The TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Roof Beam Reader, asks you to finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (as of 2013) within 12 months, ending in December 2014. My 12 books for the year 2014  are:

1. Hemlock Grove, by Brian McGreevy (read 1/9/14, review here)
2. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, by David Simon (read 1/22/14, review here)
3. Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan
4. The Group, by Mary McCarthy (read 1/29/14, review to come)
5. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin (read 7/23/14, review to come)
6. All Clear, by Connie Willis
7. Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Blunt
8. The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
9. The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (read 5/12/14, review here)
10. Zoology, by Ben Dolnick (read 2/13/14, review here)
11. Townie: A Memoir, by Andre Dubus III
12. Persuasion, by Jane Austen

1. Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks (read 3/24/14, review here)
2. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World, by Michael Pollan



The TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by Roof Beam Reader, asks you to finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (as of 2012) within 12 months, ending in December 2013. My 12 books* are:

1. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (completed 1/10/13, review here)
2. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith (completed 1/17/13, review here)
3. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurty (completed 11/25/13, review here)
4. Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes (completed 4/13/13, review here)
5. Random Family, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (completed 1/31/13, review here)
6. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (completed 12/9/13, review here)
7. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie
8. Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger (completed 3/22/13, review here)
9. Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
10. The Savage City, by T.J English (completed 5/31/13, review here)
11. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown (completed 10/24/13, review here)
12. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (completed 12/18/13, review here)

1. The Wild Iris, by Louise Gluck (completed 3/6/13, review here)
2. The Best of Everything, by Rona Jaffe (completed 5/2/13, review here)

*Updated to reflect books that have been on my TBR list/bookshelf for a year or longer! For example, though I only just added Unaccustomed Earth to my Goodreads, I’ve owned a (signed!) copy of it since 2009.

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The Immigrant Stories Challenge, hosted by Books in the City. Read 1-3 books pertaining to any immigrant experience by December 2013.
1/3 completed
1. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
2. This is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz
3. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri


The New York Challenge, hosted by softdrink at Fizzy Thoughts. Read one book–any book–pertaining to New York City by May 2010.
1/1 completed!
1. Forever, by Pete Hamill

The Women Unbound Challenge, hosted by Aarti, Care, and Eva. Read fiction and non-fiction that falls into the category of women’s studies–works that focus on the social status and societal contributions of women, as well as tackle issues of gender and power.
5/5 completed
1. Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
2. The Boys of My Youth, by Jo Ann Beard
3. The Commoner, by John Burnham Schwartz
4. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
5. West With the Night, by Beryl Markham

The Mexico 2010 Reading Challenge, hosted by Sylvia at Classical Bookworm, encouraged participants to read 3 works of Mexican literature, history, or non-fiction.
0/3 completed


9 Responses to “Reading Challenges”

  1. 1 Roof Beam Reader January 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for your interest in the TBR Pile Challenge! I will go ahead and add you to the list of participants – you’re not that late, after all. 😉 The list actually requires 12 books + 2 alternates (if wanted), so you’ll either need to make all 12 of your books mandatory or add 2 more books if you want to have alternates. 🙂

  2. 3 Laurie C January 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read A Fearful Symmetry and White Teeth too. Wish I put them on my TBR Pile Challenge list! I’ve read a few of the others on your list and they’re well worth reading. Good luck!

  3. 4 Pogue December 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I loved the Name of the Wind, enjoyed The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, A Fearful Symmetry was interesting. Good Luck.

  4. 5 Caitie F December 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    The Name of the Wind is such a good book – I just read it a couple months ago. Have a fun challenge!

  5. 6 Catherine January 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I can barely handle one challenge a year- kudos for trying multiple challenges! People of the Book is amazing! I know it’s an alternate for you but read it if you can- it’s worth the time.

    • 7 tarynwanderer February 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      I did the TBR Pile Challenge in 2013 and really enjoyed it. The feeling of finally reading some of the books that have been on my shelves for ages is great! Glad to hear that People of the Book is a worthy read–I will definitely try to fit it in!

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