Saturday, December 10, 2011

2012 TBR Pile Challenge

The 2012 TBR Pile Challenge is hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader.  I signed up for this challenge for 2011 and thought "Twelve books that have been languishing on my TBR?  Too easy!"  Well, not so easy apparently because I have been horribly neglectful to my older books and have favored the shiny new ones all year.  I'll be finishing 2011's challenge with 8/12 completed.  2012 is going to be a different story though.  I promise to neglect you no longer older books!

The Goal: To read 12 books that have been on my TBR for at LEAST a year.

Here is my list of 12 + the 2 alternates for the 2012 challenge (all of which have been on my shelf since 2008):

  1. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett DONE! (review coming soon)
  2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  3. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  4. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon  
  5. Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful by Alan Paton
  6. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage DONE! (review coming soon)
  7. Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone
  8. The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn DONE! (review coming soon)
  9. An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance
  10. Katherine by Anya Seton
  11. The Last Queen by C W Gortner DONE! (review coming soon)
  12. The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman DONE! (review coming soon)
Alternate 1: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah DONE! (review coming soon)
Alternate 2: Persuasion by Jane Austen


  1. Good luck, Holly! I'm participating in a similar challenge in the hopes of making a dent in my massive TBR pile.

    You've got some great books on your list -- The Pillars of the Earth, Katherine and The Last Queen are among my favourite all-time reads.

  2. Holly & Melissa - My goal for 2012 is to tackle my TBR pile as well! Katherine, Pillars of the Earth, and Voyager are all wonderful! Good luck, and enjoy.

  3. Glad you're joining us! I have not read a single book on your list, although I did try to read Catch-22 in high school (hated it - which is probably why I haven't tried again, although I'm sure it would go better now).

    The Pillars of the Earth has always sounded interesting to me and I have owned Persuasion for a while but just haven't gotten to it yet (haven't read any Austen recently,

    Looking forward to your reviews - good luck!