Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 TBR Pile Challenge

So, I mentioned on Monday that I want to be more involved in the book blogging community this year. One of the ways I plan to do that is to join some of the great reading challenges that are out there. I figured a great way to start would be with the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge that Adam hosts at Room Beam Reader. 

I think this is a great fit for me. I may not have a book buying problem, but I do have a problem with adding too many books to my On Reserve list and then going years without thinking about them again. 

I have been doing a little better lately reading some of those books, but I can definitely use the extra incentive.

For those of you not in the book blogging community, a TBR Pile is a "To-Be-Read" Pile. I've always just called it my On Reserve list over here because, frankly, it's typically a list of books I have on reserve through the library. If you've never taken a look at that list, I encourage you to do so. I update it every three weeks or so.

The challenge is this: select 12 books from your TBR list (plus two alternates, just in case). The books must have been on your list for at least a year. Read them all by the end of 2015. Theoretically, that's one per month.

It's that simple. Totally do-able, I think. 

In accordance with one of my other goals (to be more active on social media), I'll be tweeting about the challenge with the hashtag #TBR2015RBR. You can find other participants that way, too, if you're interested. 

My 2015 TBR Pile Challenge List

  1. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (12/14/15)
  2. NW - Zadie Smith (gave up on this one)
  3. Blindness - José Saramago (6/17/15)
  4. The Red Tent - Anita Diamant (4/7/15)
  5. Half the Sky - Nicholas D. Kristof (2/8/15)
  6. Life After Art - Matt Appling
  7. Shadows of a Princess - Patrick D. Jephson (1/19/15)
  8. The Apprentice - Jacques Pépin (4/26/15)
  9. Jesus Feminist - Sarah Bessey (12/1/15)
  10. Wave - Sonali Deraniyagala (1/25/15)
  11. The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery (6/13/15)
  12. The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker (3/4/15)


  1. I'm reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog right now! It was recommended by a friend of mine about six months ago, and I'm finally getting to it (I started on this morning's train commute). Happy reading!

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think! I found out about it when I read The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. He made it sound too good to pass up!