TBR Pile Challenge 2015

I’ve been dithering for some time now about taking on reading challenges because I really want to concentrate on reading without thinking whether the books I read fit any of the challenges I’ve joined, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry about that – if they do, they do and if they don’t it doesn’t matter and so here’s another challenge for 2015.

official tbr challengeAdam from Roof Beam Reader is running his TBR Pile Challenge for the SIXTH YEAR!

I’ve not joined in before because I’ve been doing Bev’s Mount TBR Challenge, but this is slightly different because the books you read must have been on your bookshelf or ‘To Be Read’list for AT LEAST one full year and you have to list them in advance. This means the books cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2014 or later (ie any book published in the year 2013 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile ‘“ Adam will be checking publication dates!)

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your ‘to be read’pile (within 12 months). Books have to be listed and reviewed so that you can link back to Adam’s challenge. You are allowed two alternates just in case you just can’t finish a book for whatever reason.

For the full run-down of challenge details, see Adam’s blog (click on link above).

I’m a bit doubtful that I’ll complete this challenge because I often find that planning in advance what I’m going to read doesn’t work for me – I seem to find reasons for reading other books instead of the ones on my list! But I’m going to give it a go anyway – here’s my list:

  1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (pub 1994 – on my TBR since 2008)
  2. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (pub 1994 – on my TBR since 2009)
  3. The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower (pub 2007 – on my TBR since 2007)
  4. The Burning by Jane Casey (pub 2010 – on my TBR since 2013)
  5. Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (pub 1844 – on my TBR since 2007)
  6. Zen there was Murder by H R F Keating (pub 1960 – on my TBR since 2012
  7. Mrs Jordan’s Profession by Claire Tomalin (pub 1995 – on my TBR since 2011)
  8. Fresh from the Country by Miss Read (pub 1970 – on my TBR since 2012)
  9. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld (pub 2006 – on my TBR since 2007)
  10. Bad Land by Jonathan Raban (pub 1985 – on my TBR since 2011)
  11. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates (pub 1997 – on my TBR since 2011)
  12. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (pub 2010 – on my TBR since 2013)


  1. Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming (pub 1956 – on my TBR since 2011)
  2. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell (pub 1949 – on my TBR since 2011)

And here are the books:

TBR pile 2015

10 thoughts on “TBR Pile Challenge 2015”

  1. Good luck, Margaret! I applaud the “reading without thinking” motif. Of the one you’ve shown above, I read THE BURNING this last year. I liked it and wanted to read further in the series, but have not as yet.

    I wanted to stop by and say hello to you. I’m reentering the blogging world after time away and greeting friends. Please feel free to stop by my new blog – kay’s reading life. I’ve missed talking books with everyone near and far. Happy New Year!


  2. Good luck with this! I’m the same way. As soon as I say or think I’m going to read something, I tend to not do it. I do just read what I want, when I want, and have given up all challenges. :<)


  3. So glad you joined! Good luck with your selections. In 2014, I wasn’t wise about what I picked (what I thought I should read versus what I wanted to read), so I was more careful about my selections this year.

    I have not read a single book on your list but I’m excited to hear what you have to say about The House of Spirits and The Robber Bride in particular as both appeal to me. I went through an Ian Fleming period when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember reading Diamonds are Forever…even if I did, that was so long ago it hardly counts.

    Happy reading 🙂


  4. I’ve read The Burning – good enough that I’ve run out to read all the others in the series, so I hope you enjoy them also; and also The House of the Spirits. I’m curious what you will think about it. It was lovely and mournful, I found. I think I will join this challenge, between you and Jane you’ve convinced me it’s manageable! lol


    1. Susan, I hope I enjoy reading them – I’ve moved The Burning up the pile to read it soon – good to know you liked it. And I hope you try this challenge too.


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