Joining the Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!

I cannot express just how grateful I am that my friend Adam at has decided to revive his TBR Pile Challenge.  He took a two year hiatus as he was writing his doctoral thesis, and now that he has earned his doctorate and is a professor at a university – Yay Adam! – he feels like he’s in a good place to run this year-long challenge again.

So, in case you need a refresher, here are the basic details:  When joining this challenge, you are pledging to read 12 books that have been sitting on your TBR shelf for at least a year.  It doesn’t matter the subject, if it is an audio or graphic novel, it just needs to have been on your shelf waiting patiently for you for a year.  You have to actually name the 12 books you are going to read before January 15, 2018.  I will be naming my list here in this post, but I will update on my 2018 Reading Challenges page.  You also get to select 2 alternates, in case one of the choices ends up being a DNF (did not finish).

Normally, I wouldn’t be signing up for a challenge quite this early, but I was able to walk over to my shelf and easily pick out at least 20 books that I really need to get to, but haven’t yet.  I narrowed it down to these:

  1. Sula by Toni Morrison

    Yes, the photo is not in the same order as the list. You can handle it. It will all be okay, I promise.
  2. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  4. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  5. Finnikin of the Rock by Marlena Marchetta
  6. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  7. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  8. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
  9. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  10. Jackaby by William Ritter
  11. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  12. The Color of Water by James McBride

The Alternates:

  1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

If you are interested in joining in the fun – because it is fun, the sense of accomplishment for finally reading these books is fulfilling, and Adam even offers up prizes throughout the year to help keep motivation up – just go to the official sign up post by CLICKING HERE and go for it!  You won’t be sorry!

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  1. Yay! I’m glad you’re joining. Middlesex is really brilliant and important … hope it finds its way onto your main list. 😉 I also loved Rebecca way more than I expected. It’s one of those I kicked myself for not getting to sooner.

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  2. Rebecca is possibly my favorite novel of all time, I hope you like it. In Cold Blood and Middlesex are also wonderful. Good luck with the challenge!


  3. I get weirdly jealous about other peoples lists! Love Rebecca and The Remains of the Day (the film adaptation is superb as well). I have The Man in the High Castle on my list as well. I really want to read In Cold Blood at some point too…not sure when that’s going to happen!


      1. You have some truly great selections on your list. I read ‘Rebecca’ several years ago, and ‘the Remains of the Day’ is a modern classic. ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ is a lot of fun. Good luck Sarah with all of this year’s reading endeavors.

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