tbr pile challenge 2014

All right, confession: I failed my 2013 TBR Pile Challenge: only got halfway through, reading six of the twelve. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it’s not like I just didn’t read in the last year, of course—I read lots! Just got distracted by shiny new books. On the other, I took this failure as a signal that the books I didn’t get to in the challenge (and haven’t gotten to in years) should be released back into the universe. On the third (?) hand, I don’t like that I failed—it really bothers my competitive spirit.

Luckily, Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting the fifth annual 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, and I’m eager to give this one another shot!

It’s super easy—in twelve months, read twelve books that have been sitting on your shelves unread for at least one year (so, nothing published on or after January 1, 2013). Adam allows for two alternates in case you find you don’t like/can’t finish one of your chosen twelve. (Note: it doesn’t have to be in any particular order and you can go at your own pace.)

As I finish the books I’ll write a review post here on the blog, and then check them off and add the review post links on my master list page under the Book Challenges tab in the menu here.

Ahab’s Wife … Sena Jeter Naslund (1999)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay … Michael Chabon (2000)
The Bean Trees … Barbara Kingsolver (1988)
The Blind Assassin … Margaret Atwood (2000)
Blood Meridian … Cormac McCarthy (1985)
Family Matters … Rohinton Mistry (2003)
Helter Skelter … Vincent Bugliosi/Curt Gentry (1974)
The Hot House … Pete Earley (1992)
In the Heart of the Sea … Nathaniel Philbrick (1999)
Kafka on the Shore … Haruki Murakami (2002)
Moloka’i … Alan Brennert (2003)
Someone Knows My Name … Lawrence Hill (2007)

Alternates
1. The Namesake … Jhumpa Lahiri (2004)
2. Zone One … Colson Whitehead (2011)

4 thoughts on “tbr pile challenge 2014

  1. I read The Blind Assassin last year and it was an interesting book in so many ways (plus Atwood’s style is always so elegant). I hope you will enjoy it, as well as Kafka on the Shore (I haven’t read other books from your list).

    • I am excited to read more Atwood, especially after the MaddAddam trilogy! (currently finishing last book.) I’m sure I will enjoy that one, and I liked Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, so I bet I’ll like Kafka, too. Happy new year!

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