Sunday, November 25, 2012

Reading Challenge: 2013 TBR Pile

pile of books
I've decided to participate in a reading challenge in 2013. Generally, I avoid them, because I never know what I'll want to pick up next. But this one allows me enough freedom to read what I want, while nudging me to read things I've been meaning to.

The 2013 TBR Pile Challenge is to take 12 books from one's TBR (to-be-read) pile, with up to two backups. The book must have been there for at least one year, and I'm adding the "difficulty" that I must already own it. Further rules and tracking information is up at Roof Beam Reader.

Here's my list, alphabetical by author, which I'll update with links to reviews as I complete them:

  1. A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
  2. A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies by Ellen Cooney
  3. In the Woods by Tana French
  4. Dumping Billy by Olivia Goldsmith
  5. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
  6. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
  7. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  8. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon
  9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  10. Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
  11. Faithful by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan
  12. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
And my backups are:
  1. Black and White by Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge
  2. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
That should give me a decent variety from which to choose.

If you want to challenge yourself to read 12 books that you've been meaning to read for longer than a year, visit Roof Beam Reader to sign up, and make sure to read the rules.

Hopefully I'll see you there!


  1. Glad you're joining us! I'm not familiar with most of these, so it will be fun to watch your thoughts.

    I love, love, love The Road. And I really should read The Historian at some point - I've had it on my shelf since its publication date. Eek!

    1. That's about how long I've been meaning to read it, too. I had to pare down my list to get to only 14, but I think I have a good enough mix of obscure and well-known that it'll be interesting to peruse when I'm all done.

  2. I loved The Road and The Historian! I hope you do too!

    1. I hope so, too. The Road could go either way, but I think The Historian has a good shot.