2013 TBR Pile Challenge

EDIT: Please see the 2014 TBR Challenge post for further updates.

My to-be-read shelf is ridiculous. According to Goodreads it currently stands at 396 books. Which means even if I read only the books on that shelf at the same average speed I generally read it would take me more than two years to get through. And the last time I worked at whittling it down was in 2010 when I got it down into the double digits.

So, seems I came across the annual TBR Pile Challenge at the perfect time. Below is my list for the year. The rules specify only twelve books and two alternates and that they each must be published prior to 2012. My hope is to get through more than just those dozen books especially since I also have several books on my shelf that are outside of the scope of the challenge rules. We’ll see how this goes and I’ll update this post as I read through the books and link to the applicable reviews.

A sampling of my to-be-read shelf messily piled up1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (2009) — completed August 23, 2013

2. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen (1997)

3. Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton (2004)

4. The Art of Racing the Rain by Garth Stein (2008) — completed August 9, 2013

5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2004)

6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (1996)

7. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1976)

8. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2004)

9. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (1998)

10. Touch the Top of the World by Erik Weihemmayer (2001)

11. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)

12. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (2003)

Alternates: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954) and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (2011)


  1. Welcome to the challenge! I’ve been wanting to read Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton for so long – I follow him on Twitter and I read his blog every so often – he’s super funny & smart. And interesting. My sister read the book and loved it. I liked Watership Down, too. The others – I’ll have to read your reviews and see! Good luck!

    • I have wanted to read Just a Geek since he first published it and for some reason I just have never gotten around to it. Actually the list itself is mostly the books that have been sitting on my TBR for the longest even though a good number of those are ones I really want to read and/or have heard great things about. I’m hoping the list is enough of a mix to keep me going through it because that’s usually the downfall of whittling down the TBR for me; I get bored.

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