The 2014 To Be Read Challenge

It’s that time of year again! The 5th Annual To Be Read Pile Challenge hosted by Adam @ Roof Beam Reader is happening!

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

Specifics: 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 1/1/2013 or later (any book published in the year 2012 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile – I WILL be checking publication dates). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

Prize: Everyone who successfully completes their 12 books in 12 months will be entered to win a $50 gift card to or The Book Depository!

See Adam’s original post for full details and get started!

Hurry up! Your list must be posted by January 15th!


I must admit, 2013 was a TOTAL FLOP. You know how many books on my list I read? Three. Just three. I kind of got sidetracked reading humor books for research last year. This year, I’ve built some into my list. Here goes!!

My 2014 To Be Read Pile

  1. How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
  2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  3. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
  4. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
  5. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Crash Into You by Roni Loren
  8. She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
  9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  10. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  11. Bonk by Mary Roach
  12. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin


1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2. The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

What titles are on your TBR list?

27 responses

  1. I’m doing a reading challenge this year as well, but it’s called the “pushing your boundaries” challenge, to read from genres outside your comfort zone. 🙂 I think 2014 is going to be an interesting year! 🙂

    1. Oooh what genres are you reading? That sounds exciting. That’s one thing I love about my book club. We read a lot of stuff that I would never normally pick up, and yet I like it!

      1. Well, I’m exploring a bunch. I’ve added mystery, autobiography/biography, nonfiction, horror, and the like. 🙂

  2. I should do this. I easily have enough TBR books that qualify. I’m hoping to get six of them read this year, but I’ll shoot for more just to see if I can do it.

    Good luck with your reading pile!

    1. Ooh please join in! I made in in 2012 and it was fun to tackle all those titles I’d been meaning to read. Hoping to do so again this year!

      1. While reorganizing my office, I created a stack of more than 12 unread books. Here’s to tackling them all!

        1. Ooh what are some titles?

          1. Not in any particular order:
            Hex Hall
            Hunger Games
            Mark of Athena
            The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
            The Grimm Legacy
            Sundays at Tiffany’s
            The Missing: Found

            Others are research or craft books.
            That should keep me busy. 😀

            1. Ooh you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet?! Enjoy!!!

  3. Great challenge! I definitely have books that move from year to year. I should FINALLY read something from William Faulkner, right? I’ve been meaning to since college. LOL. Also, I’d like to read Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome, which has been on my list for years.

    I’d like to re-read Rebecca this year as well. It’s been so long, and I remember loving it. I hope your list works out. Personally I couldn’t finish Discovery of Witches, but I started reading when someone else said it was their favorite book of the year.

    1. Well, that one’s an alternate because as much as I enjoy a good paranormal read now and then, I wanted to include more books that are research for humor writing too. That’s why I totally lost in 2013. I forgot my list and started reading all comedies! But it was worth it because I found Celia Rivenbark!

  4. Ooooo, I could do this. There have been so many I’ve been putting off….She’s Come Undone, Lovely Bones, Room (just the concept gives me chills, so this might be undoable). I know there’s a ton more, I just have to look at my bookcase. I shall return….

    Oh, and Night Circus. Yes!!!

    1. Have you read Night Circus? You gave me that one and I’ve been meaning to read it. The title popped up again in someone’s instagram photos and I was like “ok, I need to finally read this book!” We should read it at the same time so I can annoyingly leave you open ended messages like “Oh no he did not just…!!!” LOL

      1. I have read it and LOVED it! That’s why I gave it to you. Figured you would love it as well. The writing is amazing. You MUST read it. It’s fantastic. And I don’t gush about many books. It has to be superb for me talk about it. This is.

  5. Roni Loren is always a fun read for me. 🙂 I have difficulty with these kinds of lists. Somehow I wind up feeling obligated and penned in. I think it’s great for other people, though! The other problem is that I have a reading addiction, but my choice of books are always tied to my mood. :-/

    1. Yah, I try to do a variety of genres because I agree you have to be in the mood for something. I have comedy, drama, horror, erotica, paranormal…I’m pretty well covered here. LOL

  6. Yay Anne of Green Gables! 😀

    1. It was on last year’s list and I never got to it. It’s happening this year! It must! I will! LOL

  7. I’ve got a bunch, and of course they’re all on my Kindle. Horns by Joe Hill, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, And Sons by David Gilbert, Wool Omnibus Silo Saga by Hugh Howey, The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle, Slaughterhouse FIve by Kurt Vonnegut, etc.

    1. Have you ever read Slaughterhouse Five? LOVE it! Might love The Sirens of Titan or Cat’s Cradle more, but all Vonnegut is fantastic. Joe has agreed to let me name a future pet of our Kilgore Trout, which is a character that pops up in several Vonnegut novels. 🙂

      1. No, I haven’t read any of Vonnegut’s stuff. This was actually a free download for the Kindle at some point earlier in the year. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, as well.

        1. That’s my fave Bronte work too! Jane Eyre can suck a fatty! I’ll take Heathcliffe any day!

  8. I love your mix of genres! I’m doing the Goodreads challenge. A few older books on my shelves will be on my list but I’m more excited about some that will be movies this year (and they just came in the mail today!) like The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel, Labor Day by Joyce Maynard and Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I’ve challenged myself to 35 so a few more are two of Laura Lippman’s book (read The Girl in the Green Raincoat last week), two Barbara Delinsky – Sweet Salt Air & The Secret Between Us, The Rosie Project and then whatever else comes along to excite me.
    Have fun reading, Jess!

    1. Ooh a few new titles for me to check out! I read Wild last year. Let me know what you think! I love goodreads. I’ll have to keep posted on what you’re reading there!

  9. This is something to think of, Jess, because I’m doing the Goodreads challenge. My issue is that I deviate from the books already on my bookshelves/Kindle TBR and grab the shiny new stuff. It would be nice to have some of the books that have been waiting a bit done.

    1. Yah that’s why I like it too. The challenge says it’s ok to combine it with other challenges so I included some titles from book club. My big goal is to read at least 2 books a month. I just save the new books as my “unlisted” stuff. 🙂

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