2015 TBR Pile Challenge!

2015 TBR Pile Challenge: Reading Challenge for this year is to clear 12 books off of my bookshelf/out of my kindle/out of audible!

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 1/1/2014 or later. Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

If you are going to participate, make sure to link up by January 15!

You can get the full list of rules and link up your challenge list here!

My List:

The House of Mirth, Edith Warton

When Christ and His Saints Slept, Sharon Kay Penman

Cousin Kate, Georgette Heyer

The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins

Dark Places: A Novel, Gillian Flynn

The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen

The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi

The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith

Lady Chatterly’s Lover, DH Lawrence

Sartoris, William Faulkner (Sartoris was published in its abridged version in 1929. If I have time, I will try to read the unabridged version, Flags in the Dust, which was not published until the 1970’s. Currently, I do not own that one!)

My Alternates:

North and South, John Jakes

The Sunne In Splendour, Sharon Kay Penman

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Do you buy more books than you can read? Or are you more responsible than me and use the library?

Note: Amazon links are affiliate links. Books linked to Goodreads are available for free or less than a dollar on Amazon. I had to track down Sartoris through a specialized used book dealer, so can’t help you there!

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  • Dang. This is quite an undertaking. Good luck!

    • Haha, it’s not too bad. I’m really double dipping with a lot of my reading challenges. I actually planned out this post back in December, but waited until a Saturday to post it, so I’ve already read two of them! I’m hoping that having the list will motivate me to read them before I go check out other books from the library!

  • LOL I’m too busy reading to look at my TBR shelf! But I have a considerable one on GoodReads, so and it has a lot of books I really want to read, so I’m probably going to be doing this informally.
    Happy reading and Happy New Year!

    • That’s good. I do think you missed the point of the post and the challenge. It’s about clearing off books that you already purchased, but haven’t read yet because a lot of people (like me) buy books impulsively and put off reading them in lieu of other books.

      • Yes, I totally missed that…because I rarely buy books and don’t experience that problem personally. LOL That adds an extra dimension to your challenge. Enjoy!

  • You go Sarah!

  • I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. So good. Seriously. Also, Lady Chatterley’s Lover? Saucy! I love it. I haven’t read it myself, but have heard loads about it while getting my English degree.

    • I am so excited to finish the trilogy! I read the first two right in a row, so I took a short break. Yeah, I just read Lady Chetterley’s Lover this week! AHHH. I didn’t quite realize how… explicit… it would be. I mean, I knew it was edited/banned in the 1920’s, but that was the 1920’s. It felt like it was written a lot more recently, from that perspective. I had a fun time writing up a quick review for my monthly round up (for next month). I did some research on it, after reading it. I didn’t realize that Lawrence had TB, but would never admit it. His wife was having an affair and didn’t hide it. And also–this was new to me–TB increases a man’s libido, but also makes him impotent. So, that explains a lot about the novel!

      • Wow! Yeah, I’ve definitely heard a ton about it, but never actually did any research my own. So interesting! I love context. I can’t wait to read your post about it!

        • I read the book right after I read The Beautiful and Damned. I’m trying to read a lot of jazz age books this month. So my review was a lot of comparing and contrasting to The Beautiful and Damned.

  • I only have a few books on my actual bookshelf that I have had for a few months and not read – but my kindle, that’s a different story lol. i have like 200 books on there to be read. oops. good luck!

    • One of these is on my Kindle! I bought it awhile ago, when my mom suggested it, but it’s just SO LONG. Like, I liked it when I started it, but I’ve never been able to stick with it. I’m going to read it this year, dangit. And a few of those are audible books that I bought, but still didn’t listen to!

  • Ohhhhh…I love this. I shall create my list now!

    • I did a monthly link up last year and cleared off four books in one month, so I was really searching to find ones that I still had! I think my book buying habit has been curbed a little bit, since I have switched to more audiobooks. But you should definitely join in! I think the 15th is the last day.

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