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)

Eclectic Reader Challenge 2014

After the enjoyment of doing last year’s Eclectic Reader Challenge twice, I am really looking forward to this years challenge. This year the categories are going to take me more out of my reading comfort zone, I think but that can only be a good thing. eclecticchallenge2014_300

The challenge is hosted by Shellley Rae@ Book’d Out. The idea is to read a book for each category and then post a review for each one.

Here is what I intend to read in each category.

  1. Award Winning – Anita Desai – The Inheritance of Loss
  2. True Crime (Non Fiction) – Ann Rule – The Stranger Beside Me
  3. Romantic Comedy – David Nicholls – Starter for Ten
  4. Alternate History Fiction – Jasper Fforde – The Eyre Affair
  5. Graphic Novel – The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
  6. Cosy Mystery Fiction – Dorothy L. Sayers – Five Red Herrings
  7. Gothic Fiction – Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca
  8. War/Military Fiction – John Boyne – The Absolutist
  9. Anthology – Irvine Welsh – If you liked school, you’ll love work
  10. Medical Thriller Fiction – Patricia Cornwell – Post Mortem
  11. Travel (Non Fiction) – Travels in the Congo – Andre Gide
  12. Published in 2014 – The Good Girl – Mary Kucica