2014 TBR Pile Challenge

Update: I changed a few book titles and am using the others in my Back to the Classics reading challenge.


The 2014 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Adam @ Roof Beam Reader is intended for people who have an overwhelming list of To Be Read (TBR) books. For people like me (and many of you), this means overflowing bookshelves and books stacks on the floor, couches, desks, tables, or really anywhere they can fit.

This challenge involves reading 12 books throughout the year that have experienced too much shelf time without being dusted off and enjoyed. If you want to join in the fun, stop by Adam’s blog and sign up. I can’t wait to get started!

My 2014 TBR Pile Challenge List:
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. On Writing by Stephen King
3. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
4. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
5. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
6. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
8. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
9. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
11. Pnin by Vladimir Nobokov
12. A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

1. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenisyn
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

What book are you most excited to read?
What book do I need to read first?


19 thoughts on “2014 TBR Pile Challenge

  1. Well, I have only read The Book Thief and The Kite Runner on your list, and both were excellent. I want to read your #4, 6, and 12, so I am looking forward to your reviews. I think you have a wonderful list here!


  2. King’s On Writing is one of the best writing-related nonfiction books I’ve ever read. It’s part memoir/part how-to/part how-not-to. It helped me gain a new appreciation for King. (And I was once a bit of an anti-King snob. I hadn’t read many of his works, and the ones I had were…the wrong ones for me.)

    Good luck with your list!


    • I’ll admit that I’ve never read a King book, but I tend to agree with his opinions from interviews I’ve read. I’ve almost read the book several times, so this will be a good push, and hopefully an additional push to read his work. Thanks for stopping by!


  3. I hear so many rave reviews about King’s writing book – I’ll look forward to your review.
    You must read The Book Thief before you see the movie!!

    Good luck 🙂


  4. The Book Thief is one of my favorite books of all time. You should read it first :-). The Phantom Tollbooth is also incredible. Best of luck with this challenge!


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