2014 TBR Pile Challenge — The Official Post!

ImagePreviously I posted about joining Roof Beam Reader’s 2014 TBR pile challenge. I wanted to devote a separate post to this challenge for tracking purposes and as a general place to link-up my reviews.

I tanked on my TBR challenge this year (and last year). There is no good explanation as to why, as I really want to read all the books on my TBR pile. If I wanted play the blame game I can site two reasons why I didn’t complete the challenge: 1) New baby (sorry, Persephone) and 2) recommendations from friends and bloggers distracting me (in a really good way!).

This year I have a plan!

My list is comprised of 12 books recommended to me by friends and bloggers. Every single book on this list has been in my TBR beforehand or I’ve made note of the book in GoodReads. I chose seven recommendations I already own and seven recommendations I’ll need to procure from the library. Viola! 12 books and two alternates.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Green Darkness by Anya Seton

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris

Belinda by Fanny Burney (alternate)

From the library:

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Westwood by Stella Gibbons

The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

More Than This by Patrick Ness

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Mariana by Monica Dickens

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton (alternate)

I’m also going to do blatant external motivation. For each book completed I am putting $5 towards a book purchase. I can only spend the money if I complete the challenge. If I don’t complete the challenge I will donate the money to my library for new literature books.

Let me know if you’ll be joining in the challenge!



  1. Great list! I just heard about Kristin Lavransdatter the other day, strange. I can’t wait to read your reviews!

    Also, I love the idea of using money to keep you motivated. I tried that in the past and it really does help, and the nice part is that it’s going to a good, bookish cause either way. Although, I do hope you get to spend it all on yourself. 😀

  2. I SO want to do this! But! I did it this year and I didn’t read ONE BOOK. I am such a failure. Do you think it will keep me from signing up again? Probably not. *sigh*

    I read the first book in the Lavransdatter set and I really enjoyed it. Don’t know why I didn’t get going. Maybe that will be a goal for 2014. Maybe it could be an Estella goal…. hmmmm…. my brain is ticking.

    Gillespie and I was awesome, as was the Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. And More Than This was bloody fantastic!

  3. I just joined the challenge. I have The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon and The Passage by Justin Cronin in my TBR list but not for the challenge. It would be great to read your reviews soon 🙂

  4. This is my first year at doing challenges & madly have decided to combine 3 challenges.

    I created a 2014 badge and put it on the sidebar of my blog so that I can quickly and easily go back to my master post any time. It’s also the first thing I see when I open my blog, so I’m hoping it will keep it fresh in my mind!

    I loved Alias Grace and The Custom of the County.

    Good luck 🙂

    1. Thanks! I love doing challenges as I feel it focus my reading a bit more and lets me feel like part of the wider reading/blogging community. I rarely finish them, though. Hopefully this year will change.

    1. I did! I was going to join, but I felt like it would be a bit of a stretch to fit in novels that specific given I signed up for so many events! Now if there were ever a letter-writing challenge….

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