December 31, 2012

2013 To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge

This 2013 To Be Read Pile Challenge comes from Adam at Roof Beam Reader

I tried this challenge last year, and just let myself get way too far behind. So it's time to take it on and complete it (you can still sign up through the end of today, 12/31/12)!

I will be writing reviews for this challenge on my Mom in Love with Fiction blog, but I wanted to share it with my readers here, too. When I finish a book, I'll link here on this blog as well as on Mom in Love with Fiction

Here are the basic rules: 

1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2012 or later (any book published in the year 2011 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile. 

2.  To be eligible, you must sign-up with Mr. Linky at Adam's website (done!) – link to your list and add updated links to each book’s review.  Every listed book must be completed and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
3.  The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below).  This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge).  See THIS LINK for an idea of what I mean.  Your list must be completed by December 31st, 2012.
4. Leave comments on this post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2013 TBR LIST!  Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from or The Book Depository!
5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published pre-2012!
Here’s my list:
(I've included a few I never got around to last year)
  1. This Year it Will be Different by Maeve Binchy
  2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  3. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  4. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  5. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  6. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Caro
  7. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  8. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  9. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  10. State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
  11. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  12. Made in the USA by Billie Letts
  1. Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry
  2. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
When I review each of the above books, I'll link them to my post.

A couple of notes about my picks...

  1. I've always wanted to read Binchy (she was a favorite of my book club gal, Dot Kellner, in Colorado).
  2. A book I didn't get around to in last year's TBR challenge, and one that I missed reading with my Colorado book club. 
  3. Can't believe I haven't read this one yet. I'll wait to rent the movie until after I read it.
  4. Leftover from last year's TBR, and one I've been wanting to read (and really digest) for years.
  5. Recommended by my brother-in-law, and then I went home and realized I have had it for at least a year. I understand book 2 is out, so good timing.
  6. A great author friend, Shauna Kelley, recommended this to me. It's one of her favorites and one she re-reads every year.
  7. Picked this up purely on the reviews. Hope it's good. It's been gathering dust, so I'm hoping this challenge will finally put it into my read pile.
  8. Leftover from last year. I'm hesitant, but I want to read it before the movie.
  9. Supposedly one of the best historical fiction books on the Civil War, and a leftover from last year's challenge.
  10. I had a different Anne Patchett book on last year's list, but I wanted to read this one more.
  11. From last year's list.
  12. From last year's list, and I love Billie Letts. Shocked I didn't get around to it.

My alternates are the same as last year.

Wishing everyone a 2013 filled 
with great reads!


Su said...

Cool. I think I shall wander by and investigate. I have a looooooong to-read list... one of the downsides of Goodreads! It's way easy to add a book with just a click!

bookworm said...

Tia, a nice list. I read Ender's Game years ago and would highly recommend it - but then again, SF has been a favorite genre since I was 8 or 9 years old. I've had the pleasure of meeting Michael Shaara and I own The Killer Angels - just haven't "gotten around to it". My problem is, I have bulging bookshelves (and now, a bulging iPhone Kindle app). So why don't I read these books? I walk into the library to escape my office, see something on the shelf, and that's what I end up reading. Sometimes I'm reading three books at once and I never finish any of them! I have Reading ADHD. I know myself too well. This challenge would never work for me. I'm too easily distracted. Doesn't mean you won't succeed this year, though! I wish you a Happy 2013 and lots of free time to complete your challenge.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'll definitely check these out, Tia. Hope you had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year! Best wishes for a IWSG day!

Jo Michaels said...

Looks like a great list! I have more recent books I need to read :) Maybe I'll get through them all, maybe not... We'll see. WRITE ON!