (Completed 3/31/19)
  7. Don Juan in the Village by Jane Delynn (1990) (Completed 6/27/19)
  8. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (1924) (Completed 5/19/19)
  9. The House of the Vampire by George Sylvester Viereck (1907) (Completed 1/13/19)
  10. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (1934) (Completed 5/1/19)
  11. The Funhouse by Dean Koontz (1980) (Completed 2/28/2019)
  12. The Ascent of Woman: A History of the Suffragette Movement by Melanie Phillips (2004)


  1. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books & Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose (2006)
  2. Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process edited by Joe Fassler (2017)

My Progress: 7 of 12 Complete

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222 Comments on “TBR Pile Challenge

  1. I just got your comment and I would love to link my reviews, but I cannot figure out where to do so.


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    • Great job! I seem to be falling further and further behind. Although, the one I’m reading now is from my Challenge List!


      • We can do it! Don’t give up! I think I’m working on #6 right now… just make sure to pick from your list from here on out. If you do those first, you might even finish with time to spare at the end of the year (then you can go back and read some of the other random stuff that catches your attention – which has been happening to me all year!) lol


    • Oh, no – I’m afraid to read the review! I won the book a few months ago but haven’t had a chance to read it… Sounds good but I keep stumbling across spoilers! Lol


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    • Awesome! Congratulations! I’m reading my last one (Ragtime) right now. How was Madame Bovary? I started it years ago but only read the first 10-20 pages or so… don’t think I was ready for it.


  5. I’m done and Kelly is close—http://www.jennyandkellyreadbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/completed-post-birthday-worldand-this.html

    Already perusing the pile for next year’s challenge! Thanks for a great time!



  6. Wow – I failed miserably! I only read one book on my list and never even reviewed it. 😦 Huge fail!


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  9. The 2011 Winner has been notified – great work, everyone! Good luck in 2012!


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  11. I just saw that you are currently readng The Handmaid’s Tale. I read that in high school and I think nearly had a religious experience I loved it so much. I then devoured everything Atwood wrote for the next few years and was even fortunate enough to hear her speak in person at a Writers Week event. I can’t wait to read your review! 🙂


    • That’s great! If you complete one book a month, you’ll stay right on track.


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  13. I finished my first on my list a couple weeks ago but just put up the review, here.

    I have a quick question/concern. When looking through the list of participants, I don’t see myself listed. I’m sure I signed up in the beginning but I can’t seem to find my blog listed. =/ Did I miss some step in the process? Any help would be much appreciated.

    Jessie Marie


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    • Yep – sorry, sign-ups closed in January. You’re welcome to participate but, unfortunately, it wouldn’t count “officially.”


  16. Since I’m too late to get in on this, I have made my own plan for the next year (school year starting up with the kids is a good time to start) to read 12 books that I already own. I buy so many books! I’m enjoying your blog so much!


    • Isn’t it funny how that happens? Some of my favorite books end up being ones that sat on my shelves for years and years.

      8 out of 12 – that’s great! You’re right on pace!


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  19. I fell behind during a mid-year cross country move, but I am doing my best in the end game here. Just finished #6, so I get to double up for my final three months!


  20. Each of my twelve was a book that I’ve deliberately avoided for some reason, so I shouldn’t be surprised that it takes some doing to actually pick one of them up, but I’ve still only finished four (reading the fifth, The Woman in White); I’m not sure I’ll make it! *bites nail*


    • Hah! I was just having this conversation on Twitter the other day, with a couple other challengers. There’s a reason we bought/asked for these books & a reason we’ve hung onto them over the years – just keep that in mind when you’re feeling like you don’t want to read them. You DO want to read them, or you did. And, you never know, you might just end up with a new surprise-favorite! (It has happened to me – this year, in fact!)


  21. Hm, I thought I had left a commente here re: my final progress but I guess not! I managed 9 of 12 which is an improvement, albeit a minor one, over my 8 read for 2011’s challenge. I read about 1/5 of the way into one of my books but just never got in the mood for it, the same happened with The Once and Future King even though I had it signed out for four months from the library…..Of the books I did read, I particularly enjoyed Animal Farm (just as good as Nineteen Eighty-four, I think) and liked most of the rest.


  22. I’ve added myself again with a link to my Goodreads page where my list is now! Can you remove the other link to my blog? Thanks, Diana


  23. I am terrible at finishing challenges. I read only two off my pile for last year’s challenge and this year I have just challenged myself personally to get a few more whittled away.


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  26. I posted a comment about my latest read on the wrong post. Typical me. I’m up to 5 of 12 now, which is better than either of the previous two years!


  27. 5 out of 12 so far. I’m hoping to finish my TBR pile soon. I only had to drop 1 book so far. I just couldn’t see the print to read it.


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  33. Looks like I am going to fail miserable again! In 2012 I read 4. So far, I have read 3, but think I can get two or three more done. Maybe I will succeed next year?


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  72. my computer crashed so i lost some reading/ reviewing time but i managed to add oen more:
    Blood Trade ( Jane Yellowrock 6) by Faith Hunter so it means i’m at a total of 3 so far


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  90. Geez, I haven’t heard of most of these… Good luck with your challenge! Seems like you’re already off to a good start. 🙂


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  112. Hi! Enjoyed the review and am enjoying the Challenge. I’m a little behind — just finished No. 3 (I’m doing two challenges, so it’s a little slow). I’ve been trying to link my reviews but am not sure I’m doing it right. Anyway, here’s the link to my “master list” of books I selected for the Challenge; the list contains links to the individual reviews. https://youmightaswellread.com/2019/01/07/will-my-vaulting-amibition-overreach-itself-like-poor-macbeths-or-will-i-prevail/


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