The Official 2014 TBR Pile Challenge Hosted by Roof Beam Reader


So I'm going to try another TBR Pile Challenge. This one's a bit different, because I have to read at least 12 books that were published December 31, 2012 or earlier. The best part? If you complete the challenge, you'll be entered to win a $50 GC to Amazon or Book Depository! The host is Roof Beam Reader, and full info is here.

This one is extra challenging for me because I have to decide ahead of time which 12 books I'm going to read (with 2 alternates, so at least there's that). I'm a mood reader, and I have hundreds of unread books hanging around, so I normally decide which book I feel like reading next once I've completed the current one. Having 12 pre-selected.... well, it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. What can I say? I'm a rebel and I rail against structure. But fine, Adam, I'll try to be less rebellious. Just for you. 

Here's my Official 2014 TBR Pile Challenge List, in no particular order:

1. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusack
2. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
3. The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong - Completed
4. The Calling - Kelley Armstrong - Completed
5. Outpost - Ann Aguirre - Completed
6. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
7. Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi - Completed
8. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan - Completed

1. Ask the Passengers - A. S. King
2. Looking for Alaska - John Green

Wish me luck, and if you'd also like to participate, head on over to Roof Beam Reader's post and sign up!


  1. I'm with you on the whole mood reading thing not liking to operate off a list. The list looks pretty good and painless though so hope it works out! Good luck!

    1. Haha! Yeah, I may have spent the last week making it as painless as possible within the parameters of the challenge. I think I would have taken on some harder books - perhaps even a few classics - if I had more leeway for abandoning them and replacing them at will. Nevermind, though, this will still clear out a bunch of books I've been meaning to read for AGES! Are you doing any reading challenges this year?

    2. I have an ongoing challenge called the 100 books project which is meant to tackle the 100 books you've been meaning to read, and reading them over a 5 year period. My list is a mix of more challenging reads and fun stuff that's just been on my TBR for too long. It appealed to me because it's a list of 100 books to choose from but of course once you get to year five you should theoretically have a list of 20 books you must read that year which I am a little anxious about - Ha Ha! I also just decided to do an eclectic reading challenge which specifies 12 categories from which you need to read one book each. Some of the categories are a piece of cake (cozy mystery, alternate history) while some are going to be a bit of a challenge (war/military fiction, medical thriller) but that's the point of the challenge - to push me out of my comfort zone. We shall see. I am nervous of challenges as a whole because apparently I'm a huge slacker!

    3. Ooooh, that is a superb idea. Are you hosting this particular challenge? Is it ongoing in the sense that people can start their 5 years anytime? I have so many books I've been meaning to read... for years. This challenge is good, but because I can't change books partway through I went for easier reads I know I'll get to. With longer to complete the challenge and more flexibility, I'd throw in a bunch of non-fiction and classics, too!

  2. Hi

    As somebody who reads to mood, I absolutely understand where you're coming from when you say that you have a discomfort in reading to a pre-set list. (It's not something that I'd do because of my need to just pick up a book and start it).

    Hope that your challenge goes well.

    1. Yeah, this is a... well, challenging challenge! I purposely chose books I don't think will be too difficult to get through and that I'm still looking forward to reading, even though I haven't gotten to them for a long time! At least I don't have to read them in order, right?

      Thank you! :)


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