TBR Challenge 2015

2015tbrbuttonI really enjoyed doing the TBR challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader this year. It is good for a number of reasons. First of all, it draws attention to books that have been on your shelf for a while and reminds you that at some stage you did want to read these books. For the most part, I wondered why I had left it so long to read them. Even better, I managed to remove three to the charity shop. Actually creating space on  my bookshelves is a new experience and makes doing the challenge again worthwhile. For next year’s challenge I’ve focused a bit more on classics as this is an area I feel I need to read more in.

For more information see Roof Beam Reader’s site.

Here is my list:

1. Jane Austen – Persuasion (1818) – November

2. Ann Cleeves – Raven Black (2006)  – July

3. R. J. Ellory – The Anniversary Man (2009) -February

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender is the Night (1933) August

5. My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin (1901) – March

6. Graham Greene – Brighton Rock (1938) – April

7. Radcliffe Hall – The Well of Loneliness (1928) – June

8. Nick Hornby – A Long Way Down (2005) – May

9. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns (2006) September

10. Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) January

11. Walter Scott – Rob Roy (1817) – December

12. Zadie Smith – The Autograph Man (2002) – October


13. Maggie O’Farrell – The Hand That First Held Mine (2009)

14. The Reader – Bernard Schlink (1995)

The 2014 TBR Challenge


Last year, I only did one reading challenge and I managed to do it twice (Eclectic Reading Challenge 2013). So I’m hoping that this year I will be able to do The 2014 TBR Challenge – hosted by Roof Beam Reader –   as well as the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2014. After all, I read 61 books so 24 will hopefully be manageable.

The goal of the TBR Challenge is to read 12 books that have been on your to read pile for more than a year (plus to alternatives in case of getting stuck with on of the 12.) Easy enough as my to read pile grows every year.

Here is my list for the challenge. I’ll link reviews as I go along.Complicity –

1.Iain Banks (1993) (April)

2. Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather (1927)

3. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (2005) (June)

4. The Rules of Attraction – Bret Easton Ellis (1987) (July)

5. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde (2003) (February)

6. The Rapture – Liz Jensen (2009) (August)

7. Translated Accounts – James Kelman (2001) (March)

8. Let the Right one in = John Ajvide Lindgvist (2004) September)

9. The Distant Echo – Val McDermid (2003) (October)

10. The Flood – Ian Rankin (1986) (November)

11. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (1945) (January)

12. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas (2008) (May)


  1. The Anniversary Man – R. J. Ellory (2009)
  2. Raven Black – Ann Cleeves (1997)