TBR Pile Challenge 2019

Adam (@roofbeamreader.com) is hosting the TBR Pile Challenge for 2019,  and it’s his eighth year of hosting this challenge! I’m excited to be participating again in 2019. This year I managed to read 4 out the 12 books I had on my TBR list. For me, that’s success because those are four books finished that have been sitting on my shelf for years and years.

Here is how the challenge is structured. Be sure to go to the link to read the complete information about the challenge because I’m only including some of it here.

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).

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 1/1/2018 or later (any book published in the year 2017 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). 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 the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

Thank you, Adam, for hosting this challenge and encouraging me to just go ahead and read those books!

Here’s my 2019 list of twelve TBR books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for an awfully long time:

    1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
    2. The Princess Bride, by WIlliam Goldman
    3. Some Tame Gazelle, Barbara Pym
    4. A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
    5. The Joys of Motherhood, by Buchi Emecheta
    6. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
    7. Clandestine in Chile, by Gabriel García Márquez
    8. Lonely Road, by Nevil Shute
    9. Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee
    10. Sons, by Pearl S. Buck
    11. The Book of Dragons, Edith Nesbit
    12. Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther


  1. Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry
  2. The Lost Garden, Helen Humphreys

12 thoughts on “TBR Pile Challenge 2019

  1. Karen K.

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is long, but wonderful. It’s a very fast read. And anything by Barbara Pym is delightful. Good luck with the TBR Pile Challenge!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Karen! I’ve loved the books I’ve read by Barbara Pym but haven’t read this one yet. And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has been on my list just too long now. Time to read it!


  2. Les in OR

    You have some wonderful books on that list! I enjoyed A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and loved both The Princess Bride and The Book Thief. I’m trying to read from my “older” stacks, as well. Last night I started To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay. I stayed up until midnight reading!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Oh Nan, I have so many that have been waiting for the right time for so long! This challenge will help me chose some of them to actually read instead of sit on my shelf!


  3. iliana

    What a great selection. I’m hoping you get to The Book Thief soon. Such an amazing book. I read Death Be Not Proud so many years ago and that was incredibly sad. I should do this challenge because I certainly have plenty of books that I could use for this challenge!

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