This appears to be the year that — following a few years’ hiatus — I jump back into the crazy world of reading challenges. Like many avid readers, my TBR (to be read) pile of books is out of control. Goodreads shows that I currently own 641 books, but I know it’s more than that because a) I’m not very diligent about adding my ARCs (advanced reader’s copies) or Kindle books and b) I’ve never done a complete inventory of all my books.
Clearly, a TBR challenge is in order. Fortunately, Roof Beam Reader has brought back The Official TBR Pile Challenge after a two year hiatus. There are several other TBR-related challenges but what most appeals to me about this one is that you’re not limited to reading only your own books for a certain period of time. That’s not feasible for me. I like that this is spread out over the course of a year.
Today’s the last day to sign up with a list of 12 books (plus two alternates) from your TBR that you intend to read in 2018. Each of these 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 1/1/2017 or later.
In addition to the challenge’s criteria, I tried to select books that I’ve been “saving to read for a rainy day” because given the state of the world, it would probably behoove me to get to them sooner rather than later. I also wanted mostly women writers. Finally, I wanted some overlap with The Classics Challenge.
Without further ado, here are my dozen (plus two) for the Official 2018 Challenge:
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2007)
- The Answer to Your Question by Paulette Bates Alden (2013)
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000)
- When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins (2009)
- A Big Storm Knocked It Over by Laurie Colwin (1993)
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (1989)
- The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr (1995)
- Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things That Matter by Beth Kephart (2000)
- Ghosts in the Garden: Reflections on Endings, Beginnings and the Unearthing of Self by Beth Kephart (2005)
- Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor (1952)
- Above Us Only Sky: Essays by Marion Winik (2005)
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928)
In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution by Susan Brownmiller
Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories by Ursula Hegi
There are also mini-challenges and periodic Checkpoints. The first one is today and asks which of these books have been on our TBR shelves the longest. I’m honestly not sure but I do know that four of these were purchased at a book sale in 2011 (as documented here) that boasted having 50,000 books available for sale.
I’ll update this post as I (hopefully) read and review all of these. In the meantime, check out what others are reading for the Official 2018 TBR Challenge here.