2015 TBR Challenge


(I am transferring this post from my old blog to my new – apologies if you have read it before)

Did I mention that I’m a bookaholic? I usually read at least two books a week, mostly non-fiction. The problem is that my eyes are bigger than my brain and I beg, borrow and buy more books than I can possibly read.

Hence my ‘To Be Read’ pile runneth over. Out of the bookshelves and over the floor of my bedroom and living room.

So, I have decided to enter the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge. A year-long challenge to read at least 12 books that have gathered dust on a bookshelf for over a year. Once read you write a post/review about each one and link back to your original post.

My 2015 TBR Pile Challenge List:

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  4. Lucia Joyce: To Dance in the Wake by Carol Loeb Shloss
  5. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. The Outsider by Colin Wilson
  8. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
  9. Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales
  10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  11. In Search of Lost Time  – Volume 1 Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  12. The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco

My two alternatives in case I can’t make it through any of the above are –

  1. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  2. Decline and Fall  by Evelyn Waugh

There are monthly check-ins and mini-challenges along the way. So do pop over to roofbeamreader.com if you’re interested in joining in 🙂



31 thoughts on “2015 TBR Challenge

  1. Good luck! I have taken to “reading” audiobooks because I never found the time to sit with a book and recent changes in my ability due to neuromuscular disease makes it impossible for me to hold a book in bed. I was missing out on books, so I love the ability to “read” as I’m driving, crocheting or relaxing in bed. Bryson is a wonderful read, but I don’t love listening to him narrate his audiobooks. ;(


  2. Are you a member of audible? I’ve thought about joining because like you say it’s a good way of ‘reading’ while getting on with other things, and even more so if you find holding books difficult. I’m not sure I’d get through enough books to get my money’s worth though, as I would probably still read actual books as well.


  3. Only two books a week? My ex. would do that in a night. Not only that, but she could tell you about the plot and characters long, long after. She was a library worker and books were her muse. I found it tiresome. Difficult to have a conversation with someone always sprawled on the couch, with a book under their nose. Most of my books fit onto just a small amount of shelves. My book keepers are certain types of “doing” stuff. Like woodland crafts, or animal tracks. Peterson’s guide to N.American birds … you get the drift?

    Still you and I seem to share a general love of non-fiction, over fiction. My mother, ninety this year, loves stories written by Dickens [Boz]. She reads them over and over, since she was a child.

    I find it difficult to read books these days. My eyes get tired quickly. I’m currently reading, The Fall of the Roman Republic, by Plutarch – a great read it is! Those penguin classics are great! Yet it is over a year and still not finished. I’ll get there … !


  4. Great idea – I love books too and here in Spain don’t have access to a library. I buy a lot of books at the local charity shop and of course there is always Kindle but with less time these days to sit and read for hours on end and the lure of Pinterest I find I am not reading like I used to. I do have a wish list of BTBR on Pinterest and like the idea of challenging myself to read some different books. I used to try and read a classic when on holiday – must get back to doing that. Do you read one book at a time or have several on the go at once?


  5. I’m a several at once kinda gal, though I often wish I wasn’t. Different books for different moods, I guess. I can definitely relate to the lure of Pinterest.


  6. awesome list! I don’t often see bloggers mention Merleau-Ponty, I read large passages of this decades ago, in French. I love Eco, but am not familiar with The Island of the Day Before, so checking it now, thanks!


    1. Hi Helen, I’m reading The Tibetan Book first, but I think I’ll read To Kill a Mockingbird next. So many people have mentioned it. And I agree there is never enough time for all the books I want to read.


  7. Decline and Fall was on my TBR Pile 2014, I hope you enjoy it. Some great books on your list and I love the edition of The Picture of Dorien Grey in the photo; I have a Sherlock Holmes book from the same series and they are beautiful.

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  8. I have read four on your list: Dawkins, Eco, Lee and Bryson. I love reading, too, but often resort to audiobooks. I’ve had an audible subscription since 2008! I am battling my way through Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (which I don’t like much) and Flannery o’Connor’s complete short stories.Good luck with your challenge, I will check in again to see you get on! x

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  9. I’m not sure I can muster a dozen books lying unread but can certainly manage to read 12 in a year. Currently reading everything written by Michael Connolly (nearly finished!) with Wolf Hall next, before the TV series. Might see what I can do to make a list – thanks for the inspiration!


  10. I’ve pushed up my reading total with listening to books in the car while I drive to work. It is an extra hour of reading Mon-Friday that otherwise I wouldn’t get. I rent them from the local library. Have a brilliant day.


    1. A lot of people seem to be listening to audiobooks these days. I’m not too good at concentrating on two things at once but I might see what’s available at the library. Thanks for the idea!


  11. Thanks for following my blog, yours looks interesting too 🙂 To Kill a Mockingbird is highly recommended 🙂 I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the other books on the list … yet!

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    1. Thanks Rina, I’m looking forward to reading To Kill a Mockingbird – I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get round to it. But better late than never.

      I look forward to reading more of your blog 🙂


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