Sunday, December 31, 2017

TBR Pile Challenge 2018

I'm so happy to see that Adam at Roof Beam Reader is back to hosting this challenge in 2018! I did OK with doing this as a personal challenge, but a formal challenge is always more fun. Plus, it's great that Adam's doctoral thesis is completed  - congrats! :)

You can read the rules and specifics and sign up here.

Here is my list for 2018, in no particular order.

1. On Such a Full Sea - Chang-Rae Lee (2014). I'm not sure how this book came to be on my pile, but it's high time I read it. Should be good.

2. Woman in the Shadows - Jane Thynne (2014). This might be one my Library Sale shelves books, not sure. Looks good though.

3. Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer - Wesley Stace (2010). This is one of my very last Borders Last Days Sales books. It even still has the Borders price sticker on the back. I have no idea what this is about but it's time to dust off the cover and find out.

4. Measuring Time - Helon Habila (2007). Another Library Sales shelves book that should be really good.

5. Blindspot - Jane Kamensky & Jill Lepore (2008). This is one of the oldest residents of my TBR pile, a classic TBR book that I got from the Library Sale shelves because it looked interesting and then it somehow took up residence on the pile and never left. Until now.

6. The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri (2013)

7. A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines (1993). Can't believe I've never read this book - I've even seen a really good version of this story as a play.

8. The Master Butchers Singing Club - Louise Erdrich (2003)

9. Mornings in Jenin - Susan Abulhawa (2010). Yet another Library Sale book. I think this one will be challenging but enjoyable.

10. 365 grains de sable (365 grains of sand) (1991?). This children's book is a collection of very short stories, one for each day of the year. I am going to try to read one per day, as it's all in French, so that will be good practice. I haven't listed an author, as the information inside indicates that these stories were translated from the original Italian by "Jean-Luc," with illustrations by "Matal." Should be a fun read that I need to stop putting off.

11. Les précieuses ridicules - Molière (1659). This play was on my 2017 list but I didn't manage to read it, so I'm prioritizing it in 2018.

12. Fatherland - Robert Harris (1992). Another book from the 2017 list that I didn't manage to read.

Alternate books:

1. The Egyptologist - Arthur Phillips (2004)
2. Buying on Time - Antanas Sileika (1997)


  1. Merci Emma ! I'm looking forward to it! :)

  2. I like The Master Butchers Singing Club, the only book from your list that I know. I hope you'll enjoy it as well. Happy Reading!

  3. Hi and thanks for stopping by! I did like The Master Butchers Singing Club, I just posted my review :) I just took a look at your choices for this and you have some great ones - I really liked Ella Minnow Pea and I like Willa Cather but I haven't read Shadows on the Rock, I look forward to seeing what you think of them! :)